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April 14, 2014 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

A rash of recent articles has blamed foreign property investors for apparently killing the atmosphere and creative spirit of certain London neighbourhoods.

Writing in the Telegraph, nightclub boss Alex Proud laments the death of Cool London and writes that “ultra-prime central London is fast becoming a ghost-town where absentee investors park their wealth”.

This echoes other articles that claim the capital is now home to hundreds of mansions left to rot by investors who are only interested in trading properties as assets, not living in them as homes.

Other reports have suggest that very large numbers of new overseas buyers are dominating the London property market, inevitably making housing less affordable for local people.

It’s a compelling narrative, but what are the facts?

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Foreign investors

London estate agent Knight Frank did some research on foreign investment in the capital’s new-build property sector last year.

The first problem they highlighted was how you define “foreign”. Born in another country? Well, that covers nearly 37 per cent of the population of London, if you go by the 2011 census. (more…)

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April 9, 2014 1 Comment By Fariha Karim

David Cameron’s been accused of having a “women problem”. Does he? And have this morning’s movements in the cabinet helped?

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April 7, 2014 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

The “cost of living crisis” is a key plank of Labour’s election strategy. But should we really be worrying about Britain’s middle-income households?

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April 4, 2014 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

The big tobacco firms are on the warpaths as the government says it wants Australian-style plain packaging. What does the evidence say?

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April 2, 2014 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

Clegg/Farage round two is almost upon us. Cut through the spin with FactCheck’s guide to the truth about Europe and immigration.

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March 27, 2014 1 Comment By Fariha Karim

Iain Duncan Smith has been on the airwaves justifying the welfare cap, claiming he’s stopping Labour’s out-of-control spending. Is he justified?

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March 20, 2014 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The government’s back-to-work programme is praised by ministers but damned as a failure by the unions. FactCheck referees.

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March 18, 2014 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives are making big claims about how many jobs have been created since the election. Do the numbers add up?

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March 14, 2014 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

The World Health Organisation says we should halve our sugar intake. Some doctors say it is as harmful as tobacco. What’s the sweet truth?

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March 12, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

With still over a year until the election, the party spin machines are already cranking up, with the Lib Dems lobbing a very dodgy delivery at Labour.

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