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Take a seat at Surrey Street’s new pop-up food hub

Take a seat at Surrey Street’s new pop-up food hub

Street food moved indoors today when Mexican favourites, Goan specialities and ranges of freshly baked bread and cakes transformed a converted furniture shop in central Croydon. Manju Shahul-Hameed, Mayor of Croydon, cut a piece of edible ribbon to open Surrey StrEatery, which will house seven food traders for the next…

St Mungo’s workers celebrate victory over pay cuts dispute

St Mungo’s workers celebrate victory over pay cuts dispute

A victory rally replaced St Mungo’s Broadway’s planned strike action today, after executives agreed to meet union demands. Workers at the homeless charity, which runs hostels in Hackney and Lewisham, were set to strike for ten days as bosses announced a £5,000, or 19 per cent, pay cut for new…

Is £9.15 an hour enough for Londoners to live off? Living wage debate divides politicians and employers

Is £9.15 an hour enough for Londoners to live off? Living wage debate divides politicians and employers

Councillors in Lewisham and Tower Hamlets reacted cautiously to today’s announcement that the London living wage has increased to £9.15 an hour, saying further reforms were needed if wages are to keep up with the cost of living in the capital. In a visit to Kaffeine, a West London coffee…

Job seeking revolutionised by new search platform

Job seeking revolutionised by new search platform

Job hunting has been made easier for housing association residents thanks to a new job search Internet platform designed by a Croydon business. Launch For Jobs was created by 3D Change and introduced yesterday, 21 October, at the South London Jobs Fair at Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The firm is a social…

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Local activists will be joining a rally at Westminster on Saturday as part of a Europe wide protest against a treaty that would effectively open up publicly owned institutions to take-over by American private sector giants. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership) is a new trade deal between the…

Number of jobless drops one-third in Croydon

Number of jobless drops one-third in Croydon

Croydon recorded a drop of almost one-third in the number of people claiming job seeker’s allowance (JSA) compared with last year, according to new statistics. This is the sixth biggest drop among London boroughs. Figures from the latest Labour Market Bulletin, prepared by the Office for National Statistics, indicate that…

Techie Heaven: Shoreditch dubbed tech hub of London

Techie Heaven: Shoreditch dubbed tech hub of London

    There is  Silicon Valley in California, a Silicon Fen in Cambridge, and now London is being dubbed Silicon Capital. Ninety tech companies have set up shop here in the last year. They join Spotify, Zoopla, Moonpig and King; the makers of Candy Crush Saga and perhaps most notably Google who have established their new European headquarters in…

How the welfare reforms affect you: Tower Hamlets

How the welfare reforms affect you: Tower Hamlets

As the most deprived areas in the whole Britain it is no surprise that Tower Hamlets’ claimants are set to be hit hard as a result of the welfare reforms. Like all of ELL’s boroughs it ranks high on “bedroom tax” and Housing Allowance losses, ranking 11th and 10th respectively.…

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…

Welfare Reform Week: ELL begins week investigating the impacts of the reforms in our boroughs one year on

Welfare Reform Week: ELL begins week investigating the impacts of the reforms in our boroughs one year on

One-Year Anniversary of Welfare Reform Bill A year ago today, the Welfare Reform Bill passed its final hurdle in the Houses of Parliament and came into force. In order to commemorate the first anniversary of the Welfare Reform Bill, over the next four days, ELL will look at how our…