The down and out London of George Orwell

When winter weather starts to bite and Christmas trees begin appearing for sale, rough sleepers and people begging on street corners seem to become more visible, perhaps because conscience has that effect at this time of […]

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Islington Council to become first ‘Living Wage landlord’

Islington Council is to become the first local authority in the United Kingdom to require businesses that begin renting its commercial properties to pay employees at London Living Wage rates. New leases entered into with the Labour-run North […]

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Wages rise for London’s lowest paid, though overall picture little changed

London’s lowest paid employees have seen their wages increase by an average of 5% to 7% compared with two years ago, according to a new analysis of official figures. The increases, which have helped the bottom […]

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More than half of London’s 2.3 million in poverty are in working families, says report

Greater London continues to have a higher poverty rate than the rest of England despite a fall in unemployment in the capital, according to government figures compiled for a new report. The latest update of London’s Poverty […]

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London Assembly calls for more action on ‘hidden homelessness’

Around 12,500 people endure “hidden homelessness” every night in London, according to estimates in a new report by the London Assembly’s housing committee, a figure 13 times the size of the number sleeping rough. Young people, […]


How many Londoners are on zero-hours contracts?

Labour Party leader and London MP Jeremy Corbyn today criticised companies that use temporary and short term employment contracts, describing these as a “source of continuous worry and insecurity for millions of people”. His contribution to […]

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London among worst regions for helping vulnerable children early, says new report

More than 80% of children referred to social care services in London are judged ineligible for their support and left at risk of enduring “prolonged periods of unmet needs”, according to a leading children’s charity. Research […]

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London Living Wage boroughs ‘may create ripple effect’ on local employers

London businesses may be more likely to pay their workers the London Living Wage (LLW) if their local authority is itself an accredited living wage employer, according to two leading anti-poverty organisations. Figures for the capital compiled […]

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Centre for London essays: the changing way of work

My friends at Centre For London have just published their seventh edition of London Essays. The theme this time is the evolving nature of work. There are pieces by, among others, Antonia Bance, David Hills (no relation), Kathryn Nawrockyi […]