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Benefits Street backlash continues as petition calls for series to be axed
Channel 4 says controversial documentary was fair and balanced amid accusations programme had 'stirred up hatred'.
The Guardian - Posted 09/01/2014

Channel 4 (@Channel4): Stop broadcasting Benefits Street and make a donation to a relevant charity for the harm caused
On Monday Channel 4 broadcast a programme called Benefits Street. The program tried to show that 90% of people living on the street are on benefits of some sort. Within minutes people took to Facebook and Twitter with comments like "I'd go down this street with a baseball bat". - Posted 09/01/2014

Sixty Icon Peers block law on being annoying in public
Peers have vetoed a government proposal under which courts could stop people being annoying in public.
BBC - Posted 09/01/2014

Helen's story – ‘I felt like I was losing my home'
Helen came to Shelter for advice when she was struggling to pay her mortgage. Here’s her story:
Shelter Stories - Posted 09/01/2014

Thousands sign petition urging Channel 4 to drop Benefits Street
Thousands of people have signed a petition demanding that Channel 4 drop the remainder of Benefits Street, a controversial series on the welfare system that has prompted a police probe and hundreds of complaints from viewers.
The Independent - Posted 09/01/2014

Now overseas aid is spent on asylum seekers - in Britain: £10m being used to fund housing and benefits
Millions of pounds from Britain’s controversial overseas aid budget is being diverted to fund housing and benefits for asylum seekers living in the UK.
Mail Online - Posted 09/01/2014

Kingsman Jamie Hancock: Wigan road named after soldier
A new road in Wigan will be named in honour of a soldier from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment who was killed in Iraq.
BBC - Posted 09/01/2014

Ex-Tiverton mayor Kevin Wilson admits benefits swindle
A former mayor has admitted swindling thousands of pounds of benefits from his own council in Devon.
BBC - Posted 09/01/2014

Sixty Icon Council uses sniffer dogs to tackle drugs and anti-social behaviour
A London borough’s enforcement officers have used sniffer dogs to tackle drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in housing block stairwells.
Inside Housing - Posted 09/01/2014

Road in new housing estate named after fallen soldier
A new road in a Wigan council estate will be named after a fallen soldier who had a ‘very promising career ahead of him’.
Inside Housing - Posted 09/01/2014

Beacon of hope for a new start
A pioneering project in North Yorkshire is helping homeless veterans get back on their feet. Grace Hammond reports.
Yorkshire Post - Posted 08/01/2014

Nursery owner falsified children's dates of birth to fraudulently claim £37,000
A crooked nursery owner who falsified children’s dates of birth and other details so she could fraudulently claim over £37,000 in funding has been given a 10-month suspended sentence.
24 Housing - Posted 08/01/2014

Video: Sam's Story
"I can't even explain what you go through when you're facing homelessness. Homelessness is drastic!"
Bromford Group - Posted 08/01/2014

Sixty Icon Tenants' rights when rents keep rising - the key questions
A Kent landlord has hit the headlines for his plan to evict tenants on housing benefits. As rents keep rising and demand for property grows, Channel 4 News looks at what rights, if any, tenants have.
Channel 4 News - Posted 08/01/2014

Who's afraid of the big bad lender?
When I was young, I remember a school friend saying she might have to move house. Her parents kept using this mysterious word: ‘repossession’.
Shelter - Posted 08/01/2014

Sixty Icon First tenant to be threatened with eviction over 'bedroom tax' in court
Unemployed Michael Lindsey, 37, has racked up more than £650 in unpaid rent since the government introduced the charge.
Manchester Evening News - Posted 08/01/2014

Eco living: Llangattock, the village using a stream for energy
A small Welsh community is showing how a collective can harness local resources to power its own future.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 08/01/2014

Escape London: top 10 places to relocate
For many it’s the perfect combination – working in London but living in a surrounding village. Here, Strutt & Parker picks 10 of the best places to live outside the capital .
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 08/01/2014

Sixty Icon UK storms: Further flooding risk as heavy rain forecast
Parts of Britain are at risk of more flooding, as the Met Office forecasts more heavy rain in the coming days.
BBC - Posted 08/01/2014

CDS Co-operatives' Board Member, Jon Fitzmaurice receives OBE in New Years honours
Jon Fitzmaurice, Board Member of CDS Co-operatives, has received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s honours list for services to housing.
HousingNet - Posted 08/01/2014

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