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A grand pile of rubbish: Infestation fears in student accommodation

A grand pile of rubbish: Infestation fears in student accommodation

Breaking News, Explainers, Housing, London, Student
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMSYzGejchY Mountains of rubbish bags have piled up outside a student accommodation block in north-west London, sparking fears of a possible rat infestation. Grand Felda House in Wembley is operated by CRM Students, a private company which charges students up to £494 pounds a week. But footage reveals that residents are far from living in luxury. Hundreds of rubbish bags had been collected on a rooftop, which forms part of the block. The litter included shopping bags, discarded food items, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and takeaway containers. A clip showing the mess was posted by mother Jaquie Finn on the social media platform X, alongside a message describing the scene as a 'health and safety nightmare'. Finn also suggested that the bu
“Give me money!”: Students react to the cost-of-living crisis

“Give me money!”: Students react to the cost-of-living crisis

Adults, Breaking News, economy, Explainers, Health, Housing, London, News, UK news
The cost-of-living crisis began in 2021 and is still ongoing. Prices in the United Kingdom have been increasing faster than the average household income can sustain. Students across the country have been particularly impacted by the fluctuating rent prices.  Over the last year, finding affordable accommodation in the city has become a challenge for Londoners. It is a situation that has been especially stressful for students who might struggle financially. According to the Office for National Statistics, private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 3.4% in the 12 months to August 2022, up from 3.3% in the 12 months to July 2022. Students interviewed by Westminster World explained that the public funding they received to support themselves throughout their stud...
“This crisis is scaring me” – The rise of the British Bamboccioni

“This crisis is scaring me” – The rise of the British Bamboccioni

Adults, Breaking News, economy, Explainers, Housing, trends, UK news
Young British adults are leaving home later than ever. 28% of British households are now multigenerational according to the ONS, diverging from our Northern European neighbours, toward a more Italian arrangement. ‘Bamboccioni’ is an Italian colloquial term that best translates to 'big baby'. This has become a term used to describe Italy’s elevated rate of adults still living at home due to the country's economic stagnation. More than 65% of Italians aged 18 to 34 live with their parents. Europeans may be mocked, however ritual has been commonplace through history in a number of cultures. Family values are held in particularly high esteem in Eastern cultures, for example, and it is commonly expected that children care for their parents in older age as their parents cared for them
Figures show a link between birth rates and ethnicity

Figures show a link between birth rates and ethnicity

children, Data Journalism, Education, Health, Housing, Medical, NHS, Racism
In contrast with previous studies, the recent figures show that socio-economic factors are more relevant than biological ones   Babies born from Pakistani and Black African parents had the highest infant mortality rates. Meanwhile, those from white mothers and fathers have the lowest in England and Wales, according to 2013 figures provided by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The white community (British and Irish) suffered only 2.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. However, the figure is quite different for other minorities. Pakistani babies had a mortality rate of 6.7, Black Caribbean of 6.6, and Black African of 6.3. These ethnic groups showed the most worrying probabilities of babies’ survival. The figures displayed a scary face of how inequality works even in t
Mayor Sadiq Khan pledges to end London housing crisis

Mayor Sadiq Khan pledges to end London housing crisis

Business, Explainers, Housing, London, London Mayor, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2
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