Millennials' distrust of British banks, and a growing interest in supporting local communities, has helped spawn a new crop of local digital currencies. The latest to launch is the Lake District pound, which can be spent as of May 1 in more than 200 locally-owned businesses and visitor attractions. Available in LD£1, LD£5, LD£10 and LD£20, each note features well-known places and people from the Lake District, including Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. This follows the launch of the East London pound last summer and the Liverpool pound in early 2017. Glasgow and Birmingham have also explored a similar idea. Local currencies have been around in the UK for more than 10 years, introduced by cities and regions across the country in order to protect local businesses and support the community and its residents. The currencies are typically pegged to sterling, but can only be traded in shops and businesses in the local … [Read more...] about From the Lake District to east London: which areas have local currencies?
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PUBLISHED: 09:46 26 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:45 26 April 2018 Mike Brooke Quiz candidates for Tower Hamlets mayor live on East London Advertiser's Facebook debate tonight. Picture: LBTH LBTH Candidates for Mayor of Tower Hamlets are this-evening joining the East London Advertiser on Facebook for a live questions-and-answers grilling from voters. Send questions to candidates tonight on @ELAdvertiser. Picture source: LBTH You can send questions on how they would tackle the big issues if they became mayor on May 3. How they respond is being streamed live on the Advertiser’s Facebook page from 6pm to 7pm. Send your questions on Twitter to @ELAdvertiser. Tower Hamlets is nothing if not a controversial political London borough. It has seen dirty politics at every election since 2006. Your chance to question candidates for Tower Hamlets Mayor on @ELAdvertiser. Picture: Mike Brooke It came to a head when the High Court overturned the corrupt 2014 result for voting fraud and … [Read more...] about Join East London Advertiser on Facebook at 6pm tonight to question the Tower Hamlets candidates for Mayor
A TODDLER has been left fighting for his life after a car hit three pedestrians in east London. Two women and the two-year-old boy were taken to hospital after being struck by a dark blue Mercedes on South End Road, Rainham earlier today. Emergency services rushed to the scene at 3:34pm before arresting a driver on suspicion of drug driving. The two women, aged 25 and 32, were taken to hospital but there injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. A Met Police spokesman said: "Immediately following the collision members of the public assisted in detaining a suspect. Police are particularly keen to hear from those people. "Police were called shortly after 3.24pm on Tuesday 24 April, to reports of a vehicle colliding with pedestrians on South End Road, Rainham. MOST READ IN NEWS'HIS LIPS TURNED BLUE' Alfie Evans’ dad says he’s giving mouth-to-mouth to keep him alive IN THE DOGhouse Pregnant Pippa Middleton booted out of Tesco for taking dogs in store INSTANT KARMA … [Read more...] about Boy, 2, in critical condition after ‘drug driver’ hits pedestrians in east London
The image conjured up by the Central Line isn’t a pleasant one. Deep, dark, hot and noisy, it’s one of the most unpleasant – if fast and convenient – Tube lines. But step outside, particularly as it heads north east out towards Essex, and you’ll be pleasantly suprised by the genteel suburban existence to be found beyond its dusty tunnels. Woodford is one such place, situated in Zone 4 in the London Borough of Redbridge. “As early as the 15th century, wealthy Londoners were creating large homes for themselves in Woodford, attracted by the then parish’s wooded surroundings,” says Frances Clacy, research analyst at estate agent Savills. “Today’s residents continue to be drawn to the area for the same reasons as their forebears, green space and transport being two key components in the local lifestyle mix.” Once the constituency of Sir Winston Churchill, his statue looms on the edge of one of the area’s many green … [Read more...] about Focus On Woodford: Country life and an easy City commute can be yours if you move to this north east London suburb
PUBLISHED: 17:49 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:49 28 March 2018 Alex Shaw Researchers warn secrecy surrounding conflicts of interest risks undermining trust in healthcare professions. Picture: Barts Health NHS Trust Barts NHS Health Trust Hospitals across east London are failing to report conflicts of interest of doctors and medical staff, new research reveals. The four main NHS trusts operating in Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Tower Hamlets will not say which companies paid what to their employees, nor publish these records online. Nationally, 16 per cent of trusts log this information, the study published in journal BMJ Open found. The researchers, led by bestselling science writer Ben Goldacre, call on a US-style public register of payments to tackle the issue. They warn the “ongoing absence of transparency” surrounding conflicts of interest “may undermine public trust in the healthcare professions”. Research shared with this newspaper shows NHS … [Read more...] about East London NHS hospitals failing to record and share conflicts of interest