RBKC council leader’s “special allowance” the highest in the country

Last year Nicholas Paget-Brown, Lead Councillor for Kensington & Chelsea, received £54,769, the highest special responsibility allowance of any councillor in the country, despite the council’s overall reduction of allowances expenditures.   After a freedom of information request made by the TaxPayers’ Alliance, it was discovered that Cllr Paget-Brown’s annual...

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David Cameron’s ‘vision’ for schools

  The Prime Minister will begin to implement his manifesto pledge, made at the Tory party conference last autumn, to transform thousands of schools in England into  academies. Academies operate outside of local authority control and get money directly from the central government.   The Department for Education is expected...

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UK Solar Industry avoids 400% rise in VAT

Britain’s solar industry looks set to avoid a 400% VAT increase, after the government backs down in the face of a parliamentary rebellion.   Solar panel installations were set to increase by nearly £1,000 per household, as part of EU rules which meant that the industry would have to raise...

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Changes to state pension take effect 6th April

  From the 6th April, a new and “simplified” single tier state pension, will replace the former basic and additional state pensions.    In guidance about the changes to state pensions, the Government has claimed that the new state pension is designed to be “a clearer, single payment for the...

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Join The London Library 175th anniversary celebration

  The beginning of May promises to be a great week for book lovers as The London Library marks its 175th anniversary with a major literary celebration in London’s elegant St James’s Square.   From 5th-8th May The Words In The Square festival will feature a memorable line-up of over...

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Which one is the Green candidate?

At the London 2016 mayoral hustings organized in early March by The Green Alliance, Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan, Caroline Pidgeon, and Sian Berry were all asked: “What the next mayor can do to improve our capital?”   Such was the level of agreement about their collective Green policies that, about...

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Charity tells City Hall to front money for single parent childcare

According to a new report by the charity Gingerbread, thousands of London’s single parents are “being locked out of employment due to the prohibitive cost of childcare.” The charity’s analysis revealed that “half of single parents are forced to borrow money in order to meet the high cost of childcare...

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Health warning as Saharan dust cloud over London sparks pollution spike

Holiday makers may not have to travel as far as the Costa Del Sol to reach their obligatory complaint quota about heat and/or sand this year. A dust cloud originating from the Sahara region is likely to hit the South East of England just as temperatures for the region soar...

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Kathryn Sargent becomes first female tailor to open shop on Savile Row

Kathryn Sargent, who became the first woman in the history of Savile Row to achieve position of Head Cutter in 2009, today for the first time in four centuries of Piccadilly’s association with tailoring, becomes the first female master tailor to open her own store on historic Savile Row. Head...

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