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13 May 2014 - London bubble growing too fast

Publié par Clifford Armion le 13/05/2014


Tired of London? Maybe it's because you're a northerner

Steven Morris (The Guardian)
What many believe is a growing divide between London and the rest of the country has been underlined by a study published on Tuesday that concludes most people who live outside the capital strongly believe it gets a much better deal than the rest of the UK.
Only a quarter of non-Londoners feel the capital benefits the economy where they live while almost two-thirds say the location of central government in Westminster means political decisions favour the city over everywhere else.
Three-quarters of people who do not live in London think the media concentrates too much on the capital.
Broadly, the further the researchers moved from the south-east – particularly in a northerly direction – the more citizens said they got a raw deal in comparison with London. On the other hand, most people said they would not try to improve their lots by moving to London – adjectives used to describe the city included "chaotic", "crowded" and "expensive".
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More of the same

‘London is a bad influence’: UK cities unite in condemnation of the capital
Steven Morris (The Guardian)
The prime minister David Cameron may try to argue “we're all in this together”, but a new survey of 16 cities around the UK concludes that most people who live outside London strongly believe the capital gets a much better deal than the rest of the UK.
Only a quarter of non-Londoners feel the capital benefits the economy where they live, while almost two-thirds say the location of central government in Westminster means political decisions favour the city over everywhere else. Three-quarters of people who do not live in London think the media concentrates too much on the capital.
Almost 1,700 residents in 16 cities and towns, from Southampton to Glasgow and Southend to Cardiff, were questioned by YouGov on behalf of the Centre for Cities and the Centre for London. Broadly speaking, the further the researchers moved from the south-east – particularly in a northerly direction – the more citizens said they got a raw deal in comparison to London.
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Prices

Millionaires are becoming priced out of central London
Anna White (The Telegraph)
Families and individuals who want to buy luxury homes in the £1m to £2m bracket have been priced out of central London, and as a result fanning out into the commuter zones.
At its AGM today, Savills reported that while the luxury housing market in central London is cooling there is strong demand for property worth £1m to £2m in the north, east and south west regions of the capital.
During the first four months of the year, leading up to 12 May, the property agents recorded a "significant increase" in buyers in the regions as the residential property market continued to recover outside London.
The corporate findings tallied with its latest forecast, that predicted that house price growth in London will slow from 8.5pc this year to 6pc in 2015, 4pc in 2016 and will halve again to 2pc the following year.
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Social divides

London mapped: House prices, hedgehogs and homelessness – from the people who brought you World Mapper, extraordinary ‘cartograms’ reveal capital as you have never seen it before
Adam Withnall (The Independent)
London is a city of vast social divides, where the same areas host bankers with booming property values and scores of homeless people – yet it can often be hard to get your head around the statistics.
That’s why a team from the University of Oxford has today launched a new website for Britain, LondonMapper.org.uk, where images reveal at a glance where you can find the most hedgehogs, the severest obesity problems and the most aging populations across the capital.
It is the work of Professor Danny Dorling, the man who brought the extraordinarily popular World Mapper to an estimated 26 million people around the globe.
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"13 May 2014 - London bubble growing too fast", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2014. Consulté le 04/06/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2014/13-may-2014-london-bubble-growing-too-fast