Life expectancy is rising with many of us living longer than past generations. So with an ageing population, pressure is mounting on councils and hospitals to provide services for the elderly. Now a fully dementia-friendly housing complex in Kent has opened. The council-run sheltered accommodation scheme is the first of its kind in Ashford. Tom Savvides talks to residents, councillor Paul Clokie and Elizabeth Taylor from Alzheimer's Society.
As an emergency housing summit gets underway in Reading tonight over its chronic lack of housing, reporter Kate Bunkall investigates and meets a 17-year-old who sleeps alongside his family in one room of their rat infested home.
It's been empty for two years, but today, in a government u-turn, it's finally been confirmed that Reading Prison is to be sold.
The Grade two listed building - has stood in the centre of the town - for almost 170 years - housing thousands of prisoners - most famously - Oscar Wilde. But back in December 2013 it was shut - as part of the Governments plan - to modernise the prison system.
Now under new proposals, Victorian jails are to be sold to make way for new housing.
The interviewees featured in Mel Bloor's report are: Cllr Tony Page from Reading Borough Council; George Osborne MP Chancellor of the Exchequer; and Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East.
Nine new prisons are to be built under government plans to close Victorian-era prisons and sell them for housing.Read the full story ›
Families who've bought new houses on a Reading development are being forced to temporarily leave their homes because they say they've been badly built.
Several houses at Loddon park in Woodley - where prices can be more than half a million pounds - have faults including missing insulation, wrongly installed air bricks, problems with landscaping and drainage, and wobbly walls.
Some families have been offered alternative accommodation during emergency repairs and the local MP is taking up their case. Cary Johnston reports
Nearly four million young adults forced to live with their parents and a forty per cent rise in rents - that's the prediction unless more homes are built.
The national housing crisis will mean the average price of a home will be more than 13 times the average salary by 2030.
Protestors have been taking to the streets in support of the National Housing Federation's Homes for Britain campaign. Demonstrations have been held in Basingstoke, Andover, Aldershot and Southampton.
The call for action to end the UK's housing crisis within a generation culminates in a rally in Westminster tomorrow.
Kerry Swain joined one of the marches.
Thousands of people have been marching across the region calling for action to end the housing crisis within a decade.
Campaigners in Southampton, Basingstoke, Andover and Aldershot are among those supporting a campaign by the National Housing Federation who want more affordable homes to be built.
Three thousand people are expected at a rally in Westminster next Tuesday.
ITV Meridian spoke to Chief Executive of the Housing Association Lindsay Todd.
People living in a village in Kent say they will do everything they can to stop the building of more than 1,700 new homes.
They claim they are faced with the prospect of Lenham being turned into a building site. John Ryall went to meet them:
Police in Dorset have apologised to staff at an estate agency after officers failed to respond to a call for help. Two women were working at a branch of Lovetts Estate Agents in Christchurch Road, Bournemouth when a man burst in and threatened them.
The whole incident was captured on CCTV last Wednesday but, despite 6 phone calls and four e-mails, the police are only now investigating the attack.
Our reporter Richard Slee talked to Lyn Kravos, Branch Manager; Maximillian De Kment, CEO, Lovett International and Inspector Alan Setchell, Dorset Police.
Anyone with information is asked to dial 101 and ask for Dorset Police.
Campaigners will gather outside a council meeting in Hove this afternoon, to highlight high rents in the private sector - which they say cause poverty and homelessness.
Protesters will also urge the council to set an example to other landlords and pledge to build new housing with living rents linked to local wages.