Majority of the 50,000 second homes are in 4 central boroughs

Kensington Chelsea-2Nearly 50,000 properties in London are designated as second homes and lie empty for much of the time.

The figures are revealed in the Council Tax listings and show more than half of the second homes are in just 4 areas – Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Camden and Tower Hamlets.

In Kensington and Chelsea around 1 in 10 dwellings is defined as a second home. Westminster has 6075, or 5% of its housing and there’s a similar proportion in Camden and Tower Hamlets.

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The highest proportion is in the City of London where 32% of properties are second homes. And outer boroughs such as Enfield, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Merton have over 1,000.

A second home is defined for Council Tax purposes as one that is not the main residence and used for a limited time during the course of a year.

The idea of a pied-a-terre for those living outside the capital with the wealth to afford a small London base is long established. But there’s concern that overseas property buyers are now fuelling the market, purchasing homes as an investment and happy to leave them empty.

This has an impact on the property market, increasing demand, pushing up prices, and contributing to the crisis of cost and affordability in the London.

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Low drug-related death rates hide middle-aged heroin problem

heroinLondon has the lowest rate of deaths caused by drug abuse for any region of England and Wales. Last year 226 people in the capital died as a result of taking drugs. Most of them were men and most of them were the result of an unintentional overdose.

In the early 90s London had the worst record in the country for drug related deaths. The number of people killed reached a peak at the end of the 90s.

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During that period rates in other regions of the country began to rise, particularly in the North West of England. In the 2000’s the rate in London began to fall gently and since 2011 London has had the lowest mortality rate. Last year there were 25.4 deaths per million people in the capital. In the North West of England the rate is over 60 per million and in the North East nearly 70. The North East has seen the biggest increase over 20 years. In 1993 its mortality rate for drug misuse was just 14 per million.

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The data is based on registered deaths where drug misuse is defined as the cause of death. The data is collected by the ONS. The national figures give some surprising insights into the demographics of drug abuse.

The group with the highest death rate through drug misuse are not young people, as might be assumed, but people 40-49. The number of heroin and morphine related deaths in this group for 2014 is the highest on record. People aged 30-39 have the second highest death rate. People in their 20s have a lower mortality for drug misuse than those in their 50s and 60s.

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Men are 2.5 times more likely than women to die from drug misuse. 79% of the male deaths were unintentional. The rate for women is slightly lower at 69% and women show a greater level of intentional self-harm.

The national data also shows a substantial increase in the number of deaths caused by heroin and morphine which have risen by two thirds between 2012 and 2014. Deaths caused by cocaine use have also increased.

The detailed data at local authority level is grouped in batches of 3 years. The picture for London for 2012-14 shows that the highest deaths rates are in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Islington. The lowest rates are in the outer boroughs of Merton, Hillingdon and Enfield.

Drugs death map

 

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Pedestrians and cyclists push Westminster to top of road injuries list

Westminster pedestriansPedestrians and pedal cyclists were the biggest groups of people to suffer injuries on the roads in Westminster in 2014, pushing the central borough to the top for rates of casualties.

Westminster was one of 15 of the 33 boroughs (including the City of London) that recorded more than 1,000 casualties in 2014, according to figures from TfL. Westminster recorded more than 1,800 casualties including 469 pedestrians and 457 cyclists. The second highest level was in Lambeth, where cyclists were the largest group suffering injuries.

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Car passengers dominated the high rates of total casualties in the outer boroughs of Ealing and Barnet. Both boroughs are crossed by major roads – the M1 and A1 in Barnet and the M40 in Ealing. Lowest casualty rates were in the outer boroughs of Sutton, Kingston and Bexley.

While overall casualty rates were up, the numbers killed or seriously injured in 2014 were down by 7% year-on-year, as previously reported by Urbs. Westminster and Lambeth recorded the highest rates for serious accidents. Barnet had the same rate as Lambeth, with 98 fatalities or serious injuries.

Road deaths

Looking at fatalities alone, Westminster had 6, Barnet 5, and Lambeth 9. There were 9 road deaths in Croydon too. Only Wandsworth had no deaths on the roads in the year.

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