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House price growth slows in London

House prices in five UK cities have been rising faster than in the capital.

Findings by Hometrack found house price growth in London slowed by two-thirds in the last quarter to 0.5%. That is compared to 1.4% three months ago.

Meanwhile property in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham rose at a faster pace in the three months to November.

Edinburgh (1.8%) and Glasgow (0.9%) registered the fastest house price inflation in the last quarter, as demand fed back into the market post-referendum.

The greatest reversal was seen in Aberdeen (-0.4%) and Cambridge (-0.2%), but Oxford (0.3%), Cardiff (0.2%) and Bournemouth (0.1%) also showed pronounced slowdowns.

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Taxing sugary drinks could save London £39m

Taxing sugary drinks could save the NHS in London £39 million over the next twenty years.

The Children's Food Campaign claims charging 20 pence per litre would reduce rates of diabetes, strokes and heart disease, and in doing so reduce pressure on the health service.

The research, published in association with University of Liverpool academic Brendan Collins and FoodActive, shows the impact in London over twenty years would be to:

  • reduce the cases of diabetes by over 6300
  • prevent over 1100 cases of cancer
  • reduce strokes and cases of coronary heart disease by over 4300
  • improve the quality of life for thousands of residents

The London boroughs set to gain the most savings and health benefits from a sugary drinks duty include Croydon, Enfield, Southwark, Bromley, Newham and Lewisham.

In addition, the impact on calorie reduction will be greatest in boroughs such as Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Barking and Dagenham and Haringey, which have the highest proportion of demographics who consume the most sugary drinks.

Half of passengers can identify licensed minicab

Fewer than half of passengers know whether their minicab is licensed, according to research by the London Assembly.

It found while 85 per cent of users say its important to feel safe in a taxi, far fewer actually knew how to identify a legal vehicle.

However two thirds of black cab passengers knew how to identify whether their taxi was licensed.

"The interest in and focus on the arrival of Uber in London has become a distraction from some very serious issues facing the Taxi and Private Hire industries. Transport for London's (TFL's) performance as regulator and enforcer has been woefully inadequate and the interests of the passenger are being largely ignored. A strategy and vision for the future is essential in order to support the industry and provide the service that passengers require. "TfL needs to get to grips with the basics - such as improving signage, installing more taxi ranks and staying ahead of the rapid technological advances, putting the passenger first - which is what Londoners and our visitors expect and deserve."

– Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee

Made in Dagenham stars back equal pay campaign

The cast of the musical Made in Dagenham and the protesters it was based on, are coming together to continue the campaign for equal pay.

They are supporting Labour's plan to force companies with over 250 employees to publish the pay gap between their male and female employees.

The 'Mind the Pay Gap' campaign is hosting a rally in Parliament before a vote will be called on the issue this afternoon.

Currently only five companies publish their gender pay gap in their annual report.

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