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The seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets announced

The seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets announced

Deng Yan San has been elected the seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets. The Young Mayor is elected every two years and represents the 11-18 year-olds across the borough. After the result was announced yesterday, San said: “Our team will hit the ground running and we will help this borough shine……

New report suggests employment at all-time high

New report suggests employment at all-time high

The employment rate in Tower Hamlets is at its highest since records began in 2004, according to a new report. An annual population survey by the Office for National Statistics reported that 68.1 per cent of the borough’s population is currently employed. This is a 4.2 per cent increase from…

Qatar Investment Agency and Canadian property firm lead billion pound takeover of Canary Wharf

Qatar Investment Agency and Canadian property firm lead billion pound takeover of Canary Wharf

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund and global property company Brookfield Property Partners are close to buying the financial district of Canary Wharf after a billion pound battle in which both foreign companies will get combined ownership for £2.6 billion. After several months of negotiations Songbird, the majority owner of the Canary…

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. Rich Mix said the council…

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…