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Protecting the Public’s Money 2016/17 

2 May

My second annual report examining the work of the Public Accounts Committee, covering topics such as the NHS , tax, devolution, transparency and accountability.


Cancer Drugs Fund 

28 Apr

Last year the Public Accounts Committee, which I Chair, raised serious concerns about the evaluation of drugs provided through the Cancer Drugs Fund.


Free Schools 

26 Apr

The Government’s funding of free schools is incoherent and offers poor value for money.


£1.5bn lost tax from online VAT fraud 

20 Apr

Today’s National Audit Office report shows that HMRC’s prolonged failure to collect the right amount of VAT from online sellers outside the EU resulted in lost tax revenue of up to £1.5 billion in 2015-16.


Concentrix contract 

6 Apr

The dreadful human consequences of this contract are well-documented but the story does not end with its termination.


School standards at risk from significant financial pressures 

31 Mar

Pupils’ futures are at risk if the Department for Education fails to act on the warnings in our report.


100% local retention of business rates 

31 Mar

Changes to business rates from the latest revaluations are not only making life difficult for hard-working businesses but for many, threaten their future.


London’s Night Czar visits Hackney 

14 Mar

I was delighted to welcome London’s first Night Czar Amy Lamé to Hackney on Friday night.


Brexit Bill 

14 Mar

After months of silence and inaction over Brexit the Government was forced into giving Parliament a vote.


Business rates petition handed to 10 Downing Street 

7 Mar

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities.


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Renters close down Savills in protest at ‘daylight robbery’ fees 

23 May

Ever since the Tories proposed banning letting agent fees, agents like Savills and the Association of Registered Letting Agents have been pouring time and money into making sure the ban never sees the light of day.


Bank Junction Exclusion, Drivers Assaulted Defending Ranks, Uber To Be Relicensed…So, What Are The Orgs Doing About It? By Harry Wall. 

22 May

The ITA, Marching in to save the day after the main representative orgs failed miserably to mobilise their membership.


Pen pals 

19 May

In an age of brutally instant electronic communication, how pleasant and delightful it is to receive an actual letter through the post that is not a final demand, court summons or an invitation to the home owner or occupier to wave goodbye with ...


Speeding Success: the 75 in a 40 hopeless case 

17 May

Speeding down the North Cray Road, and having clocked somebody driving 75 mph in a 40 zone, the traffic officer was sure this one would stick.


Yeah whatever 

17 May

In a mature democracy, regardless of overwhelming evidence of reckless irresponsibility, any government deciding to deny voting rights to millions of citizens might appear a little harsh if not actually undemocratic...


Minicab Driver From Bow Rapes Female Passengers, While Compliance Check Taxi Badge And Bills. 

17 May

A minicab driver from Bow is facing jail for raping and sexually assaulting vulnerable women passengers after cutting off parts of their clothes Jahir Hussain, 37, admitted attacking three women after they had been out socialising in Shoreditch last ...


Minicab driver from Bow raped and molested female passengers returning from Shoreditch. 

16 May

A minicab driver from Bow is facing jail for raping and sexually assaulting vulnerable women passengers after cutting off parts of their clothes Jahir Hussain, 37, admitted attacking three women after they had been out socialising in Shoreditch last ...


Acting as guarantor for a tenant: is it enforceable? 

16 May

 Guarantor for a friend’s tenancy rent and now it’s all gone wrong? Is the landlord coming after you because they say the friend you “indemnified”  and “guaranteed” is in arrears – and you’re friend’s disputing the amount, skint, ...


Always let your conscience be your guide 

14 May

Perhaps he has been lured away by two scurrilous villains known as Honest Liam the Fox and Gideon the Evening Standard Cat to join Stromboli`s evil puppet show or he has been transported to so-called Pleasure Island where foolish boys unable to tell ...


THE HISTORY OF THE CABMAN’S SHELTER. 

11 May

The Cabmen's Shelter Fund was establishedin 1875 to run huts for the drivers ofHansom and later Hackney Carriages, to shelter from inclement weather and keep them out of the pub.


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Arts & culture »

THE END WE START FROM by Megan Hunter 

20 May

We love this sparsely elegant, intimate poem-like novel about new motherhood in an imagined dystopian future where London is submerged by flood waters and we are all refugees.


A great day out at the Free Verse Poetry Magazine Fair 

14 May

Sometimes someone comes along and does something that, once it’s done, seems like it must always have been this way.


Debut fiction event: THE UPSTAIRS ROOM by Kate Murray-Browne 

12 May

We’re thrilled to introduce new author and Hackney resident Kate Murray-Browne to Pages to discuss her debut novel, The Upstairs Room.


The Eurovision Song Contest Drinking Game, 2017 Totally-Not-Political Edition 

9 May

It seems to come earlier every year.


The Canadian Composers Series on Another Timbre: Sabat, Ceccarelli and live 

9 May

Three nights last week at Cafe Oto to hear concerts dedicated to The Canadian Composers Series on Another Timbre.


SYMPATHY by Olivia Sudjic 

4 May

A fiercely written and brilliantly realised debut novel about the warped world between online and real life identities, the fine line between connecting and surveillance and what that means for personal responsibility in the digital age.


The Canadian Composers Series on Another Timbre: Smith, Arnold, Szlavincs 

1 May

In its own quiet way, this is one of the major events I’ve been looking forward to in 2017.


Format Trouble: Line Gate v Claudio Parodi 

27 Apr

Spent the last month making music, listening to it, making notes but not wanting to expand on them until now.


The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry 

22 Apr

NOW IN PAPERBACK: Newly widowed Cora Seabourne leaves London for deepest Essex accompanied by her socialist friend and autistic son, aiming for a new start.


STRANGE LABYRINTH by Will Ashon 

18 Apr

A thoughtfully kaleidoscopic and deeply researched exploration of the many radical characters connected with Epping Forest, from poet John Clare to sculptor Jacob Epstein to the punk band Crass.


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former savoy cinema in dalston to be restored 

24 May

Hackney is set to get a brand new creative space thanks to the peeps behind Village Underground who are planning to restore the former Savoy Cinema in Dalston and turn it into the Hackney Arts Centre.


May Open Day 

22 May

Sunday 28 May is the monthly open day and we’re sharing seasonal roots and leaves.


What’s in the bags this week – 24 May 

22 May

Here are the details of this week’s box scheme fruit and veg bags.


Introducing ‘The Magical Ministry of Stories’: a podcast by children 

22 May

If you’re a podcast fan looking for a new radio treat to stream, have a listen to ‘The Magical Ministry of Stories’.


London Cycle Cafés – who? where? what? 

22 May

Originally published 12/07/2010, updated 22/05/2017 The number of cyclists in London is rising and these happy pedal pushers need fuel.


London Grilling: with Here East’s Latest Arrival, Four Quarters East 

19 May

The Four Quarters – a popular bar with a winning combination of nostalgic arcade games and craft beer – has made itself a second home at Here East .


ldner #207: adam wilder 

19 May

Our LDNER this week sure does love to throw a party.


Stations on zone boundaries 

19 May

The London Underground has had a zonal fare system since the early 1980s, before which fares were based on far you travelled.


Japan holiday kitchenware purchases part 1 

18 May

Hi! We went to Japan on holiday for three weeks during Easter! :) It seems so long ago already… but as you’d probably expect from me, things work a little slow around here (!).


Royal Albert 

18 May

Post to the south North Woolwich Albert Road 199 Kennard Street Community Centre and Health Centre.


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Events »

former savoy cinema in dalston to be restored 

24 May

Hackney is set to get a brand new creative space thanks to the peeps behind Village Underground who are planning to restore the former Savoy Cinema in Dalston and turn it into the Hackney Arts Centre.


ldner #207: adam wilder 

19 May

Our LDNER this week sure does love to throw a party.


Pop Up a whole new living in six Hackney weeks 

18 May

Have you got an idea that you’ve not had the chance to work on? Or do you know someone who goes on about a business they want to get off the ground, but never find the time to do it? Upstarter are running their six weeks to pop up class again this ...


we are what we eat exhibition 

17 May

‘You are what you eat’ has been drilled into us for years but Ana Gil Gómez and Borja Oliván have taken it quite literally with their new exhibition ‘We Are What We Eat’.


win a pair of vip tickets to field day 

17 May

In our books summer doesn’t officially start until Field Day – it’s one of our fave festivals, it’s three weeks away, and 2017 is all set to be one of best editions yet, with the likes of Run The Jewels, Loyle Carner, Moodymann, Slowdive, Joe...


Richard III at Arcola Theatre | Theatre review 

16 May

It’s no surprise that in today’s political climate we are still fascinated by the tale of the power hungry dictator in  Richard III.


The five most unusual places in London to enjoy a great cocktail 

12 May

Rejoice, cocktail fans.


ldner #206: zijun meng & ana gonçalves 

12 May

This week’s LDNERs met working together under chef Nuno Mendes before going out on their own with their TATA street food stall.


sample sale: the box 

11 May

Hackney Walk’s event space The BOX is hosting a massive menswear sample sale this month.


last days of shoreditch 

11 May

The Last Days of Shoreditch is back for another summer.


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Schools »

Numbertastic Workshops 

24 May

So far reception and year 1 children and their parents have delved into our Numbertastic work shop.


VIVA LA ESPANA! 

23 May

A group of 16 children from Orchard, Southwold and Hoxton Garden flew to Spain to visit our partner school for a week.


Celebrating families at Southwold – Grandparents and significant older relatives lunch in school 

22 May

We had over 30 grandparents and significant older relatives come into school on Friday 19 th May to have lunch.


This Week @CityAcadHackney 

19 May

Clockwise from top left: A level PE students actively revise by debating the benefits of London 2012 Mr Ali drills his 1-1 students in preparation for their exam Ms Stocker escorts her students from Humanities to ensure excellent behaviour Team work ...


Walk4Wildlife 

19 May

A huge thank you to all the children, parents and staff who came on our walk with us today, It was a huge success!! Also a very special thank you to the 6 police officers who held up all the traffic and made us all feel like VIP’s.


Creepy Crawlies in Reception 

19 May

Reception children had the joy of looking after some snails as part of their topic on minibeasts.


Geography Teacher 

19 May

Geography Teacher (Inner London pay spine plus performance related bonuses and other benefits) View/download: Job Pack Closing date for applications: Thursday 1 June, 9 am.


Hackney regional round of the Speak Out Challenge 

18 May

Haggerston School is delighted to announce that Hal Bishop (Y10) has won the Hackney regional round of the Speak Out Challenge! Hal’s amusing story about a visit to Trump Tower was impeccably delivered and wowed the crowd and judges.


Year 6 at the Isle of Wight 

18 May

Watch this space for regular updates over the next few days.


Step into Dance 

17 May

KS3 Dance Students performed a piece entitled ‘Midnight’  at the Step Into Dance Spring Sharing at St Angela Ursuline School.


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