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Black Friday makes its mark on East London: get started with your Christmas shopping with all the best deals

Black Friday makes its mark on East London: get started with your Christmas shopping with all the best deals

Black Friday kicks off the biggest shopping weekend of the year tomorrow, EastLondonLines looks at the deals being offered in the area. The American phenomenon marks the day after Thanksgiving and has become renowned as a period during which retailers slash their prices. British shops are now also offering huge…

Fire brigade response times increasing says London Assembly despite promises services will not decline

Fire brigade response times increasing says London Assembly despite promises services will not decline

Fire brigade response times are increasing in Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets, despite promises that services would not decline following station closures in January. Data published by the London Assembly has shown that the average first response time to fires in many east London boroughs fall outside the target…

The launch of Creative Industries Federation unites arts and creative groups to lobby government

The launch of Creative Industries Federation unites arts and creative groups to lobby government

  Goldsmiths College and Trinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music & Dance are part of a new group which aims to give the media industry greater influence in lobbying the government. Creative Industries Federation, created by Sir John Sorrell, Chair of the University of the Arts London, aims to present a…

Boroughs blighted by highest rates of child poverty in UK as figure approaches fifty per cent in Tower Hamlets

Boroughs blighted by highest rates of child poverty in UK as figure approaches fifty per cent in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Lewisham are among the 20 local authorities with the highest levels of child poverty in the UK, according to a new report from a children’s organisation. The report, released last month by The Campaign to End Child Poverty, an association made up of more than 150…

Hackney’s “corner of Eden” under threat as developers eye up prime property opportunities

Hackney’s “corner of Eden” under threat as developers eye up prime property opportunities

Since the trees came down in May 2013, the residents of Navarino Grove in Hackney have been facing a very real threat. Pentonville Developments, a subsidiary of Fairview New Homes, plans to develop the nearby “brownfield” site into eight four-bedroom houses. In a city where green spaces are at a…

Pupils’ welfare “at serious risk” as Ofsted warns of radicalisation at seven Tower Hamlets schools

Pupils’ welfare “at serious risk” as Ofsted warns of radicalisation at seven Tower Hamlets schools

Serious concerns have today been raised about pupil safeguarding and Islamic education at seven Tower Hamlets faith schools after a series of emergency inspections in the borough. An official advice note from Ofsted was released this morning, documenting the lack of safeguarding for children, a narrowing curriculum, lack of sufficient…

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…

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