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The Prime Minister's launched what she says is an ambitious plan
to tackle homelessness in the capital.
Theresa May was in south London today to promote
a ?20 million programme aimed at preventing rough sleeping.
But critics say much more is needed to help solve
I was actually thinking about suicide. It was the hardest thing in
my life. Leighton began his career in the army and went on to become
one of the country's top gastro chefs. But earlier this year things
change and he found himself living on the streets. After being refused
help by three different councils, he approached the armed forces charity
who found in temporary accommodation at this hostel. It was as if I had
won the lottery. I mean, seriously. I could actually start building my
life again. The hardest step is the first step. These former Ruf
sleepers in Peckham have also taken this first step. They are being
trained -- trained with new skills which they got to show off to the
Prime Minister today. Theresa May also showcased ?20 million for
projects in the capital. What I starting is an ambitious programme
putting prevention at the heart of tackling homelessness. We want to
make sure people don't become homeless in the first place. The
work they do here is so important in helping people actually get skills,
get a place in the workplace, so they can move on. The money being
placed will be spent on dozens of different initiatives across London,
including most ?400,000 for the employment Academy in Southwark,
helping people find work. The North London Housing partnership gets
nearly ?1 million to pay for seven specialised staff to help those with
addiction and issues. And the city of London Tower Hamlets and Hackney
will share a ?414,000 to develop a programme aimed at stopping Ruf
sleeping in the first place. While this money is welcomed, many
charities say the key to tackling homelessness long term is to make
more social housing available. Something that is very challenging
in London. That is evident when you think some homeless people come
especially single men, so -- can sometimes wait of to 20 years for a
permanent home. We have to get people into genuinely affordable
homes where they can have stability. Social housing is one way to do
that. London does not have enough. We can make use of the Private
rented sector. Rents are so unaffordable. Getting off the street
has enabled Leighton to start building his life again. It is hoped
those -- this funding will help those like him to do the same.
People who buy a drone could have to register it,
and even take a test to prove they can fly it safely,
under new rules being proposed by the government.
It's after concerns about how some drones are being used,
including near misses involving planes above London.
Flying beneath the streets of London.
The BBC used this drone to give you a unique tour
But take a look at this bird s eye view of the city.
Whoever sent this drone up has broken the rules.
And there's growing concern that some are not being used safely.
If people don't use drones responsibly and follow the rules,
that is a safety issue. It would also affect the long-term future of
drones as well. And that would be bad news for many
who are hoping the technology offers Earlier this month, Amazon
made its first delivery by drone. But there've also been a growing
number of headlines like these. There have been 56 near
misses with airliners And this is what the Prison Service
is now up against - drugs and mobile phones delivered
direct by drone to a There are already plenty
of regulations about You can't get too close
to buildings or people. But while professional users
of drones have to register with the Civil Aviation Authority,
anyone else can just buy The Government is consulting
on regulations which would mean new drones would have
to be registered. Users would have to pass a theory
test, like the one for drivers. And there would be tougher penalties
for using drones in no fly zones. However, some experienced
owners believe the rules If you put regulations in place that
are too complicated and they scare people off, then you are going to
deny that future industry this pool of talent that we need.
At this Cental London store, drones are topping the Christmas gift list.
Maplin says it's sold ?1.5 million worth in the last two months.
So what do customers make of tightening the rules?
I definitely thought some kind of training is necessary. A test is too
much. Drones have been used to capture
some spectacular footage. Remember the Tower
of London poppies. Commemorating those
lost in World War One? The Government says the drone
industry could be worth billions It was something he was keen
to point out during the mayoral election campaign -
that he was the son of a bus driver. Well today, Sadiq Khan tackled
the issue of drivers' pay, by introducing a new minimum
starting salary. Our Transport Correspondent,
Tom Edwards, has more. It led to strikes and as an issue it
incensed bus drivers in London for years. At the moment different bus
companies can paid different rates of pay. The unions said it was
unfair. Is about the pay. We say equal pay. The mayor was taking the
first steps in introducing a minimum wage of ?23,000 per year. In future,
Transport for London will only accept contracts from bus companies
where they will provide a minimum salary level for their workforce.
Essentially we are stopping the race to the bottom and making sure that
all of our drivers have got a decent standard of living. At the moment,
pay for bus drivers can vary. The minimum can be ?17,000 per year, the
maximum 20 8000. The argument had been that different routes had
different requirements and commanded different wages. Some are busier
than others. Now from April, all new bus contract will have the minimum
starting wage of ?23,000. The unions say the ground -- the deal is
ground-breaking. This is a great example of what can happen when
unions are allowed to talk to employers and progressive
politicians. We can always work something out for the benefit of
everyone. It's a win, win situation for the passengers as well. Critics
say in the end of the taxpayer will subsidise these changes as costs are
passed on. City Hall bloke says the bus companies will bear it out. It
will mean the capital's bus drivers are treated fairly.
He's one of our best-loved musicians, and has worked with some
Jools Holland, who's never too far away from a piano, has been talking
to our entertainment correspondent, Brenda Emmanus about falling
in love with the instrument and his grandmother's influence.
Jools Holland plays an impressive duet with actor Hugh Laurie. For
decades he has been a champion of a broad range of music and music stars
through his long-running programme later. Now his own musical offering
to fans is an album celebrating his passion for the piano. When did you
first fall in love? Well, I think, and it's exactly the right way of
looking at it, you do fall in love, and it's the only way to learn
something by falling in love with it, and my grandmother had a piano
in front room. Remember she used to lift the lid and outside of the
piano was blackened and charred because of the war. But inside it
was nice. She used to play a little bit. Then my uncle played. I
thought, that's great. I've got to learn that. What is that? I've been
invited to meet Jools Holland at the conservator of music and dance in
south London. Dance is one of the things I really like. I like the
fact this record was made in Deptford and the fact they were all
here. I wanted to get their take on the piano music. Area this year, the
star played a surprise session at Saint Pancras International Stadium
-- station on a piano donated by Elton John. He wanted to get
different pianos in different places. Also some
There is a deep low storm Barbara affecting the op site of the
country. One or two showers around. It will be blustery. There will be
sunshine and that rain and strong wind arriving later on in the day.
Into the Christmas weekend, it's good for us. Mild by the time we
reach Christmas Day. good for us. Mild by the time we
reach Christmas Day. Hello there, there is wet and very
windy weather on the way in the run-up to Christmas. The worst of
the weather to the northern half of the UK. We have a strengthening jet
out of North America that is propgating across the Atlantic.
Rushing our way. Picking up low pressure, deepening them, tracking
them to the north-west of Scotland, hence the wind and rain. Tonight, we
have gale force winds in the north-west of Scotland. Wintry
showers here. There is still come rain to clear from the south-east.
It will go. The skies will clear. We get patchy fog in the south-east of
England. Chilly where skies clear, particularly in the countryside, not
far away from freezing. Further north we keep the showers going
through the night and into the morning for the rush-hour. The
threat of some icy roads, particularly on higher level routes
in Scotland. A lot of showers through the day on Thursday. Showers
to Northern Ireland also. In the morning, in particular, we will see
the showers moving over