A website has begun publishing news and comment about the Olympic Park. It is called London Olympic Park Watch. It
"...aims to be an independent, balanced, open-minded, and constructively critical, observer of the next phase in the life of the Olympic Park."
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sat, 24/11/2012 - 14:42.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 10/08/2012 - 20:39.
BRITISH Waterways has ceased to exist in England and Wales and in its place Canal & River Trust (CART) has at last been created to care for the waterways.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 04/07/2012 - 10:46.
Anyone whose experience of ODA 'drop-in' style consultations has been one of bitter frustration and disappointment might enjoy letting this 2-hour recording play in the background.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 16/05/2012 - 19:49.
Anticipating the effect of the Coalition’s Local Housing Allowance reforms
The Government paid out £8bn in Housing Benefit in England in 2009/10, of which £1.5bn was spent in London. In an attempt to reduce this, a number of changes are being introduced to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA), which sets the maximum amount of rent that can be met from Housing Benefit. From 2011 LHA is being reduced from the median level of local rents to the 30th percentile and an absolute limit is being imposed on the allowance. From 2013, LHA will be increased in line with consumer price inflation (CPI) not with rents themselves. Cumulative CPI inflation between 1997/8 and 2007/8, for England, was 20%, compared with 70% for rents.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 13/05/2012 - 10:54.
Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games Feb 2012 report
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 06/04/2012 - 18:54.
The Olympic Delivery Authority’s programme is on track and within budget. The Delivery Authority’s management of its building programme has been exemplary. However, due mainly to significant increases in the cost of venue security, the likelihood of staying within the overall £9.3 billion Public Sector Funding Package is very finely balanced once the Department’s own best estimates of the most likely costs are taken into account. The Funding Package of £9.3 billion allocated to the Olympics does not cover the totality of the costs to the public purse of delivering the Games and their legacy, which are already heading for around £11 billion.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 06/04/2012 - 18:47.
Assistant Police Commissioner and "Civil Servant" Visit Peaceful non-cooperation Camp on Leyton Marshes
Submitted by Mike Wells on Fri, 30/03/2012 - 17:21.
Oh dear. Olympics, LSCA, Conditional Grants? What does it all mean? http://leabanksquare.blogspot.co.uk
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 29/03/2012 - 00:06.
Press Release 23rd February – For Immediate Release
Today hundreds of BP signs across London were targeted by activists protesting against the company’s role as ‘Sustainability Partner’ of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Around the capital, protesters hit petrol stations, advertising hoardings, and BP-sponsored cultural institutions, disfiguring hundreds of the famous BP ‘sunflower’ logo. Advertisements with the company’s Olympic strapline ‘fuelling the future’ were altered with the addition of three asterisks to make ‘f***ing the future’.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 23/02/2012 - 12:45.