Category Archives: Affordable Housing

Labour challenges Conservative Council plans for yet more tall buildings

Westminster Labour Group has a number of concerns about proposals set out in the Conservative Council’s ‘Building height: Getting the right kind of growth for Westminster’ consultation. While couched in somewhat vague language, it is clear that the push from … Continue reading

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Labour calls for housing associations to be held to account

At the recent Westminster Fairer Housing Conference, organised by Karen Buck and Westminster Labour group, the deep worries about the behaviour of housing associations in Westminster was the main concern for many attendees, as reported by this article in the … Continue reading

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Council refuses to answer questions about its damaging homelessness strategy

Labour Councillors trying to scrutinize Westminster Council’s controversial homelessness policies have been denied access to information about the legal advice the Council commissioned around the scheme that will formalise sending everyone except those with high care needs or kids doing … Continue reading

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CityWest Homes plans major estate office closures

CityWest Homes-the organisation that runs Westminster Council’s 21,000 council and leasehold homes is planning massive cuts to its network of estate offices in local communities across the city. Under plans set out to councillors this week it seems that CityWest … Continue reading

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Westminster Fairer Housing Conference- April 11th

Date: April 11th 2017, 7pm-10pm (doors from 6.30pm) Venue: Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES, (near Royal Oak tube). Speakers include: Karen Buck MP, Westminster North Tom Copley AM, Labour GLA Housing Spokesperson Joanna Kennedy, former Chief Executive of … Continue reading

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Westminster Labour challenges huge proposed rent rise by Genesis Housing Association

Cllr Adam Hug, on behalf of Westminster Labour Group, and Karen Buck MP have written to the Valuation Office Agency, the Government body that adjudicates changes to regulated tenancies, to oppose plans by Genesis to hike rents for secure tenants … Continue reading

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Labour challenge Westminster Tory Cuts to fight to protect vulnerable adults and young people

Another Conservative Council budget, more horrific cuts to vital public services. In its 2017/18 Budget to be debated tonight (Wednesday 1st March), Westminster council has to find a further £46.175 million this year (£35.446m budget cuts and £10.7299m new cost … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Care, Affordable Housing, Children, Children's Centres, Homeless Families, Temporary accommodation, Temporary staff, Westminster City Council, Youth Services | 1 Comment