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53 English councils cannot resettle Syrian refugees

53 English councils cannot resettle Syrian refugees

In September 2015, then-Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Britain would take in 20,000 Syrian refugees. So far, UK councils have promised to resettle 8,146 refugees, but a July 2016 survey in the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) reveals 53 of 148 English local authorities surveyed cannot afford the cost. Is such a commitment financially viable for UK councils after government austerity cuts?

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan to pursue affordable housing

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan to pursue affordable housing

Labour candidate Sadiq Khan is London’s new mayor after claiming 56.8% of votes to defeat Conservative opponent Zac Goldsmith. Having won the vote, Khan will pursue his promise to construct 80,000 new homes a year and make 50% of them affordable. For London's councils, how will this impact their budgets?

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