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Businesses in London, who are reliant on EU workers,
are being told not to worry about Brexit because they claim
workers will stay here after the break-up.
Migration Watch carried out a survey which they say "proves"
migration can be reduced without damaging the economy.
But there are those who warn of our ageing society which needs
more workers from abroad to keep it going.
Alex Bushil has been examining the arguments and the survey.
This is Newham, one of the most diverse places
It's a community that has been shaped by mass immigration.
Well, now a campaign group Migration Watch UK,
says so many people from abroad have come to settle here and elsewhere
in London over the years that any end to mass immigration would have
What we know is that 335,000 more people immigrated to the UK
than left it last year and more than half of those
Migration Watch UK says this could be reduced
by as much as 100,000 without hurting the economy.
They also argue that growing the economy through immigration
Of course if you have more people here the economy's going to grow.
But if you look at GDP per head, that has remained pretty much
We really have to wean ourselves off cheap European,
At this Romanian restaurant up the road they're not for moving.
Irina has lived and worked here for six years.
In case we are going to need visa, we are going to apply for visa.
In case we need work permit, we will apply for work permits.
No, I am not going, I will be here, no matter what.
Alex has just arrived here from Transylvania and that's
TRANSLATION: I came because I want to work,
because I deserve that right, for that opportunity.
Others point to the report's assumption that all those EU
nationals working here will either choose or be allowed to stay
and there is also the problem of an ageing population.
The working ge population may shrink and certainly if migration
reduced substantially it could shrink significantly.
And that would mean either that people have to work longer,
later and later retirement ages or alternatively,
that the Government would have to start borrowing more
and the public finances would get worse.
So then this is a report about immigration that's contested
and contradicted, but then this is Brexit.
A woman in East London has been left fighting for her life tonight
after being stabbed in an apparently "motiveless attack" just
It happened near Castle Green Park, where the woman had
Even the police were taken aback by the ferocity of this
It happened on Monday evening at about 9.30pm and the
It happened on Monday evening at about 9.30pm and the victim,
a 29-year-old woman, got off a bus on the A 13
just across this park, evidently walked across and then
a few minutes later was found slumped just behind me
here with serious severe multiple stab injuries.
She had suffered injuries to her body and her head.
She was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical condition
This is a really brutal and horrific stabbing of a young lady coming home
from work on Monday night at about 9.40pm in this park.
The local Borough of Barking and Dagenham have increased
As you can see, a lot of police are here at the moment.
A lot of activity is ongoing to do with this investigation.
I would also say is thankfully these attacks are very, very rare.
Scenes of crime officers have been here all day
They've had the police dogs out, as well.
They are appealing for people living around here to jog their memories,
if they can remember anything from Monday evening.
They believe the community will hold the key to
Information on the suspect, we don't even know if it's a man
or a woman, but it was a brutal ferocious attempt that's left
The Government's Help to Buy Loan Scheme -
aimed at getting more people onto the housing ladder -
Although 100,000 people have been helped across England
since its launch several years ago, there's at least one London borough
where the total number of people helped is just two.
Our political editor, Tim Donovan, has been looking at the numbers.
The Government brought in help-to-buy back in 2013 making
available a loan of 20% to first-time buyers of newly built
It was then last year raised to up to 40% in London.
It cost ?402,000 and they got a loan of ?120,000 to
Originally we started looking at shared ownership but the fact
that we would have paid rent on the percentage of the property
that we didn't own would have meant that in the five years
that the Government help-to-buy loan is interest-free,
I think we would have actually wrapped up about ?20,000 worth
Not so lucky, not yet anyway, is Rachel.
She's 27 and is currently paying ?900 a month rent
She would be interested in help-to-buy but you have to find
Living in London, earning a wage that you can live on and trying
to save and trying to buy a property in London, it's just, yeah,
So I feel if something else was to come into play that would be
great but I am willing to try the help-to-buy loan
Now the BBC has analysed how help-to-buy has worked
Outside of London people made use of it to purchase
nearly 77,000 homes, just under a third
But in London there was a stark difference.
4,483 homes bought, that's just 11% of the total.
The problem for most people in London is that there's a cap
there's a cap of ?600,000, which in London doesn't buy
New-build properties that have been put forward in these schemes have
Even people if qualify for these loans and for this Government
assistance have found it difficult to find properties they can buy.
Well, the Department for Communities and local Government didn't address
the point about the limited impact in London, except saying
that the take-up had doubled since the loan had been
A spokesman said more than 100,000 people had benefitted across the UK
from help-to-buy and it was one of a number of different
After 300 years in the City, long, boozy lunches are now off the menu
It's because the insurance market has put a ban on staff drinking
Lloyd's says drinking accounts for over half of its disciplinaries.
Wednesday lunchtime and the Grapes pub, a popular pint
wanting a drink over lunch but this pub and others could soon see fewer
The boozy lunch was once a staple of City life where deals were done
and contacts made but Lloyd's said times are changing,
gone are the days of the lunchtime pint and it wants to
with other companies that already have similar policies.
The corporation's 800 employees have been banned
from drinking between 9 and 5, brokers or underwriters from other
firms based at the insurance market are unaffected.
In a memo to staff Lloyd's said more than half of grievance
and disciplinary cases over the last couple of years were
The culture now is certainly different to what it was then.
One City commentator told me the ban was symptomatic of a wider shift
You have to treat your employees like adults.
I think the days of nannying people, it's like being back at school.
I think most responsible employees will drink responsibly if they feel
Ultimately, when you are in the City sometimes you will have to go out
with a client and potentially have a drink at lunchtime.
You know what it's like when your mates put pressure
It doesn't take much of that for you to go over
the top at lunchtime, for that to affect your performance.
At the end of the day, you are there to do a job.
You are doing a job that's got detail in the financial sector,
clearly Lloyd's have decided that now's the time to say
Drinking at lunchtime has been part of tradition in Lloyd's and the City
I think so long as you are sensible, why not be able to continue it?
Productivity goes down in the afternoons if
So, I am not really a big drinker, I would be happy.
Lloyd's says a ban removes any ambiguity on what is acceptable.
If someone is found to have broken the rule, it will be down
to their manager to decide on the best course
That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's up
Feeling more mild than last week but not a great day.
A price to pay, yes all very February. I it wasn't much better
when the rain arrived. Shared misery any easier to bear, not really? A
weather front piling from the south-west across us all. There was
no escape. Late in the day thankfully a bit of brightness there
in Bromley. A fair amount of cloud overnight. Some of of it sitting low
on the hills. Not too cold a night. Rather grey start to the new day.
Here we go again? Well, not quite. I think we are going to see a bit of
sunshine. The cloud melts away and come the afternoon we are all in
with a shout of seeing a bit of sunshine. Not too much of a breeze.
Dare I say it? Yes, I will, it could almost feel like spring. Friday, a
bit more cloud around. With the absence of the sunshine we might be
back to around about 11 or so. That sort of theme will take us on into
the weekend. Wouldn't promise you two dry days but
the weekend. Wouldn't promise you two dry days but you never know,
here is Nick with the national picture.
Hello. We put that cold weekend well behind us now. Temperatures edging
upwards and our weather watchers are seeing plenty of signs of spring.
Spending more time looking down than looking up at the skies, we see
these early blooms. They are set to continue as we are set to stay mild
for several more