A union has branded as "disgraceful" the timing of an announcement that nearly 3,000 workers are facing redundancies over the holidays.
The RMT demanded "urgent talks" with Business Secretary Vince Cable after it was revealed on Christmas Day that parcel delivery group City Link had gone into administration.
City Link, which has 2,727 employees, has operations at Kangley Bridge Road, Eastbury Road and Deer Park Road. The company, with 2,727 employees, called in administrators from professional services firm EY after years of "substantial losses".
The Coventry-based company now expects numerous redundancies after no buyer could be found to bail it out.
A number of staff will be retained to help return parcels to customers and help with winding down the company, EY said.
Customers who had placed parcels with the company on Christmas Eve and intended recipients who have been notified of a failed or pending delivery are urged to retrieve their parcels as soon as possible on or after December 29.
Yachts and powerboats worth millions of pounds have been painstakingly lifted into place ahead of next month's CWM FX London Boat Show at the ExCel.
The 61st annual London Boat show, will run from January 9 - 18.
There will be almost 400 boats on display, including these yachts which were precariously lifted out of the Thames earlier this week by a team of engineers.
A full range of vessels will be on display from £300 boats right up to £4.7million luxury yachts, ranging from a tiny 8ft Ribeye TL240 up to the colossal Sunseeker yacht which measures 92ft.
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 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.
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."