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Nurseries failing food hygiene standards

A child in a UK nursery (not in Southwark) eats a meal. Source:




By Sylvia Rowley


Most nurseries and playgroups in Southwark are failing to meet basic legal food hygiene standards, an investigation by The Platform has found.



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Fear over use of “toxic” herbicide

By Ali Nobil Ahmad

Pesticide Spray. Photograph by Sachin Sharma


Fears that a “toxic” herbicide will be used to clear land in Brockley have provoked concern from leaseholders and an investigation by the council.


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Darts champ defies liver transplant

By Ciaran McCauley



Former world champion Andy Fordham made an extraordinary return to darts last weekend just six months after being threatened with a liver transplant. Continues

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HIV majority neglected

nytimesBy Sylvia Rowley and Ciaran McCauley

The health of black Africans living in Lewisham could be compromised because of a lack of HIV prevention services from health authorities, The Platform can reveal. Continues…

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Veganism on the rise

By Mei-Ling McNamara

dsc_03831It’s official: veganism is the new vegetarianism.  A growing trend that shuns eating animal-sourced products is gaining momentum this month in a national awareness campaign. Continues…

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More Lewisham parents seeking MMR vaccine

By Ciaran McCauley


Cases of measles are falling and uptake of the MMR vaccination is on the rise in Lewisham, it has been revealed this week. The unpopularity of the MMR jab had led to sky-rocketing levels of measles in recent years, with Lewisham one of the worst affected areas. Continues…

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‘Fuel poverty trap’ threatens Southwark carers

By Leo Hornak

 carer1-courtesy-of-gateshead-crossroads-carers2A Southwark charity criticized the council’s approach to carers for elderly or disabled, saying it encourages a ‘fuel poverty trap’. This week Southwark Carers contacted every councilor about challenges they face in the coming winter, as part of their “Making the Most of Your Money” campaign, launched this month. Continues…

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