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London Fire Brigade: Warehouse blaze 'under control'

A fire in north west London which saw more than 100 firefighters battling a warehouse blaze is now "under control", according to the London Fire Brigade.

Social housing cash to 'raise £250m a year to reduce debt'

The extra cash raised from cuts to subsidies for high earners living in social housing will go straight to the Exchequer where people are living in local authority properties.

As much as £250 million a year by 2018-19 could be raised towards reducing the country's debt burden. Expectations are that Chancellor George Osborne will argue that 9% of all social tenants in England are now on higher incomes while enjoying the benefit of an average £3,500-a-year per household in reduced rent.

Chancellor George Osborne. Credit: PA

They include over 40,000 with annual household incomes in excess of £50,000 and a further 300,000 with incomes over £30,000. The move builds on measures introduced under the coalition that enabled housing associations and local authorities to charge market rents to those on incomes of more than £60,000.

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30 people evacuated from blaze in north west London

Around 30 people were had to be evacuated from a building amid a blaze in north west London thought there were no reports of any injuries. Plumes of thick black smoke could be seen for miles as the flames tore through the two-storey building in west London.

Local residents have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed to stop toxic fumes getting into their homes.

Pictures show blaze as seen from Tower Bridge

A pictures posted by the London Fire Brigade shows smoke rising from a blaze in Perivale north West London as seen from Tower Bridge.

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More than 100 firefighters tackle warehouse blaze

More than 100 firefighters are tackling a major warehouse fire in West London.

Lonon Fire Brigade said crews would be on scene trying to put out the blaze at Wadsworth Road, Perivale, "into the night".

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Osborne looks set to cut social housing cash

Chancellor George Osborne is cracking down on housing subsidies Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Chancellor George Osborne looks set to cut the amount of social housing cash available to council and housing association tenants, according to reports.

Osborne is expected to use his summer Budget to clampdown on taxpayer-funded subsidies for social housing tenants who earn more than £30,000 per household, or £40,000 in London, meaning they will have to pay a market or near market rent in future.

Currently the earnings cap at which housing associations and local authorities are able to charge tenants market rents is £60,000.

The housing subsidy cut is expected to affect 9 % of people in England who currently rent at lower than market rents and is hoped to help the government raise an extra £50 million a year by 2018-19.

Greece prepares polling stations for referendum vote

Greece has been preparing polling stations ahead of a vote on Sunday to decide whether or not the country should accept or reject the conditions sought by creditors in order to agree an extension of the country's current bailout deal.

Polling stations have been prepared ready for tomorrow's vote Credit: RTV
Greek referendum vote will take place tomorrow Credit: RTV

The Greek government has been urging a 'No' vote ahead of the opening of the polls, saying threats of a Greek exit from the euro zone if it fails to agree a bailout deal are a "bluff".

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