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Tower Hamlets social housing repairs criticised

Tower Hamlets social housing repairs criticised

Tower Hamlets Labour Group has accused the council of rushing ahead with its renovation of social housing under the national Decent Homes scheme, without keeping in mind quality standards. Labour claims that Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, is seeking to make a political gain by maximising the number…

Tower Hamlets Council responds to funding cuts

Tower Hamlets Council responds to funding cuts

Tower Hamlets Council has announced plans for a new council tax benefit scheme to compensate for welfare funding cuts made by the coalition Government. The Government will reduce funding for local authorities under the national council tax benefit scheme by 10 per cent, taking effect from April 2013. According to…

Census 2011: East London boroughs show biggest rise in UK population over last decade

Census 2011: East London boroughs show biggest rise in UK population over last decade

Tower Hamlets has seen the largest increase in population in the United Kingdom according to the Census data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Monday’s Census release by the ONS has shown that Tower Hamlets and Newham have seen the largest population increase by percentage of all areas – whether…

Helping Croydon’s homeless get back on their feet

Helping Croydon’s homeless get back on their feet

  When Croydon was hit by riots last year, dozens of local families who had lost their homes to arson found themselves living on the streets. Local homelessness charity Nightwatch was well equipped to offer assistance after having run resettlement programmes for more than ten years. While the council found…

Croydon moves homeless out of borough as Lewisham builds new homes for local people

Croydon moves homeless out of borough as Lewisham builds new homes for local people

As one south London authority announces it’s to build new homes to ease its housing crisis, another is to tell homeless people they have to move out. Lewisham Council is to build 250 new council homes – the borough’s first new social housing since the 1970s.  But in Croydon, the…

Property prices in East London have not been boosted by the Olympics, Hometrack reports

Property prices in East London have not been boosted by the Olympics, Hometrack reports

The promise of rocketing house prices in the areas surrounding the Olympic site have not been fulfilled. In fact, according to housing market analysts Hometrack,the housing market in the area, particularly around Stratford to the east, has: “under-performed despite high expectations and new investment.”…

MoD officials to face critics at meeting over plans to site missiles in Bow during Olympic Games

MoD officials to face critics at meeting over plans to site missiles in Bow during Olympic Games

The Ministry of Defence is to face its critics from the  Stop the Olympic Missiles Committee at a meeting on Thursday  this week, to the Bow Quarter Residence where it wants to site missiles during the Olympics . The Ministry of Defence have also responded to a series of questions raised…

Hackney pub to become Sikh temple

Hackney pub to become Sikh temple

A dilapidated former Clapton pub is to be given a new lease of life – as a Sikh temple.…

Residents to meet to discuss housing charter

Residents to meet to discuss housing charter

Residents of Tower Hamlets are due to hold a meeting this weekend to discuss the final details of a basic human rights charter for social housing tenants in the borough.…

Residents fear go-ahead for Virginia Quay

Residents fear go-ahead for Virginia Quay

A  decision on the Virginia Quay application is expected later today and residents fear that their concerns will be ignored.…