THE COST OF HOMELESSNESS: Redbridge Council spend on rehoming revealed in report

  Ilford, United Kingdom VIJAY SHAH via HARRIET CLUGSTON and IMOGEN BRADDICK/Ilford Recorder   According to the latest figures, Redbridge Council, which governs the east Greater London towns of Redbridge and Ilford, spends more than GBP £750,000 (USD $970,511) per … Continue reading THE COST OF HOMELESSNESS: Redbridge Council spend on rehoming revealed in report

HARROW FLATS: New apartment block given go-ahead despite locals’ objections

Pinner – VIJAY SHAH via ADAM SHAW and Harrow Times Local authorities in the north-west Greater London borough of Harrow have given assent to a new development of flats despite local residents of a busy road objecting to the project and vetoing it three times, the Harrow Times newspaper reported today. The Northcote development, in the Pinner area’s Rickmansworth Road, will consist of eight brand-new flats in addition to an existing estate of 24 homes now at the site. The eight apartments will be housed in a single two-storey complex, and the plans were approved by Harrow’s council, the Times reports. … Continue reading HARROW FLATS: New apartment block given go-ahead despite locals’ objections

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Japan is giving away unwanted houses

Tokyo – VIJAY SHAH via LUCY DAYMAN and Culture Trip While finding a home at even an average price is next to impossible in the big cities of much of the developed world (London, New York etc., I’m looking at you), Japan is making things a least a little bit easier for aspiring homeowners. Over there in the Far East, they are practically giving away abandoned houses for free, according to travel and culture site Culture Trip. Some towns in Japan have started doling out residences for free, and in the very nature of town-hall bureaucracy, have divided the types … Continue reading LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Japan is giving away unwanted houses

SOCIAL HOUSING: British government launches report on tenant experiences, housing reforms

London – VIJAY SHAH The UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has unveiled a report detailing the experiences of people living in social housing and the inequalities and stigma they face as social tenants, HEM News Agency exclusively reports. Ministers with the MHCLG, formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government, launched through their social media outlets a document, the ‘Social Housing Green Paper‘, as part of an ambition to tackle the widespread stigma against families and individuals residing in council-owned and housing association-owned properties and estates. The paper also highlights the government’s intention to give support to … Continue reading SOCIAL HOUSING: British government launches report on tenant experiences, housing reforms

NEW STRATFORD HOUSING PROJECT: Not so much in the way of ‘affordable’

London – VIJAY SHAH via ALEX SHAW and Newham Recorder As the city of London struggles to house its growing population amidst a housing crisis and soaring rents and house prices, a new housing project underway in the district of Stratford has come in for criticism after it was revealed that only twenty-five per cent of the available stock will be marketed as affordable, the local community newspaper Newham Recorder reported. The Legacy Wharf complex, being designed by Bellway Homes, is being promoted as an ideal site for first-time buyers to move into an up-and-coming part of east London, only a … Continue reading NEW STRATFORD HOUSING PROJECT: Not so much in the way of ‘affordable’