More than 40 per cent of London council houses sold under Right to Buy ‘rented out privately’, report claims  iNews

The government is being called to scrap 'Right to Buy' in after it emerged more than 40 per cent of council houses sold under the scheme in London are now ...


London council pumps extra £17m into fire safety  Inside Housing

Inside Housing, news, analysis, and comment about the social housing sector in the UK.


Ministers urged to halt right-to-buy scheme  The Guardian

Ministers are facing calls to shelve Margaret Thatcher's totemic right-to-buy scheme after a devastating analysis revealed that more than 40% of council houses ...


Local residents vow to fight on after London council does deal with Live Nation over Wireless noise restrictions  Complete Music Update

A residents group in the Finsbury Park area of London say “the fight isn't over” after their local council did a deal with the Wireless festival over its new licensing ...


Police investigating 'financial discrepancy' at London council repairs company  Inside Housing

Inside Housing, news, analysis, and comment about the social housing sector in the UK.


Council houses were once a glory of the public realm. Let’s return to those days  The Guardian

It's scandalous that local authorities are being forced to rent from private landlords the same properties they once owned… before right to buy.


Plan to redirect inner-city funds to Tory shires 'a stitch-up’  The Guardian

Ministers have been accused of a “stitch-up” over proposals to redraw the funding formula for councils in a way critics say will redirect scarce cash from deprived ...



London Mayor hits back over 'homeless dumping' claims from Essex council leaders  Gazette

LONDON'S Mayor has responded to Essex council leaders who wrote to him slamming "despicable" borough councils who dump homeless people in…


Sadiq Khan unveils Lib Peck as London's anti-violence boss  BBC News

The mayor wants to replicate a "public health" approach to violence that has been used in other cities.


London borough marks 'dramatic' Ofsted turnaround  Communitycare.co.uk

A London borough has pulled off a “dramatic” turnaround of its children's services thanks to political will and “sustained investment” in social workers, Ofsted has ...


Waltham Forest’s year as London Borough of Culture begins with festival of film and music  Evening Standard

Waltham Forest's year in the sun as the first London Borough of Culture starts on Friday, and thank goodness for it. This week the borough has been on the radar ...


Events mark Waltham Forest becoming Borough of Culture  BBC News

A three-day celebration featuring light installations and a carnival will be held in Waltham Forest.


Big change for Walthamstow:the London borough of culture 2019's leading neighbourhood set for £200m transformation  Homes and Property

Sometimes regeneration happens with a big bang, when developers home in on the likes of King's Cross or Nine Elms and design a whole new neighbourhood ...


Boy adopted by new family after Hampshire mum fails hair-strand drug test  ITV News

A woman who failed a hair-strand drug test has said goodbye to her four-year-old son after losing a roller-coaster battle over his care. The woman, who comes ...


Westminster Council's £1.2m facelift for iconic Victorian lampposts  Evening Standard

Westminster council is spending £1.2 million to refurbish the historic lamp columns lining the Victoria Embankment in the run-up to its 150th anniversary next ...


List of London councils that collect your Christmas trees  IanVisits

Each year the streets are littered with dead and dying Christmas trees dumped by uncaring families who can't be bothered to dispose of them properly.


Councils ‘ripped off’ by private landlords, experts warn  The Guardian

Desperate councils are being “ripped off” as private housing providers take advantage of the growing homeless population, experts have warned, after new ...


Essex council leaders have urged London boroughs to stop sending homeless people out of the capital  East London and West Essex Guardian Series

The trend of sending homeless people out of the capital and into the home counties has been criticised by all of the council leaders in Essex.


Grenfell council appoints new director for rehousing process  Inside Housing

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has appointed a new director to oversee the continuing work of rehousing the survivors of the Grenfell ...


Wireless Festival: Haringey Council agrees to promoter's noise demands  BBC News

Wireless Festival had its licence reviewed following complaints from campaigners and residents.


Labour: Kate Osamor “proud” to live in London council house despite £77k salary | Daily Star  Daily Star

A LABOUR MP who employs her drug convict son in Westminster is “proud” to live in a £750000 home paid for by taxpayers, despite earning £77000 a year.


Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit  The Guardian

A repeatedly convicted landlord, ruled unfit to rent out property in a north London borough in 2015, has since received more than £500,000 in housing benefit ...


Council leaders join forces to send protest letter to London mayor on subject of rehousing  Maldon and Burnham Standard

COUNCIL bosses in Maldon have backed calls for London authorities to stop using Essex as a dumping ground for vulnerable families.


'Don't ship London's rubbish to burn in Swindon,' say anti-incinerator protesters  Swindon Advertiser

Thousands of tonnes of rubbish could be shipped into Swindon if a controversial incinerator gets the go ahead.


Crystal Palace to shelter homeless at Selhurst Park stadium  BBC News

The emergency accommodation at Crystal Palace's stadium can house up to 10 rough sleepers.


Drivers could be charged up to £1,000 a year to park at work  Sky News

The AA says plans to charge drivers up to £1,000 a year to park at work could become a "poll tax on wheels". Under plans to cut congestion, reduce pollution ...


Former police chief attacks Borough of Culture event in area where teenager was murdered  The Telegraph

A former police chief has questioned the timing and spending on a cultural festival in the London borough where a 14-year-old boy was hunted down and ...


Council accused of 'misleading public' by campaigners  East London and West Essex Guardian Series

Campaigners have accused Redbridge Council of “misleading the public” over a pending planning application.


Motorists could be charged £1,000 to park at work as councils battle against pollution in cities  Daily Mail

In England, cities including Reading, Cambridge, Bristol and the London boroughs of Merton, Brent and Camden are weighing up the prospect of introducing it.


Borough council picks up £11000 funerals bill  Lynn News

The borough council spent a total of £11675 on public health funerals over the 2017-18 financial year.


Number of murder police in London plummets as crime rises  Sky News

The number of police personnel investigating murder cases in London has shrunk by more than 25% in the last decade. Scotland Yard's murder investigation ...


Reading Buses given £1.5m to improve town's most polluted roads  In Your Area

Reading Buses has been awarded more than £1.5 million in Government funding to improve air quality in town's most polluted roads. The cash will be used to ...


Borough of Culture launch draws more than 70000 people  East London and West Essex Guardian Series

London's first ever Borough of Culture launched its tenure with a bang this weekend.


City Corporation criticised for pressing ahead with Mansion House revamp while social housing suffers 'neglect'  City A.M.

City of London councillors have criticised the Corporation for refurbishing the Mansion House while allowing tenants in social housing to suffer "freezing.


Kent County Council could step in to run mental health services amid claims not enough young people are getting the treatment they need  Kent Online

A council could take over running mental health services for young people after becoming worried the current NHS *service* is not up to scratch.


Female firefighters prove they exist to little girl  BBC News

Four-year-old Esme said she thought only men joined the fire *service* and wished she could be a boy.


How the Government could take a city council to court over its failure to cut air pollution  Daily Mail

Bristol could be taken to court by the Government for an 'astonishing' failure to cut air pollution. Nottingham, Derby, Leeds, Southampton and Birmingham were ...


Coventry City Council is UK's slowest to fill potholes  BBC News

Coventry City Council has the longest response time in Britain for filling in serious potholes, new research has revealed. Figures released by motoring charity the ...


Let’s move to Somers Town: one of London’s best-kept secrets  The Guardian

It's ripe with history and character, from magnificent social housing to spooky churches.


From the archive – Camden Council in crisis after ALMO rejection  Inside Housing

Inside Housing, news, analysis, and comment about the social housing sector in the UK.


A London-based writer slammed Widnes as 'a hole' - but local residents weren't having it  Liverpool Echo

"Is it a utopia of outstanding natural beauty and social harmony? Absolutely not, but it's home"


funerals  The News

INCREASING demand for council-funded funerals in Portsmouth has been described as 'unsustainable', after it was revealed they cost more than £70000 last ...


London War Museum To Bury Six Holocaust Victims After Remains Found  HuffPost UK

A funeral for five adults and a child who lost their lives in the Holocaust will take place in the UK on Sunday, after their remains were found unexpectedly at a war ...


Council racially discriminated against dismissed housing officer, tribunal finds  Inside Housing

An east London council subjected one of its housing officers to racial discrimination when refusing his application for a new role, an employment tribunal has ...


All stations to regeneration? Work on HS2 begins in earnest  The Guardian

The wealthy inhabitants of 18th-century Piccadilly dug deep when choosing a resting place in the new, overflow St James burial ground in Camden: the less ...


Waltham Forest and Mayor of London launch 2019 Borough of Culture with 'Welcome to the Forest'  London Post

Images are today released ahead of Welcome to the Forest, the opening event for the first ever Mayor of London's Borough of Culture, Waltham Forest.


Docklands & East London Advertiser letters: Nursery closures and air pollution | Opinion  East London Advertiser

Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.


How 'placemaking' is tearing apart social housing communities  The Guardian

It's gentrification by any other name, helping councils to force out tenants and decimate public housing, says the freelance writer Nye Jones.


Delays 'likely' as roadworks pop up next to Coventry's railway station  Coventry Telegraph

A road bordering Coventry's Railway Station will be closed for more than two weeks so pipes can be laid to heat the city's new water park. Eaton Road - where ...


London streets ‘too dirty’ for super-rich football giant Spurs  The Guardian

Club claims the area around its new ground must look better – but won't pay for clean-up.


Liverpool Council LOSES Calderstones Park battle in High Court as campaigners score historic victory  Liverpool Echo

The High Court has handed out its judgement this morning.


Motorists face £1,000-a-year charge to park at work as greedy councils launch ‘Workplace Parking Levies’  The Sun

Nottingham already charges £400 per space per year - and has come under fire from teachers complaining of cost parking.


Much-loved Bethnal Green Tube coffee vendor back in business as Londoners raise £10k following uproar at forced closure  Evening Standard

A much-loved Tube station coffee vendor who was forced to close his business when his power supply was shut off is back up and running because of the ...


Bromley Council agrees new Local Plan up to 2030  News Shopper

A new framework for Bromley's future – more than two years in the making and featuring thousands of new homes – was finally signed off by…


£1.5m revamp for leisure centres under way by Tower Hamlets Council  East London Advertiser

Work has started on major improvements to leisure centres in London's East End for the New Year with £1.5 million from Tower Hamlets Council.


Labour’s Copley calls on councils to build homes for social rent  Inside Croydon

A Labour London Assembly Member has called for local authorities in the capital to provide thousands more homes for social rent - what used to be called ...


Opinion | City council won't reveal how much it's willing to spend to support Ticat Grey Cup bid  TheSpec.com

Coun. Clark led the charge, arguing for the taxpayers' right to know, writes Andrew Dreschel.


Regional council backs New London's bid for better deal at State Pier  theday.com

Representatives from 22 eastern Connecticut municipalities are expressing concern about the Connecticut Port Authority's choice of a new operator at.


Councils failing to tackle blue badge abuse as number of thefts soars  The Independent

Most councils are failing to prosecute motorists for misusing disabled parking permits – despite a significant rise in thefts of blue badges, figures show. More than ...


WW2 bomb map and a Lord Mayor’s response to the Armistice  IanVisits

One of the many maps of bomb damaged London has gone on show in the City of London's heritage gallery, alongside a declaration about the end of WW1.


Robbie Williams 'blasting Black Sabbath' at Jimmy Page, letter claims  The Guardian

The pop star Robbie Williams is “blasting Black Sabbath music” at his neighbour, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, over a home extension row, a complaint to ...


Is Croydon in London, Surrey or Kent? People have strong views and just can't agree  MyLondon

It is the debate which could easily cause arguments and splits in families - is Croydon in Surrey or London? It has been raging on for decades and we've got the ...


London Fashion Week Men's: Men's fashion deserves a serious platform  British GQ

London Fashion Week Men's pays homage to the ever-expanding creativity of our capital and the future of menswear will grow exponentially.


Danson House: Discover what there is to see at jewel in Bexley's crown  News Shopper

In the latest of our Discover series profiling hidden gems and places to visit around south-east London and north Kent, we take a trip to a…


City of London progresses transport reform | News  New Civil Engineer

A draft plan to revamp London's Square Mile in favour of promoting walking, cycling and public transport has finished its final round of public consultation.


London skyline:the skyscrapers set to complete in the capital in 2019  Homes and Property

Huge office towers are no longer unusual in London, with the city's skyline almost unrecognisable compared even to 10 years ago. But high rise residential ...


Tom Hardy's Richmond home extension approved despite alleged planning breach  Richmond and Twickenham Times

Actor Tom Hardy can keep high-end cladding he put on an extension to his £3.4m home in Richmond -- despite an alleged planning breach.


Bracing for Brexit: Could ‘no deal’ chaos spread to Germany?  European Council on Foreign Relations

Berlin's public pronouncements on the risks of Brexit do not yet measure up to the scale of the potential fallout.


REVEALED: The £12m plan to improve the A127  Echo

TENS of millions of pounds have been set aside for upgrading roads and pavements from “critical” condition to “good”.


'Paupers' funerals' cost councils £5,400,000 last year  Metro.co.uk

Nearly £5.4 million was spent on 'paupers' funerals' in 2017/2018, it has been revealed. The total cost of public health funerals across the UK was £5,382,379, ...


Coachworks temporary theatre and cinema complex in Ashford approved by council  Kent Online

By Georgia Woolf and Charlie Harman. Plans to regenerate a group of derelict industrial buildings and turn them into a space capable of showing theatre ...


Popular seniors program gets provincial boost  The London Free Press

A popular *service* for aging Londoners with a burgeoning waitlist is getting a boost from new provincial government funding to ensure more seniors can reap the ...


South London nightclub faces closure after 'man tried to stab security guard'  Evening Standard

A nightclub faces closure after a man was arrested over the attempted murder of a bouncer. Police were called to the Red Sea, in Camberwell Road, after ...


'Obscene': Why this NZ city now outstrips Auckland, London for house affordability  Newstalk ZB

Tauranga is ranked the eighth most expensive housing market in the world when measured against income, heading off cities like London and San Francisco, ...


Winners revealed in London council housing boom  Building

Mayor Sadiq Khan details borough-by-borough distribution of £1bn funding pot. The east London borough of Newham has emerged as the biggest winner in ...


Ruby's Grill on High Road, Leyton has been closed  East London and West Essex Guardian Series

A Middle-Eastern restaurant has been closed after a shocking infestation of mice, cockroaches and rats were found on the premises.


The British fashion industry wants a second Brexit referendum  Dazed

Following last night's rejection of Theresa May's Brexit plan – the biggest loss in Commons history at 230 votes against – the British Fashion Council has ...


‘Drug dealer’ who built jacuzzi and sauna at luxury €250,000 council pad exposed as associate of Kinahan carte  The Irish Sun

A 'DRUG dealer' who built a jacuzzi and sauna at his €250,000 council home is today exposed as a close associate of Kinahan cartel ally Greg 'Scarface' Lynch ...


Mostly Subterranean House in Planning Stages in London  Mansion Global

Plans for an almost entirely subterranean home in London that will look like a glass box when seen from street level will go before Kensington and Chelsea's ...


London council tax rise plan confirmed by mayor Sadiq Khan  BBC News

Sadiq Khan says he needs Londoners to pay more council tax to help fund police and firefighters.


Dozens of London council estates earmarked for demolition  BBC News

Dozens of council housing estates in London have been slated for redevelopment, raising concerns that social housing will not be replaced. More than 31,000 ...


'Mega homes' to be banned in central London as Westminster council sets limit on size of new builds  The Telegraph

Super-sized "mega homes" are to be banned in central London as Westminster City Council draws up new plans to ensure "real people" can buy properties.


Mother shamed by council worker for trying to breastfeed son in waiting room  Metro.co.uk

A mother said she was shouted at by a council worker and told to go outside after asking where she could breastfeed her son. Soraya Zaccaria, 41, couldn't find ...


Tourist tax: easy money or industry killer?  The Caterer.com

Edinburgh City Council's controversial consultation into a tourist tax yielded many positive responses. With several cities now considering taking steps...


London councils need '£500m more to balance the budget'  BBC News

London's councils are gearing up for another year of financial hardship, claiming they need £500m extra in funding to balance the books. They say they will ...


Revealed: London council took on financial risk of estate development  The Guardian

Previously unseen document shows Southwark assuming substantial risk over Aylesbury estate, while development partners have returns guaranteed.


Tony Blair builds a £35million property empire where his children have homes worth £12million  Daily Mail

Tony Blair and his family have built up a property portfolio consisting of 39 homes and flats from student digs in Manchester to Tony and Cherie's principal ...


#Showbiz: New rendition of the legendary King Arthur (review)  New Straits Times

AFTER making a splash for his directorial debut with the 2011 sci-fi comedy Attack The Block, English filmmaker and screenwriter Joe Cornish is back with ...


Ridley Road: The slow death of an East London street market  Al Jazeera English

Ridley Road Market encapsulates East London's rich history of diversity but can it survive austerity and gentrification?


A new council in London’s East End: a bid for democracy or island of privilege?  The Guardian

Spitalfields is seeking a greater voice. But its proposed boundaries take in gentrified areas and shun poorer residents.


'No sprinklers in 96% of London high-rise council blocks'  BBC News

Nearly 18 months since the Grenfell Tower fire, only 4% of London's high-rise council blocks have sprinklers, according to Labour Party research. The data seen ...


London council picks Countryside for 2000-home estate regeneration  Inside Housing

Kingston Council has picked Countryside Properties as its development partner for the 2,000-home regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate. Linked In ...


London council to vote on enforcing a 'blanket curfew'  The Caterer.com

Hackney Council in east London will vote this week on proposals to implement strict new licensing conditions. The authority for the London borough, famous for ...


Iraqi prime minister visits Basra, months after unrest  The London Free Press

BAGHDAD — Iraq's new prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, made his first visit to Basra on Sunday, promising better water and electricity services after riots ...


London council issues Article 4 direction on permitted development  The Planner

Brent Council has issued an Article 4 Direction that means developers will need to apply for planning permission to convert office and light industrial space into ...


Former Barratt chief to head up London council's housing unit  Inside Housing

A London council has appointed the board for its housing company, with a former regional Barratt Homes boss as its chair. Linked In Twitter Facebook eCard.


London council picks Countryside for big estate rebuild  Construction Enquirer

The London Borough of Kingston has selected Countryside Properties to redevelop a major housing estate. 820-home estate will be demolished and rebuilt with ...


Met Police funding: London mayor warns of council tax rise  BBC News

Sadiq Khan says raising council tax is necessary to "fill the hole left by massive cuts in policing".


Islington becomes latest London council to ask for voluntary tax  Financial Times

Islington council is drawing up plans for a “voluntary council tax supplement” as it follows Westminster in asking wealthier residents to contribute more to local ...