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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…

Croydon Council wins Planning Policy Team of the Year

Croydon Council wins Planning Policy Team of the Year

  The prize for Planning Policy Team of the Year went to Croydon Council at a national award ceremony last night. The spatial planning team was praised by judges at the 2014 Planning Awards for its work with private investors and its emphasis on “delivery”. The plan that impressed the…

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

A Hackney councillor failed to manage a “conflict of interest” between a charity and his estate agency, a Charity Commission report has found. A homeless man was referred from Michael Desmond’s charity, House the Homeless, to estate agency On the House, also owned by the councillor. Desmond, the former speaker…

Clinical Commissioning Group named CCG of the year

Clinical Commissioning Group named CCG of the year

  Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group has been named CCG of the year at the Health Service Journal awards last night. The awards, held at Grosvenor House Hotel, recognise “healthcare excellence and innovation” across the UK. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt addressed the audience, saying that the NHS is “the most…

“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…

Campaign to save borough’s school from academy status

Campaign to save borough’s school from academy status

Teachers and parents last week united to campaign in order to prevent Lewisham’s state schools becoming academies. “Stop Academies in Lewisham” was launched following a public meeting in Catford, taking inspiration from Hove Park School in East Sussex, which defended itself from academy status earlier this year. On November 17…

CofE school faces criticism in Ofsted extremist report

CofE school faces criticism in Ofsted extremist report

A Church of England school has been accused of failing to safeguard children from extremism in a leaked Ofsted report, after concerns were raised about a sixth form Islamic society Facebook page. The report was leaked to The Independent this morning and will be released by Ofsted tomorrow morning at…

Abandoned dogs find new home on Hackney Marshes

Abandoned dogs find new home on Hackney Marshes

New kennels providing care for the 250 stray dogs abandoned each year in the borough opened in Hackney Marshes on Friday. The individually-heated kennels offer shelter to the neglected dogs while they receive veterinary care, micro-chipping and rehabilitation training. John Wheatley, head of environmental operations for Hackney Council is in…

Acclaimed graphic novel to launch in Dalston

Acclaimed graphic novel to launch in Dalston

In a small fishing village a mysterious wanderer takes refuge from a storm in a local tavern. There he tells a series of tales and draws his audience into a fantastical world of mermaids, monsters and strangers from the sea. “Tales from the Deep”, a graphic novel anthology which will…

Big MCs battle over Big Macs on Lewisham High Street

Big MCs battle over Big Macs on Lewisham High Street

To passers-by, McDonalds looked busier than usual last Monday night. But locals would be mistaken in thinking that the groups outside were in line for a Big Mac. They were gathered in front of the fast-food joint to see a rap battle. The clash was due to take place between…

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