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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…

The rise of the Foodbank: 6,500 EastLondonLines residents forced to visit foodbanks in last eight months

The rise of the Foodbank: 6,500 EastLondonLines residents forced to visit foodbanks in last eight months

The social impact of the welfare reforms has been wide reaching, with often the most vulnerable being hardest hit. Today we look at the rise of the foodbank, and how a growing number of ELL’s residents are turning to them as a means of subsistence, as they attempt to deal…

Sanctions on the increase: Number of claimants losing JSA benefit reaches record levels across ELL boroughs

Sanctions on the increase: Number of claimants losing JSA benefit reaches record levels across ELL boroughs

Continuing ELL’s look into the impact of the welfare reforms brought in by the coalition government, today we investigate Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions and the increasing number of East London Line residents having their benefits removed. Long-time Hackney resident Peter Adebayo, 38, had his benefits cut last year after he was…

Welfare Reform Week: ELL begins week investigating the impacts of the reforms in our boroughs one year on

Welfare Reform Week: ELL begins week investigating the impacts of the reforms in our boroughs one year on

One-Year Anniversary of Welfare Reform Bill A year ago today, the Welfare Reform Bill passed its final hurdle in the Houses of Parliament and came into force. In order to commemorate the first anniversary of the Welfare Reform Bill, over the next four days, ELL will look at how our…

Local councils could lose millions from parking fines, as ban is proposed on CCTV ‘spy’ cameras across the UK

Local councils could lose millions from parking fines, as ban is proposed on CCTV ‘spy’ cameras across the UK

CCTV ‘spy’ cameras aimed at catching and fining motorists who commit traffic violations could be banned across the UK in the coming month. Last year alone, motorists in Croydon received almost 108,500 penalty charge notices (PCNs), with Hackney receiving 104,832, Lewisham 62,636, and Tower Hamlets 117,002. Eric Pickles, Secretary of…

Mayor in favour of proposed water cannons for police use

Mayor in favour of proposed water cannons for police use

Mayor Boris Johnson has declared his support for the Metropolitan Police’s request to buy three new water cannons to be used in the capital. In a letter to the Home Secretary, Teresa May last week, the Mayor said that he backs the Met Commissioner’s request, following the results of a…