Property 2 bedroom flat to rent in Glenloch Road, Belsize Park. On with Benham and Reeves for £475 per week.

Property industry welcomes crackdown on hidden charges in the rental market

Margareta Pagano: This helping hand on homes is sheer lunacy

George Osborne has failed to realise that building affordable houses is the way to solve would-be buyers' problems – and boost the economy too
Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, yesterday revealed the existence of the estimates

A flood of immigrants? More like a trickle says Whitehall research into end of restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians

Just a trickle of Romanians and Bulgarians could come to Britain when restrictions on them living and working in this country are lifted at the end of the year, previously unpublicised Whitehall research suggested tonight.

Birmingham council asked about sexual orientation and religion in survey on waste and recycling

Er... why? Birmingham council wheelie bin survey asks: Are you gay, straight or bisexual?

A council survey on wheelie bins which asked residents about their sexual orientation has been branded a waste of taxpayers' money by politicians.

Cameron: 'We have to go further and faster on reducing the deficit'

David Cameron reaffirms urgency of deficit reduction

David Cameron has said that the Government needs to go “further and faster” to bring down the deficit after the loss of Britain’s coveted AAA credit rating.

Cabinet ordered to 'double' efforts to kickstart growth

David Cameron and George Osborne have ordered ministers to do more to kickstart growth amid a Cabinet “blame game” about Britain’s flatlining economy.

Editorial: Well, they would, wouldn't they?

Councils were told by central government that if they wanted to raise council tax by more than 2 per cent a year, they had to submit their new rate to a local referendum. So what did they do? At least some have fixed their increases at 1.99 per cent. What precisely did ministers expect? The 2 per cent ceiling was an invitation to do just that.

Forecasters are warning of widespread and frequent heavy showers and thunderstorms, with torrential rain in some places

'Don't come to Britain, it's horrible and wet': New advertising campaign aims to put Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants off a new life in the UK

Government ministers are contemplating running a negative ad campaign to put off eastern European immigrants who plan on coming to Britain, reports have claimed.

'Britain would not collapse outside EU': David Cameron holds out prospect of referendum

Prime Minister rejects criticism from German politicians that he was trying to 'blackmai' the rest of the EU

New immigrant total impossible to predict, says David Cameron

David Cameron insisted today that it was currently impossible to predict immigration levels from Bulgaria and Romania when access restrictions are lifted at the end of this year.

Eric Pickles: The Communities Secretary has imposed further budget cuts of about 1.7 per cent on local councils

Budget cuts will lead to unrest, warn civic leaders

The leaders of three of England's largest cities have warned the Government that further cuts in their council budgets are "Dickensian" and will lead to social unrest.

Town hall chiefs slam coalition over cuts

The coalition is facing a damaging double-pronged assault from town hall chiefs who feel they are being unfairly punished by cuts in local government spending.

Couple vow to continue fight to be married in Church of Scientology chapel

Louisa Hodkin, 24, had wanted to wed fellow Scientologist fiance Alessandro Calcioli at a chapel in the London base of the movement  in central London

Anne Hathaway's house at risk from housing development

Campaigners are fighting to preserve the cottage where William Shakespeare courted his bride

Anthony Hilton: Why it's high time for us to breathe new life back into boarded-up high streets

Converting unwanted shops into homes could create 200,000 new properties
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A year at the sharp end: How Stoke was cut to shreds

With one in four on benefits and a community relying on its council, how would a £36m spending cut work? David Nath spent a year in a place where the Big Society is still just an idea

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