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Council brings health hubs directly to the community

Council brings health hubs directly to the community

Four new health hubs are being launched enabling residents to access a range of health services and activities inside the community. The Hackney Health Hubs, defined as “co-locating health services and activities in one place”, are funded by Hackney Council and run by local charity Shoreditch Trust. They are based…

Man jailed for possessing James Bond’s favourite gun

Man jailed for possessing James Bond’s favourite gun

A man has been jailed for five years after being found with a loaded gun that would be more at home in a James Bond film. James George Simpson, 47, from St Lawrence Way was sentenced to five years at Croydon Crown Court on Monday. Simpson pleaded guilty to possession…

Affordable home campaigners build protest ‘house’

Affordable home campaigners build protest ‘house’

Campaigners have built a “house” made out of estate agent boards outside Lewisham Town Hall, Catford road, in a protest about affordable homes. The group, People Before Profit, designed the protest to highlight the 17,000 homeless people in the borough with a large number of families living in hostels and…

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…

Poll predicts Gavin Barwell could lose seat to Labour

Poll predicts Gavin Barwell could lose seat to Labour

  Conservative MP for Croydon Central,  Gavin Barwell, is on course to lose his seat at the next election, according to a YouGov/Evening Standard poll. According to the poll, support for Labour in London has risen and the party is expected to win eight of its London target seats in…

Council to consider anti-G4S contracts petition

Council to consider anti-G4S contracts petition

Tower Hamlets Council has agreed to consider a local petition demanding G4S be disqualified from future contracts in the borough. A coalition of organisations gathered in front of the council building with a petition signed by nearly 2,000 people. They chanted slogans in support of Palestine accusing G4S of: “far…

Palace to face Bolton or Liverpool in FA Cup 5th Round

Palace to face Bolton or Liverpool in FA Cup 5th Round

Crystal Palace will face either Bolton or Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA cup after overcoming a highflying Southampton side in a five-goal thriller. The victory gives Palace their first fifth round appearance since 2010, where they lost to Aston Villa. The Eagles have never won the FA…

Over 200 people take part in Amhurst Park ‘die-in’ protest over the death of cyclist Stephanie Turner

Over 200 people take part in Amhurst Park ‘die-in’ protest over the death of cyclist Stephanie Turner

Over 200 people took part in a ‘die-in’ protest over the death of cyclist Stephanie Turner. Cycling enthusiasts from all over London came to the junction of Amhurst Park and Bethune Road to lie down in memory of physiotherapist Stephanie Turner, 29, who died under the wheels of a lorry…

Wednesday’s strike on the Docklands Light Railway has been called off by the RMT

Wednesday’s strike on the Docklands Light Railway has been called off by the RMT

Wednesday’s Strike on the DLR has been called off, according to the RMT union. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary said: “RMT is delighted to be able to announce that the determination and solidarity of our members across Docklands Light Railway has forced the pace in head to head talks with…

Croydon and Hackney ‘green spaces’ projects in competition for Mayor’s Big Green Fund £900,000 prize

Croydon and Hackney ‘green spaces’ projects in competition for Mayor’s Big Green Fund £900,000 prize

Croydon and Hackney are among seven boroughs that are competing for £900,000 from the Mayor’s Big Green Fund. The Croydon-based “Access to Wandle Park” project and the “Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway” plan in Hackney are among those in the running for up to £175,000 investment from the Mayor’s Big Green Fund…