Where do the French live in London?
According to Hamptons, the French population in London has increased by 75% over the last decade. with the largest numbers living in Kensington and Chelsea where they account for about 4% of the total population in the borough (compared with an average for London of 0.5 per cent).
The report points out that French schools have also been set up in Clapham, Camden, Ealing and Fulham to cater with growing local demand in those areas but also emphasises that East London is now a hot spot for growth in London’s French population. Tower Hamlets has a French population three and a half times higher than 10 years ago while Hackney and the City of London have seen the French population almost triple.
New £3 million fund will crack down on rogue landlords
Councils will be able to bid for share of up to £3 million to tackle irresponsible landlords in their area who allow their tenants to live in unsafe and squalid conditions, Housing Minister Mark Prisk announced today. “The majority of tenants are happy with their home and the service they receive,” he said, “but there are still a minority of rogue landlords who exploit vulnerable people and force their tenants to live in overcrowded and squalid conditions.”
Historic window tax records published online
National Records of Scotland has published online records – at www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk – that show how those who lived in larger properties were forced to pay a tax on every window in their home more than 250 years ago. Victorian health campaigners referred to the window tax as a ‘tax on light and air’.
The rolls span a period of 50 years up to 1851 and cover the whole of Scotland, listing taxpayers in the burghs and in country parishes.While at that time most people did not live in houses large enough to be liable for the tax, the rolls reveal taxpayers whose dwellings ranged from the relatively modest (nine windows) to the substantial houses of the New Town in Edinburgh where philosopher David Hume paid for 18 windows in 1773-4.
And at the top of the scale were the huge country houses of aristocrats such as the Duke of Roxburghe who in 1748 paid £14 and four shillings for 294 windows at Floors Castle near Kelso.
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