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Mayor Sadiq Khan pledges to end London housing crisis

Mayor Sadiq Khan pledges to end London housing crisis

Business, Housing, London, London Mayor, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Uncategorized
London has been notorious for being an expensive city to live in – the cost of housing has hit the roof and student accommodation becoming more expensive – the youth in London are at crossroads over the sudden boom in prices. In an effort to stabilise the real estate market, London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan has agreed to another London MP that it is the need of the hour to adopt “a strategic approach to rent stabilisation and control” in order to combat the housing crisis. London has also been facing a homelessness crisis, which has been further amplified by Section 21, a law in which landlords can evict tenants after a fixed term ends or during a tenancy with no fixed end date or ‘periodic tenancy’ as it is known. The section has faced a lot of flak as it allows ‘no fault’ evictions which
Homelessness: Is contactless the solution?

Homelessness: Is contactless the solution?

Breaking News, Charity, economy, Health, Housing, London, London Mayor, News, ReportingWeek1, ReportingWeek2
Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, the United Kingdom faces a growing issue with homelessness. Many charities collect money and support those without a home but unfortunately, they fail to reach everyone in need. Stephen, 55, an ex-serviceman from the armed forces, represents a soundboard for many who have lost faith in charity. He is of the opinion that charities cheat people in the name of donation. “I would love to know where the money goes. But I already know where it goes. It goes for wages and it’s all a con. That is all it is. You’ve got the Royal British Legion. Last year they raised 42 million pounds. But it never went to the ex-servicemen. 75 percent of the people that live on the street are ex-forces. We are in a society now. We’re being lied to.”
A Realist’s Guide to Renting in London

A Realist’s Guide to Renting in London

Breaking News, Harrow, Housing, London, London Mayor, News, Opinion, ReportingWeek1, ReportingWeek2, Student
Recent data from OnTheMarket.com revealed that Londoners spend up to 61% of their income on rent, with Camden being the most expensive borough. This follows a study by the trade union GMB which found that between 2011 and 2017, rent prices for two-bedroom flats in London increased by 25.9% to an average of £1,500 per month while wages only increased by 9.1%. Today, in a letter seen by The Guardian, Sadiq Khan said that he is considering the introduction of rent controls in London: “The housing crisis is now having such an effect on a generation of Londoners in favour of rent stabilisation and control are becoming overwhelming.” Khan’s proposed changes focus on “no-fault evictions”, where landlords are able to evict tenants at the end of their initial fixed term which campaigning gro
Mayor Sadiq Khan recognised London needs more controls in private renting

Mayor Sadiq Khan recognised London needs more controls in private renting

Housing, London, London Mayor, News, Politics
The new Mayor’s project could impose different regulations to limit and cap the private rent prices in the English capital. The Mayor of London wants to introduce more control on private rent in London, as its prices are increasing year by year. The first London Living Rent homes launched this week: find out more about my plans to help Londoners who rent https://t.co/7JImy2VvIv — Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) 4 May 2017 The weekly average private rent has risen by 39 pounds from 2008 to 2017, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government, while outside London this cost has stayed stable.     Khan’s “London Model”, which will be published in spring 2019, will contain the changes in how to supervise the private rent in London. This
‘Next Meal’ battling homelessness in London one click at a time

‘Next Meal’ battling homelessness in London one click at a time

Food, Housing
Bleak, overcast days, cold winds, unrelenting rain; winter in London is hard. It’s even harder when you’re huddled on pavements with rolled up sleeping bags, old backpacks, and a blanket. It’s a stark, uncomfortable reality for London: 1 in 59 of its residents is homeless. This winter, however, it may just get easier if you have a mobile phone. “It’s a very simple idea and interface,” says Martin Stone, Voluntary Director of the Muswell Hill Soup Kitchen, introducing his new service, Next Meal. “You just have to go online, enter where you are, and you’ll get a list of shelters near you along with the facilities they offer,” he explains. Available both as a website and an app, Next Meal helps homeless people around London find shelters providing food and lodging near them. Last wee
Campaigners to Protest Against Housing Act

Campaigners to Protest Against Housing Act

DontUse, Housing, London
Housing campaigners 'Homes for All-Axe the Act' will rally outside Parliament on November 22nd to demand action against the housing crisis and present their own budget for homes. As Parliament proposes its new budget on Wednesday, Homes For All will implore the government to address long-term under-funding in council housing. In light of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire earlier this year, campaigners will also ask the government to pay for necessary fire safety provisions and further improvements in council homes. Eileen Short, Homes For All spokesperson, said: “The budget on Wednesday is a chance for Government to address the dire housing situation in Britain, which is getting worse with every week that passes. We are demanding a Budget for Homes that really helps invest in a new ge
Millennials priced out of prosperous future

Millennials priced out of prosperous future

Housing
The rise of London living costs could force out millennials Traditionally, the charm of the capital has never failed to attract young millennials across the globe. With its lucrative job opportunities and unprecedented rooftop views, you quickly find yourself amidst the young crowds here to pursue a lifelong dream. Although, we are very familiar with the phrase ‘everything comes with a price’. Cost of living in the capital has dramatically increased making a decent living almost unaffordable, as house prices bear no relation to income. Unregulated rental prices by private landlords consume almost two-thirds of average salary. “We need to do everything we can to help Londoners who are struggling to pay their rents. That’s why I’m working with housing associations and councils to bui
Mayor Khan: 33 people below the age of 25 killed by knife this year

Mayor Khan: 33 people below the age of 25 killed by knife this year

Housing, Politics, Transport
The Mayor stressed that safety in London is “the most important responsibility” he has, when he was talking about it in People’s Question Time in Dagenham last Thursday. “As we continue to face an unprecedented terrorist threat, it’s a tough part of my job,” the Mayor said, “but we are lucky to have the best police force in the world.” Khan reminded the attendees that the police showed “incredible bravery in recent months”. He also emphasised that he is all the time in close touch with the Metropolitan police. “I am working with the Met every day, to keep our city safe and to ensure we are as prepared as possible.” But the main concern of those who questioned the Mayor was knife crime. A mother from Dagenham raised the issue by saying that her son was stabbed and died last ye
Charity fears homeless women suffer from NHS cuts

Charity fears homeless women suffer from NHS cuts

Gender, Housing, NHS, Politics
Hospitals, surgeries and shelters are not providing sanitary products for homeless people, despite the huge mobilisation for low income women’s right in the last few years. Women’s services manager for the charity Spires, Pamela Mhlophe, is concerned about the current situation: “In this moment, with NHS cutting down on many services, I don’t think they will tackle this problem too,“ she said to Westminster World. ”Private citizens and companies are helping through donations, but it should be a public issue.” Homeless women are used to living a dangerous life, full of risks, but it becomes much more difficult when they have their period. Besides finding food, a job and a place to stay, they have to look for a private toilet to wash themselves and, most importantly, find access to s

Mayor Sadiq Khan raised three key areas about former housing on the new housing strategy

Housing
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan raised three key areas about former housing on mayor’s question time with London Assembly. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has published a series of announcements about his draft Housing Strategy for London last month. During the Oct 12th Mayor’s question, the mayor talked about the three key areas about former housing in detailed. Mr. Khan said: “There is a gulf between what London is building and what our Londoners need.” According to him, to raise the level of former housing, the first thing is to strengthen the planning guidance which were already published to ensure developers contribute their fair share or affordable homes. For those who fail to meet the requirement will have their viability assessments made by public and interrogated by viabilit