30/12/2016 London News


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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News, I'm Alex Bushill.

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Southern rail passengers have been warned that services will be

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"severely disrupted" over the next few days because of a fresh strike

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by guards and an ongoing overtime ban by drivers.

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Members of the RMT union will walk out on New Year's

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Eve for three days.

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Our political correspondent, Karl Mercer, reports.

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Not strike one, not strike two, not even strike three,

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but strike day 28.

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For months, customers on Southern Trains have suffered.

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Even on days when there haven't been strikes,

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the service has been well below par, now they face going into

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the new year with more of the same.

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Over the next three days, the RMT union will be on strike.

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A week later, they'll be joined by drivers from the Aslef union

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in the long-running row over changes that would see drivers

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being responsible for shutting the train doors instead of guards.

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I'm not looking to take any credit or to get a victory,

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I'm just looking for common sense to help the travelling public

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to maintain a safe and secure railway and provide the train

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company with the benefits of enhanced customer

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service that they require.

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So on the eve of the new year, I make this challenge to them -

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sit down with us, let's work our way through it.

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Let's forget about the dogma and let's do this for the public.

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The company insists it will continue with its plans

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for driver-only operated trains.

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It too says it's willing to talk but, once again,

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the strike will go-ahead.

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Well, it has been a very, very frustrating number of months

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now and I'd like to apologise for the service we've been offering

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which of course has not been anything like good enough.

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We've continued with our plans.

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We are continuing to roll out our plans and we do intend to do that.

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We feel that our plans are very reasonable.

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They are all about the better service for our custumer

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and they're all about improved

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punctuality and more opportunity for our people to work

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with our customers on trains.

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So we think it's an entirely good thing that we're doing.

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We think the response of the trade unions has been unreasonable

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and disproportionate.

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The company is warning it will only run around half of services over

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the next three days.

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The following week it won't run any, if the drivers strike goes ahead.

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A new year perhaps, but the same old problems on Southern.

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Karl Mercer, BBC London News.

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Christmas may be over, but Londoners are being urged

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to do more to recycle.

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The capital currently only recycles around 30% of its rubbish -

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well below the national average.

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Sarah Harris reports from Ealing.

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After the festivities the clean-up begins across London,

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many councils will collect overflowing rubbish for the next

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three weeks, but with the less than sparkling record on recycling,

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households in the capital are being asked to make it

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a new year's resolution to do better.

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It's vital that we up the amount of recycling that we do.

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We're below the national average in London, 31%-33% around there,

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we need to up it significantly and it's in order to look

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after our planet, basically.

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The borough of Surrey Heath recycles more than double the average amount

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in London and with so much more waste created during the holidays,

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it's a chance to reduce the load on south-east landfill sites.

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But in Ealing, big improvements have been made just by making the system

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simpler with Londoners doing their bit to make

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the capital greener.

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Sarah Harris, BBC London News.

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Students at a school in north London have come up with an idea that

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could raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

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And all from - children's lunch money.

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The group, from Skinners Academy, in Stamford Hill, won a competition

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for young entrepreneurs.

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Now, their idea is being put into practice,

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as Caroline Davies discovered.

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Henrique was born with cystic hygroma and he needed a tracheostomy

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when he was two-and-a-half months.

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Henrique's parents didn't know if he would ever talk.

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Oh, that's so nice.

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But last month, after only a few hours of music therapy classes,

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he said his first word.

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He got so chuffed when he first realised that sound

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was coming out of his mouth.

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It was really emotional.

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He said, "water", "grandma" and "hello..

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So, we're very, very proud of him.

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Without fundrising, the charity that helps pay for these

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classes couldn't survive.

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And these students in Hackney have come up with a new way of raising

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more money for them.

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iRoundup is a system where pupils can round up every payment

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for their school lunch, so a small part can be

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donated towards a charity.

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We thought it would be easy to implement into the real world.

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Their idea won a competition for young entrepreneurs,

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run by a charity called Mosaic.

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Now, the company that runs school lunch payments, ParentPay,

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has taken on their idea.

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It's very rare that you hear a genuine new idea

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for the first time.

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We've already raised nearly ?10,000, just during this trial period.

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We've a full launch in 2017, we're expecting to raise

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between ?150,000-?200,000 in the first year.

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So, what do the students think about their idea of raising money

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for children like Henrique?

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We didn't think anything like that.

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Close to tears.

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Can you play the chimes?

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Oh, the big drum.

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Thanks to the students, small change can make a big difference.

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Caroline Davies, BBC London News.

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It's been another cold and foggy day, so let's have a check

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on the weather with Louise Lear.

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Good evening.

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Well, it's been a cold, dismal day, that fog not shifting.

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It's with us through the night, so much so we've got

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a yellow weather warning.

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Be aware, there could be some disruption.

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As we move into tomorrow, a cold start with temperatures

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hovering close to freezing but, hopefully, for our New Year's Eve

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day, as we go on through the day, a breeze will pick up and that

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will lift the fog into low, grey cloud, but it stays dry.

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Top temperatures of eight or nine degrees.

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So looking quiet for your New Year's Eve celebrations.

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That's it from me.

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We'll be back tomorrow morning on BBC One.

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Have a very good night.

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