Around 3.7 million workers live in poverty in the UK, according to a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) report. The research highlights an increasingly worrisome trend that employment is no longer a safety net from poverty. The research marked an alarming shift in UK poverty rates, where after two decades of decreases, in recent years trends have gone up with the number of people in poverty now at 14 million or over one in five of the population. The report also noted that nearly 400,000 more children and about 300,000 more pensioners are below the poverty line than in 2012-13. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned the latest poverty numbers as a ‘national scandal’ and blamed Tory austerity for the ‘untold suffering’. “Tory austerity has caused untold suffering and pushed hundreds o
Eight hundred new jobs will be created alongside the opening of the new London Facebook office in 2018. According to the BBC, by the end of next year about 2300 people will work for Facebook from the UK, making this new office the largest engineering hub outside of the United States. Julian David of techUK, which represents 950 technology firms in the UK, according to the BBC, applauded Facebook for investing in the city of London despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit. Facebook opens its new London office and says it will add more jobs in the capital next year, underlining its commitment to Britain as the country prepares for #Brexit. https://t.co/kRfQCUmLJz pic.twitter.com/7qaGH67jbs — Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) December 4, 2017 Several large companies and financia
A new Survation Poll suggests that 50 Percent of Britons want a public vote for a second EU referendum due to the size of the Brexit divorce bill. The Survation Poll was carried out by mail on approximately 1,003 people amongst which 497 said they would “support holding a referendum asking the public if they will accept or reject the deal”. According to Survation poll, eleven percent backed the £50 billion divorce bill while on the other hand 31 per cent of people surveyed thought the UK should pay nothing at all. Half of the Pro-Brexiters polled, now support holding a second referendum on the final Brexit deal, since just 34 percent were against the idea with 16 percent unsure. The surveys conducted for the last five years have had a significant change. Survation Poll resul
Doors are open for tech start-ups focusing on building communities, at Facebook's new swanky office in London. This is the first time the company has planned to run an "incubator" to foster young businesses. The LDN_LAB programme will offer training and mentorship for a period of 12 weeks. The applications to apply opened on Monday. Chapter 1 of the programme begins on 19 February 2018. Facebook has promised to benefit the start-ups in a range of ways including expert training, business advice and networking. Up to 5 members of a team will be offered to join Facebook's new office space in London's Rathbone Square, near Oxford Street. The Vice President for Facebook Europe, Middle East and Asia, Nicola Mendelsohn, said: "Facebook is more committed than ever to the UK and is supporting ...
Recent figures show the number of schoolchildren with part-time jobs has fallen by a fifth in the past five years with the demand to put more effort to succeed in schools. The Freedom of Information (FOI) suggests that to hire staff under the age of 16, the employers need to apply for a license. According to latest findings there has been a massive drop with the number of permits issued from 2012 up to 2016, showing a steady decline. The current data published by the FOI shows a drop from 29,498 in 2012 to 23,071 issued in 2016. Dr Angus Holford from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex said to the BBC that: “Teens are being told evermore that you need to get good GCSEs and A-levels to get a good job in the long term.” Photo Credits: RAF Milden
Police are searching for two London youths after a teenager was physically and verbally attacked on the Jubilee Line in East London. British Transport Police (BTP) claim a 19-year-old male was placed into a headlock and continuously strangled until he eventually surrendered into doing what they told him. He was left gasping for air and struggling to breathe. The incident occurred while the victim and his friends were heading westbound on the Jubilee Line train between West Ham and North Greenwich on 21 October at around 11:10am. A man was abused, placed in a headlock and told to apologise for being gay in a homophobic assault on a Jubilee line train. Do you recognise these people? We'd like to speak to them in connection with the incident. Please text 61016 if you know them. htt...
UK foreign aid money has been ‘diverted to extremists’ in Syria, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. The investigation claims that funds from Adam Smith International meant for the Free Syrian Police have been used to support extremist groups ASI is a London based organization whose mission is to facilitate economic growth and government reform. The organisation help set up the FSP in order to bring law and order to regions of Syria controlled by opposition forces. According to the report, funds from the FSP have made their way into the hand of extremist groups such as Nour al-Din al-Zinki. The report claims that funds meant for the FSP have been used to carry out executions for al-Zinki courts. Other allegations include turning over cash to extremist groups and receivi
A report carried out by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) showed a rise of 400,000 m children and 300,000 pensioners living in poverty. The three main factors associated with reducing poverty are now under scrutiny as a result of the report. The factors are increased support through benefits, a rise in employment and regulation of rent. The report has resulted in pressure being placed on the current government. JRF urge the government to unfreeze benefits, increase training for young adults and develop a more efficient housing programme for low-income families. The report further outlines the driving factors of future poverty. They state that education and skills are the two biggest predictors of future poverty. They go on to say that young people and adults need the appropriate tr...
London’s mayor Sadiq Khan plans to roll out a new network of water fountains and bottle-refill stations to reduce plastic waste. It is part of a wider plan to make London a more sustainable city. The fountains will be placed in busy pedestrian areas, parks and public squares across the capital. Mr. Khan is calling on citizens to reduce the use of single-use packaging, such as plastic water bottles. He also hopes to set up ways of getting businesses to make their tap water available to the general public, building on a scheme launched two years ago in Bristol. Twitter reacted positively to the news: GOOD NEWS! @SadiqKhan plans network of #London water fountains to reduce plastic waste with inspiration from @RefillBristol https://t.co/QYUIq83673 become a business that sponsors
Young people attempting to pass their driving test today might be faced with their examiner on a picket line instead of by their side in the car. Driving examiners who are part of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), one of the unions for civil servants, are striking today and tomorrow in protest against changes to their working conditions as well the new driving test that was introduced today. As #PCS #DVSA members start a 2-day strike on Monday over attacks on their T&Cs which could see them paid 5 days' money for 6 days' work & against the badly-designed new driving test. Read what they're looking for to resolve the dispute https://t.co/5tDk04sLG0 #DVSAdispute pic.twitter.com/3ms6NVuPxf — PCS Union (@pcs_union) December 2, 2017 Picket lines appeared outs