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Two London council houses in multi-million pound auction

It's hoped two London houses will become the most expensive council homes ever sold when they go under the hammer later.

The Borough Market properties are Grade II listed and have a guide price of £2.3 million pounds but experts predict they'll fetch far more than the asking price.

Two council houses expected to fetch more than £2.3m Credit: Savills

The 200-year-old building, which is around the corner from the fashionable Borough Market is on the south bank of the River Thames

It currently belongs to Southwark Council but was owned by the Anchor Brewery in the 19th Century. It still bears the "Take Courage" advert on the side of the building.

The Labour-controlled authority plans to use the millions raised from the sale to help meet the large costs of building and refurbishing council homes in the area.

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Changes to Council Tax Benefit from April 2013

  • The existing Council Tax Benefit scheme will end on 31 March 2013.
  • A new scheme called Council Tax Support will be introduced from 1st April 2012 and it will be the responsibility of local authorities.
  • Councils in England have seen a 10% cut in the funding system, as a result some households may receive less benefit.
  • Under the new scheme pensioners will be protected.

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Councils spend less on road safety

Council spending on road safety decreased by 18%

While many councils are enjoying increased profits from parking, they are spending less elsewhere in the community. The Institute of Advanced Motorists - who collated councils' parking profits - calculate that:

Spending on road safety, education and safe routes to schools fell by 18% to £105m.

Spending on highways and transport fell by 6% between 2010/11 and 2011/12, while expenditure on construction, reduced by an estimated 13%.

A Department for Communities and Local Government report last year estimated that spending on highways and transport will fall by a further 11% over 2012/133.

IAM Chief Executive Simon Best said:

“Councils are making record-breaking profits from parking, while cutting road safety spending on life-saving services such as, education for young drivers, cycle training, and safe routes to schools schemes.

“At the same time cuts to road maintenance will mean a backlog of repairs which will simply cost more to fix in the long term.”

Kingston see 320% profit rise

The largest increase in profit from parking came from Kingston-Upon Thames, which saw an enormous increase of 320% from 2010/11 - 2011/12.

The council earned £3.53 million last year.

The figures, collated by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, cover both on and off-street parking, including fines and other charges.

Havering saw the second biggest increase - their profits shot up 186%, to £567,000.

And Barking and Dagenham's parking pot was boosted 174%, to £1.57 million.

Westminster top earner from parking

Westminster Council topped the list making nearly £38 million on parking after expenditure last year. The figure is an annual increase of nearly 9%.

Second highest was Kensington and Chelsea which made £27.5 million - representing a 30% increase on the year before.

Camden was third, earning £25 million in profit from motorists - up 18% on the previous year.

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