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Spare rooms wanted to shelter homeless youths

Spare rooms wanted to shelter homeless youths

A new scheme backed by Tower Hamlets council is seeking spare rooms in the borough to house homeless young people.…

Queen’s Head for chop as council sells assets

Queen’s Head for chop as council sells assets

A historic Limehouse pub may be closed as Tower Hamlets council prepares to sell the land it’s leased on.…

Photographer dies after fall from Shoreditch party

Photographer dies after fall from Shoreditch party

A fashion photographer was killed and another man seriously injured when they fell from an open window on French Place, Shoreditch last Thursday.…

Stepney residents in battle over faulty lift

Stepney residents in battle over faulty lift

The managers of a five-storey social housing estate have been forced to apologise after a lift serving 50 families stayed out of order since February.…

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.”…