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‘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

#breakingnews, 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
Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

#breakingnews, Culture, economy, Environment, Housing, News, Politics, Radio, Sport, Transport
From July 25 to August 12, London hosted the XXX Olympic Games. The event was introduced by local and national authorities as an unmissable opportunity to transform the city. East London was to become a symbol of the city of the future, with affordable homes, open green spaces and sustainable means of transport. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was designed and built in a huge junction between the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Massive public investments were promised to provide the communities with social, cultural and sporting facilities. An old, traditional and active industrial area was evicted. Following a controversial compulsory purchase, dozens of businesses were forced to leave and hundreds of neighbours were relocated. Around £10bn were spent. Fi
Four alternative ways of living in London

Four alternative ways of living in London

Culture, Experience, Galleries, Housing, Media, News, Social media
With the cost of rent skyrocketing out of reach for many living in the capital, four Londoners have managed to find affordable ways to live that could prove to be viable solutions in the urban housing crisis.  Meet David, a Scottish bus driver. David has endured great instability in his life over the last year. After getting deported from Canada, David found himself homeless in the UK. Until now. David just moved into his new home in a converted shipping container in Walthamstow. This affordable housing project, mYPad, is the brainchild of the YMCA. The mYPad project, as David explains, is about “moving in people and enabling them to save money to move on.” David is not alone. According to Crisis.org, the affordable housing shortage in London has left over 8,000 people “sleeping ro
Are people deserting London amid acute housing crisis?

Are people deserting London amid acute housing crisis?

#breakingnews, Housing, Media, News, Social media
Northern regions of the UK are becoming a better choice than London for UK property investors, revealed a report on Friday. Hometrack report stated that England’s northern parts such as Manchester have a better prospect for capital growth. According to Hometrack’s UK Cities Index, there was a decline in the headline growth for London, which is now 6.9% down from 7.2% a month earlier. The figures were much higher a year ago with an index of 7.9%. Manchester has registered one of the greatest uplifts outside of southern England, with an increase of 8.3% last year. This, in comparison to the London figures, is more welcoming for property investors across the country. Ged McPartlin, sales director at Ascend Properties, told Property Investor Today, “For years we have stressed that the M
Hard Brexit could cause a severe housing crisis in London

Hard Brexit could cause a severe housing crisis in London

#breakingnews, EU referendum, Housing, News, Politics, Social media
 A 'hard Brexit' can have a crippling effect on London's housing crisis, Sadiq Khan reveals. According to a paper published by the Mayor, one in four construction workers in London are from the European Union and therefore face an uncertain future of their working titles in the UK. The mayor of London warned that due to the upcoming Brexit, UK could lose skilled workers and this could have a “seriously detrimental” effect on thousands of houses that Londoners need. “London is in the grip of a serious housing crisis. While we are working to train up more Londoners to have the skills to work in construction, you can’t escape the fact that a ‘hard Brexit’ could leave a quarter of the skilled construction workforce in the capital high and dry,” he said. The Evening Standard reported t