18/01/2017 London News


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There are claims tonight that changes to the way the Government

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allocates money to schools will severely affect the capital.

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London Councils says schools in the capital will be

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A report says a new funding formula would mean 70% of schools in London

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would face budget cuts. But the government insists that

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inner-city schools here will be allocated more money per pupil

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than the national average. With more details, here's our

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political editor Tim Donovan. In the heart of Hackney,

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Urswick Secondary School has been benefiting from funds

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which recognise extra needs Money that will now be lost,

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says the head here, if the Government reallocate

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resources under a new formula. He faces a choice - cut staff or go

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for bigger class sizes. Inner London has led the world

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in recent times in terms of student outcomes and in terms of busting

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that whole issue around deprivation. And we've done that because we've

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been given more money You don't remedy issues around

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poverty and deprivation without spending money,

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and that will be money that in How does the Government

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now want it to work? Well, broadly, by spending money

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more evenly across the country. But London Councils,

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which represents the capital's borough, says that will mean

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?20 million less to go round, affecting 1500

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of the capital's schools. Taken with the recent warning

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from the National Audit Office about other pressures such

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as funding not keeping up with inflation, and it'll add up

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to a shortfall of ?360 million 70% of London schools

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will have to find savings as a consequence of these proposals,

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so that's why we're calling on the Government to change,

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level up, make sure that no school loses out as a result of the

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national funding formula changes. The launch meeting last night

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of a new parents' campaign group in Muswell Hill in Haringey,

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except they weren't Word has spread quickly to other

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parts of London, too. It shows, claims one

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of the organisers, We are seeing the effects

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in the classroom, and I think this is what's really angering parents,

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is the Government is saying education is protected,

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education spending is protected, and we as parents are seeing

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the effect of the funding squeeze So there's a bit

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of a disparity there. But the Government insists

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the existing way of funding schools From now on it will be

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according to actual needs, But many parents, teachers

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and pupils in London may need The Mayor of London has one business

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leaders and politicians at the World Economic Forum that hard Brexit as

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outlined by the Prime Minister could rid Britain apart. Speaking in

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Davos, he talked about the importance of the single market.

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Asad Ahmad join me, a key speech for the mayor? He is meeting heads of

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banks who operate out of London, European prime ministers, the heads

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of global businesses and he said he will be discussing global investment

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opportunities in London with them. What is interesting is he has chosen

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this to be the time he has so publicly gone head-to-head with

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Prime Minister Theresa May. Theresa May yesterday said she wants a all

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hard Brexit. Sadiq Khan says it will be bad news for Europe as well as

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Britain, it could be a lose lose situation. As well as that, Mrs May

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said that Britain could not possibly remain in the European single

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market. However, Mr Khan said Britain must have privilege access

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to the single market as top priority. Any chance that Theresa

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May might just listen to Mr Khan and water down her expectations? No, but

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what Mr Khan expected that businesses in London and Europe

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might well galvanise, get together and put pressure on the British

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Government to water down the way they hope to leave the EU.

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This all comes on the same day that two banks concerned some stuff would

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move to Europe after Brexit? HSBC at UBS moving around 1000 staff from

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London to Europe, most of their staff will remain in London but it

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is significant because it is the first time it has happened, other

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banks might follow suit all move completely to Europe. Others say

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that this week Donald Trump, the president to be in America, has sent

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a clear signal that he supports Britain's exit from the EU and is

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willing to do a quick deal with Britain. They will welcome that and

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say it could bring in more jobs to London to replace jobs lost in the

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banking sector. Who knows what'll happen in the future? We have

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learned this year. Next, from east China to east London

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- the first freight train to travel directly to the UK from China

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and arrived in Barking this morning. It's taken a fortnight -

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but that's around half As Sarah Harris reports, it could be

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a huge boost London businesses. It had made its way through

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Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus. 34 containers packed

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with high street goods made in a city in eastern China,

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heading for Barking, east London. The first direct freight train

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service between China and the UK and something London business

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leaders have been fighting It brings goods in a much faster

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route than across the sea. It's slower still than air freight,

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but it's much cheaper than the air freight costs and it's a sign that

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China is expanding its networks, trading networks, beyond its borders

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in an effective way to connect China's market with

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the global economy. And it's the return journey back

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to China which will benefit The service is cheaper

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than air freight and faster There's a big demand

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in China at the moment, particularly for products like baby

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foods or mother and baby cosmetics. Or actually anything

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with a Royal warrant on. But the cost of exporting it by air

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can make the prices of these Here in Finchley, boxes

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are being packed ready to make It's a market many industry insiders

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as say is relatively untapped. Leaving the single market makes it

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even more lucrative. If you go out to China,

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you see the cities are flooded with things like Spanish wines

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and French cheeses, but yet there is a real lack

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of British products, This train route, I think,

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is just one step forward between British-China relationships

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and certainly in terms of trade. With Brexit coming up,

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companies like us are actually quite excited about the possibilities

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of more trade agreements The Silk Road trading routes

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to the west were created more than 2,000 years ago,

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but it is hoped the renewal will lead to an increase in trade

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between east London and east China They can capture amazing footage

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from a bird's eye view, but there have also been concerns

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over the potential dangers of flying Well, now drones are being used

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in one part of London to survey buildings and repairs -

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instead of using scaffolding. A whirr outside the window,

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a drone hovering over your home. This is how council housing repairs

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will be carried out in Hammersmith and Fulham from now on,

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spotting potential problems with no The drone is obviously more

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flexible, you can reach different heights a lot easier and it's

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actually safer because we keep everyone on the ground and we're

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just putting the drone up there and we control the area under

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the drone and round it. The council says without

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a drone, inspections can We would have to put scaffolding up

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just to go up and send somebody to inspect,

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which then could come back down again and then go back up again

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when we do get to do the repair, And it's not just

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for routine repairs. After this devastating tower block

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blaze in Shepherd's Bush last year, a drone was used to get a closer

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look at the damage. Now, this isn't the first time

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the council has used drones. In the past there have been concerns

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about whether they could be used Privacy campaigners say it's vital

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that councils explain Hammersmith and Fulham Council says

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it has written to all the residents here and it's had to stick to strict

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rules, seeking permission from the Civil Aviation Authority,

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using an experienced pilot and, because it's flying so close

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to buildings, making sure it's The council hopes to save around

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?150,000 next year, so this new technology could become a much

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more familiar sight. That's it from me, so I'll

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say goodnight and leave you with Chris Fawkes for a look

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at the weather. We had some sparkling sunshine to

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start the day, you can see that here in Canary Wharf. Thanks to our

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Weather Watcher Hedgehog for sending that picture. With those clear skies

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you can see that on the satellite picture, upstream patches of crowd

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are working in. As we go through the next 24 hours there will be a bit

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more close working in. Overnight, clear skies for the most part,

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temperatures will fall away. There will be a widespread frost, the list

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and butchers probably in Hampshire, getting to about -4, but into

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tomorrow, although a lot of dry weather is on the forecast, plenty

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of sunshine to look forward to that I do not think it will be gin clear

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skies, there will be cloud from the East at times but they will not do

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too much and it will not spoil the sunshine too much.

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A chilly breeze is coming up the Thames estuaries.

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High pressure stays in charge of the next few days, no great changes over

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the next few next few days, no great changes over

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the next few days, more sunshine on the way.

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Despite high-pressure sitting across the country so only slow changes in

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the weather, we have had a variety of different weathers, for example

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this beautiful sunset in Southampton which was shared by a Weather

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Watcher, but grey and misty in Derby thanks to an awful lot of cloud

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around and very little deviation by day or night from the rather grey

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routine. That is because we have a weather

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front, albeit very weak and very little wind to move the cloud and

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the mist on. Those areas furthest from the weather front to the south,

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we will see frosty weather under clear skies and to the north and

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east, but for most of us the code acts like a blanket, stopping

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temperatures from falling down so relatively mild. Under the clear

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skies it is another harsh frost. There is fog around and the cold air

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is never too far away,

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