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Council threatens to quadruple Council Tax bills on empty flats

Our housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on the slow introduction of increased local taxes in an effort to deter the borough’s ‘executive apartments’ being used as investment vehicles and not as homes Absentee landlords with homes deliberately left vacant could face … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s profitable Blairite response to Right to Buy

The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire has, rightly, focused attention on safety around the nation’s low-cost housing. But underlining the lack of attention given to the conditions of such homes and the ongoing under-investment in council housing has been … Continue reading

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Barwell bungles again with U-turn on social housing promise

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest Tory manifesto about-turn, this one delivered by Croydon’s very own gaffe-prone career politician Gavin Barwell, the Nimby Tory housing minister who has campaigned against building homes in his Croydon Central constituency, yesterday delivered the … Continue reading

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Now Idris Elba gets angry with Tories over rising homelessness

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, outlines the latest raft of Tory government cuts to benefits which will make yet more people homeless, and which have been supported by housing minister Gavin Barwell The role of Tory-led governments, and their current … Continue reading

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Barwell adopts United Airlines approach to his housing ‘debate’

WALTER CRONXITE uncovers a Tory astroturfing exercise which has hand-picked the audience for a bogus housing ‘debate’ with the local MP Loyal Croydon Tory supporters of the government minister, Gavin Barwell, have adopted the ticketing practices of United Airlines ahead … Continue reading

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Barwell admits Tories have broken promise on starter homes

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports on a manifesto commitment which the government’s Nimby housing minister now says won’t be kept Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell, in his role as the housing minister, has confirmed that the Tory government has … Continue reading

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Letting agent convicted of fraud over £15,000 of deposits

A letting agent – described by a Crown Court judge as being “thoroughly dishonest” – has been jailed for 19 months after making off with thousands of pounds of clients’ holding deposits. The trial of Thirugnanaselvam Damayantharan, of Demesne Road, … Continue reading

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