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Single mothers to be worst hit as welfare reforms bite [Audio]

Single mothers to be worst hit as welfare reforms bite [Audio]

  An event hosted at the Idea Store in Whitechapel Wednesday 24 April investigated how the bedroom tax is affecting local women. Although this reform is being implemented nationwide, the meeting indicated that social housing residents and housing benefit recipients in Tower Hamlets and across London are likely to feel…

Croydon breaks rule on housing homeless in B&B’s

Croydon breaks rule on housing homeless in B&B’s

The use of private bed and breakfast accomodation to house homeless Croydon families for longer than the legal period of six weeks has severely increased since 2011, according to figures obtained by EastLondonLines. A Freedom of Information request revealed that in 2011 there were just five cases where families had…

MP warns of ‘more hardship’ under benefit cap trial

MP warns of ‘more hardship’ under benefit cap trial

Croydon families face more hardship as a result of the Government’s benefit cap, a local Labour MP has warned, ahead of the trial due to start in the area next month. Steve Reed,  Labour MP for Croydon North told Eastlondonlines that although “capping benefits is fine” setting the cap at…

New Sainsbury’s development plans for Stoke Newington

New Sainsbury’s development plans for Stoke Newington

Eastlondonlines can now reveal the new plans for of the proposed Sainsburys development in Stoke Newington. The plans to build a new Sainsbury’s in Stoke Newington have been revised for a second time after a long campaign from local activists. Stoke Newington residents expressed  concerns over the development when it…

£250 million regeneration for Tower Hamlets estate

£250 million regeneration for Tower Hamlets estate

The first phase of a £250 million regeneration of a Tower Hamlets estate is set to begin next month and is believed to be the biggest ever investment in this part of London. Over the next two years, the regeneration of the Aberfeldy estate in Blackwall will deliver 105 new…

Rent increase in Tower Hamlets limits home buyers

Rent increase in Tower Hamlets limits home buyers

  Tower Hamlets saw a dramatic increase in private property rents in the past year. According to the latest data from housing charity Shelter, rental costs increased by approximately £1000 per year- more than the three times the average rise across London. According to  Shelter’s Rent Trap Report rents rose…

40 storey ‘residential tower’ to be built on historic site

40 storey ‘residential tower’ to be built on historic site

A 40-storey development is to be built on the historic site of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch. The theatre pre-dates The Globe and was home to the premiere of Romeo and Juliet. The development has raised concern in the area as its 40 floor tower will be much higher than…

Dalston ‘gated community’ plans withdrawn for now

Dalston ‘gated community’ plans withdrawn for now

Plans to build a “gated community” in Dalston have been withdrawn and will be reviewed by Transport for London following a request from Hackney Council. The plans, put forward by owners TfL and development partners Taylor Wimpey, proposed an eight storey residential block on Kingsland High Street. The community advocacy…

Consultation on skyscraper plans commences

Consultation on skyscraper plans commences

A consultation began last week for plans to build the UK’s third tallest skyscraper in the Isle of Dogs. The plans were submitted to Tower Hamlets Council by developers Chalegrove Properties. Councillors fear that this development project could place considerable strain on local infrastructure after Census results published in December…

Liberal Democrats reject neighbourhood forum

Liberal Democrats reject neighbourhood forum

Hackney’s Liberal Democrat Party has withdrawn support for a proposed “Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum” which is hoping to take on local development, under the terms of the Localism Act 2011. The Liberal Democrats brand the plans as “vague and unprofessional”, “too large” and “undemocratic”. The one Liberal Democrat councillor who…