The Anglo-Portuguese relations have always been strong, from Vauxhall's tube station all the way to Stockwell, you find yourself in the heart of Portuguese restaurants, hairdressers and delicatessens - which have gathered here over the last 30 years, earning the area its nickname - 'Little Portugal'. London attracts young people of working age from abroad, particularly those countries that were affected by the Eurozone crisis. With the influx of arrivals in search of employment, or studies, it's little wonder Brexit is causing so much debate. Goncalo Correia, 23 years old, currently living in the so called "Little Portugal" - has dreamed about his time in London since he was a child and is now afraid of what might happen. Marta Ramos, a 32 year old portuguese, came to Vauxhall in 20
After a growth over the summer, Britain’s economy lost its speed in three months to October, latest official data shows. According to the Office for National Statistics, GDP grows by 0.4 per cent from July to October, coming down from 0.6per cent, the rate of the third quarter of the year. In October, the GDP growth is 0.1 per cent. The increases are roughly flat in the three most recent month, August, September and October. “The latest data confirm that UK GDP growth is slowing after a strong performance in the middle of the year, and the risks appear to be to the downside ” Garry Young, head of macroeconomic modelling and forecasting at NIESR recommends. In this three months, services sector, with a 0.3 per cent growth, and construction sector are the main contributors to GD
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
With the rise of electronic payments across the UK and fewer people each month carrying cash on their person, public engagement with the homeless is lowest than it has ever been. Can contactless pay bring back the recognition Big Issue vendors are rapidly losing? The Big Issue has announced it will be trialling contactless payment systems in an effort to boost the income of its homeless vendors and mitigate the effects of a public consciousness that may be shifting away from the importance of giving to the homeless. The current affairs magazine has partnered with technology company iZettle for an 8-week trial across London, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham. If the plans are successful, they will be rolled out across the country. Buyers of the Big Issue will no longer ...
Staff working for the fashion brand, Ted Baker, have called an online petition to end the alleged harassment by the chief executive, Ray Kelvin, 62. They argue that inappropriate behaviours such as “forced hugging” have become the workplace culture and human resources office left the harassment unchallenged. The petition has been signed by more than 2,500 people, and everyone can sign it freely even if they work for other companies. As a result of that, shares in Ted Baker hit three-year low, falling almost 15 per cent by noon today. “The owner regularly makes sexual innuendos at staff,” the petition claimed. In response to this, the company said that “Ray greets many people he meets with a hug” and the practice was “absolutely not insisted upon.” Ted Baker also add
The International Cheer Union has received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The ICU will receive $25,000 to fund training the future cheerleading cohorts. They will have the next three year recognition period to apply for additional grants and funds. Then they can apply for full inclusion in the official Olympic games. "Cheerleading is a sport with growing popularity. It has strong youth focus," said IOC sports director, Kit McConnell to the BBC. Steph Malfatti, the Dragons Cheer captain at the University of Westminster in London says, "it shouldn't even be a question of whether it's a sport." Miss Malfatti who is on one of England's national cheer teams goes on to say, "More than 10 countries have national teams that compete at a level most
London's busking culture might be at risk as musicians face new council legislation. Tighter regulations and a growing number of prosecutions are putting the future of busking in London at risk. Camden council introduced new regulations in 2014, allowing fines of up to £1,000 and confiscation of equipment. Beatboxer champion Fredy Beats, who found inspiration in Camden’s legendary music scene, was the first to be persecuted for busking without licence: “We didn’t know it was that difficult to get the licence accepted, they have some restrictions 5w amplifiers or no amplifier sound when they say in their policies that they want to promote artists and musicians. They don’t even have a decibel metre to measure the actual noise.” He said. In a statement Camden Councillor, Jona
The number of women arrested for terrorism related crimes arose in 2015 compared to 2014, a government's official statistics says. The survey, released by the Home Office on Thursday, reveals that 44 women were arrested in 2015, showing an increase of 15 compared with previous year. 40 of them were alleged to have links with international terrorist organizations operating mainly in the Middle East. Despite the overall number of arrests by the Metropolitan Police decreased in 2015 in Great Britain (280 arrests, a decrease of 9 compared with 2014), the number of women involved in terrorism related offences is in sharp growth since 9/11. The statistics also refers a new trend: there has been an increase of people aged over 30 involved in those crimes. Youngsters aged 18-20 have ...
A shortage of biscuits in major supermarkets across the UK was announced this week. The reason for this was Storm Desmond. Westminster World took to the streets to find out what this could mean for the British public. The Great British Biscuit Shortage: An Analysis from Katy Scott on Vimeo.
Cameron’s EU package of reforms to keep Britain in the EU had its first test in the House of Commons today. During Prime Minister Question Time in Parliament, the debate revolved around the EU-UK deal with Cameron defending his plan aimed at keeping Britain in the EU. The PM said: “My plan is to bring welfare, immigration, and bail out powers back to the UK. This will make us stronger and better.” The European Union has recently denied Cameron a full four-year ban on EU migrants’ right to claim benefits. Britain will be only allowed to offer the chance to gradually increase them over the four-year period. Cameron stood by his draft EU deal and tried to persuade MPs to back his proposal which will lead to an IN/OUT referendum that could be held on June 23rd 2016. The PM fa