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Council and Rich Mix in four-year loan repayment dispute

Council and Rich Mix in four-year loan repayment dispute

An arts centre could face closure if they do not pay back an £850,000 loan they received in 2002 from Tower Hamlets Council. Rich Mix, based in Shoreditch, has decided to publicise the details of the dispute with the council dating back to 2011. The council allegedly demanded repayment of…

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…

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…

New Universal Credit benefit system to be implemented

New Universal Credit benefit system to be implemented

  The  Universal Credit benefits system is to be rolled out in Tower Hamlets as well as five other London boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Hounslow, Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham. The new system will launch on March 2. The scheme, which rolls all the main out-of-work benefits into one single payment, has been…

FKA twigs announced to perform at Field Day festival

FKA twigs announced to perform at Field Day festival

  Critically-acclaimed artists including FKA twigs, Run The Jewels and Hudson Mohawke have joined the lineup for the Field Day festival in Victoria Park. The festival, which takes place on June 6 and 7, is to be headlined by Canadian electronic musician Caribou and reunited Oxford “shoegazing” legends Ride. The…

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

An application to build seven towers between Shoreditch and Spitalfields has raised concerns about affordable housing and the gentrification in one of London’s poorest areas. Only 10 per cent of the homes in the Goods Yard development will be allocated to affordable housing. Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, has…

£1million artwork to capture imagination of commuters

£1million artwork to capture imagination of commuters

An impressive large-scale video art, including screens on elevator shafts and walls, will be installed inside the 250m-long new Crossrail Canary Wharf station. The panels on the elevator shafts will represent the flow of human figures moving up and down like waves and will extend over two floors. Other screens…

Shop owner threatened over “Je suis Charlie” sign

Shop owner threatened over “Je suis Charlie” sign

A French-born Muslim was threatened this week after displaying a “Je suis Charlie” sign outside his coffee shop in Brick Lane. Adel Defilaux, 32, the owner of The Anti-Shop, opened his store as normal on Tuesday morning, before he was allegedly confronted by an angry man at his till. He…

Fresh allegations against Mayor Lutfur Rahman emerge

Fresh allegations against Mayor Lutfur Rahman emerge

A voter, who expressed sympathies for the Labour Party in last May’s Tower Hamlet’s Mayoral election, said she was spat on by a canvasser for Lutfur Rahman, in an amended High Court Claim that brings fresh allegations of electoral malpractice against the Mayor. A petition calling for a re-run of last year’s…

“Enough is enough” say anti-violence campaigners

“Enough is enough” say anti-violence campaigners

“Enough is Enough” was the slogan of campaigners who marched through the capital in protest against the violent deaths suffered by young people in London.  Anti-violence campaigners have held a rally in Bethnal Green on Saturday in memory of 15-year old Joel Adesina, who was fatally stabbed in Tower Hamlets…

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