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Would UK Cities be better off without London?

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"What if reducing the reliance of Britain on London requires us to significantly increase the size of just one or two other cities? Which cities will they be and how will we help them grow?"

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People living in the wealthiest constituencies in and around London contribute more to UK tax revenue than the whole of Scotland, Northern Ireland and most English regions combined, new figures show.

People living in the wealthiest constituencies in and around London contribute the most to UK tax revenue

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"HMRC revealed that individuals paid £156bn in tax in 2011-12, with the UK’s 10 richest constituencies contributing £13.8bn – about 9%. The most tax was paid by those living in Kensington, which contributed £2.45bn. Second and third were the Cities of London and Westminster, which paid out £2.16bn, and Chelsea and Fulham, which gave £1.87bn. Hampstead and Kilburn contributed £1.47bn, followed by Richmond Park, Westminster North, Esher and Walton, Wimbledon, Battersea, Islington South and Finsbury."

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Government launches consultation 'paving' the way for a London Grand Prix

Government launches consultation 'paving' the way for a London Grand Prix | What's going down, in London town? | Scoop.it
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Government launches consultation on authorising motor sport events on public roads - 'paves' the way for a London Grand Prix and Formula E finals to be held in London.

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Local councils paid over £4m for the Boris Bike's expansion into South West London, how much did Barclays pay?

Local councils paid over £4m for the Boris Bike's expansion into South West London, how much did Barclays pay? | What's going down, in London town? | Scoop.it
Documents reveal that Transport for London wanted £10m for the naming rights to the South West expansion of the Boris Bikes scheme, how much of this did Barclays eventually pay?
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Are we stuck with Barclays being on the side of every London Cycle Hire bike forever? Based on the latest expansion, this may be the case...

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What the tube map will look like in 2020 with the new overground extension

What the tube map will look like in 2020 with the new overground extension | What's going down, in London town? | Scoop.it
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Why the makers of Candy Crush Saga spurned their London home to list in New York instead

Why the makers of Candy Crush Saga spurned their London home to list in New York instead | What's going down, in London town? | Scoop.it
King.com, the company behind the wildly popular game Candy Crush Saga, today filed to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. That's another blow for London, which has been touting itself as the new Silicon Valley. Indeed, even King's IPO is claimed as a success, with a representative of Tech City, a government-funded...
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Are we too late to the Tech party? Or could we play catch up?

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Water cannon in London would be a 'big mistake,' warns pensioner blinded by them

Water cannon in London would be a 'big mistake,' warns pensioner blinded by them | What's going down, in London town? | Scoop.it
A German pensioner blinded by a water cannon travelled to London for the first time in 50 years to warn introducing them in the capital would be a “big mistake”.
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I think the state should first prove guilt before enacting punishment, don't you? How many more Ian Tomlinson's are likely if water cannons become part of the Met's arsenal?

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Spatial Economics Research Centre: How Unbalanced is Infrastructure Spending between London and 'the North'?

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IPPR North report ignores the significant contribution of the private sector to funding infrastructure projects in London.

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Driverless trains approved for the Piccadilly line, Central, Bakerloo and Waterloo & City to follow

London’s mayor has approved plans to order driverless trains for the Underground, prompting one of the Tube’s unions to promise “all-out war". Transport for London will launch the procurement of 100 new trains for the Piccadilly line on Friday.

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In pictures: London street scenes then and now

In pictures: London street scenes then and now | What's going down, in London town? | Scoop.it
The Streetmuseum App 2.0 from the Museum of London gives the user a chance to explore how locations across the capital looked in times gone by. Hundreds of images are visible through the app, from the Museum showcase London's history, from the Great Fire of 1666 through to the Swinging Sixties
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EXCLUSIVE: HS2 bosses set to abandon Camden Town HS1 'link' stage of high speed rail project

EXCLUSIVE: HS2 bosses set to abandon Camden Town HS1 'link' stage of high speed rail project | What's going down, in London town? | Scoop.it
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This may provide an opportunity to explore the sensible 'Euston Cross' proposals to link Euston, St. Pancras (Domestic and International) and King's Cross stations: http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/peers-to-meet-hs2-officials-to-discuss-alternative-euston-cross-plan

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Chinese Developer Envisions a Future for Abandoned London Docks

Chinese Developer Envisions a Future for Abandoned London Docks | What's going down, in London town? | Scoop.it
London’s mayor has said the proposal by a Chinese developer for the derelict Royal Albert Dock will add $10 billion to Britain’s economy.
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This could be a major and sustained boost for tax receipts in London.

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The Thames Barrier has saved London - but is it time for TB2?

The Thames Barrier has saved London - but is it time for TB2? | What's going down, in London town? | Scoop.it
The Thames Barrier is being closed with increasing frequency to protect central London and at-risk areas upriver. Now, some experts are asking if it is still fit for purpose
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"Since the beginning of this year(!), the Thames Barrier has closed an unprecedented 40 times – close to its recommended number of annual closures (50) – at a cost of £5,000 a time."

 

"On Monday it closed for the twentieth time in 10 days. In the whole of the Eighties, it closed on just four occasions. Since it became operational it has closed only 166 times (almost half to protect central London and the remainder to regulate river flooding and damage upstream)."

 

Is it time for a Thames Barrier 2?

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London property price changes over the last two decades - interactive guide

London property price changes over the last two decades - interactive guide | What's going down, in London town? | Scoop.it
Almost everyone knows that the cost of a property in London has increased but by just how much? This Tableau interactive uses land registry data to show how prices have changed in the capital since 1995, broken down by borough
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The 'London house price bubble' - the reality: expensive Boroughs getting more expensive? Property sales some way off pre-recession levels.

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