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Hospitality industry to create 3,000 jobs for young workers

London's hospitality industry will today announce the creation of 3,000 new jobs aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds in a bid to help reduce youth employment.

The scheme will be launched at the Big Hospitality Conversation event at City Hall.

Representatives of brands including Premier Inn, Wagamama, Café Rouge and McDonald's will join Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise Kit Malthouse at the conference to make the announcement.

They will also discuss opportunities available to young people and offer on-the-spot jobs to people in the audience.

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Road sweeper gets £4.5 million in surprise lottery win

A road sweeper who has been working on the streets of Camden for 14 years has won £4.5 million on the lottery - after buying a ticket just nine minutes before the draw closed.

Joseph Whiting celebrating with his lottery cheque

42 year old Joseph Whiting has decided today to to quit his job, and said the win would help him finally learn to drive as well as buy a house with a garden for his family.

He bought three lucky dip tickets at the last minute from his local corner shop.
He won the money in last week's draw but said he avoided telling his workmates until he was 100% sure the win was real.

Rental prices at an all-time high

Private sector rentals are at an all-time high. Credit: Reuters.

A major lettings network has released information showing that average private sector rent rates are at an all-time high.

Rents in the South East recorded a 3.4% year-on-year increase.

The average monthly rent in London now stands at nearly £1,200 after increasing by 3% year-on-year.

Your views: Is £10 a fair price to pay to watch London's New Year fireworks?

Get involved and let us know what you think by tweeting us @itvlondon or go to our Facebook page.

Simon Shaw That is greed. Pure & simple.

Paula Ann Meenan They will be in the sky, so if you live there will you be banned from looking out your window?

Paul Freedman So will they have barriers round all the area where the fireworks are to stop people that haven't paid from getting in? And if they haven't paid will they be banned from looking upwards?

Tears Carpenter Not sure how this will work. Any body with any sense will just look up at the sky and watch it without paying £10 or find a good place to watch it for free unless the fire works are not going up in the sky anymore?

Mark Foster I'm pretty sure you will be able to see them spectacularly from The South Bank and Hungerford bridge... for free.

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Automatic refunds for commuters caught out by 'card clash'

By Simon Harris: ITV London Correspondent

Transport for London says most cases of 'card clash' will be automatically refunded. Pre-launch monitoring of tube and train ticket barriers revealed 2,000 card clashes out of 10m daily Oyster 'taps'.

Millions of commuters will begin the switch to contactless payments today Credit: PA

'Card clash' happens when a an Oyster card and credit or debit card both get charged when a passenger swipes through the barrier.

Average price of London property passes £500,000

Property values in London have surged ahead of the rest of the country, recording a 19.1% year-on-year jump and taking the average property price in the capital to £514,000.

Homes up for sale in Lambeth Credit: PA

Nationally prices have reached a new record high of £272,000 on average after rising by 11.7% over the last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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