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‘We Love Hackney’ campaigns for late night licenses

‘We Love Hackney’ campaigns for late night licenses

Over 600 people attended the ‘We Love Hackney’ campaign launch at Dinerama, in Shoreditch, on Wednesday. The campaign is working to stop Hackney Council from initiating licensing proposals that will force new bars, nightclubs and other late night venues, including Dinerama, to close at 11pm throughout the borough. Supporters believe…

‘Growth Zone’ plans backed by George Osborne

‘Growth Zone’ plans backed by George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne has announced he will support plans for a ‘Growth Zone’ in Croydon as part of a larger regeneration plan happening in the borough. The scheme involves collecting local taxes from a stamp duty pilot, which is estimated at £100 million in the next 20 years, to accelerate…

Council’s proposed cuts will lead to ‘severe suffering’

Council’s proposed cuts will lead to ‘severe suffering’

Cuts of £85 million will bring “severe suffering” to the borough, a top Lewisham councillor has warned following a council meeting last week. Lewisham councillor Kevin Bonavia cautioned a mayor and cabinet meeting in light of government austerity measures that will see Lewisham lose a third of its budget, with…

New report suggests employment at all-time high

New report suggests employment at all-time high

The employment rate in Tower Hamlets is at its highest since records began in 2004, according to a new report. An annual population survey by the Office for National Statistics reported that 68.1 per cent of the borough’s population is currently employed. This is a 4.2 per cent increase from…

Scheme trains unemployed to build affordable housing

Scheme trains unemployed to build affordable housing

A scheme which trains construction workers is building affordable homes in Brockley. The scheme, announced this month, gives work opportunities to homeless people, ex-offenders or those in long-term unemployment. They are trained in skills such as construction, plastering, carpentry, painting and decoration. The programme is run by Phases (People Housing…

Unemployed hit by new benefit changes

Unemployed hit by new benefit changes

A new benefit system (Universal Credit) starts in Tower Hamlets this March. The Government scheme aims to create more incentives for those able to work to encourage them to find employment. The Universal Credit, which has been piloted in northern parts of the UK and Croydon, will combine all benefits…

New Universal Credit benefit system to be implemented

New Universal Credit benefit system to be implemented

  The  Universal Credit benefits system is to be rolled out in Tower Hamlets as well as five other London boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Hounslow, Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham. The new system will launch on March 2. The scheme, which rolls all the main out-of-work benefits into one single payment, has been…

ELL boroughs worse hit in next years budget

ELL boroughs worse hit in next years budget

Eastlondonlines boroughs are to be among the worst affected by next year’s budget cuts for local authorities. The Government has announced that on average local council’s in England will have their funding cut by 1.8 per cent from 2015. Croydon will face the average cut rate, Tower Hamlets’ spending will…

Runway could cause “Olympic transformation”

Runway could cause “Olympic transformation”

Croydon is set to benefit “most” from a potential expansion of Gatwick, after the council signed a memorandum of understanding with the airport. Council leader Tony Newham signed the Memorandum Of Understanding with Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate at the Develop Croydon Conference on Tuesday. Gatwick’s proposal to build a…

Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton venue to be restored

Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton venue to be restored

A semi-derelict Catford pub is to be turned into a community venue thanks to a multi-million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Phoenix Community Housing announced today that it has been awarded £3.8million to develop new facilities at The Fellowship Inn in Bellingham. W’re thrilled to announce we’ve been…

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