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Olympic report urges Mayor to maintain “long term commitment” to regeneration of east London

Olympic report urges Mayor to maintain “long term commitment” to regeneration of east London

An Olympic committee report has urged the Mayor of London and local councils to maintain a “long term commitment” to the regeneration of east London, if “positive change” is to be ensured in the wake of London 2012. The Olympic and Paralympic Select Committee report, titled ‘Keeping the flame alive’,…

Plan B helps Hackney kids to manage their future

Plan B helps Hackney kids to manage their future

Participants in an events management course for young Hackney residents, funded by musician Plan B, will host their debut event in Homerton next week. The event, “Doin’ It Old Skool!” will showcase the creative cream-of-the-crop of East London with a 90’s twist. The night is produced by DCT Events, a…

Local campaigners criticise Croydon council decision to turn over the boroughs’ 13 libraries to blacklisters Carillion

Local campaigners criticise Croydon council decision to turn over the boroughs’ 13 libraries to blacklisters Carillion

Campaigners have renewed their criticism of Croydon Council over the decision to outsource the borough’s libraries, after the company running them was sold to another business which is at the centre of a blacklisting scandal. Carillion, the construction company now running the 13 libraries, is currently implicated in compensation claim…

Firefighters across the ELL to strike again over pension cuts

Firefighters across the ELL to strike again over pension cuts

Firefighters across the EastLondonLines are set to strike for the fourth time in three months on Wednesday, following Westminster’s decision to worsen pension proposals. Hours before the Fire Brigade Union’s second strike in October, the government withdrew pension proposals made on June 19. As a result, firefighters who are forced…

Campaign groups gather to fight unpaid internships

Campaign groups gather to fight unpaid internships

Young people fighting against unpaid internships gathered at Goldsmiths Students’ Union yesterday for a daylong workshop of talks, activities, and film screenings. Organised by Future Interns, a loose collective of young activists across London, the event was part of a series of workshops taking place at universities throughout the city.…

Unemployed residents of ELL boroughs issued with twice the number of JSA sanctions as the rest of London

Unemployed residents of ELL boroughs issued with twice the number of JSA sanctions as the rest of London

Out-of-work residents in the boroughs covered by ELL received over twice as many Job Seekers Allowance sanctions as the rest of London’s benefits claimants, Government data released on Wednesday revealed. The number of claimants losing their benefits for reasons such as not looking hard enough for a job, failure to…

ELL residents unsure that new London Living Wage rate is enough to get by even if voluntary scheme was enforced

ELL residents unsure that new London Living Wage rate is enough to get by even if voluntary scheme was enforced

Over 30,000 workers in the capital who are paid less than the London Living Wage could see their pay rise by up to £400 a year if their employers decided to sign up to the new £8.80 an hour rate, proposed by the London Living Wage Foundation. The rate is…

Probation offices throughout East London so far unaffected by officers strike over privatisation plans

Probation offices throughout East London so far unaffected by officers strike over privatisation plans

Probation officers across East London are set to go on strike today at 12pm over proposed government privatisation plans. The probation officers’ union, Napo, has expressed concerns that selling the public service would increase re-offending rates. The date for action was agreed after a trade union members’ vote, with 84%…

University strike action across East London – the view from the pickets at Goldsmiths QMU and London Met

University strike action across East London – the view from the pickets at Goldsmiths QMU and London Met

Universities in East London were affected by strike action today as both staff and students took part in a walk-out in a dispute about pay. East London Lines reported on the strike plans earlier this week. The nation-wide walkout was organised by the lecturers union (UCU), and unions representing support…

London councils launch legal action to fight fire stations cuts

London councils launch legal action to fight fire stations cuts

Seven London Councils, including Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Lewisham, have initiated legal action against the Mayor of London and the Fire Commissioner to try and save fire stations across London. The application for a judicial review of the London Safety Plans was issued on Thursday October 3 at the Royal…