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Tonight on BBC London News: so it's goodbye from me,
The looming crisis facing the capital's schools -
as 70% face cuts under a new funding formula.
Head teachers fear more jobs will go.
And that means that we're looking at further reductions in staffing.
I have already cut four staff post through natural
Unfortunately, I may have to do a lot more of that sort of work.
From the Far East to the East End -
the first China-to-Britain freight train arrives in Barking.
We look at what it means for London businesses.
I'll explain how one London council is using drones to help repair
It says it should save tens of thousands of pounds a year.
And why neighbouring councils are going to court in a row
about this festival on Clapham Common.
Welcome to the programme with me, Riz Lateef.
are we heading for a crisis in the capital's schools?
The Government's proposing a change to the way in which the amount
The new funding formula would mean 70% of schools
But the Government insists that inner-city schools here will be
allocated more money per pupil than the national average.
With more details, here's our political editor Tim Donovan.
In the heart of Hackney, this secondary school has been benefiting
from funds which recognise extra needs and low incomes in the area.
head teachers here, if the head teachers here, if the
Government to reallocate resources under a new formula. He faces a
choice, cut staff could go for a bigger class sizes? Inner London has
led the world in recent times for student outcomes in terms of busting
that issue around deprivation. We have done that because we have been
given more money than other schools. Those outcomes will be compromised.
You do not remedy issues around poverty and deprivation
spending money. That will be money spending money. That will be money
that in the future we will not have to spend. Had the Government now
wanted to work? Broccoli, by spreading the money more evenly
across the country. London councils which represents the school says 20
million less or be available in funding. That is taken from the
recent audit about funding not keeping up with inflation and it
will add up to a shortfall of ?360 million in two years' time. 19 out
of 32 boroughs impacted, 70% of London schools will have to find
savings as a consequence of these savings. That is why we are calling
on the Government to change, level up and make sure that no school
loses as a result of the national funding reforms. The launch of a new
parents campaign group in Muswell Hill. Is that they were not just
from the area, where it has picked quickly to other parts of London,
too. It shows, claims one of the organisers, the rapidly growing
concern. We are seeing the effect in the classroom. That is really
upsetting parents. The Government is upsetting parents. The Government is
saying education spending is protected and we as parents are
seeing the effect of the funding squeeze in the schools that we are
using. There is disparity there. Doesn't hang you against your
skills, because you don't feel they are making a decision you don't want
to see the cuts? This campaign is not about criticising any individual
schools. We are supported of the headteachers Anneka Nitties having
to make very difficult decisions in a difficult situation. The
Government insists the existing way of funding schools doesn't work very
fairly. From now on it will be according to actual needs, not
postcode. That is why it will remain the highest fund is part of the
country under our proposals, with inner London schools being allocated
30% more funding per pupil than the national average. Many parents,
teachers and pupils in London may teachers and pupils in London may
Well, our education correspondent Tim Donovan joins me now.
Well, we heard in your report that for many years now London has had
the best performing schools in the country.
Might the change in the amount of money given to schools
It is a key thing. After years of underperformance, the last decade
and a half under what is called London challenge, the performance of
schools with the improved. Places like Hackney, Suffolk, really
restored confidence in many schools in inner-city areas. What you're
seeing here today, over the last couple of weeks, just beginning to
creep through a sense of concern about that of this funding formula.
We are told by the politicians and parents that we have fun in that
piece have been told and understands that the education budget has been
protected and in fact be Government will say in response that it is
protecting it and this year, there will be the greatest amount of money
going into education has ever been in a budget of ?40 billion and they
are saying this is a much fairer way, feel really reflecting real
needs. Not just in London, up and down the country. Once people see
the details of this formula, they will see that for more pupils, it is
a fairer way of doing it. Thank you, Tim.
Why people living on this road next to the M4
are having sleepless nights about Heathrow expansion.
I'll speaking to BAFTA nominated Andrew Garfield about his new film
Hacksaw Ridge, about him growing up in Surrey and living in London.
Next - from east China to east London.
This is the first freight train to travel directly to the UK
from China and arrived in Barking this morning.
It's taken a fortnight, but that's around half
As Sarah Harris reports, it could be a huge boost
It had made its way through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus.
34 conainers packed with high street goods made in a city in eastern
China, heading for Barking, east London.
The first direct freight train service between China
and the UK and something London business leaders have been fighting
It brings goods in a much faster route and across the sea.
Its slower still than air freight, but it's much cheaper than the air
freight costs and it's a sign that China is
expanding its networks, trading networks,
beyond its borders in an
effective way to connect China's market with the global economy.
And it's the return journey back to China
which will benefit exporters from London.
The service is cheaper than air freight and faster than sending
There's a big demand in China at the moment, particularly for
products like baby foods or mother and baby cosmetics.
Or actually anything with a Royal warrant on.
But the cost of exporting it by air can make the prices of these
Here in Finchley, boxes are being packed to
ready to make the return trip by train.
It's a market many insiders as say is relatively untouched.
Leaving the single market makes it even while
If you go out to China, you see the cities are flooded with
things like Spanish wines and French cheeses, but yet there is a real
lack of British products, despite the demand in China.
This train route I think is just one step forward
between British China relationships and certainly in terms of trade.
With Brexit coming up, companies like us are actually quite excited
about the possibilities of more trade agreements between the UK and
The silk Road trading routes to the west were created more than
2,000 years ago, but it is hoped the renewal will lead to an increase
in trade between east London and east China for
The Mayor of London will tell the World Economic Forum
in Davos tonight that a hard Brexit, as outlined
by the Prime Minister yesterday, would be a lose-lose situation.
In a speech to business and political leaders,
Sadiq Khan will say privileged access
to the single market is critical for London.
Well, the BBC's economics editor Kamal Ahmed is there
Yes. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, it is his first visit to
Davos and he is making a speech tonight all the business leaders
here. Many of them big, global banks operating out of London. The
leaders, chief executives are here in Davos in the Swiss Alps. A big
message about hard Brexit and what the Government likes to call clean
Brexit. Sadiq Khan says it would be bad for the City of London. But the
City of London will still need privileged access into the EU and
also the second point, maybe more slightly controversial, he says
globalisation needs to be dealt with by the European Union and if many
member states had a vote on being in the European Union, they would have
the same outcome as Britain, they might vote to leave a massive issue
of globalisation is tackled. How do you think his speech will be
received the same day that two banks have confirmed they will transfer
jobs from London to Europe as a result of Theresa May's Brexit
plans? HSBC, the big British Chinese bank and UPS the Swiss bank have
both said they are going to move some jobs, relatively limited, onto
because of the changes in because of the changes in
regulations between London and the European Union and the relationship
with the single market. That bit of the speech about privileged access,
that will go down well, but I think his second point about people being
negative about the European Union, other referendums could force other
countries to leave the European countries to leave the European
Union. Many people think that Britain is a unique case and other
countries would never think about you leaving the European Union.
Disputes between neighbours are all too common in London,
but it's quite unusual for two councils to have a row about noise.
Wandsworth is taking Lambeth to court over plans for festivals
on Clapham Common, which cuts through both boroughs.
A snippet from the South-west 4 festival over the August bank
It's a three-day event and this this year it is expected to
attract 30,000 people to Clapham Common.
Music festivals have been helf for many years here,
but for the first time last summer, the noise level allowed was
The complaints about the event also increased.
CHEERING And here's the problem, Clapham Common
sits between Wandsworth and Lambeth Councils.
Which has given permission to the outdoor concerts.
Anticipating the summer ahead, Wandsworth want the noise
levels returned to what they were in 2015.
In their fight to do so, they are taking their
We are absolutely not against the event, people having
That's been happening for years and we are perfectly happy
What we are very unhappy about and our residents are unhappy
about is the huge increase in the noise and particularly the thumping
Some of the complaints were coming from a mile away.
People who are not just immediately around the
common, but several streets back who were having
If you're sat in your garden, you can
definitely hear the noise, but I don't think it's too bad, to be
It denies a significant chunk of the Common to other users.
Of course, there will be a lot of people attending the concert and no
doubt enjoying themselves, but they won't be locals.
I think if I was an adult with a kid, it might bother me.
For its part, Lambeth Council gave us a statement
saying, legally we are unable to comment
on the specific issue, but
all events go through a rigorous process involving police, health and
other partners, including neighbouring boroughs.
Residents of a street in west London are furious after finding
out their road has been identified for possible clearance
in a Government report looking at the impact
Despite living several miles from the airport in Heston,
they fear their homes could be demolished if the M4 is widened
to cater for more people travelling to an expanded Heathrow.
But the airport maintains widening the motorway isn't necessary.
If planes are to take off and land on a new runway,
then residents of nearby Harmondsworth know that their homes
But what about the street several miles from the airport?
Rob Barnstone, who campaigns against Heathrow expansion thinks so.
I've certainly read all the small print in each of the documents.
He says he has spent months reading background reports
published by the Government on the possible impact of the airport
commission's recommendation for a Heathrow expansion.
"Substantial land acquisition of residential and
commercial properties in the vicinity of Winchester Avenue."
Winchester Avenue is right next to the M4,
which this one page in the
report suggests could be widened to feed more traffic to a
But if it ever is, then Winchester Avenue may have to go.
The Department for Transport or the Government or
Heathrow Airport have not told people about this.
BBC London spoke to many residents here and it seems
no-one may have seen this document before.
"Substantial land acquisition of residential and
Christopher Allen has lived in his house for 31 years.
Not just for myself, but the whole street and the
neighbouring streets, because we were not informed at all.
This is the first time I'm hearing about this.
Ravita only bought his home in November for ?430,000.
If you had been told this was possible, would you have bought
The Department for Transport has details about the
plans for a new runway which will be published shortly and be subject
But another resident of Winchester Avenue,
who has lived here nearly 40 years, wants to know what his plan
What would you like the Government to do?
A local MP has now tabled parliamentary questions,
asking the Government for more details.
I'm absolutely furious that the suggestion has
The Government should at least be coming out with
its detailed road network proposals and that is indeed what I have
Heathrow Airport is not calling for the M4 to be widened.
But until the final plans are known, there may be little peace
And I gather there have been some further developments on the story
tonight? Yes, the Department for Transport seems to have changed its
tune on this. Back on Friday when we first started looking at the story,
it said it did not give a statement, but the full plans relating to
runway three expansion would be published shortly. Suddenly, at 4pm
this afternoon after our report went out, calls started coming in and we
were accused of scaremongering for talking to the residents and now the
Department is categorically stating there are no plans at all to widen
the M4. This Government report names Winchester Avenue but to little
purpose. It will me a discussion of an option. It will not happen. The
homes will not be demolished. Campaigners against Heathrow
expansion are saying it is still the expansion are saying it is still the
case that the Government did not engage properly with residents in
the street and the local MP is saying the Government has been
completely unclear on this. I welcome the statement that there are
no plans to wait in the M4 onto the street and I want confirmation that
They can capture amazing footage from a bird's-eye view,
but there have also been concerns over the potential dangers of flying
Well, now drones are being used in one part of London to survey
buildings and repairs, instead of using scaffolding.
A worrying outside the window, a drone hovering over your home. This
is her council housing repairs will be carried out in Hammersmith and
Fulham from now on. Spotting potential problems, with no
scaffolding inside. A drone is more flexible and keen reach higher
levels in a much safer way. We keep people on the ground and we
controlled the drawn up there. Look make it seem somehow fitting that
today's inspection is on Batman close. The council says the dirty
drone, inspections can be costly and complex. We would have to do it
scaffolding up just go up and sent on body to inspect, which then could
come back down again and then go back up again when we do get to do
the repair, which could be several months later. It's not just routine
repairs. After this devastating tower block blaze in Shepherd's Bush
last year, a drone was used to get a closer look at the damage. This is
in the first army council has used drones. In the past, there been
concerns about whether they could be used to spy on residents. Privacy
campaigners say it is vital that the council explain what they are doing
and why. Hammersmith and Fulham Council say it has this and all the
residents here and has had to stick to strict rules seeking permission
from the aviation authority. The use experienced pilots and must be in
control of the area. A team on the ground keep an eye out for
passers-by. Modern technology, things moving forward. It might be a
good thing. It stops all the scaffolding. It saves money, because
we say it cost money to put it up and when it is up, you don't know
how long it will be there. There were a few break-ins. I think it
would be safer. Council hopes to save around ?150,000 next year, so
this new technology could become a much more familiar sight.
Some good news for non-league Sutton United the Bogside, they are said to
make - million pounds this year 's FA Cup run. They won their match 3-1
last night to reach the first round for the first time in 20 yes. It is
immersed that has been selected for immersed that has been selected for
live television coverage. Andrew Garfield is probably best
known for playing Spiderman, he also played the the co-founder
of Facebook in The Social Network. Now, the actor who grew
up in Surrey, has been nominated for a BAFTA,
for his latest role as an army medic who received the Medal of Honor
without firing a shot. Hacksaw Ridge is being shown
in Piccadilly this evening, 'I always dreamed
about being a doctor, I can't stay here while all of them
are going to fight for me. Do you figure this war is just
going to fit in with your ideas? While everybody else is taking life,
and I'm going to be saving it. Your free to run into the hellfire
of battle without a single That the clip from the film Hacksaw
Ridge, which tells the true story of Desmond Doss, an American soldier,
who did not carry weapons during the Second World War, because he didn't
want to kill anyone. He saved the lives of 75 of his servicemen in one
of the most bloody battles in the Second World War. The man who plays
Desmond Doss is Andrew Garfield, who joins me now. An incredible story,
incredible fun. It's a long wave from where you started off as a
young boy in Surrey at the youth Theatre. Did you ever think that
just over a decade later, you will be here getting deposits that you
are? Oh, goodness. It's funny, when you describe Desmond Doss's life,
the character I'm playing, I just think, what the hell am I doing with
mine? Because he was so remarkable anti-psychotic items of so entirely
for the sake of love for his fellow man. It really puts me to shame in
terms of how women choosing to spend my time playing make-believe, but I
am so, so grateful that I got to attempt to honour his life, his
actions and he was a real personification of love. That's what
he was. He have delightful of love and compassion, in action, not just
in part and an idea, but he really was a wonderful wounded healer. Had
an incredible rear last year, not only Hacksaw Ridge, but working with
Martin Scorsese in Silence. I see you're like that, would you go to in
2017? I don't know. Well, I do know. Pending Angels in America at the
National Theatre. I'm very excited about that. It's a nice thing to
poorer ones energies into. It's a nice period of history that is very
important. That's my only plan and perhaps a little holiday. I don't
know. Are looking forwarded back as next worried you're worried you're
up for two? It is an honour that the film is being recognised and been
responded to in the waiters. It is very heartening. Look like the film
is out in cinemas on general release a week on Friday and we will find
out if Andrew Windsor Park. Next month on the 12th of debris. Good
luck to him. Time for a check on the weather
and Philip Avery has joined I wonder if our friends in Kent
would have agreed with you. -7 is a CS. If that is your idea of crisp.
Things did improve when the sun came up. This was the scene captured by
weather watchers out and about across London for a sorting the day.
All the usual landmarks looking absolutely superb in the January
crisp atmosphere. The reason we have it is because the skies are
relatively clear near being that way but by day and night, hence the debt
in the temperatures. It's a completely different world a little
way up the M4 to. It's murky, overcast and utterly depressing.
We'll be off and running again with temptress getting close to freezing.
Some in the countryside and out towards the west will be down 2-3,
minus four Celsius. When the sun comes up, it will be another
gorgeous day. The cloud will just fill in at hands overhead. Then
close, nothing to my threatening. Temperatures a fraction up. It won't
make an awful lot of difference. Not much anyway breeze at the moment,
but you can bet that as soon as is honest and, we'll end up again with
quite a widespread frosts aside the day on Friday. Any difference? Not
really. Six, seven, eight Celsius. Getting into the weekend, it will be
dominated very much by that area of high pressure. Not expecting to see
any radical changes, it may just be that we see more in the way of cloud
and the temperatures down into minus degrees. Almost crisp.
The Foreign Secretary, has warned EU leaders not to give
the UK punishment beatings for Brexit in the manner of some
Boris Johnson said penalising escape was not in the interests
Thousands of British holiday-makers are being flown home from The Gambia
after a state of emergency was declared there.
The Foreign Office is advising people to avoid
New research claims seventy percent of London schools will face budget
cuts if a proposal to change Government funding goes ahead.
London Councils says schools in the capital will be
We'll be back later during the 10pm news, but for now
from everyone on the team, have a lovely evening.
Hello. I hope you're well. I really do.
Because if you're not, then chances are the NHS won't be able to
look after you as well as it should. And that's wrong.
Because the Labour Party created the NHS 70 years ago on
the founding principles of it being comprehensive, universal and free.
The NHS was created to care for us but now the NHS needs our care.
Today there are almost four million people