London Lite Wednesday, 30 September 2009 13 OVER-55s aRE taRgEtEd in MaYORS PLan tO hOuSE faMiLiES Bidtomoveolder counciltenants outofLondon i nEEd MY faMiLY aROund ME Staying put: Irene Taylor, 83, wont move from her Westminster council home IRENE TayloR has lived in her three-bed Westminster council home since 1977 and says she would not move, even to a cottage by the sea. The 83-year-old claims she cannot imagine living anywhere else having brought up her three children there. I was one of the first people in to these houses and I couldnt go now, she says. Im happy and Ive got my daughter around the corner who looks after me. I need my family around me. The space also means people can stay. I wouldnt have that in a one-bed, however pretty the location. I dont ever want to move. to a room. But Mr Johnsons move has provoked a furious backlash against people being asked to move away from their families and communities. A spokeswoman for charity Age Concern said: We know elderly people are often very reluctant to leave a familiar home, and can suffer physi- cally from the stress or even die. The London Seaside and Country Homes Scheme was first proposed by the Greater London Council in 1970. It has since been suggested by Labour with former housing minis- ter Yvette Cooper calling for the scheme to be introduced in major cities two years ago. The cash for the Mayors scheme was agreed by the Home and Com- munities Agency London Board, chaired by Mr Johnson, on Monday. HUNDREDS of council tenants could be moved out of London to free up city centre family-sized homes. Single people in homes with more than one bedroom will be encour- aged to relocate to smaller houses as far away as the Midlands. The move is part of a 10m plan by Boris Johnson to beat a housing crisis that is forcing large families to live in shoe-box flats. Targeting the over-55s, he claims they will be offered 100,000 properties in the country or by the sea. Initially about 100 people could be moved. The Mayor has promised to provide 50,000 affordable homes by 2011 through a mix of new builds, renova- tion and this scheme. A recent report found there are 50,000 overcrowded homes in London, many families sleeping more than two by GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN Sound&Lite 1 Frankie Boyle: Mock The Week Musings (Frankie Boyle) 2 Friday Night Comedy From BBC4 (BBC Radio 4) 3 The Ricky Gervais Podcast (Ricky Gervais) 4 Best Of Chris Moyles Enhanced (BBC Radio 1) 5 David Mitchells Soapbox (Channelflip.com) 6 Stephen Frys Podgrams (Stephen Fry) 7 The Danny Baker Show (BBCRadio 5 live) 8 Best Of YouTube (Plankton Productions) 9 Football Weekly (guardian.co.uk) 10 Transition By Iain Banks (Hacette Digital) Source: iTunes.com POST yOUR ibLOG REVIEWS AT thisislondon.co.uk/lite TOP 10 PODCASTS TV DVDs Peter Kays Britains Got the PoP Factor... INCREDIBly sharp and funny spoof of the reality TV talent show format, featuring Kay as transsexual singer Geraldine and a host of well-known stars, including Cat Deeley and Pete Waterman, playing themselves. (4 DVD, 19.99, cert 15) PauL JOSEPh H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html