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In brief: housing, gas boss, vigil, appeal, consultants

Issue No. 2196

House building hits a new low

The number of new houses being built in every region of Britain is lower than at any time since 1922.

Around 4.5 million people are on council housing waiting lists and 2.5 million are living in overcrowded conditions according to National Housing Federation (NHF) figures.

The recession has made the state of housing even worse, with the cost of building going up coupled with more people needing council housing.

The NHF has said that, “If we fail to build the right number of homes now, we will simply store up more problems for the future.

“Waiting lists will grow and homelessness and overcrowding will get worse.”

Cities and towns across Britain have been packed with plush apartments for business owners and high earners, but the poor and people with families have been abandoned by the government.

Gas boss grabs £28 million

Frank chapman, boss of gas production firm BG, has grabbed a pay and pension package worth £28 million.

He got a basic salary of £1.14 million, a bonus of £1.6 million, £5.26 million from a long term incentive scheme and £15.5 million from share options. And he got £4.6 million extra for his pension.

Vigil for Ian Tomlinson

Around 150 people attended a vigil for Ian Tomlinson on Thursday of last week.

The vigil marked one year since Ian’s death at the hands of the police during the G20 demonstrations in the City of London last year.

Ian’s family are still waiting for charges to be brought against the police who were filmed and photographed pushing Ian in the streets near Bank shortly before his death.

Joe Glenton to appeal

Joe Glenton, the soldier who refused to fight in Afghanistan, will appeal against his prison sentence in the Royal Courts of Justice later this month.

Joe’s case will be heard on 21 April at 10am.

Consultants are a real waste

The government has blown £1.7 billion of public money on consultants in Whitehall over the last six years.

This includes £178 million for 2009–10 so far. Firms have been paid £1 billion by the Department for Work and Pensions since 2004.

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Tue 6 Apr 2010, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2196
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