Capital must not lose out in ‘levelling up’

Capital must not lose out in ‘levelling up’

London must not lose out to other regions in the Government’s ‘levelling up’ plans, a top Mayoral official has warned. Sadiq Khan’s chief of staff David Bellamy said ministers needed to invest in the capital. Boris Johnson unveiled a £5 billion cash boost to rebuild Britain’s economy in the wake...

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Richmond and Wandsworth avoid lockdown despite rise in infections

Richmond and Wandsworth avoid lockdown despite rise in infections

By LDRS Reporter Sian Bayley Richmond and Wandsworth are “not currently at risk of another lockdown,” despite fears there has been an increase in the number of new coronavirus cases in South West London. On June 30 a number of national newspapers included a list of 36 local authorities where...

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Sadiq Khan faces congestion charge legal battle

Sadiq Khan faces congestion charge legal battle

Sadiq Khan is facing a court battle over his decision to scrap the Congestion Charge exemption for minicabs, as a union claims it disproportionately impacts black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) drivers. London’s traffic levy aims to reduce tail backs in the city centre, with drivers paying a daily fee...

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How cinemas will reopen

How cinemas will reopen

As the Prime Minister said on June 24, cinemas could start opening up for business again from July 4 and film fans are looking forward to catching up on the latest big screen release. But with social distancing and safety measures still essential to protect people from coronavirus cinema companies...

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Extinction rebellion create pop-up bike lane as they demand more cycle-friendly measures

Extinction rebellion create pop-up bike lane as they demand more cycle-friendly measures

GREEN campaigners created a pop-up bike lane as they called for transport bosses to ensure streets stay safe for cyclists and pedestrians after lockdown. The group from Extinction Rebellion Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham made the temporary bike lane at Holland Park Avenue. The road links West London...

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Plans unveiled for memorial to the victims of COVID-19 at St Paul’s Cathedral

Plans unveiled for memorial to the victims of COVID-19 at St Paul’s Cathedral

The family behind the nationwide Yellow Hearts initiative are backing St Paul’s Cathedral’s idea of creating a physical memorial to commemorate those who died from COVID-19. Thousands of Brits have been hanging yellow hearts in their front windows to symbolise they are grieving after losing a friend or family member...

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London boroughs are facing a “catastrophic” £1.3billion financial black hole caused by coronavirus

London boroughs are facing a “catastrophic” £1.3billion financial black hole caused by coronavirus

London boroughs are facing a “catastrophic” £1.3billion financial black hole caused by coronavirus, council leaders warned on Wednesday 24th June. The London Councils group, which represents local authorities across the city, told MPs crippling cuts to services will take place unless the government “honours its promise” to pay back the...

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‘Ambitious’ action plan to stop rough sleepers in Wandsworth returning to the streets after the pandemic announced

‘Ambitious’ action plan to stop rough sleepers in Wandsworth returning to the streets after the pandemic announced

An “ambitious” action plan to ensure no rough sleepers end up back on the streets without a housing offer has been approved by Wandsworth councillors, as lockdown measures begin to ease. At the borough’s housing committee last week (June 18), councillors endorsed a ‘housing first’ programme that will aim to...

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Black Londoners twice as likely to be fined for Covid-19 offences

Black Londoners twice as likely to be fined for Covid-19 offences

By LDRS Reporter Jessie Mathewson Black Londoners are more than twice as likely to be fined under new coronavirus laws as white people, Metropolitan Police figures have revealed. Britain entered lockdown on March 23 to slow the spread of Covid-19, with people ordered to stay at home except for essential...

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Over 100,000 creative jobs at risk in London

Over 100,000 creative jobs at risk in London

More than 100,000 creative jobs in London are at risk because of the coronavirus pandemic, new research has revealed. One in six jobs in art, film, music and other creative industries could disappear, as lockdown squeezes the capital’s much-loved cultural institutions. And London will see a £14.6 billion drop in...

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