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Congestion charge changes announced by TFL

TFL have announced temporary changes to the central London Congestion Charge. Despite the very large number of people working from home and the re-introduction of charging schemes suspended at the start of lockdown, car traffic in central London is increasing again. We can’t risk gridlock from a car-led recovery. Clearer roads will allow us to restart London’s economy, keep essential freight and buses running more smoothly, and minimise journey times for essential travel.

To do this we need you to help us let residents, businesses and other stakeholders know about the following changes to the Congestion Charge. We are extending its hours and days of operation and making some changes to exemptions:

  • The daily charge will increase from £11.50 to £15 per day (£17.50 for those paying during the three days after the day of travel).
  • We are extending charging hours to 07:00 to 22:00 from the current hours of 07:00 to 18:00, to reflect peak traffic hours during the epidemic. We will also operate the scheme seven days a week and all year around except Christmas Day.
  • We will remove Auto Pay and Fleet Auto Pay £1 daily discount.
  • The residents’ discount scheme will close to new applications from 1 August. In response to issues raised by stakeholders and the public, applications received up to and including 31 July will be accepted. Existing discount holders will continue to receive the discount for their currently registered vehicle and any replacements.
  • We are expanding the NHS patient reimbursement scheme and creating new reimbursement arrangements for local authorities and charities providing services in response to the pandemic.

Our projections show that, if left unchecked, car traffic in central London could double as the Government eases lockdown restrictions. This will result in gridlock. These changes will help us create more space for socially distanced walking and cycling as part of the Mayor’s Street Space programme.

We need renewed action to help us keep the recent improvements to air quality. Cleaner air during lockdown, and emerging evidence linking air pollution to the most severe impacts of COVID-19, make this task even more urgent.

Hackney council COVID19

For Hackney council COVID19 information and ways the council are assisting businesses and residents, please visit

https://hackney.gov.uk

Islington council COVID19

For Islington council COVID19 information and ways the council are assisting businesses and residents, please visit

https://www.islington.gov.uk

Islington

NOMINATE YOUR LOCAL HERO FOR A MAYOR’S CIVIC AWARD OR THE BEN KINSELLA AWARD 2020

Unsung local heroes that go that extra mile to make Islington a better place to live and work can get well-deserved recognition and thanks for their hard work at the Mayor’s Civic Awards and Ben Kinsella Award 2020.

Every year Islington recognises and celebrates the huge difference local people make to their community and how their actions bring positive change to the lives of others. However, these actions often go unnoticed so the awards are an important opportunity to recognise and reward the hard work and positive impact of individuals, families and groups.

The Mayor’s Civic Award Scheme acknowledges volunteers, campaigners and fundraisers who are at the very heart of Islington’s thriving local community. The Ben Kinsella Award, given in memory of Ben Kinsella, is a special youth award that recognises the contribution of an inspiring young person.

Hackney Council

DO YOU HAVE ANY UNWANTED TOYS AND ELECTRICAL ITEMS TO DONATE TO THOSE IN NEED?

Hackney Borough Council are running their toy gift appeal and Zero Waste Hub to make sure any items you no longer need go to a good home.

The toy gift appeal, gifts unwanted toys to children in the borough through charitable organisations.

So please keep any toys and electrical goods no longer wanted to one side and donate once restrictions have been lifted.

For more information visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/toy-gift-appeal?medium=email&source=govdelivery

Shoreditch Town Hall

KNEEHIGH’S UBU! A SINGALONG SATIRE AT SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL ON WEDNESDAY 4 – SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 2019.

We all know King Ubu. That deranged dictator we all love to hate. Impossibly greedy, unstoppably crude, inexorably daft and hell-bent on making the country great again!

Sound familiar?

Based on Alfred Jarry’s riot-inducing masterpiece, Kneehigh will let rip with their own version of theatre’s most anarchic creations – KING UBU.

Expect world-class buffoonery in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical (surely the first of its kind!). Featuring some of the most iconic anthems of our times, given a fresh rub for their money by a belting Kneehigh band, plus an extraordinary choir of extras – you! – we guarantee this will be a rocking, rollicking riot of ridiculousness that you won’t forget.

He’ll rise! He’ll reign! Only together will we make Ubu fall!