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    Dear Editor It is not surprising to read that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are failing to secure jobs in London. That is why we have increased our educational involvement over recent years and sponsor academies in some of London’s most deprived areas. We are proud that for two years running the Sutton Trust named us as the leading academy sponsor for the attainment of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. We promote skills training, helping pupils find the work opportunities that fit their talents. And this year, Guildhall hosts the second London Careers Festival. It will connect over 120 global businesses with 6,000 students across London, introducing them to career options, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities, fuelling their imaginations and shaping their futures. Henry Colthurst, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Education Board. More...
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    A new and innovative care model is set to be delivered by Camden Council following approval at last night’s Cabinet meeting. Charlie Ratchford Court in Chalk Farm will provide care to residents with a range of needs while creating a community intended to reduce loneliness and isolation among tenants through regular wellbeing and social support. Helping to build the community at the service will be up to four support tenants who will live on site providing 10 hours of informal support per week in exchange for affordable rent. The support tenants will help to make the service more reflective of the wider community by facilitating social events with tenants and neighbouring residents. This approach is designed to help tenants make meaningful connections with each other and the wider community while living active and fulfilling lives. Full-time staff will work with residents in a ‘strength-based’ way, planning and adapting their support, and focusing on building their strengths, independence and resilience. Due for completion later this year, the service will provide 36 purpose-built extra care flats for people who may need support to maintain their independence. The ground floor space will include a café-style dining area where residents and families can come together, and a programme of activities can be enjoyed in the flexible indoor and outdoor spaces by residents and the wider community. Charlie Ratchford Court has been paid for by Camden’s Community Investment Programme, Camden’s plan for investing over £1 billion in building schools, homes and community facilities in Camden. Councillor Callaghan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Healthy and Caring Camden said: “In Camden, we want to support people to live healthy, active and independent lives for longer. The plans for Charlie Ratchford Court supports this vision. “Our residents will be supported to remain active within the scheme and the local community through a range of activities, helping to tackle loneliness and isolation, which impacts so many older people’s lives.” Councillor Beales, Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities and Inclusive Economy said: “This is another great example of how the Community Investment Programme makes best use of council resources to benefit our community. This in-house model has been shaped with residents and carers to make sure it meets the needs of our residents and once complete will benefit our community for years to come.” More...
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    Local Government has suffered austerity for many years and the impact has been far-reaching, with huge cuts to funding. However, while this impact has been significant, Southwark Council has been resilient, protecting front-line services and pushing forward with its ambitions for the borough?s future - with new homes, new jobs, new libraries and schools and new, borough-wide opportunities. More...
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    Young people in Haringey became movie stars last night as they took a stand against the knife crime that is affecting lives across London. More...
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    An underground plaza boasting a restaurant, cinema and running track; drone racing; and the creation of a subterranean mushroom farm; have been crowned the winning concepts in the Reimagine Croydon?s Subways ideas competition. More...
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    Wandsworth Town Hall ?caught measles? last night, with spots projected onto the façade of the art deco building to raise awareness of the importance of getting both doses of the MMR jab. More...
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    Following Chief Executive Paul Martin?s decision to step down from his position, Richmond and Wandsworth councils will be launching a search for his successor. More...
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    Councils have called on the Prime Minister to cancel Heathrow expansion following today?s Court of Appeal ruling. More...
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    Yesterday, 19:00
    Councils have called on the Prime Minister to cancel Heathrow expansion following today's Court of Appeal ruling. More...
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    Yesterday, 19:00
    Following Chief Executive Paul Martin's decision to step down from his position, Richmond and Wandsworth councils will be launching a search for his successor. More...
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    Really Local Group and Southwark Council are working together to create a high street cultural venue for Bermondsey, that aims to restore an iconic landmark at The Blue, a central marketplace. More...
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    Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council since 2010, has announced he will step down in March. At Council Assembly on Wednesday evening, Cllr John announced that his last day will be Wednesday 25th March, the date of the next Council Assembly meeting, when a new Leader will be elected. More...
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    Between 2-8 March, Royal Greenwich will be joining the national celebration of LGBT+ foster carers and adopters, organised by New Family Social, and encouraging people to join our fostering family. More...
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    No one knows your area better than you do, which is why we want to hear your views, ideas and issues regarding where you live, to help us improve our services. More...
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    Cllr Caroline Woodley has been appointed Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years and Play. Cllr Woodley takes over the role following Cllr Chris Kennedy’s appointment as Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure earlier this year. Cllr Woodley has been a ward councillor in Cazenove since 2018. Cllr Yvonne Maxwell has been appointed Mayoral Advisor for Older People. The role will support Cllr Kennedy and lead on finalising the Council’s Older People’s Strategy. The change completes the Mayor's Cabinet reshuffle, following Cllr Feryal Clark’s election to parliament at the end of last year. Earlier this month the Mayor appointed Cllr Rebecca Rennison Deputy Mayor for Finance, Housing Needs and Supply. More...
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    Councillors have agreed the Council’s budget for the year ahead which, in the face of government cuts, the Mayor of Hackney says will help to make the borough “fairer, safer, healthier and more sustainable”. The Council’s budget for 2020/21 was approved at a meeting on 26 February. The proposals included a Council Tax increase of 3.99% - less than 90p a week for the average Hackney household. The increase in Council Tax will help to address government cuts which has seen the Council’s core grant shrink by half since 2010, whilst demand for services has increased dramatically. Watch a video about the Council's spending priorities and the budget challenge here and find out more about Council Tax here. Read the full budget report here. More...
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    More pupils than ever before are benefiting from safer and healthier journeys to school as new School Streets go live. More...
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    An award-winning initiative where the council and community groups help struggling residents to save up to ?700 a year off household bills was unveiled in Thornton Heath yesterday (Wednesday). More...
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    Last year Wandsworth Council joined forces with four local councils, the Mayor of London and Greenpeace, to legally challenge the Government?s decision to favour a proposal for a new north-west runway at Heathrow. More...
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    Last year, Richmond joined forces with four local councils, the Mayor of London and Greenpeace, to legally challenge the Government?s decision to favour a proposal for a new north-west runway at Heathrow. More...
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    26th February 2020, 19:00
    Apply to win ?1,000 extra funding towards a Crowdfunder campaign for a project improving wellbeing, access to open spaces or health in Lambeth. The post ?5,000 for ?Projects that Matter? in Lambeth appeared first on Love Lambeth. More...
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    26th February 2020, 19:00
    Lambeth council has called on the government to increase its support for residents affected by the Windrush scandal and has written to all residents to urge those affected to apply for the Windrush Compensation Scheme. The post Lambeth calls for action to support the Windrush generation appeared first on Love Lambeth. More...
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    26th February 2020, 19:00
    On Saturday 22 February, the Royal Borough of Greenwich welcomed in Fairtrade Fortnight with a day of family fun. More...
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    26th February 2020, 19:00
    Hackney Council has published an updated rough sleeping strategy, which outlines its plans to support the borough’s rough sleepers over the next two years. The Strategy outlines the wide range of existing provision for rough sleepers, and the three key priorities for 2020-22: prevention, outreach and pathways out of homelessness. Specific pledges include: Working more closely with colleagues in the NHS and adult social care to embed a trauma informed approach to supporting rough sleepers. Completing the pilot delivery and enhancing a Housing First model with wraparound support for rough sleepers with complex needs. Offering EEA nationals rough sleeping intensive employment support to enable them to move into employment, meaning they can access welfare benefits and housing including help with housing costs. Exploring additional accommodation for rough sleepers with no recourse to public funds and developing a programme of intensive employment support for EEA nationals, to enable them to move into employment, meaning they can access welfare benefits and housing, including help with housing costs The Strategy collates the Council’s work to support rough sleepers over the last four years, including: Establishing a new Street Outreach Team, including a coordinator to have strategic and operational oversight of all rough sleeping services in the borough Sourcing additional emergency bed spaces Working with the GLA and St Mungo’s to deliver short term ‘floating hubs’, offering intensive support Hosting an annual rough sleeping summit, bringing together local organisations to improve partnership working Embedding the No First Night Out principles throughout the housing advice service - a series of principles around homelessness prevention Hosting Tap London contactless points at the Hackney Service Centre and Hackney Town Hall reception - allowing people to use their contactless card to donate £3 to homelessness charities. Read a summary, the full strategy and more information about services for rough sleepers here. More...
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    26th February 2020, 19:00
    Hackney Council is asking local people to have their say on plans to introduce motorcycle parking permits in the borough, aimed at tackling London’s poor air quality by encouraging riders to switch to less polluting models. The proposals would see resident permits introduced for motorcycles, which would be in line with cars with similar emissions, working out at about £5 a month for most motorcycle riders. As with cars, businesses would also have to apply for permits for their motorcycles, and visiting motorcycle riders would have to apply for a visitor permit if parking in resident permit holder bays. This would discourage short journeys, and encourage commuting riders to use public transport instead. Motorcycles would continue to be charged at current rates if they park in pay and display bays. As part of the proposals, the Council would install lockable motorcycle parking hoops across the borough to improve motorcycle security. Seven of the 11 other inner London boroughs already charge motorcycle riders for permits. Combustion engine motorcycles produce similar levels of dangerous nitrous oxide as cars, with up to five able to be parked in one car space. Residents can have their say by visiting consultation.hackney.gov.uk and searching for ‘motorcycles’. The consultation closes on 18 May 2020. The Council is also hosting a series of drop-in sessions, where residents can discuss the proposed changes. Details of the drop-in sessions are available at consultation.hackney.gov.uk - with the first being held at Ridley Road Market at 10am-2pm on 6 March. Residents can contact parking.policy@hackney.gov.uk or 020 8356 4008 with any questions or if they would like to request a paper copy of the consultation. More...
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    26th February 2020, 19:00
    ?Proposals for a transformative three-year Budget designed to make people?s lives better will be considered by Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz and Newham Council on Monday (2 March) during a meeting at the Old Town Hall in Stratford starting at 7pm.??At the heart of the Budget proposals, which the Mayor and Cabinet members agreed on 18 February agreed to recommend to full Council, is a bold Community Wealth Building vision that addresses poverty and economic and social inequality, raises living standards, invests in young people, supports an ambitious housing delivery programme and responds to the climate and health emergency. It is a proposed Budget that allocates resources fairly and efficiently, sets down building blocks for a strategic inclusive economic strategy, embeds a new green economic approach for the future, and responds to the impact of ten years of government austerity. Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said: ?This proposed Budget builds upon our overall investment and priorities and the good things that are already being done. It puts dealing with poverty, inequality, and climate change, at the heart of what we do as a Council. This is community wealth building in action. And, if approved, the Budget will support our ambitions to make Newham the best possible place for our young people to grow up and offer all our residents the chance to meet their potential.? As part of the Council?s agenda of good governance and transparency, residents have joined the conversation about the proposed spending priorities and savings challenges through either Budget Forums or an interactive online simulator. Overall the proposed Budget seeks to address a ?45m funding gap over the next three years. Savings of ?36.2m have been identified which, when taken with additional income of ?9.6m from a proposed increase in Council Tax over each of the three years, would deliver this. The proposed Budget also allows for growth spending of ?10m each year above what is spent already, for new services or enhancing existing ones in line with the Mayor and administration?s priorities. Councillor Terence Paul, Cabinet member for finance, said: ?Our proposals will, if adopted, lead to a balanced budget being set for each of the three years. We will continue to act in the best interests of our residents.? With growth and investment also comes difficult decisions about where to save money and a proposed increase in Council Tax. A ten-year freeze in Council Tax prior to last year?s Budget has meant that the Council has ?19m less each year to spend over the next three years. An increase in the Newham element of Council Tax of 3.99 per cent in each of the three year financial years is proposed, of which two per cent will be ring-fenced for adult social care. In 2020/21 this would mean a weekly increase of 77p for properties in Band D. Despite this Newham?s level is still expected to be the lowest in outer London. The Council has pledged to continue to protect those residents on the lowest incomes who will not be required to pay the full amount of Council Tax. Included in the Budget proposals are: A brighter future for young peopleThe Budget proposes ?4.5m investment each year in services directly for young people. This includes: ?750,000 to implement Youth Safety Board recommendations ?1m for safeguarding adolescents ?1.2m to double the number of youth hubs to eight ?500,000 for to enhance Headstart mental health initiatives ?1m to support care leavers, foster carers, and other mental health services Schools The Budget proposes: schools supported to provide the best possible educational opportunities through the Dedicated Schools Grant of ?433m* money to ensure personalised Education and Health Plans for all SEND children to continue to fund the ?Eat for Free? programme of free school meals for all children to address the inequality of hunger and food poverty Housing The Budget proposes: to invest in affordable, secure, decent housing for all money to address the crisis in temporary accommodation ?1.4m per year to address the scourge of rough sleeping ?400,000 to create a team to repurpose unused properties Climate and Health Emergency The Budget proposes: ?1m per year in services to tackle the climate and health emergency moving to a fairer emissions-based system of car parking charges whereby the least polluting cars would pay less funding to encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport funding to make Council homes more energy efficient Cleaner Newham The Budget proposes: ?600,000 to move to weekly recycling ?500,000 to enhance street cleaning services Safe and liveable streets The Budget proposes: ?1m to preserve funding for Metropolitan Police officers to focus on environment crime and anti-social behaviour* More information available about the Council?s Budget proposals More...
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    26th February 2020, 19:00
    Bromley Council aims to support the building of all the homes agreed in the recently approved local plan, currently a yearly target of 641. More...
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    26th February 2020, 19:00
    Kingston Council has been recognised as being in the top 10% of local authorities for adult social care outcomes and providing value for money. More...
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    26th February 2020, 19:00
    Fifty supermarkets throughout the borough have been contacted by the Council urging them to sign the Idle-Free Borough pledge, agreeing to encourage their customers, employees and store partners to stop idling their cars. More...
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    26th February 2020, 19:00
    Armed forces veterans will get a guaranteed job interview at Richmond Council under a new scheme announced this week. More...
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