Labour in disarray on welfare shake-up as its proposals for tough reform unravel


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Labour in disarray on welfare shake-up as its proposals for tough reform unravel Labour leader Ed Miliband faces growing mutiny over his soft approachPolls reveal decisive public support for Government's benefit shake-upLiam Byrne rushes out proposals designed to harden up Labour's image By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 00:28 GMT, 8 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:58 GMT, 8 April 2013 Labour was plunged into disarray over welfare yesterday, as its proposals for tough reforms unravelled – and Ed Miliband faced a growing mutiny over his soft approach.

Housing benefit cap: Mother-of-six demands she is rehoused in exclusive suburb after being forced out of 2MILLION home


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‘Get me back to Belgravia’: Mother of six demands she is rehoused in exclusive suburb after a cap on housing benefit forced her out of 2MILLION home Stephanie Demouh was entitled to housing benefit because she was registered as a single mother She lived in a four bedroom house in Belgravia, near Sloane Square, for about three yearsGovernment housing cap resulted in Westminster Council moving family Demouh says she needs to live in the exclusive area so her children can get to school Westminster City Council says it will now investigate the case By Tara Brady PUBLISHED: 10:59 GMT, 17 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 GMT, 17 March 2013 A mother-of-six who was forced out of a 2million home in one of London's most expensive areas after the government introduced a cap on housing benefit is demanding the council rehouse her in the same neighbourhood so her children can attend an elite school. Stephanie Demouh, originally from Togo, in west Africa, was entitled to the handouts because she claimed she was a single mother. She was allocated a four-bedroom house in Belgravia, near Sloane Square, where she has been living for about three years with her children.

Ex-police chief and his lover found shot dead in porch of their home "after neighbours spotted bloodstains on window"


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Ex-police chief and his lover found shot dead in porch of their home 'after neighbours spotted bloodstains on window' Police were called to the house on the Moonrakers estate in DevizesBody of former police inspector Bill Dowling and his partner were found Both victims appeared to have sustained gunshot woundsNeighbours called police after seeing the bodies in the porch Wiltshire Police said the news will 'shock the community' By Andy Dolan and Luke Salkeld PUBLISHED: 08:33 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:50 GMT, 4 March 2013 Ex-police chief Bill Dowling was found shot dead at his home in Moonrakers, Devizes A retired police inspector and his girlfriend were found shot dead at his home, it emerged yesterday. The bodies of Bill Dowling, 59, and a woman named locally as Vicky, were lying in the blood- spattered porch.

Average London house "to cost 500,000 by 2020"


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Average London house 'to cost 500,000 by 2020': Welcomed by home owners but 'grim news' for first-time buyers Economic growth is expected to be stronger in the capitalThere is evidence of a growing 'North-South' divide in the housing market outside London By James Salmon PUBLISHED: 01:34 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:36 GMT, 11 February 2013 The price of a typical London home will hit half a million pounds by the end of the decade, according to leading economists. The average house in the capital will cost 383,000 this year and then rise more than 30 per cent by 2020, the Centre for Economics and Business Research think-tank said. Experts last night said the figures would be welcomed by home owners in the capital but said it was ‘grim news’ for those already struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.

South widens property price gap with the rest of Britain: Value of London home up 28,500 in a year but falling in seven other regions


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South widens property price gap with the rest of Britain: Value of London home up 28,500 in a year but falling in seven other regions | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 21 December 2012 Britain's housing market has ‘a stark North-South divide’, with house prices rising in London and the South but falling across the rest of the country, a report said yesterday. It showed that the value of homes in London has jumped by an average of 28,500 over the last year, but prices have been dropping in seven out of 11 regions

Kwame Ofosu-Asare murder: Gangsters who stabbed innocent sixth-form student to death are jailed for life


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Running for his life: Moment gangsters on rival turf chased and killed an innocent 17-year-old student who was 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' Kwame Ofosu-Asare was mistaken for a rival gang memberTwo teenagers 'who showed no remorse' stabbed him fourteen times Idiabeta jailed for 19 years and Okusanya for 20 years today Idiabeta was in youth court on day of attack for breaching bail conditionsOkusanya told police: 'Everyone gets stabbed, everyone goes to jail, that's how life is' | UPDATED: 18:18 GMT, 18 December 2012 This is the horrifying moment gangsters chased and killed an innocent 17-year-old student after mistaking him for a rival gang member. CCTV footage shows victim Kwame Ofosu-Asare who was 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' running away from Nelson Idiabeta, then 17, and Nathaniel Okusanya, then 18. Moments after the teenagers were captured running after him and a friend, Kwame was stabbed 14 times in the back in a 'cowardly and merciless' murder.

House prices across the country will rise in 2013 thanks to increased mortgage competition and shortage of homes


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House prices across the country ‘will rise in 2013 thanks to increased mortgage competition and shortage of homes’Average rise of 2 per cent in asking prices predicted in 2013Rise expected despite biggest fall in ten years this monthBut number of new sellers expected to be same as last three years | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 Increase: The average rise next year is expected due to more competition among lenders and a shortage of homes, although big falls are expected over Christmas The beleaguered housing market is set to bounce back next year across England and Wales, according to research. A report by property search website Rightmove predicts an average rise of 2 per cent in sellers’ asking prices in 2013, thanks to increased competition among mortgage lenders and a continued shortage of homes

Housing market: More misery for renters as average monthly payments are expected to jump by 4%


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More misery for renters frozen off the housing ladder as average monthly payments are expected to jump by another 4% Rents expected to rise twice as fast as house prices in 2013Cost of the average home will rise by a modest two per cent | UPDATED: 09:12 GMT, 14 December 2012 Rents will rise twice as fast as house prices in 2013 as Britain’s embattled housing market endures another tough year, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors will say today.

Migrants "will push house prices up by an extra 10%", Theresa May warns


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Migrants 'will push house prices up by an extra 10%', Theresa May warns Home Secretary: ‘More than one third of all new housing demand caused by immigration' Said research house prices will be 13 per cent higher over next 20 years than if migration were at zero | UPDATED: 07:50 GMT, 13 December 2012 House prices will rise by more than 10 per cent unless mass immigration is controlled, Theresa May warned yesterday. The increases in the years to come would go beyond other pressures on the housing market – dealing a blow to young Britons already struggling to get on the property ladder. In a speech in London, the Home Secretary delivered a blunt analysis of the impact of Labour’s ‘open door’ immigration policy.

Generation Rent "has no stake in community" because housing market means they are being frozen out


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Generation Rent 'has no stake in community' because housing market means they are being frozen outNew report shows younger people are failing to get a foot on the housing ladderInstitute for Public Policy Research says they are also putting career ambitions and family plans on hold | UPDATED: 23:04 GMT, 10 December 2012 A generation of young people is being frozen out of the housing market and failing to put down roots, a report has found. It said soaring numbers of young workers are being forced to rent, giving them little stake in their neighbourhood and a reduced sense of community spirit. Their inability to get a foot on the housing ladder also means putting their career ambitions and family plans on hold