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Bishop to lead contentious Fairness Commission

Bishop to lead contentious Fairness Commission

The Bishop of Croydon has been chosen to lead the council’s £200,000 Fairness Commission, despite scathing criticism from the Conservatives that it is a “waste of money”. Bishop Clark will assess whether public services in the borough are being distributed fairly enough. Tony Newman, leader of Croydon council, told the…

Boroughs blighted by highest rates of child poverty in UK as figure approaches fifty per cent in Tower Hamlets

Boroughs blighted by highest rates of child poverty in UK as figure approaches fifty per cent in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Lewisham are among the 20 local authorities with the highest levels of child poverty in the UK, according to a new report from a children’s organisation. The report, released last month by The Campaign to End Child Poverty, an association made up of more than 150…

Council-backed White Ribbon to combat gender violence

Council-backed White Ribbon to combat gender violence

A campaign to combat violence against women was adopted by Croydon Council last night. The year-long White Ribbon initiative will start with 16 days of campaigning from November 25 to December 10. Croydon Council opted into the campaign, which aims to mobilise men in the fight against gender-based violence, at…

Whitechapel literary festival gives the WriteIdea

Whitechapel literary festival gives the WriteIdea

Owen Jones and Tariq Ali spoke at a free reading festival hosted by Tower Hamlets Council over the weekend, along with a variety of other distinguished literary and political figures. The three-day event was organised by Idea Store, a Whitechapel library service created by the council. The Writeidea festival, now in…

Conference shines light on gender-based violence

Conference shines light on gender-based violence

Puppetry may seem an unlikely campaigning tool against gender-based violence, particularly since popular puppet act Punch and Judy has been slammed for promoting domestic violence. But A Team Arts group’s innovative puppet show “Her Link”, which communicates with young people about “healthy relationships”, was met with a very positive response at…

Foodbank to support New Cross through “crisis period”

Foodbank to support New Cross through “crisis period”

The Trussell Trust is opening a new foodbank centre in St James Church in New Cross next week. The past 12 months have seen a record number of clients over the organisation’s 14-year history. From November 17, the new centre will be open between midday and 2pm every Monday. This will be…

TEDxYouth bring “ideas worth spreading” to Croydon

TEDxYouth bring “ideas worth spreading” to Croydon

Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Bill Clinton are just a few names to have graced the TED stage, now TEDxYouth is coming to Croydon aiming to inspire the next generation. TED conferences bring together speakers from technology, entertainment and design backgrounds to talk to a global audience. TEDxYouth is an…

Russell Brand opens charity mosaics in Hackney Downs

Russell Brand opens charity mosaics in Hackney Downs

Comedian Russell Brand revealed how community spirit can transform urban spaces when he unveiled the result of nine month’s hard work by a local charity in Hackney Downs yesterday. A “curious structure” in Hackney Park was transformed into an impressive piece of artwork by The Hackney Mosaic Project, a scheme…

£500,000 given to Hackney support service, Off Centre

£500,000 given to Hackney support service, Off Centre

A Hackney youth charity has been awarded £500,000 by the Big Lottery Fund. Not-for-profit organisation Off Centre offers innovative support services for young people in Hackney and the surrounding boroughs. The grant is the biggest that the organisation has received in its 40-year history. In particular, the award recognises Off…

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Night Tales will open tomorrow for a seven-weekend stay in Shoreditch in a transformed East London car park and underground bunker. Starting from 6pm on Friday, this weekend will feature music from Django Django DJ set and Low Life with Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. The music line-ups will be announced weekly, as will the special…

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