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
Help Musicians UK (HMUK), a charity for professional musicians, has launched a 24/7 helpline to support musicians mental health. Music Minds Matter, is free and offers services such as emotional support, advice in getting a diagnosis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and counseling among others. Can music make you sick? A study about working in the music industry, commissioned by HMUK found that the creative industry can be responsible for adding to mental health issues. This goes beyond depression and suicide. Addiction and eating disorders are also prevalent in the music industry. A separate study indicates that 1 in 3 professional musicians have suffered from an eating disorder. And with the growing number of sexual assault accusations in the entertainment industry, it may com
London was named top performing city in a Europe-wide study done by the Milken Institute. The factors considered in the decision-making process included job creation, wage growth and the value of hi-tech goods and services. The city was also recognized for its high quality universities, its draw of international tourists, creative and legal industries, and biopharmaceuticals. The study divided Europe up into 279 regions, with various areas of the United Kingdom claiming five spots in the top 20. Inner-East London took top spot in the rankings. Stockholm and Budapest followed in the top three, with Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire coming in seventh, Leicestershire, Rutland, and Northamptonshire 14th and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire 18th. According an article in The T
Theresa May is in Brussels meeting with top EU figures, hoping to finalise the first stages of Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting with Jean Claude Juncker the European Commission president and Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council. UK's prime minister Theresa May meets European Council president Donald Tusk. #EUCO president said he was ready to present draft EU27 guidelines tomorrow for #Brexit talks on transition and future. But UK and European Commission asked for more time. pic.twitter.com/l82TKlZXK6 — Johan Dobbelaere (@ProductiehuisEU) 4 December 2017 The BBC are reporting that Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts told their political editor Laura Kuenssberg that the UK has made concessions with regards to the Irish boarder. The Democrati
Anyone looking to get their driver's licence in England, Scotland, or Wales will have to pass a more difficult test as of today, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Test-takers will now face a longer period of independent driving, a section of satellite navigation, changes to reversing manoeuvres, and will be required to answer vehicle safety questions while driving. Northern Ireland has a different set of standards. The DVSA is facing criticism from some for the changes and have been accused of encouraging distracted driving. https://twitter.com/pedalparity/status/937474578909138945 https://twitter.com/Cheshy68/status/937473662139207680 https://twitter.com/IntrepidLewes/status/937606967689965568 Examiners are also unhappy and have begun ...