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It will be a very significant change, partly because the estate


in London hospitals is worth massively more than in any other


It could mean a cash boost for the NHS as well as


And under a Donald Trump administration, all lives matter!


The fiery preacher who opened Donald Trump's election speeches


on why Londoners shouldn't fear his presidency.


Plus, the funding row over babies with an allergy to milk -


some parents face losing free prescriptions for


And the magical lantern festival lighting up the capital


for the Chinese New Year of the rooster.


Hello and welcome to the programme with me, Riz Lateef.


First this evening, two of the most pressing


problems facing the capital - a deepening crisis in the NHS


Well, this evening, we can reveal that there's a radical plan


to tackle both issues, by giving London


NHS trusts here could be allowed to sell off spare


land and keep the money, whereas in the past, it would have


A cash boost for the NHS and more land for affordable homes.


Here's our political correspondent, Karl Mercer.


The great and the good of London politics, in a room, talking about


more powers and more money for the capital, with a plea from the city's


mayor. The only way we'll will make


progress in this agenda in the years ahead is if London speaks with one


united for use. Siddique Khan wants more of the tax


London raises kept here. Everything from stamp duty to tourist tax. It's


big wish list, but BBC London has learned there is a more real deal on


the table. Crucially, top officials here at the Treasury are involved.


As a top officials at the Department of Health and even number ten


Downing St. It's a deal that means that London's hospitals, unlike


those around the country, will be able to keep the money they get from


selling off spare land. So instead of handing the money back to the


Treasury as they do at the moment, hospitals will be then the able to


use the money to reinvest in local health services. The land could then


be used in conjunction with their mayor to build affordable housing


for key workers. It's hoped the deal will oversee the process of selling


land all over London. It'll be a very significant change,


because the estate of hospitals in London is worth massively more than


any other part of the country. It would be an opportunity for using


the land values that are often used in London in the private sector for


a direct public sector reinvestment, either in hospital buildings or


potentially in hospital services under stress.


It's understood the deal should be finalised within weeks. The mayor is


not prepared to give much away today, however.


What I will say is this, I have been impressed by the compositions I'd


had with central Government about them recognising that this isn't


about party politics, it's about wrecking Isaac that when decisions


are made at the coal face, they tend to be better. -- recognising that


decisions. Does this give you some hope that


you will get further powers as you've as for?


I'm an optimist. And politicians tend to be optimists


if they know there's deal around the corner.


We heard from Sadiq Khan there, and today he also backed


a call to allow London to introduce a tax on tourists -


all part of the mayor's proposal to devolve more powers to City Hall.


Asad Ahmad can tell us more, he's in Covent Garden.


I'm amongst Torres and onto riskier in Covent Garden, which attracts


millions of visitors every year. But is it right to level an extra tax on


Theresa just want to come here and spent a night in a hotel here in


London? It's not a new idea, Boris Johnson approved at the idea, though


it go anywhere. The new mayor has already paid a tourist tracks if you


have paid a visit to cities across the world, including New York, which


levies attacks of over 13% on top of your hotel bill. In Paris, the


figure is your normal bill plus 10%. Then additional fees of a few euros


on top that. Enron, it's a bit simpler, up to 2 euros per room per


night. Does matter in Rome, it's bit simpler. There hasn't been too much


opposition to it. I get furious, as a traveller,


when I get to Rome and suddenly, when I'm checking out,


they say, oh, yeah, you paid in advance for the room,


but we'll need an extra 10 euros It's not clear yet exactly how it


will work in London, but most certainly, the hotel


industry, as well as all the tourists, will be very upset


by yet more taxation. Simon Calder, very well respected


travel writer, there. What about tourists here in Covent Garden, what


do they think about a potential tourist tax?


I think to spend more pounds for a tourist tax is fine.


I come from Turkey, I think the living expenses in London are ready


pricey, so giving this tax might not be very encouraging for tourists to


come. There is a lot of support amongst


politicians, not just the merit of London for this tax. They say it's a


small tax that could make a massive difference to London and the lives


of Londoners and tourists alike. But does it also sent a message out


about Brexit and London being open for business, doesn't contradict


that? Get people talking. There will be a few steps before anything like


this comes into force. It seems there are growing


calls for more powers It's one of the big words around and


politics at the moment. If politicians aren't talking about


Brexit or Trump, they also talk about devolution. We're seen


institutions around the country getting devolved powers from central


Government. Other regions like Manchester and the West Country


being given more powers, keep your own money, sort things out -


it hasn't happened in London, despite continued demands from Boris


Johnson and Siddique Khan under this London finance commission. This will


be a big deal for London, this NHS deal. Because the NHS is in crisis,


in London, more than anywhere else in the country. The Government are


starting to listen. At the Treasury is willing to release the purse


strings a lot about to the NHS, where might they go in London? What


they go down the line of those extra taxes to be kept here? Perhaps the


tourist tax, because I be so much of the Government handing over money.


Thank you. As London marks Holocaust Memorial


Day, one women who survived the camps as a child tells


us her story. Next, the row over special


formula for babies. At the moment, parents whose babies


have an allergy to milk can get it as a substitute,


free on prescription. But this programme has learnt


that there are plans to withdraw funding for those prescriptions


in at least two London boroughs What has money got?


Seven-month-old son has not consign your allergies. He needs a special


formula to help manage them, which is mother gets a prescription for


from her GP in Croydon. But she has been told that could soon stop,


because the group which decides how prescriptions are funded in Croydon


needs to make cuts. Prasanna, AU days, it would cost us


?40 every two days to buy his milk. Norma formula is about ?40 a week,


and his will be at ?140 per week. It's medical need.


Prescribing in Croydon amounts to millions of pounds per year. 9%of


the Clinical Commissioning Group's total budget. It's currently in


deficit as safe for% of its budget this year. Baby's milk is not the


only area the CCG is try to make savings. In a meeting last year,


decision was made to try and reduce the describing of gluten free foods,


vitamin D foods, eczema cream, and baby milk in an effort to save


?600,000 per year. In a statement, the group's chair said...


And Croydon isn't alone. Richmond is also cutting the formula. Nine other


CCGs across London say they're looking at how to make savings on


restriction funding. Babies with these allergies are


particularly vulnerable. From a CCG perspective, it would make more


sense to invest in education and primary care to make sure that the


babies get diagnosed early and don't need to have special formula is


longer than they need to, that would lead to significant savings.


At the CCGs says it's working with health professionals before


influencing any plans. Sam's mother says this is one cost that families


like hers cannot afford. A short while ago said -- the premise said


that the president and first lady would be coming to the UK on a state


visit after a invitation from the Queen. Mark bands here is the


preacher who played a key He's been telling London is why they


shouldn't fear a Trump presidency. Help me like the next president of


the United States of America! Donald J Trump! Shut Trump!


The rallying cry that in the end succeeded. But in London, Pastor


Mark Burns says he's surprised and saddened by the unpopularity of his


new president. He is not as he has been per trade


in the media. What about Muslim Londoners who may


be concerned about going to America. Because, if your present had his


way, they might not be allowed? That isn't true. The president has


not waged war against Islam. He has suggested that Muslims are


based from entering the US, he has said that.


That me finish. This is the media taking bits and pieces of whatsit is


it set on creating the false narrative that isn't true. The


president has made it clear, he has done nothing other than President


Jimmy Carter did, by proposing a temporary ban against territories


that are supporting radical terrorist groups.


President Trump didn't say that though, he didn't say, not the good


guys, he said, I will consider banning Muslims from entering the


United States. There was no nuance on that. Is that not the problem


with Donald Trump? Donald Trump has made it very clear


he's not a polished politician, he's learning.


Donald Trump said something which upset many Londoners, he said there


were many areas in London that were no go areas, where police feared for


their lies. That's not true. Have you seen those areas, will you tell


him he is vitally incorrect? I have not in those areas, but have


only seen a small part of London. If you say it isn't true, being a


Londoner, I would take your word for it.


The former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, says the immigration


system is failing those who need it, and


"staff don't even know their own rules".


His damning comments follow the case of an eminent professor who's been


living here for 40 years and was wrongly denied


British citizenship on a technicality.


Reconnecting, remembering... This professor is many things to


many people. An academic, psychoanalysis, an employer to many


people at her surgery in Hampstead. She is also a wife to a British


husband. I have worked and pay taxes for 40 years.


I been part of British society. When she applied for citizenship she


was rejected. Shouldn't have a residency permit even though she had


been already granted permanent leave to remain.


That trust you have built up between yourself and the country that you


have adopted. That you think has adopted you, suddenly rejects you


and doesn't want to acknowledge that contribution any more. It's


incredibly painful. She's far from alone. Latest figures


show recognise those of Europeans had been applying for residency. We


have seen the single biggest increase in a decade. More than


22,000 Europeans applied in the year to 2015. Compare that to the three


months immediately after the referendum. That doubled to over


56,000 applications. The is suggestion the rules -- there is no


suggestion the rules had been made harder since Brexit, they've always


been tough. There is a suggestion of disco nation against you nationals


who have never had to apply before. As the EU National you'd have


freedom of movement, so a lot of people might have trouble listing


every absence from the UK in the last five years.


The Home Office say they are always looking to use reminder process.


Nick Clegg says the Government should now guarantee all European


residency rights here, irrespective of what other governments choose for


Brits abroad. You can't treat people like a


bargaining chip. They're not people whose wealth and emotional well


being and commitment of this country should be bargained away. It is such


a cynical, bloodless way of treating human beings that have nothing but


good will towards the United Kingdom.


As from today, the professor is British. Cue the national anthem.


She won her battle, but says it has been a long, expensive and painful


process. Despite Government assurances that they want to


guarantee residency rights are other Europeans here, becoming British


after Brexit has become a very different feeling from what you hope


for. I've come west to see the Chinese


lanterns of the East. Glowing installations


in Chiswick House and Gardens to welcome in the year


of the rooster. Today, London pauses


to mark one of darkest chapters in human history -


remembering the millions of Jews who were murdered


during the Second World War. Well, one woman from Finchley


who survived the horrors of the concentration camps


is Susan Pollack - who was only 14 when she was separated from her


mother in Aushwitz-Birkenau. Now in her 80s, she's


dedicated her adult life to sharing her story


with schoolchildren, thank you for coming in. We do


appreciate that some memories can't be easy to revisit. Can I ask how


vivid your memories of the camp are? Very much so. I remember it quite


clearly. The main events, particularly. And it's always with


me. With me and the sense that I repeat it. I go to schools, and have


been doing so for many years now, and also I hold it due to myself.


How does a 14-year-old girl get through the horrors of that


experience? In my own case, I had, not


consciously, but ie withdrew within myself. I withdrew from the horrors


of the outside that was present for my whole year that I was


incarcerated. I dismissed it as much as I could, because I wouldn't have


been able to survive otherwise. And by the time of liberation in


1945, you were suffering from TV, typhoid and severe malnutrition.


What do you remember about that moment of liberation, realising you


had been freed? Well, it wasn't, by then, I was very


much dehumanised, and had left any form of wishes and hopes. But at the


same time, I remember it quite clearly, when I had been picked up


by deliberate errors. -- by the liberators. He picked me up with


such gentleness. I was seconds away from death. But I remember that.


Later on, when I met the major of that liberation team, I asked him,


what could that goodness into your heart that you were so good to me?


And that opened up a channel of hope in me.


Dimensions that you share your story with schoolchildren, when I asked,


when you look to the future, a safer future, how optimistic do you feel?


I think... I do have hope, but at the same time, I'm quite a realist


as well, realising that memories have been challenged, and it needs


to be repeated constantly. We need to talk about it, the importance of


having a Memorial Day like we have now. And I'm grateful that the


Holocaust is being taught at schools as well. And that I've had the


immense privilege of doing it with the help of the Holocaust


educational trust, and many other organisations.


Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, it's privilege to


have you here. Thank you.


The last time these two teams met in the FA Cup,


So all eyes will be on Stamford Bridge tomorrow to see


if Brentford can pull off a win against billionaire club Chelsea.


Brentford were in League 1 when they almost caused a cup shock


And they lead again here, Brentford, what a story


It took a ?50 million worth of striker to deny them the victory.


Plenty has changed at Brentford since then, including promotion


But the challenge of facing Chelsea remains the same.


It's the toughest draw we could have got.


The leaders of the Premier League, away from home,


But it's one we're looking forward to, and hopefully we can


compete and give a good account of ourselves.


There's a lot of belief in our squad.


And the players believe they won't be overwhelmed


We've played at big stadiums, we've played in front to big crowds.


The occasion's not really going to affect us, we've just got


to make sure we turn up and stick to our game plan.


It's not exactly a level playing field - Brentford's playing squad


Brentford's owner Matthew Benham has put in around


Roman Abramovich has invested at least a billion at Chelsea.


Both clubs are hoping to build new homes.


Chelsea's, over nine times that amount.


The Bees hope that moving grounds will go some way


Griffin Park holds 12,000, Stamford Bridge holds 45,000.


They have several thousand people in hospitality.


I can fit less than 100 into Griffin Park.


So the new stadium, if we get into the Premier League,


will actually helped to make us truly competitive.


So, as Brentford prepare for another trip to Stamford Bridge in the


FA Cup, the real aim is to be playing there


in the Premier League every season.


Turning now to the colour and light of Chinese New Year.


Tomorrow night there'll be celebrations in the capital to see


in the year of the rooster - especially as here in the capital,


there's a long-established Chinese community.


Wendy Hurrell is at a festival in Chiswick -


That's writer. For some 2000 years, the Lantern Festival has become a


significant part of Chinese New Year celebrations. The ones here at


Chiswick House and Gardens are a little younger than that. It's been


going to years, but all around the gardens here are beautiful glowing


installations, handmade in China. They make up the Silk Road, that


ancient network of trade route that linked the East to the West. Here we


have the Tang Dynasty Palace, and you travel along glittering walkways


of the beautiful reds which is so reminiscent of the Chinese


decorations. The Silk Road would have travelled through countries


like Egypt. Glittering off the lake, beautiful colours and like. -- and


light. The person responsible for this beautiful light show is Ian


Xiang. Why did you decide to use the Silk Road as a theme this year?


The Silk Road is an ancient route connecting China to the rest of the


world. It was along the Silk Road, the culture and colour is so


vibrant. We hope everybody coming here can find something to celebrate


and enjoy themselves. How will you be celebrating in


London this weekend? In London, people will have family


together to eat dumplings, and we also hope people will come to the


magic lantern festival to celebrate Chinese New Year in style.


Dumplings, that sounds delicious! If you need some light in these cold,


long winter evenings, the fiery wrist will be crowing to the end of


February. I will try to say happy New Year and


Mandarin, you can try it out yourself.


Tomasz is here with the weather. Hello.


The good news, for folks who want milder weather, that's it, the main


headline this weekend, milder is the word. The last couple of days,


especially yesterday, what was with that cold? Below freezing during the


day at lunchtime, -1 at High Wycombe during the day. It's turned milder


now, but with that, it'll turn cloudy. Damp weather on the way. You


can't have it both ways in a situation, we're going to have to


get the cloud and rain of the Atlantic to bring that milder


weather. This time last night, right now, my car was frosting up already.


That won't happen tonight, the wind coming in from the south and south


west. Tomorrow, grey and damp in the morning, later in the day it will


brighten up. It will probably happen after the sun sets, so overall,


grey, cloudy, damp picture for most of the day. Tomorrow evening, the


weather clears up, and will have celebrations in central London for


the Chinese New Year. It's it looking like? Temperatures around 6


degrees, dipping to five mid-evening. Sunday, more rain on


the way, so Sunday at the two will be the soggy day. But look at that,


we haven't seen that from while, 10 degrees is that spectacular for


London, but a lot of milder than what we've had. Next week, much


milder, temperatures into double figures, at the moment it looks like


winter is kind of on hold. Soggy Sunday, eh? Thank you very


much. That's all we've got


time for this evening, Whatever you re doing,


have a wonderful weekend.


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