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Renters to “be exploited in perpetuity” with new Labour housing policy, says Generation Rent

Renters to “be exploited in perpetuity” with new Labour housing policy, says Generation Rent

Generation Rent has slammed a Labour housing policy review claiming that its proposals will force renters to be “exploited in perpetuity” to the benefit of homeowners. The Lyons Housing Review, commissioned by the Labour party and conducted by Sir Michael Lyons, was released last week and sets out a “roadmap”…

Half of Tower Hamlets children live in poverty

Half of Tower Hamlets children live in poverty

One in two children in Tower Hamlets are being raised in poor conditions, making it the borough with the highest rate of child poverty in the UK, new figures have shown. According to the latest End Child Poverty report, this constitutes an increase in child poverty levels in the borough…

Richard Tuttle’s exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery

Richard Tuttle’s exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery

American artist Richard Tuttle’s largest UK project opened this week, featuring an exhibition at The Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition, entitled “I Don’t Know, Or The Weave Of Textile Language”, invites the audience to explore 50 years of Tuttle’s work. Spread across three rooms, the exhibition opened on Tuesday, October 14…

Victoria Park crowned the UK’s favourite park

Victoria Park crowned the UK’s favourite park

Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets has been crowned the nation’s favourite park in this year’s People’s Choice Awards. Now a two-time winner of the prize, it was awarded best park in the country with a record-breaking 32,694 votes being cast in four weeks. EastLondonLines went to find out why Vicky…

Shoreditch community concerned over hotel boom

Shoreditch community concerned over hotel boom

Shoreditch is expecting a hotel boom with seven new hotels set to open in the area over the next two years. Many of these will be luxurious or “boutique” hotels, expanding tourists’ choice of upmarket accommodations in the diverse East End. Even though the arrival of new hotels is usually…

Lottery funding for Lewisham theatre project

Lottery funding for Lewisham theatre project

A £31,000 lottery grant has been awarded to Lewisham Youth Theatre to support performances inspired by a community history project. Catford Tales will see local residents coming together to learn about Catford’s history and exchange memories and experiences, which will then be transformed into a theatre production by LYT. Helen…

Local hero slams anti-Muslim political attacks

Local hero slams anti-Muslim political attacks

Tower Hamlets councillor Rabina Khan, recently nominated “Hero of the Year” in the European Diversity Awards, has slammed anti-Muslim attacks against the borough and defended its diversity and integration. Khan said that distorted media coverage and damaging comments from powerful politicians help build a negative image of the Muslim community…

Hackney Youth Parliament’s new members elected

Hackney Youth Parliament’s new members elected

This year’s Hackney Youth Parliament election saw a record turnout as 24 11-19 year olds were elected to represent their borough. The elected representatives were announced on Wednesday, October 15 at the Forest Road Young Hackney Centre, and around 100 children turned up to hear the results. A 47 per cent…

Barts Health ranked worst in the UK in patients’ survey

Barts Health ranked worst in the UK in patients’ survey

Barts Health, the NHS trust overseeing the Royal London and Mile End hospitals, is the worst performing trust for patient experience in the UK, according to a Macmillan Cancer Support survey. In its annual patient experience league table, the charity named seven London NHS trusts among the worst performing ten.…

Tfl member asked to step aside in superhighway row

Tfl member asked to step aside in superhighway row

The London Cycling Campaign is asking for a Tfl board member to step aside from cycle superhighway discussions due to conflict of interest. Peter Anderson, Chair of Tfl’s Finance and Policy committee, has become the focus of an attack by LCC. The campaigners are claiming that the future of the…