Tuesday, March 20News For London


Court of Appeal rules: Government’s bedroom tax “discriminatory”

Court of Appeal rules: Government’s bedroom tax “discriminatory”

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A victim of domestic violence and the grandparents of a severely disabled teenager have won a Court of Appeal challenge over the lawfulness of the spare room subsidy. The court heard that one plaintiff (only identified as ‘A’) was a victim of serious domestic violence.  As a result of this, she had turned her spare room into a panic room. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) had ruled that 'A' was to lose £11.65 a week from her benefits. Her lawyers successfully argued she would have to leave facilities designed for her safety and wellbeing. The second set of plaintiffs, Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford, give 24-hour care to their severely disabled grandson. They argued that they needed a spare room for overnight care and storing specialist equipment. The court found the policy

Corbyn clashes with Cameron over Google tax deal

#breakingnews, Data Journalism, Politics
Photo by Danny Marten using google.com Following talks with government ministers, Google agreed to pay HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) a sum of £130m; a sum that has been criticised as being far too low. Tax Campaigner and blogger Richard Murphy was quoted as saying: “It would be entirely reasonable to expect a corporate tax rate of at least £200 million should have been due in 2014.” However, Google has agreed to pay HMRC £130 million for the previous ten years; they may be paying as little as 5% corporation tax (tax on profit) rather than the 20% insisted on by UK law.   The Prime Minister hit back angrily, saying: “Tell Jeff that under this government, his taxes are going down and Google’s taxes are going up.” He continued: “Under Labour, Google were taxed at 0%
Breaking: UCL students refuse to pay extortionate hall rents

Breaking: UCL students refuse to pay extortionate hall rents

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Over 150 students at University College London (UCL) are refusing to pay student hall rent in protest of “soaring” accommodation prices.  The striking UCL students risk eviction but say university halls have become unaffordable. Protestors are demanding a 40% rent cut so that UCL no longer profit from student housing. According to UCL Cut the Rent (CTR) students are on indefinite rent strike, "collectively withholding" more than £250,000 after management failed to respond to their written correspondence over accommodation costs. https://twitter.com/rentcutUCL/status/691667103900917760 Protesters claim the average rent for a person at UCL has gone up by more than 50% since 2009, making even the cheapest rooms more expensive than student loan payments. According to the fees listed, on

Banksy’s mural covered hours after it was sprayed in West London.

#breakingnews, Culture
Police covered up British graffiti artist Banksy's new mural highlighting the refugee situation at the "Jungle" camp in Calais. Placed on a wall opposite to the French embassy in West London, the  stencil showed Banksy's depiction of the character Cosette from the musical Les Miserables surrounded by clouds of tear gas. Our camera was there just after the piece was covered up. https://youtu.be/FIaKF-ZE8l8 This is how the mural originally looked like #StreetArt El #Arte como herramienta de denuncia Banksy lo petas v/@CoctelDemente by @enkil_ https://t.co/uxxooo87of pic.twitter.com/ApqirNSVIZ — dejamehablar13 (@dejamehablar13) February 11, 2016  The barcode underneath  linked to YouTube footage of police throwing teargas on migrants during the raids on the camp earlier

Tomorrow’s Tube Strike Has Been Cancelled

#breakingnews, Transport
A 24 hour tube strike planned to be taking place tomorrow has been cancelled, a union has announced. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) released a press release on their website confirming that the strike has been suspended. But the dispute on the Night Tube, station staffing and pay still remains. The General Secretary, Mick Cash said: "RMT's executive has agreed to suspend tomorrow's action over pay and night tube to allow for further consideration and consultation on the current offer. The union makes it clear that we remain in dispute and the strike action scheduled for February remains on. "RMT also remains in dispute over station staffing and the week of action on that issue, scheduled to begin from the seventh of February, also remains on and t

Breaking: Former London MP Cecil Parkinson dies: Age 84

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Lord Parkinson, who served as Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire, Enfield and Hertsmere has died from Cancer aged 84. https://twitter.com/NeilClark66/status/691639038424563712 Lord Parkinson was considered as one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest supporters. Under Mrs Thatcher he served in cabinet in numerous roles, including Secretary of State for Transport and the Department of Trade and Industry. However it was his antics away from parliament that derailed his political career, as he was involved in one of the biggest political sex scandals of the 1980s. In 1983, it emerged that Parkinson had been engaged in an affair with his secretary Sara Keays,   resulting in the birth of his daughter, Flora. Miss Keays claimed that Parkinson has reneged on a promise to leave his wife d

Read Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation letter

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Read the full resignation letter from Iain Duncan Smith to The Prime Minister 18th March 2016 Dear Prime Minister, I am incredibly proud of the welfare reforms that the government has delivered over the last five years. Those reforms have helped to generate record rates of employment and in particular a substantial reduction in workless households. As you know, the advancement of social justice was my driving reason for becoming part of your ministerial team and I continue to be grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to serve. You have appointed good colleagues to my department who I have enjoyed working with. It has been a particular privilege to work with with excellent civil servants and the outstanding Lord Freud and other ministers including my present team, throu