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Rowntree report suggests ominous future for housing in east London as boroughs ranked among most deprived

Rowntree report suggests ominous future for housing in east London as boroughs ranked among most deprived

A report into the relationship between housing and poverty has provided a stark warning to east London boroughs, with Hackney rated as having the highest level of housing deprivation in the UK. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an organisation that lobbies for a more equal society, has called for organisations to “work together…

“Education for the masses, not money for the bosses” Protest against education cuts draws thousands

“Education for the masses, not money for the bosses” Protest against education cuts draws thousands

Thousands of students, including many from East London, protested against tuition fees, cuts and debt in education in a march through the capital that culminated in nearly a dozen arrests. 11 protestors had been arrested by the end of the day, all are still in police custody awaiting questioning. Currently no protestor…

Hackney Council intervenes in New Era dispute, warning owners to treat tenants “with respect and consideration”

Hackney Council intervenes in New Era dispute, warning owners to treat tenants “with respect and consideration”

The Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, and the council’s cabinet member for housing have called on the owners of Hoxton’s New Era Estate to sell. This follows a fierce dispute in which tenants have warned they could be faced with “homelessness before Christmas”. The council’s letter to the owners said:…

Twenty-eight local GP surgeries classed as “potentially high risk” as watchdog raises concern of poor healthcare

Twenty-eight local GP surgeries classed as “potentially high risk” as watchdog raises concern of poor healthcare

Twenty-eight GP surgeries across ELL boroughs have been labelled as potentially high risk for providing poor healthcare, according to independent healthcare watchdog the Care Quality Commission. One hundred and sixty seven surgeries across the boroughs were assessed in the Intelligent Monitoring System report. They were placed in “priority bandings for…

“Fees have failed”: student demonstrators take to the streets to fight the “trebling and trebling” of tuition fees

“Fees have failed”: student demonstrators take to the streets to fight the “trebling and trebling” of tuition fees

Thousands of students will march in London tomorrow protesting against fees, cuts and debts in UK education. The march, organised by The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, The Young Greens and The Students Assembly Against Austerity, will congregate in Malet Street, Bloomsbury and proceed to Whitehall and Parliament Square.…

Millionaire Tory MP’s company backs out of New Era stake-hold after residents’ “triumphant” campaign

Millionaire Tory MP’s company backs out of New Era stake-hold after residents’ “triumphant” campaign

Property company, The Benyon Estate, have announced they will sell their stake in Hoxton’s New Era estate after substantial rent rises caused fierce protests from residents. The real estate firm, which is the family company of millionaire Tory MP, Richard Benyon, announced yesterday that they were “reluctantly” withdrawing all involvement…

East London’s leading businesses offer young offenders a second chance with work experience opportunities

East London’s leading businesses offer young offenders a second chance with work experience opportunities

East London youth offenders are to be offered work experience in top businesses as part of a government initiative to reduce reoffending. Hackney, Lewisham and Croydon are among the 29 local authority areas included in the programme. The “Transforming Youth Custody” scheme, launched on Monday, was developed through a collaboration…

Local arts organisation groups reject criticism by MPs of “disproportionate” funding for London boroughs

Local arts organisation groups reject criticism by MPs of “disproportionate” funding for London boroughs

Local arts organisations have rejected “unreasonable” claims by MPs that London receives a disproportionate amount of the Government arts subsidy. Organisations in the Eastlondlines boroughs, which received 19.2 per cent of London’s 2014 funding from Arts Council England, stressed they needed the money to survive. However there are large disparities…

Livingstone and Galloway rail against “witch hunt” of Mayor Rahman at Whitechapel rally

Livingstone and Galloway rail against “witch hunt” of Mayor Rahman at Whitechapel rally

Senior political figures George Galloway MP and former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone last night spoke out in defence of controversial Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman. Around 1,000 people attended a rally arranged by Organisation for Democracy and Freedom at The Waterlily in Whitechapel. The event involved a number of…

“Londoners, give up your guns”: Metropolitan Police announce two-week firearms surrender

“Londoners, give up your guns”: Metropolitan Police announce two-week firearms surrender

The Metropolitan Police have launched a firearms surrender across London as gun crime in Hackney increases. The Twitter hashtag #giveupyourgun encourages Londoners to hand in any guns or ammunition to their local police stations. The scheme started yesterday and will end at 11:00pm on November 23. In particular the surrender focuses on…

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