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Housing crisis in ELL boroughs: gentrification and housing shortage some of factors to blame for price rise

Housing crisis in ELL boroughs: gentrification and housing shortage some of factors to blame for price rise

  It’s no surprise that house prices in London are on the upswing. Prices have been going up every year since the housing bubble burst in 2008 and overall, in London, prices have almost doubled in the last decade – a trend that isn’t likely to stop anytime soon. A…

Tower Hamlets investigation: “No credible evidence” of fraud in council files says the Metropolitan Police

Tower Hamlets investigation: “No credible evidence” of fraud in council files says the Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police have concluded that there is “no credible evidence of criminality” in Tower Hamlets files that have been examined for evidence of fraud. The allegations follow a BBC Panorama documentary which claimed the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, had “more than doubled” funding to certain charities in return…

Church leaders accuse Government of violating the human right to food as food bank use rises

Church leaders accuse Government of violating the human right to food as food bank use rises

The British government has been accused by church leaders of violating the human right to food, following a Trussell Trust report which has revealed the demand for foodbanks has increased 163 per cent in the last year. At the beginning of April, ELL uncovered how 6,500 east London residents have…

Regeneration plans and opening of east London line drive rise in number of new businesses in ELL boroughs

Regeneration plans and opening of east London line drive rise in number of new businesses in ELL boroughs

East London continues to be a popular location for startups, with over 7,500 of the 65,095 businesses that opened in London in 2012 found in the ELL boroughs. There are high numbers of small businesses, with 89.65 per cent of all businesses across the ELL boroughs classed as small and…

Hackney wins gold for Olympic sporting legacy as the borough’s parent participation numbers hit record levels

Hackney wins gold for Olympic sporting legacy as the borough’s parent participation numbers hit record levels

Legacy was the big theme at the London Olympic Games, throughout the bidding process, grand building projects, sporting events and infrastructure adaptation. In Hackney the emphasis seems to have paid off. Data shows that in the 15 months since the 2012 Olympics, the number of adults engaging in sport has increased.…

Inclusive Lewisham sports community faced with new task having succeeded in lifting BME participation rates

Inclusive Lewisham sports community faced with new task having succeeded in lifting BME participation rates

Lewisham appears to have overcome a nationwide problem in achieving high BME sports participation rates, however, the rise has been coupled with a dive in participation for white residents. ELL investigates.  Black and minority ethnic sports participation figures rocketed in Lewisham following the London 2012 Olympic Games, just as the…

The future of welfare reform in ELL boroughs: how will the changes affect the average claimant household

The future of welfare reform in ELL boroughs: how will the changes affect the average claimant household

On the first birthday of the Welfare Reform Bill, there is very little to cheer about for the nearly 200,00 benefit claimants across EastLondonLines’ four boroughs. In April last year, the coalition government introduced a piece of legislation which would change the lives of many of our ELL residents. The…

Nineteen year old Hackney singer Jermain Jackman wins the third series of BBC talent show The Voice

Nineteen year old Hackney singer Jermain Jackman wins the third series of BBC talent show The Voice

Hackney singer Jermain Jackman was crowned the winner of The Voice tonight, taking home £100k, a record deal with Universal Republic and “guidance for life” from mentor Will.i.am. Jackman joined Sally Barker, Jamie Johnson and Christina Marie to battle it out in a bid to win the BBC One talent show.…

The rise of the Foodbank: 6,500 EastLondonLines residents forced to visit foodbanks in last eight months

The rise of the Foodbank: 6,500 EastLondonLines residents forced to visit foodbanks in last eight months

The social impact of the welfare reforms has been wide reaching, with often the most vulnerable being hardest hit. Today we look at the rise of the foodbank, and how a growing number of ELL’s residents are turning to them as a means of subsistence, as they attempt to deal…

Sanctions on the increase: Number of claimants losing JSA benefit reaches record levels across ELL boroughs

Sanctions on the increase: Number of claimants losing JSA benefit reaches record levels across ELL boroughs

Continuing ELL’s look into the impact of the welfare reforms brought in by the coalition government, today we investigate Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions and the increasing number of East London Line residents having their benefits removed. Long-time Hackney resident Peter Adebayo, 38, had his benefits cut last year after he was…

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