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London councils face questions for housing families outside the capital

London councils face questions for housing families outside the capital

The government has called in London councils over concerns that homelessness numbers are soaring, after research revealed the scale of plans being drawn up to send families to live in temporary housing outside the capital.

As cuts shrink the number of properties affordable to people on benefits, more than 20 London local councils have rented properties as far as Corby, Cornwall, Blackpool, Southampton and Newcastle to house families that could end up on the streets in London.

Eighteen of those responding to freedom of information requests anticipate having to place people outside of Greater London next year to cope with the rising numbers of homeless families. Read more.

Randeep Ramesh | The Guardian | 3rd December 2012

HS2 ‘is likely to lower the value of up to 170,000 homes’

The value of more than 40,000 homes – and possibly as many as 170,000 – could be hit by the proposed new HS2 rail line, yet ministers are proposing to compensate fewer than 2,000 owners, campaigners have warned.

The extent of the potential property blight from the high-speed line linking London and Birmingham can be disclosed as opponents challenge the £34bn scheme this Monday at the High Court. The controversial 140-mile line, Britain’s biggest new infrastructure project, will slice through the Chiltern Hills to the north-west of London.

Activists from the HS2 Action Alliance (HS2AA) have discovered through a Freedom of Information request that there are 43,000 homes at risk of property blight – meaning they are likely to drop in value or become hard to sell because of the scheme. Read more.

Michael McCarthy | The Independent | 2nd December 2012

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