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Hundreds of placards left unused – signifies poor turnout at the ‘Stop the War coalition’

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They say a ‘Picture is worth a thousand words’. This saying became reality during the recent ‘Stop bombing Syria’ demonstration as thousands expressed their feelings using images displayed on their homemade placards and those provided by the organiser. The demonstration was organised by the Stop the War Coalition after a week of backlash from politicians and some of the press. This comes after the government voted to support airstrikes to bomb Syria against the Islamic State Terrorist group - ISIS. The number of people that showed up at this rally was significantly less than those who showed up for the movement's last largest demonstration on the 15th of February 2003. The protest was against the invasion of Iraq and had an estimate of over 1 million people in attendance accordi

Tax expert says that tax responsibilities are about to be easier.

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The complexity of tax calculation. Credit: Pixabay. Guy Bridger, with 20 years experience as a tax advisor, agrees to introduce a series of improvement using online technologies that allow self-employers to pay taxes with a mouse-click. 10 million people who have small businesses and or self employers every year have to book either an accountant or do a self calculation to know how much tax they have to pay. The technology used to declare the taxable income is called self -assessment. It is used annually at the moment. However, the Chancellor, George Osborne, said that in the future it may be used quarterly. Guy Bridger, with a background of 20 years helping people calculate how much tax to pay agrees with government’s decision. The idea is to create a level playing filed and
The NHS pairs up with dating app Tinder to increase organ donation

The NHS pairs up with dating app Tinder to increase organ donation

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Dating App Tinder has teamed up with the NHS to raise awareness about organ donation. According to NHS Blood and Transplant, organ donation from people in their 20s and 30s is on the decline in the UK. Tinder has subsequently launched a campaign using celebrity profiles to encourage users to sign the organ donation register. The campaign will feature celebrities such as Jamie Laing from Made in Chelsea, Emmerdale’s Gemma Oaten and Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones. Ive teamed up with the NHS and @tinder to show the importance of organ donation! #timetosign https://t.co/eRtYPiFuGn pic.twitter.com/eG2PJjdeNf — Jamie Laing (@JamieLaing_UK) December 14, 2015 A spokesperson for he NHS told Westminster World that it is hoping the partnership with Tinder will spur an increase in you

Swedish authorities to question Julian Assange

Data Journalism, International, Politics, ReportingWeek2
Ecuador has agreed to allow Swedish authorities to visit Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at their embassy in London     It is understood that Swedish authorities have been able to broker a deal with Ecuador, allowing them to visit the Ecuadorian embassy in London, to question Julian Assange. Mr Assange, founder of Wikileaks, fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London back in 2012. Swedish authorities had wished to extradite Mr Assange, over allegations of sexual assault, dating back to 2010. Mr Assange has denied the allegations, and also feared that extradition to Sweden would result in eventual extradition to the United States, where he believes he would be put on trial, for leaking sensitive US documents via Wikileaks. This development comes after allegat...

Campaigners say climate deal is not good enough

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  Climate change campaigners say the Paris Agreement does not go far enough to reduce carbon emission. UK-based campaigner, Joana Blackman, told Westminster News “we need to leave fossil fuel in the ground and stop extracting it”. According to her, the world will become a safer place if we “wean ourselves of using oil” and move to a future of renewable energy. On Saturday, climate change campaigners protested in London. They said governments across the world had once again failed “to agree a deal that will protect our future”. This comes at the same time as former Nasa scientist, James Hansen, who is also considered the father of global climate change awareness called the Paris talks “fraud”. He told The Guardian website that: “It’s a fraud really, a fake. It’s just bull
Report looking into access to justice for the most vulnerable will be released tomorrow

Report looking into access to justice for the most vulnerable will be released tomorrow

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A report will be published tomorrow from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) concerned with the improvement of the police and their response to domestic abuse. The report looks at access to justice for the most vulnerable, in particular women who are victim of honour based violence, they tweeted. The report comes after campaigns for the greater protection for victims of ‘honour-based violence’. Pragna Pratel is the Director of Southall Black Sisters; a non-for profit organisation is at the forefront of challenging domestic and gender violence locally and nationally. She calls for “greater access to justice for the most vulnerable,” she told Westminster World. “We need to look into the way religious authorities violate legal principles in the name of ‘honour base
Free Empty Shops To Help Local Businesses

Free Empty Shops To Help Local Businesses

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Local businesses will be opening up empty shops for free, under a new scheme governed by Harrow Council. The Start Here project has been launched to help local busin esses start up their businesses as a bid to remove the 'cost 'barrier' as a way to help new Harrow businesses 'grow and develop', according to their website. Over the next couple of months, businesses will currently be moving into 1 The Bridge, Wealdstone for a short period of time to use the premises. Local entrepreneurs will be able to move in rent free for up to four weeks. According to their website, Start Here aim to provide space for businesses to "facilitate the delivery of a variety of uses relating to leisure, food, family, health, community facilities and entertainment activities in Harrow Town Centre

Poor viewing figures throw The X Factor into doubt

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The future of ITV talent show The X Factor is unclear after the series attracted its lowest ever finale viewing figures last night.  (Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) Yesterday’s final, the series’ twelfth, attracted under half of the 17.2 million viewers who tuned in to watch the finale in 2010, and a million fewer than last year. Jake Kanter, news editor at Broadcast magazine, said the future of the show was uncertain after 2016, when ITV’s licence for the show expires. “ITV has just poached The Voice from the BBC, so it will have two high-profile singing competitions, and there might not be room for both. “This hasn't been a great series - ratings have been very poor. They've had fantastic talent - Louisa [Johnson] is a very good winner - but the series has been b
MPs to debate ‘Seriously Awkward’ questions about teenage sexual exploitation

MPs to debate ‘Seriously Awkward’ questions about teenage sexual exploitation

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The Children’s Society will call on the government this week to protect 16 and 17 year olds from being victims of sexual crimes. Through their ‘Seriously Awkward’ campaign, The Children’s Society is asking the government to strengthen the law so that 16 and 17 years receive the same legal protection and support as younger children. The national charity identified young females in this age group to be most at risk of sexual exploitation, yet the least protected by the law. "We are going to explore the many ways that 16 and 17 years olds are falling through the gaps," campaigner Andy Soar told Westminster World. "Mostly we are concerned with the laws around sexual exploitation of 16 and 17 year olds, and how they are currently not given the same protections as younger children.
Westminster Council tops in revenue generation from parking tickets, permits and penalties

Westminster Council tops in revenue generation from parking tickets, permits and penalties

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According to RAC Foundation for motoring, Westminster Council maintained its top position with surplus profits (£46.4 million) for the 5th year running - although this was 9% down on the previous year (£51 million). The data, analysed for the RAC Foundation by transport consultant David Leibling, comes from the annual returns that councils make to the Department for Communities and Local Government each year. English local authority councils generated over £1,400 million in turnover this year. In 2014/15 local authorities made a profit of nearly £700 million from their day-to-day, on and off street parking operations. This was a 4% increase on the 2013/14 amount of £667 to £693 million. The London authorities were the highest income generators - £308 million (44%) of the