7:01 pm, Thu 04 Apr 2013 Over 300 council houses seized
Council property seized back after 'widespread abuse'
by Liz Wickham
A London council is cracking down on cheating tenants.
Southwark is targeting people who sub-let their council homes and pocket the rent they charge.
In one case a tenant rented his flat for £800 a week, while working in America and owning property there.
Those responsible are prosecuted, and their homes given to families on the waiting list.Liz Wickham reports.
6:11 pm, Thu 04 Apr 2013 Over 300 council houses seized
How many council houses have been seized in your borough?
London Borough Councils have seized hundreds of council properties back after discovering some were being illegally sublet or occupied by fraudsters.
ITV News London contacted each London Borough Council to find how widespread the problem is. Below are the Borough Councils that submitted data to us.
Bexley has no council properties but has 10,739 people on the waiting list
Bromley has no council properties but has 2483 people on the waiting list and 157 evictions
Camden has 25,000 council properties and 25,000 people on the waiting list. 581 evictions.
City of London, 1,889 council properties and 1,187 people on the waiting list. 2 evictions
Croydon, 13,925 council properties, 10617 people on the waiting list. 26 evictions
Ealing, 12,893 properties, 11,995 people on waiting list, no evictions
Enfield, 11,561 properties, 7068 people on waiting list, 70 evictions
Harrow, 4951 properties, 4015 people on waiting list, 78 evictions
Havering, 9,000 properties, 13,046 on waiting list, 39 evictions
2:45 pm, Thu 04 Apr 2013 Over 300 council houses seized
Fraudsters caught after illegally buying council properties
Southwark Council have seized back over 300 Council houses after discovering widespread abuse by tenants. Authorities found properties were being illegally occupied or sublet by fraudsters.
Councillor Richard Livingstone says it is important for the council to act as there are currently 20,000 families on the housing waiting list.
There have also been cases of tenants buying property under the right-to-buy act illegally.
Councillor Livingstone says some cases have been traced and prosecuted with the property returned to the council.
2:27 pm, Thu 04 Apr 2013 Over 300 council houses seized
Over 300 council homes seized back by council after 'widespread abuse'
Over 300 council homes, that were illegally sublet or occupied by fraudsters, have been seized back by one London Council.
The London Borough of Southwark says it has discovered widespread abuse by tenants, who are secretly moving elsewhere and renting out their council homes for profit.
One example was a two-bedroom maisonette owned by Southwark Council in Peckham. It was let to a tenant for around £109 per week.
But authorities discovered he owned a property in Kent and was subletting the Peckham flat, earning himself around £500 per week.
The flat fell into a dilapidated state and the council are now making repairs before letting it to a deserving tenant.
11:18 am, Sun 27 Jan 2013
Could this man replace David Cameron?
Adam Afriyie, Tory MP for WIndsor
Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Several Sunday newspapers are reporting that Tory MP for WIndsor, Adam Afriyie, is being tipped to be the next Tory leader.The self-made IT millionaire from Peckham became the party's first black MP in 2005.
In response to the rumours Mr Afriyie told the Mail on Sunday:
"You are being very mischievous. I supported David Cameron to become leader. I love him and want him to be leader for the next 20 years."
11:44 am, Wed 09 Jan 2013 Lawrence brother Met race claim
Targeted because of skin colour says Lawrence
Stuart Lawrence - whose brother Stephen was the victim of a racist attack in 1993 - says he was forced to complain to police after he was pulled over in November, near his home in Peckham.
The 35 year old teacher claims that when he asked officers why he'd been stopped, he was told they were "naturally suspicious" of him.
He sent a letter of complaint to the Metropolitan Police yesterday, naming officers he claims were involved in the latest incident. Mr Lawrence told the Daily Mail:
I am being targeted because of the colour of my skin, I don't think it's because I am Stephen's brother.
Whenever I have been stopped, I have never subsequently been charged with anything, and nothing has ever been found to be wrong with my car.
I have never, ever, done anything wrong. I have never been in trouble with the law. I have paid my road tax and my insurance, and always tried to keep my cars in a roadworthy state.
– Stuart Lawrence
3:28 pm, Tue 20 Nov 2012 Foodbank visit
How Windsor Castle was rebuilt after the fire
It is twenty years since Windsor Castle was badly damaged by a huge fire. Mike Pearse has been to meet some of the people who helped to renovate it at a cost of £35 million.
3:19 pm, Tue 20 Nov 2012 Foodbank visit
Foodbank use is on the rise
Labour London Assembly Member Fiona Twycross was part of the group that toured a food bank in Peckham. She says the number of people who need to use them has shot up over the last six months.
3:14 pm, Tue 20 Nov 2012 Foodbank visit
London politicians look at food poverty
Assembly members visited the Pecan foodbank in Peckham.
A group of London Assembly members visited a foodbank in Peckham this morning as they examine the problems that some residents have to pay for food. It is estimated that 17,000 Londoners used a foodbank in the last six months.
The foodbank provides emergency food for people in need.