Category Archives: Housing Benefit

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 slams new Tory plans ‘to send residents to Coventry’

Conservative led Westminster Council has announced plans that would see increasingly large numbers of Westminster residents who have lost their homes and are in need of temporary accommodation sent to properties in the Midlands, with hundreds being forced to take a private … Continue reading

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Foxtons Rep smears families on housing benefit over Westminster flat

Westminster Labour has reacted with anger at the leak of an email showing shocking behaviour by a Foxtons Lettings Manager who was attempting to win business off a rival agency. In the email a Lettings Manager at the Hampstead branch … Continue reading

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Labour warns Westminster Council: either tackle high rents or face discretionary housing payments disaster

Labour councillors today issued a stark warning to Westminster Council Leader, Cllr Philipa Roe, and Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Tim Mitchell, who this year are dipping into council reserves due to Conservative Government cuts and failure to tackle the … Continue reading

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A double whammy for social housing in Westminster

A recent report by the respected housing charity Shelter has identified that under the Conservative Government’s plans to sell off high value council homes would mean Westminster has to sell off a massive 76.3% of its much needed council homes … Continue reading

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High Court judgment once again means Westminster Council needs to rethink its housing allocation policy

In a High Court judgment yesterday, R(Alemi) v Westminster CC [2015] EWHC 1765 (Admin) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2015/1765.html, HHJ Blair QC ruled Westminster Council’s housing allocations policy unlawful. The latest in a number of legal judgments criticising the council’s housing policy, the Council’s … Continue reading

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Westminster Council pays out £283,000 compensation to homeless families

Westminster Council has paid £283,882 in compensation to 191 homeless families who were illegally kept in bed and breakfast accommodation for more than 6 weeks. However, more half of the families affected by Westminster’s illegal actions have yet to receive … Continue reading

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