Interview with Clive Francis

I’ve caught Clive Francis just in time. This year’s tour of A Christmas Carol, his one-man production now in its 12th year, takes in venues across Ireland before heading for the English stage. Curtain up on the Emerald Isle is only a day away. “The story is so amazing. I love to keep reviving it,” […]

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Children in care face postcode lottery

Children in care face a postcode lottery in finding adoptive parents in South West London, according to a Department of Education scorecard report out today. Both Merton and Kensington & Chelsea came joint third worst in the country with only 5% of children leaving care finding adoptive parents. Only Solihull in the West Midlands and […]

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Mayor Johnson faces hostile Assembly

BORIS Johnson vowed to fight for a good deal for Londoners after securing his re-election as the capital’s mayor – but he’s also in for a fight with his colleagues in the London Assembly. Every year the mayor’s biggest battle is to gain approval for his budget, with the constitution of the assembly allowing two-thirds […]

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Boris Johnson re-elected London mayor

BORIS Johnson defied the national trend to secure re-election as London mayor – but the Conservatives suffered losses in the race for Assembly seats. Johnson will now lead the city into this summer’s London 2012 Olympics and has vowed to serve a full four-year term despite speculation linking him to a future run as Conservative […]

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Bullying sparks cleaners dispute

A scandalous secret recording reveals abuse and intimidation suffered by low-paid cleaning staff on Canary Wharf. Managers of the cleaning service contractor, Rentokil Initial, subjected their staff to insults and threats of dismissal. Management assembled the staff after cleaners petitioned the client company’s employees at media firm, Thomson Reuters, for the £8.30 per hour London Living Wage […]

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Wandsworth child poverty to worsen

Child poverty will worsen because of child benefit changes introduced by the Government, economists said yesterday. The Institute for Fiscal Studies report (IFS) calculates families will lose on average £1,000 by next year with the combination of tax rises, changes to fuel duties and cuts to child benefit. Key changes include a reduction in tax […]

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Millions wasted on CCTV

Millions of pounds are being squandered on ineffective CCTV cameras by UK local authorities, claims a report released by transparency lobbyists last week. Big Brother Watch presented 428 separate Freedom of Information requests revealing how councils spent £515 million between 2007 and 2011 on surveillance equipment that neither reduced crime nor made the public feel safer. Wandsworth Council […]

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