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One year since aquatic centre opens to the public

The London Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Today marks one years since the London Aquatics Centre first opened to the public, following modifications after the 2012 Olympic Games.

Since 1st March 2014, the centre has hosted numerous high-profile events including the World Diving Series, the Invictus Games, Sport Relief and National Paralympics Day.

It is now home to the Tom Daley Diving Academy and served as a 2014 Commonwealth Games training base.

The centre received 640,000 visitors between 1st March and 31st December 2014. Since it opened to the public, nearly 3,000 young people have joined the London Aquatics Centre Swim School programme and 300 primary school pupils per week attend a new school swimming initiative at the centre.

New 'Boris Bikes' sponsor to be announced

'Boris Bikes' Credit: Reuters

The next sponsor of the capital's cycle-sharing scheme will be announced later today. Coca-Cola is one of many international companies bidding to replace Barclays as the commercial logo on the so called Boris Bikes. The new brand will be introduced next year after Barclays ends its association with the scheme.


TUC urges government to do more to increase wages

The TUC are calling for the government to increase the minimum wage and do more to encourage businesses to pay their staff the living wage.

Geoff Tily, Senior Economist at the TUC said it was time for the government to take decisive action to help working families living in poverty due to low pay.

London wage 'black spots' show worst paid boroughs

Half of workers in Harrow West are currently being paid less than the minimum wage, according to new figures released by the TUC.

The research, based on ONS figures, show a number of pay 'black spots' across the capital.

Of people in Harrow West do not earn the living wage
Of people in Chingford and Woodford Green do not earn the living wage
Of people in Enfield Southgate do not earn the living wage
Of people in Beckenham do not earn the living wage
Of people in Edmonton do not earn the living wage

The London living wage is currently set at £9.15 per hour.

London workers earning less than minimum wage

Almost half of Londoners living in some boroughs earn less than the living wage, according to new figures released by the TUC.

Women are more likely to be paid less than the London living wage. Credit: Reuters.

The London living wage is currently set at £9.15 per hour, compared with £7.85 across the rest of the country.

Nationally, more than five million people earn less than the living wage.

The rate is set by the Living Wage foundation and calculated by the Greater London Authority to cover all boroughs in Greater London.

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