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Benefits Street is returning to a new location. Is it in your backyard?

Filming has begun for a new series of the controversial reality TV show Benefits Street. But this time, it is set in a new location.

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The Chanel 4 programme made a huge impact in its first series as it followed a close-knit community where many of the residents were on benefits.

It proved to be addictive viewing despite complaints that the participants were being exploited and the show was nothing more than ‘poverty porn’.

Its popularity made a star of Deirdre Kelly, better known as White Dee, who is currently appearing in Celebrity Big Brother.

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Benefits Street was previously filmed in Birmingham’s James Turner Street

The first series was filmed in James Turner Street in an area of Birmingham known as Winson Green.

And now the location of the second series has been unveiled as a street in Teeside.

It is Kingston Road in Stockton, which was once reported as being among the ‘most deprived’ streets in the country.

A typical three bedroom house in the area is estimated to be worth around the £50,000 mark, with a typical monthly rent being approximately £283pcm, according to Zoopla.

It compares to an average property value of almost £150,000 in Stockton-on-Tees, where prices have risen more than £5,000 during the past year.

The highest value street in the area is Aislaby Road where the average value of a home is £558,534, while the highest turnover is in Grey Street and Fairdene Avenue.

August 26, 2014 at 2:07 PM 1 comment

Bank Holiday DIY plans suffer amid lack of skills among younger generation

Bank Holidays are traditionally a time to get out the hammer and nails to address some of those DIY projects that have been put on the back burner. But homeowners are being urged to take care as the number of accidental claims hits 30,000, with each claim costing £339, according to new research.

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DIY skills are particularly low among the younger generation, according to the survey by insurers Halifax. It suggested more than half of over 55 year olds are confident they can put up wallpaper, while only 28 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds feel confident about doing so.

At the same time, more than eight out of 10 older people said they can paint, while just over six out of 10 under 24 year olds feel able to use a decorating brush.

Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager at Halifax, said: “It seems that DIY skills are fading with each generation, which is a worry as home improvements can easily go wrong for those who don’t know what they are doing.

“We’d recommend homeowners check they have the right tools for the job, avoid taking on too much and call a qualified tradesman for gas and electrical work.”

Last year, Halifax recorded more than 32,000 accidental damage claims, while more than £1m was paid out in such claims in August alone. In total, the insurer paid out more than £11m for such claims last year, with each costing an average of £339.

The survey suggests almost a quarter of people asked their parents for help with home improvement jobs.

Top DIY tips from Halifax:

  • Preparation is key – make sure you have all the correct tools and equipment for the job before you start to avoid coming unstuck later
  • Plan a budget beforehand and stick to it
  • Call a professional for jobs involving gas, electrical or plumbing work. When choosing a tradesman, ask for references and certificates to demonstrate that they are competent
  • Contact your insurer if any work is being carried out which may alter the structure or layout of the home such as an  extension or garage, etc
  • For major building works, you may need to seek planning permission

August 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM 2 comments

Buyers typically spend 33 minutes on deciding on a property

Buyers typically spend just 33 minutes looking around a property before they make one of the most expensive decisions of their lives, it has been revealed.


The competitive housing market means buyers are having to make ‘snap decisions’, according to the survey by insurers Aviva.

It also found that one in four buyers make just one visit to a property before taking their decision.

The hasty decisions means buyers are missing out on potentially costly maintenance issues, Aviva warned.

The survey suggested 31 per cent of buyers did not make any specific checks for issues when viewing their future home. The least common checks performed by buyers are for blocked guttering, invasive plans such as Japanese knotweed and defective chimney stacks and pots.

Heather Smith, of insurers Aviva, said: “Renewed competition and rising prices have combined to make many buyers more pressurized to snap up a property quickly.

“Your future home could be showing symptoms of potential maintenance or structural issues that could cause you trouble down the line. Most of these are fixable, you just need to know the signs to look out for and you do need to prepare financially.

“Defective chimneys and Japanese knotweed in particular can be really nasty, with costs to fix running into four or even five figures.”

The findings also suggested that as many as 40,000 people a year buy a property without viewing it at all.

The most common unanticipated problems found by buyers include plumbing issues, damp, and cracks in the walls or ceilings, the survey found.

August 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM Leave a comment

How much is the average tenant’s deposit?

The average tenancy deposit has risen by more than £300 during the past seven years, it has been revealed.

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The average amount used as a deposit is £1,197.73, up 34 per cent or £304 since the launch of tenancy deposit scheme in 2007.

The research by mydeposits also suggested a difference of £1,168 between the average cost of deposits in the most expensive and cheapest regions in England and Wales.

Tenants pay the highest deposits in London, where the average is £1,760,30 – a rise of 2.16 per cent in a year.

The capital is followed by the South East, where the average deposit is £1,181.99, a rise of £50.44 compared to the same period a year ago.

The cheapest average deposits paid are in Yorkshire and Humber at £592.75.

Eddie Hooker, chief executive of mydeposits, said: “It is worth considering that the increase in the average deposit value is closely linked to annual rents, and commonly deposits are the equivalent to between a month to six week’s rent”.

To rent for £1,200 a month:

1. Two bedroom cottage in Sutton Veny, Warminster.

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2. One bedroom flat in London’s Canary Wharf.

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3. Three bedroom terrace house in Angmering, Littlehampton.

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August 4, 2014 at 5:10 PM Leave a comment

Rent a piece of TV history as Brookside Close home goes on the market

It was once the most popular close on television. And now fans have an opportunity to live in it for real as a property in Brookside Close goes on the market to rent.

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The three bedroom property is in Liverpool’s Brookside Close, found in the north west of the city.

The Channel 4 soap opera regularly attracted audiences of more than eight million during its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s.

It was different from other soap operas of that time as it was filmed in real, brand new homes.

Brookside was conceived by Phil Redmond, who also devised Grange Hill and Hollyoaks. He was particularly keen on buying an entire ‘close’ of houses in an attempt to add to the show’s realism.

Famous storylines included that of the ‘body under the patio’ and the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on British television between actresses Anna Friel and Nicola Stephenson.

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The series began in 1982 and ran for 21 years until November 2003.

The unfurnished property is available to rent from the end of this month for £690 through lettings agents Belvoir in West Derby.

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August 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM Leave a comment

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