Wednesday, December 19The Voice of London

Tag: Society

Faces of discrimination: “It’s shocking because you don’t expect it to happen.”

Faces of discrimination: “It’s shocking because you don’t expect it to happen.”

Featured, Investigations, Podcasts, Specials, UK
Religious hate crime has risen by 40% in England and Wales – and more than half is directed at Muslims. A writer, who wishes to remain anonymous, agreed to be interviewed by the Voice of London; her family are among those who have faced Islamophobic discrimination, even though they do not actively practice any religion. But discrimination found its way in.   Her husband is of Sudanese heritage, and they have two young sons together. They live in a rural, coastal community, which she describes as “one of the least diverse places in the UK.” Here, she says, they are in the minority as a mixed race family. During a phone call with the Voice of London, she started sharing her story “when you come up against something like this, it’s shocking because you don't expect it to happen.” For th
Disappearance of the public library

Disappearance of the public library

Lifestyle, Society, UK
The latest figures from CIPFA (The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) show that the number of public libraries and paid staff in Britain are rapidly decreasing. Almost 130 public libraries have closed in Britain in the last year, displacing 712 full-time employees. Meanwhile, the number of community-run library branches has seen an increase. Volunteer numbers have gone up to 51,394 people - a rise in 10,000 over three years - and volunteers are currently running over 500 libraries across the UK. The closures of public libraries comes at budget cuts by local authorities. Over the last year, spending on libraries by local councils fell by £30m to a total of £741m. “Libraries have faced significant cuts under austerity, with councils forced to reduce s
Is London losing its cultural diversity to a rising tide of built-for-Instagram aesthetics?

Is London losing its cultural diversity to a rising tide of built-for-Instagram aesthetics?

Culture, Design, Featured, Lifestyle, photography, Society
Whether it’s an art exhibition, a new restaurant, or an inner-city festival, it appears that London’s cultural institutions must now cater to the like-seeking social media space first and foremost. In a city with more than enough foodies to fill seats, if your new restaurant lacks Instagram appeal — be that the food or the décor — it’s unlikely to get much in the way of footfall. It’s often seen by businesses as a platform for free promotion, but is the price of success a sacrifice at the Instagram altar? To some, it’s not seen as a sacrifice, especially if it boosts business and tourism. But are we conceding some of the uniqueness of London by applying the same cookie cutter social media aesthetics as other global cities to our art and public spaces? In the restaurant busines
New charter to improve disabled passengers experience to be implemented

New charter to improve disabled passengers experience to be implemented

Activism, Society, Specials, Travel
A new charter might be adopted to improve disabled passengers flying experiences. The new proposition include the scrap of the £ 2,000 pay-outs limit to all passengers whose wheelchairs were damaged during flights and new training for airline staff such as cabin crews and baggage handlers. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has in fact recently revealed  that  more than half of the disabled passengers found travelling through airports difficult. See also: Motability boss bonus leads to backlash James Taylor, Head of Policy, Campaigns and Public Affairs for Scope, a disability equality charity, told exclusively to The Voice of London: “It’s high time air travel is improved for disabled people after years of unacceptable difficulties." Passengers have been complaining on soci
-->