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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…

Angry debate over Hackney pedestrianisation

Angry debate over Hackney pedestrianisation

“All business is gone. It’s getting worse and worse everyday.” Pawan Chawla, director of the shop Designer Baby on Narrow Way in Hackney, looks outside the window and shakes his head. “You can ask anybody around here. The difference is striking,” he continues, now pointing to the other side of…

Hundreds of schools across EastLondonLines boroughs expected to be affected by NUT teaching strike

Hundreds of schools across EastLondonLines boroughs expected to be affected by NUT teaching strike

A number of schools across the East London Lines boroughs will be closed today, as teachers support a nation-wide strike in reaction to a bitter row over pay and working conditions. The one-day walkout has been called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), despite the Department for Education (DfE) warning that…

2,200 new jobs: Approval given to plans for world-leading creative hub at former Olympic site in Hackney

2,200 new jobs: Approval given to plans for world-leading creative hub at former Olympic site in Hackney

Plans to establish a world-leading creative and digital cluster at the former Olympic site, which will bring more than 2,000 new jobs to Hackney were approved yesterday by the London Legacy Development Corporation. iCITY, the company tasked with regenerating the former media centres in Queen Elizabeth Park, also announced that…

University workers across ELL boroughs stage third strike in same academic year, demanding higher pay

University workers across ELL boroughs stage third strike in same academic year, demanding higher pay

University workers across ELL’s boroughs walked out on strike today, as thousands of university staff joined nationwide industrial action demanding higher pay. Queen Mary, London Metropolitan and Goldsmiths universities participated in the third full-day strike of this academic year, with picket lines stationed throughout their campuses. The unions backing the…

ELL Live Blog: second day of tube strike, London commuters face morning delays and closed stations

ELL Live Blog: second day of tube strike, London commuters face morning delays and closed stations

Good morning and welcome to our special Tube strike live blogging. We will be bringing you all the latest news and travel updates to help you get around east London. You can tweet and follow us on @eastlondonlines using #ELLtubestrike   19:13 The strike is due to end at 21:00 GMT…

Tube strikes set to begin in full force Tuesday evening, as ELL commuters face disrupted journeys for 48 hours

Tube strikes set to begin in full force Tuesday evening, as ELL commuters face disrupted journeys for 48 hours

Stay tuned tomorrow morning for a live blog from EastLondonLines updating Underground service disruptions. Share your travel disruption experiences on Twitter at #ELLtubestrike. Commuters in ELL boroughs face disrupted journeys on the Underground this week, as unions stage a two-day strike over proposed cuts to ticket offices. The strike will take…

Borough exposed as one of the worst paid in London

Borough exposed as one of the worst paid in London

Lewisham has been exposed as one of the worst boroughs in London for low pay. Lewisham and Bexley are two of the worst paid boroughs in the capital, according to a recent report from independent think tank, Centre for London. In the capital, an average of 2.9 per cent of…