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New specialist support service launched in London for disabled jobseekers

The Specialist Employability Support programme, which Remploy launched in London today (28 August) in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, will provide work-related…

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The Royal Opera presents: Le Nozze di Figaro

The Royal Opera presents the fifth revival of David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s brilliant comic opera, which McVicar has set in a French château…

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Thames Tideway Tunnel must deliver value for money, says water watchdog

The cost of the Thames Tideway Tunnel scheme to Thames Water’s 5.3 million waste water customers must be kept to an absolute minimum, says the…

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New specialist support service launched in London for disabled jobseekers

The Specialist Employability Support programme, which Remploy launched in London today (28 August) in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, will provide work-related support for disabled people furthest away from the job market. The programme, which becomes operational across the country on 1 September, will support disabled people in London and the south-east for whom other provision is not suitable and offers an individually tailored combination of guidance,

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The Royal Opera presents: Le Nozze di Figaro

The Royal Opera presents the fifth revival of David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s brilliant comic opera, which McVicar has set in a French château on the eve of the July 1830 revolution, amplifying the opera’s undercurrents of class tension. Figaro and Susanna are looking forward to their wedding day – but Figaro’s master Count Almaviva has designs on Susanna. With the help of Almaviva’s wife the Countess and the

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Thames Tideway Tunnel must deliver value for money, says water watchdog

The cost of the Thames Tideway Tunnel scheme to Thames Water’s 5.3 million waste water customers must be kept to an absolute minimum, says the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater). The water watchdog will be keeping a close eye on the £4.2 billion ‘super sewer’ scheme which water industry regulator Ofwat today confirmed will be financed and delivered by Bazalgette Tunnel Ltd, a consortium of independent investors. CCWater has been

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New home growth continues over summer

The number of new homes being registered to be built across the UK continues to outperform 2014 levels, according to the latest NHBC figures for July. Following the strong figures reported for Q2 2015, the new statistics reveal an increase of 14% for the rolling quarter May – July, compared to the same period last year, with 43,684 new homes registered in the UK (32,521 private sector; 11,163 public sector).

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Royal Borough pupils achieve top Key Stage 2 results in the country

  Royal Borough pupils have achieved the best results in the country for Key Stage 2 (age 11) performance. Provisional results, published yesterday (Thursday 27 August) by the DfE, show that 90 per cent of children in Kensington and Chelsea schools achieved the expected Level 4+ in Key Stage 2 reading, writing and mathematics. This is ten percentage points above the national average and eight points above the average for London

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LU decides to defer launch of Night Tube to allow successful conclusion of union talks

London Underground (LU) set out its decision to defer the launch of the Night Tube, which will see regular weekend night time services operate on the Tube for the first time in its 150-year history. The Night Tube will transform night time journeys across London for millions of people. Journey times will be cut by an average of 20 minutes, with some cut by more than an hour, and London’s

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Police make sweeping arrests prior to the Notting Hill Carnival

On August 25th police from all of the Met’s boroughs took part in dawn raids aimed at stopping crime at Notting Hill Carnival. The police operation was targeted at gang crime and drug supply, among other offences, a head of the popular event. Sixty-two arrests were made as officers carried out fifty-seven warrants. The arrests are mostly drug  or violence related, predominately being for possession with intent to supply and

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The Royal Parks to host three harvest festivals this September

To celebrate this year’s food growing in the Royal Parks, free harvest festivals will be held next month (September) in Kensington Gardens, Greenwich Park and The Regent’s Park. A harvest festival is a global tradition that occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. In Britain this typically occurs in September, and the festival is usually held on a Sunday. The Royal Parks has a number

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