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Inquest bill could lead to council tax rise


By Louise Ridley


de-menezesLewisham and Southwark residents may face a one per cent council tax hike because of the Jean Charles de Menezes inquest.


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BNP members in Lewisham and Southwark

By Abhijeet Ahluwalia

Military personnel are among 74 British National Party members living in Lewisham and Southwark, according to a membership list of the far right party leaked last Monday. Continues…

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Youth rep speaks out at knife crime meeting


By Lena de Casparis

“A wall of silence” prevents dialogue between young people and politicians, a Peckham youth representative told The Platform after speaking at a home affairs select committee on Monday.

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Rory Peck Awards honour bravery of freelance reporters


By Mei-Ling McNamara

tim-hethering1Senior figures from television news last week observed two minutes of silence to commemorate more than 100 freelance journalists killed in the line of duty.


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Boris scraps £1.3b Cross River Tram

By Paul Bentley

tram-rik-dom1Hopes for a £1.3billion tram scheme connecting Peckham and Brixton to North London were shattered this week with the announcement that Boris Johnson has scrapped the project.


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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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Mayor neglects housing, say critics

By Ali Nobil Ahmad


A statement on the credit crunch by Sir Steve Bullock, the mayor of Lewisham, has been condemned for failing to properly address housing issues by housing groups and opposition councillors this week. Continues…

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