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

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Town halls will be ordered by the Government to stop asking residents questions about their sexuality, race and health.

First it was a 'Teletubbies house', now Neville has restaurant plans

Should it all go wrong with his new career as a television football pundit, the former Manchester United and England star Gary Neville might now be able to fall back on an alternative as a restaurateur.

Leading article: Stimulation good, intervention bad

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Measures to make it easier for popular schools to expand and new "free" schools to open were agreed by ministers yesterday. A directive to local authorities made it clear that they should in future back any expansion applications from oversubscribed schools.

Benefit cap will hit single mothers and minorities

Moves to impose an annual limit on benefit payments to the unemployed will affect single mothers and ethnic minorities hardest, the Government's own analysis of the controversial policy has concluded.

George Osborne faces revolt over benefits cap pledge

George Osborne faces a rebellion within the Coalition over his pledge that no family should get more in benefits than the average wage.

John Walsh: Real men just don't care how they look

What are we chaps to make of the fact that Hugh Laurie has been signed up as the face, no the smell, no, hang on, the ambassador of L'Oreal cosmetics? One's thoughts fly immediately, I'm afraid, to Mr Laurie's most famous TV incarnation Dr Gregory House, in the American medic show that bears his strangely annoying name.

Labour demands answers over welfare reforms

Labour has demanded an explanation from ministers as to why they hid official advice that planned welfare reforms could make 40,000 families homeless, while costing the taxpayer more than they save.

Lords may ambush plans to limit benefits

Plans to impose an annual limit on benefit payments could be ambushed in the House of Lords following a warning from within Whitehall that the move risked making 40,000 families homeless.

'They tell us recycling is good for us. Garbage'

Fortnightly collections, zero waste targets, recycling panic – the battle of the bins is raging. Our relationship with rubbish means we won't be told when or how to toss, argues John Walsh

Government accused of bins u-turn

The Government was accused of performing a U-turn on rubbish collections today after it was revealed councils will not be forced to bring back weekly bin rounds.

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Government review wants household habits to continue when people step outside

Lansley's spin doctor silenced after briefing against Clegg

In April Jenny Jackson described Lib Dem junior ministers as 'yapping dogs' in an anonymous briefing

David Prosser: How to build more houses and make a profit for taxpayers

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