Property investment 'will help Kent council become self-sufficient by next year'

A report on how a Kent council is investing in property to help it become 'self-sufficient by next year' features in today's newspaper round-up.

An article in the Telegraph says that "unlike some other councils that have resorted to cutting services to save money", Ashford Borough Council has been "eagerly pumping money into its town centre, buying shopping centres, developing office blocks and even building a cinema complex, Elwick Place, in an attempt to bring in more money". The paper adds that, in the 2018/19 financial year, the council will receive no central government funding, "making it one of 168 councils in England which no longer receive any core central government funding".

An article in the Guardian says that private housebuilders have been accused of "appalling self-interest" over their lobbying against building more accessible homes for disabled residents. The paper reports that the Home Builders Federation (HBF) "has been objecting to councils across England that wish to fix new targets to increase the number of homes with room for wheelchair users and which could be adaptable". The paper quotes an HBF spokesman saying that "new homes are already more accessible than those built previously, but not all homebuyers want a home that has been adapted for accessible use".

An article in the Telegraph says that researchers have found that "living in an unfriendly but rich neighbourhood is just as bad for a person’s health as residing in a deprived area". The paper says that a study by scientists from University College London and Edinburgh and Sussex Universities "has surprised public health experts by concluding that the risk of illness among people who fail to make friends in their community is comparable to those from areas with low average incomes and poor education and services".

An article in the Guardian looks at how online lettings platform Airbnb is exacerbating Dublin’s housing crisis. The paper says that "in August 2018, there were reckoned to be 3,165 entire properties listed on Airbnb in Dublin, compared with only 1,329 available for long-term rent".

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