The two faces of Westminster

Posted: 21/05/14

Rough sleepers to lose their beds as West End hostels are closed due to cuts

More than 50 rough sleepers will lose their beds in central London when two hostels shut after their grants were cut by Westminster City Council. Despite figures showing homelessness in London is rising, Conservative-run Westminster said not enough people were using the hostels and the buildings were in poor condition. A Westminster City Council spokesperson said: "We have reviewed our hostels to ensure we provide services that are needed and help people move towards independent accommodation."

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/rough-sleepers-to-lose-their-beds-as-west-end-hostels-are-closed-due-to-cuts-9406757.html

Green light for Westminster luxury flats

An office block within walking distance of Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament is set to be turned into a series of luxury flats after the scheme was granted planning by Westminster City Council. The former European Council for Foreign Relations building at 29-35 Old Queen Street is set to undergo a £100m renovation to turn it into 22 super-luxury apartments complete with rooftop gardens.

http://www.building.co.uk/news/green-light-for-westminster-luxury-flats/5068611.article