Don’t Cut Universal Credit

Cllr Alan Hall has joined trade unionists, campaigners and think tanks in applying pressure for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak to overturn the decision to cut £20 per week from Universal Credit claimants many are working on low pay. This comes as the Resolution Foundation has revealed that four in ten households on …

Vote by Post – Elections Thursday 6th May

In Lewisham there are four Council by elections and the London Mayoral Elections. The current advice due to Covid-19 is to apply to vote by post if you can. Firstly, you will need to be registered to vote. This can be done online by visiting the website https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Once registered to vote and included in …

Convoys Wharf Plot 21 – The Plot Thickens

Lewisham Council’s long running planning saga around Convoys Wharf on the Deptford riverside has taken a mysterious twist. During a webinar event that was held on 1st December 2020, in place of a drop-in consultation event due to Coronavirus restrictions a number of options were put forward for plot 21 of the scheme. This phase …

Housing Campaigners say ‘Waive The Rents’

Cllr Alan Hall has joined housing campaigners calling for Housing Associations to “look long and hard at their original purpose – they should help tenants by waiving rents and service charges as the Covid19 pandemic continues. They must not add to London’s housing crisis as the economic consequences bite.” The Social Housing Action Campaign has …

‘Surge’ on the tube expected as rail union issues new alert

The transport union, RMT has said that they expect a ‘surge’ in passengers on the London Underground and has insisted on two metre social distancing and limiting capacity on trains, following the Prime Minister’s statement. Mick Cash, General Secretary said: “This trade union will not sit back while confused and conflicting messaging from the government …

UK has the highest death toll in Europe – Public Health is a matter of life and death

The United Kingdom has overtaken Italy with the highest official death toll from the coronavirus, Covid-19 in Europe. New figures released on Tuesday, 5th May 2020 show that this is the trend, we ask, what does this mean for London and Inner London Local Councils? London is a vast geographical area and has a complex …

Domestic Violence surge

As predicted by the United Nations, the rates of domestic violence have surged with the coronavirus lockdown measures. The New York Times reports that “there was every reason to believe that the restrictions imposed to keep the virus from spreading would have such an effect,” according to Marianne Hester, a Bristol University sociologist who studies …

Sardines and Soldarity in London’s Piccadilly Circus

Anti fascists and Trade Unionists came together to protest against the far right, Italian politician Matteo Salvini on 3rd March 2020 in Piccadilly Circus, London. Salvini who has blamed migrants for the spread of the coronavirus was due to come to London to speak but his flight was cancelled due to the coronavirus scares: This …