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Slow Progress – Stokey vs Sainsbury’s review postponed

Slow Progress – Stokey vs Sainsbury’s review postponed

  The long-running battle over the proposed opening of a new supermarket in Stoke Newington – which has been covered extensively on East London Lines – is no closer to being resolved. Community response group ‘Stokey Local’s’ bid to take Sainsbury’s to the High Court has been delayed in order…

May 22 – the importance of ‘Operation Black Vote’

May 22 – the importance of ‘Operation Black Vote’

Simon Woolley is the founder of Operation Black Vote. He  discusses with East London Lines the importance of engaging with voting and politics in order to get better representation for the black community. Video by Hajeera Blagg and Taku Dzimwasha…

Firefighters begin strike over pensions – three days of action starting Saturday ending Monday

Firefighters begin strike over pensions – three days of action starting Saturday ending Monday

Members of the Fire Brigades Union across the country are staging a walk out for five hours today (from 12 till 5pm) over a pensions dispute. It marks the beginning of a three day strike action. Firefighters have to pay higher pension contributions, work into their late 50′s before retiring and…

New plannning restrictions on betting shops agreed

New plannning restrictions on betting shops agreed

From this week (30th April), betting shops will be considered in their own category of planning regulations, meaning local councils will be able to limit the number of betting shops in each area. After a lengthy campaign against the high-density of bookmakers in the East London Lines boroughs, many residents…

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Two years ago, Georgia Franklin-Pierce, then a 22-year-old graduate, found herself in “a bit of a pickle”. She wanted to live in London but thought: “How am I going to afford it?” In 2012, the average price of rent in London for a single household was hovering around £1,000 per month.…

Caravan Clubs: A “little utopia” within Croydon

Caravan Clubs: A “little utopia” within Croydon

Crystal Palace Caravan Club takes up a small part of the north side of Crystal Palace Park. Seventy-one pitches are rolled out along lighted, curved gravel roads that swing between large pitches of grass, isolated from the rest of the park by fences and blocks of bushy trees that allow…

How the welfare reforms affect you: Croydon

How the welfare reforms affect you: Croydon

With over 50, 000 welfare claimants Croydon has the biggest claimant populations in all four ELL boroughs. It is in the top 7 per cent in the whole country, when it comes to average losses per claimant household. The average loss per Local Housing allowance will be hefty at £1,500…

How the welfare reforms affect you: Hackney

How the welfare reforms affect you: Hackney

On average claimant households are set to be the 6th biggest losers as a result of the welfare reforms when compared to England. For those receiving housing allowance they will see their income cut on average by nearly £2000 and the 1% will see every claimant household £381, the second…

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.…

The future of welfare reform in ELL boroughs: how will the changes affect the average claimant household

The future of welfare reform in ELL boroughs: how will the changes affect the average claimant household

On the first birthday of the Welfare Reform Bill, there is very little to cheer about for the nearly 200,00 benefit claimants across EastLondonLines’ four boroughs. In April last year, the coalition government introduced a piece of legislation which would change the lives of many of our ELL residents. The…