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Young people face the worst festive Eve season every year

Young people face the worst festive Eve season every year

Christmas, Culture, LifeStyle, London, News, shopping, Student
The young workforce who are trying to make a bit of extra cash end up having an anti-social Christmas. Over 78,000 people have signed a petition to stop shops opening during Christmas and Boxing day after retail workers across the UK have complained about the stress of working during these periods. As Christmas approaches, streets and malls become busier with shoppers from all over the world, and young people are mostly found working in these retail shops which prevent them from spending time with their families on the holidays. Dave William, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW), Media officer told Westminster world: "We know that boxing days are becoming popular in recent times but we don’t see any reason why these sales cannot take place some other day
A Realist’s Guide to Renting in London

A Realist’s Guide to Renting in London

Breaking News, Harrow, Housing, London, London Mayor, News, Opinion, ReportingWeek1, ReportingWeek2, Student
Recent data from OnTheMarket.com revealed that Londoners spend up to 61% of their income on rent, with Camden being the most expensive borough. This follows a study by the trade union GMB which found that between 2011 and 2017, rent prices for two-bedroom flats in London increased by 25.9% to an average of £1,500 per month while wages only increased by 9.1%. Today, in a letter seen by The Guardian, Sadiq Khan said that he is considering the introduction of rent controls in London: “The housing crisis is now having such an effect on a generation of Londoners in favour of rent stabilisation and control are becoming overwhelming.” Khan’s proposed changes focus on “no-fault evictions”, where landlords are able to evict tenants at the end of their initial fixed term which campaigning gro
Could cutting tuition fees keep you away from university at all?

Could cutting tuition fees keep you away from university at all?

Culture, Education, London, News, Student
Cutting tuition fees might not be a good idea for poorer students, the government’s new social mobility tsar has claimed.  Martina Milburn, the latest chair of the Social Mobility Commission, told The Observer: “Cutting fees will certainly help a certain sector. Whether it helps the right young people, I’m not convinced.” “There’s also evidence that if you remove tuition fees altogether, there would be a certain number of young people from particular backgrounds who wouldn’t be able to go to university at all – but if you restore something like the education maintenance allowance or a version of it, I think you would widen participation. That’s a personal view.” Last month a government proposal suggested that students in England should be offered 2-year fast track courses to c
Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

Breaking News, crime, crime, Culture, London, London Mayor, News, NHS, ReportingWeek2, Social media, Student
London Mayor Sadiq Khan today announced a £600,000 grant from website to help charities tackle youth violence, shortly after an 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a flat in Greenwich town centre last Saturday. Due to the reduction of the police force? According to the statistics released by the Office for National Statistics, knife crime has surged by 16 per cent in the UK, compared with figure 12 months earlier. Figures from Metropolitan Police showed so far there have been at least 128 violent deaths in London, up from 116 in early 2018. The total of 14,987 knife crimes is among a high of 25,0287 violent offences recorded. Source: Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick, the head of Metropolitan Police, said early this year in a hearing that a whole series of social issues contrib
New Ofsted report – “Parents should not abdicate their responsibility”

New Ofsted report – “Parents should not abdicate their responsibility”

Breaking News, London, London Mayor, News, Ofsted, Politics, Student
With the age of knife crime victims falling and the rate of childhood obesity rising, Amanda Spielman chief inspector for schools, declares parents mustn’t ‘abdicate their responsibility’ by expecting schools to raise their children for them. An Ofsted report, which will be released on Tuesday, will highlight the growing difficulties schools are facing as a result of parents neglecting their responsibilities at home. Teachers are known to develop good relationships with their pupils, however the growing demand on schools risks the role of teachers becoming blurred. The report looks into the growing evidence that parents are bringing their children into school unable to use a toilet. "This is difficult for teachers, disruptive for other children and has a terrible social imp
Sluggish job market: Where do media graduates stand?

Sluggish job market: Where do media graduates stand?

Breaking News, economy, International, London, Media, News, Opinion, ReportingWeek1, Social media, Student, Technology, trends
Education has become of utmost importance globally and continues to grow. This is evident in the UK as the number of recent graduates have increased from 22% in 2002 to 40% in 2017. However, the number of entry level jobs is not rising at the same pace. As of March 2018, information and communication jobs are less than half in comparison to wholesale and retail trade jobs. Considering London’s significance as a media hub, it is startling that half of its population is comprised of graduates yet it has the highest unemployment rate in the UK. Abby and Holly, employees of a talent agency in advertising, shed some light on the matter. We asked them if they would prefer much younger and fresher faces in media instead of the older, accomplished presenters, Holly said: “I would pro
Ofsted chief claims some faith schools are deliberately resisting British values

Ofsted chief claims some faith schools are deliberately resisting British values

Politics, Radio, Student
Amanda Spielman has said some children are being “taught solely religious texts, at the expense of being taught even basic English and maths”. Amanda Spielman, the head of The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), has said that some faith schools are “deliberately resisting both British values and the requirements of equalities law.” At the annual Ofsted report Ms Spielman highlighted a worrying number of practices taking place in faith schools. She said that Ofsted inspectors had in some cases found texts which “encouraged domestic violence and the subjection of women”. Ofsted reported that the number of independent schools which were judged to be “less than good” has increased again this year, from 28% to 32%. A proportion of institutions from this category were C
London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

Breaking News, International, London, London Mayor, Politics, Student
Nonprofit advocacy group London First has welcomed Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for a “flexible visa system.” This will allow international students to work in the UK as they did before 2012. A spokesperson for the group confirmed to Westminster World their support of the Mayor’s position. The spokesperson Emma Hutchinson said: “There has been around 40 per cent drop in students coming here from India since the post-work study visas were scrapped. So, the way we look at it, is that the international students make huge contribution to the economy.” Mayor Khan urged the Prime Minister to allow international students to have the kind of visa she scrapped five years ago, according to ITV London. He tweeted saying: “Our current visa system is holding London’s businesses back. We need a new flexi
Think tank tells ministers to scrap interest on student loans

Think tank tells ministers to scrap interest on student loans

Politics, Student
A government think tank has released recommendations that interest rates on student loans should be done away with, saving money for students and tax payers. UK 2020, a centre right think tank, has advised ministers that interest on student loans shouldn’t just be cut, but removed completely. This would mean all current interest owed would be cancelled and all future rates of interest set to zero. The think tank's report claims interest charged on these loans is stacking up far quicker than any student is able to repay it, leaving a large amount of debt unpaid at the end of students repayment periods. Interest alone amounts to an average of £5,800 of debt on graduation, with the poorest 40 per cent of students racking up the most at £6,500. In his forward for the report Lord
Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

DontUse, News, Politics, Specials, Student
For the first time in LSE's 126 year history, cleaners went on a 2-day strike for equal benefits as in-house staff. The demands of the strike highlight the larger problem with outsourcing in UK universities.   Mildred Simpson, 60 years old, has spent the past 16 years trying to keep the London School of Economics spotless. One of the cleaners at the leading research institute into inequalities, she works 11 hours a day, under contract from Noonan Services (a company that outsources cleaning staff to UK universities). Yet the benefits she receives are negligible compared to LSE in-house staff- 1% pension, no sick pay for the first 3 days- and workload that has cost her a knee. So she's on strike.   https://youtu.be/De91vv-EoOk The conditions of the strike, i.e., th