Influential MPs are calling on the government to close the loopholes that let gig economy firms use ‘bogus’ self-employment status to exploit workers. A report published on Monday by the work and pensions select committee and the business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) committee said the law must require gig economy companies such as Deliveroo or Uber to provide basic safety standards and benefits. They published a draft legislation to define employment status to prevent agency workers from being paid less than permanent staff for doing the same job. This is affecting mainly young workers that sometimes have to accept gig work because they don’t have other options. The level of self-employment in the UK increased from 3.8 million in 2008 to 4.6 million in 2015, accord
Housing campaigners 'Homes for All-Axe the Act' will rally outside Parliament on November 22nd to demand action against the housing crisis and present their own budget for homes. As Parliament proposes its new budget on Wednesday, Homes For All will implore the government to address long-term under-funding in council housing. In light of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire earlier this year, campaigners will also ask the government to pay for necessary fire safety provisions and further improvements in council homes. Eileen Short, Homes For All spokesperson, said: “The budget on Wednesday is a chance for Government to address the dire housing situation in Britain, which is getting worse with every week that passes. We are demanding a Budget for Homes that really helps invest in a new ge
The countdown to Christmas is in full swing as the world's largest Hamleys toy parade took place on Sunday 19th November 2017 in Regent Street. The Christmas Toy Parade attracted over 800,000 Londoners and even tourists that have come from around the world to enjoy and even take part in this annual parade. Why is this event so important? Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world selling more than 50,000 toys in the flagship store. By 1837 Hamleys was a London landmark and the toy store moved to its current site on Regent Street in 1881. Regent Street was transformed into a festive wonderland as it featured a marching cast of over 300 children's characters including Scooby Doo, Buddy the Elf, Sonic the Hedgehog and Peppa Pig. There were entertainers ...
Within Temptation start their next album campaign with announcing an Autumn/ Winter tour in 2018. The tour will allow fans to see the symphonic metal band in 18 countries (33 different cities). The Dutch band was found in April 1996 and they have six albums behind their back. After their longest break so far on November 3, the band transformed their website and social media image displaying only a short message that they will be “coming soon”. A week later a video statement appeared where the main vocal Sharon den Adel announced a new solo project named “My Indigo”. The project was the reason why the band took a break from working together for a while. Sharon Den Adel decided to take some time to work on her own and compose for herself before regaining her inspiration to write fo
Waste coffee grounds will be used to fuel some London’s buses, Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean clean technology company revealed. A new biofuel that contains oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is added to the London bus public transport fuel supply chain. The oil is without need for modification. Bio bean said Londoner average drinks 2.3 cups of coffee a day, which produces over 200 thousand tonnes of waste a year and much of waste ends in landfill. The British coffee association also said UK people consumed 55 million cups of coffee per day. The company currently has produced 6000 litres, sufficient to power one bus a year and is collecting waste coffee grounds from high street coffee shop chains and instant coffee factories. Bio-bean’s founder Arthur Kay said the develo
Miss India Manushi Chhillar has won Miss World 2017, and although the 20-year-old medical student’s beauty stood out amongst the other contestants, her intelligence ended up being the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Ms. Chhillar is the sixth winner of this competition, making India tied with Venezuela as they both now hold six victories over the course of the pageant’s 67 years of running. Ms. Chhillar is the first Indian to win the competition in seventeen years. The event was held in the coastal city of Sanya, China on Saturday evening. The competition held contestants from 118 countries and regions. As Ms. Chhillar made it to the final round of the competition, she was asked: “Which profession deserves the highest salary and why?” Her award winning response was: “A mother deserve
Jana Novotna, 49, the 1998 Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Champion passed away on Sunday morning after fighting a long battle with cancer. The Czech tennis player won 17 Grand Slam titles throughout her career, including 12 in doubles and four in mixed doubles. A statement on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) website read: "It is with deep sadness that the WTA announces the passing on Sunday, November 19, of Jana Novotna, the former WTA World No.1 doubles and No.2 singles champion. After a long battle with cancer, Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic, aged 49." Novotna won two silver medals for the Czech Republic, in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where she also won a bronze. These were of the successes that gave ...
With a great increase in traffic seen over the past few years, steps have been made by Highways England to ensure that there is a significant balance and control over this situation. According to Highways England traffic lights are to be placed on M6 and M62, the two busiest link roads to ease motorway congestion. The system testing have already begun, near Warrington in Cheshire and is expected to perform fully in December. Traffic lights were previously installed only on motorway slip roads. This could be completely rolled out if the £7m trial is successful, said a spokesman. The Highway England also said that electronic information signs and variable mandatory speed limits will be used on M62 to “provide smoother traffic flows”. PHOTO CREDITS: FLICKR Compared to any other ty
VAULT festival UK have just announced on their Twitter page that they are in need of talented volunteers to join the team for #VAULT2018. https://twitter.com/VAULTFestival/status/930053706002911233 VAULT is London’s biggest arts festival, that takes place every year between January and March. This event is celebrating the sixth year of Vault Festival, an 8-week underground festival of theatre and performance, comedy, film and late-night parties. Commencing on the 24th January 2018, the festival takes place in The Vaults (the labyrinth of tunnels underneath Waterloo Station) and is open 5 days a week from Wednesday to Sunday. “Goes from strength to strength with a vibrant, varied programme full of theatrical treats… a brilliant place to spot new talent…” The Stage VAULT festival ha
Eminem was performing in a pub, stage invaders took over French Montana and Swae Lee's set and Stormzy got stuck in the ladies toilets. The MTV European Awards was last night, Sunday night Nov. 12, held at the Wembley Arena, London. Hostess with the mostess, West London bred Rita Ora, 26, bought the London vibes to the music awards. https://twitter.com/OhSoLaurs/status/929887308840660993 Her 13 eye-catching outfits and tragic hair changes made the show. There were many other moments that took the spotlight away from the singer's hosting skills. Check out the top 10 moments from music's biggest night celebrating London. 1. Stormzy sending an SOS snap after being trapped in the ladies toilets. 2. Rita Ora came to the red carpet in her dressing robe and a head tow