15/02/2017 London News


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Businesses in London, who are reliant on EU workers,

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are being told not to worry about Brexit because they claim

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workers will stay here after the break-up.

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Migration Watch carried out a survey which they say "proves"

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migration can be reduced without damaging the economy.

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But there are those who warn of our ageing society which needs

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more workers from abroad to keep it going.

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Alex Bushil has been examining the arguments and the survey.

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This is Newham, one of the most diverse places

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It's a community that has been shaped by mass immigration.

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Well, now a campaign group Migration Watch UK,

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says so many people from abroad have come to settle here and elsewhere

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in London over the years that any end to mass immigration would have

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What we know is that 335,000 more people immigrated to the UK

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than left it last year and more than half of those

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Migration Watch UK says this could be reduced

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by as much as 100,000 without hurting the economy.

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They also argue that growing the economy through immigration

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Of course if you have more people here the economy's going to grow.

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But if you look at GDP per head, that has remained pretty much

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We really have to wean ourselves off cheap European,

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At this Romanian restaurant up the road they're not for moving.

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Irina has lived and worked here for six years.

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In case we are going to need visa, we are going to apply for visa.

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In case we need work permit, we will apply for work permits.

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No, I am not going, I will be here, no matter what.

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Alex has just arrived here from Transylvania and that's

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TRANSLATION: I came because I want to work,

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because I deserve that right, for that opportunity.

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Others point to the report's assumption that all those EU

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nationals working here will either choose or be allowed to stay

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and there is also the problem of an ageing population.

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The working ge population may shrink and certainly if migration

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reduced substantially it could shrink significantly.

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And that would mean either that people have to work longer,

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later and later retirement ages or alternatively,

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that the Government would have to start borrowing more

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and the public finances would get worse.

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So then this is a report about immigration that's contested

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and contradicted, but then this is Brexit.

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A woman in East London has been left fighting for her life tonight

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after being stabbed in an apparently "motiveless attack" just

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It happened near Castle Green Park, where the woman had

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Even the police were taken aback by the ferocity of this

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It happened on Monday evening at about 9.30pm and the

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It happened on Monday evening at about 9.30pm and the victim,

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a 29-year-old woman, got off a bus on the A 13

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just across this park, evidently walked across and then

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a few minutes later was found slumped just behind me

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here with serious severe multiple stab injuries.

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She had suffered injuries to her body and her head.

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She was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical condition

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This is a really brutal and horrific stabbing of a young lady coming home

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from work on Monday night at about 9.40pm in this park.

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The local Borough of Barking and Dagenham have increased

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As you can see, a lot of police are here at the moment.

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A lot of activity is ongoing to do with this investigation.

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I would also say is thankfully these attacks are very, very rare.

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Scenes of crime officers have been here all day

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They've had the police dogs out, as well.

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They are appealing for people living around here to jog their memories,

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if they can remember anything from Monday evening.

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They believe the community will hold the key to

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Information on the suspect, we don't even know if it's a man

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or a woman, but it was a brutal ferocious attempt that's left

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The Government's Help to Buy Loan Scheme -

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aimed at getting more people onto the housing ladder -

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Although 100,000 people have been helped across England

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since its launch several years ago, there's at least one London borough

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where the total number of people helped is just two.

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Our political editor, Tim Donovan, has been looking at the numbers.

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The Government brought in help-to-buy back in 2013 making

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available a loan of 20% to first-time buyers of newly built

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It was then last year raised to up to 40% in London.

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It cost ?402,000 and they got a loan of ?120,000 to

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Originally we started looking at shared ownership but the fact

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that we would have paid rent on the percentage of the property

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that we didn't own would have meant that in the five years

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that the Government help-to-buy loan is interest-free,

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I think we would have actually wrapped up about ?20,000 worth

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Not so lucky, not yet anyway, is Rachel.

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She's 27 and is currently paying ?900 a month rent

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She would be interested in help-to-buy but you have to find

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Living in London, earning a wage that you can live on and trying

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to save and trying to buy a property in London, it's just, yeah,

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So I feel if something else was to come into play that would be

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great but I am willing to try the help-to-buy loan

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Now the BBC has analysed how help-to-buy has worked

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Outside of London people made use of it to purchase

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nearly 77,000 homes, just under a third

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But in London there was a stark difference.

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4,483 homes bought, that's just 11% of the total.

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The problem for most people in London is that there's a cap

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there's a cap of ?600,000, which in London doesn't buy

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New-build properties that have been put forward in these schemes have

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Even people if qualify for these loans and for this Government

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assistance have found it difficult to find properties they can buy.

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Well, the Department for Communities and local Government didn't address

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the point about the limited impact in London, except saying

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that the take-up had doubled since the loan had been

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A spokesman said more than 100,000 people had benefitted across the UK

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from help-to-buy and it was one of a number of different

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After 300 years in the City, long, boozy lunches are now off the menu

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It's because the insurance market has put a ban on staff drinking

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Lloyd's says drinking accounts for over half of its disciplinaries.

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Wednesday lunchtime and the Grapes pub, a popular pint

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wanting a drink over lunch but this pub and others could soon see fewer

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The boozy lunch was once a staple of City life where deals were done

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and contacts made but Lloyd's said times are changing,

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gone are the days of the lunchtime pint and it wants to

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with other companies that already have similar policies.

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The corporation's 800 employees have been banned

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from drinking between 9 and 5, brokers or underwriters from other

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firms based at the insurance market are unaffected.

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In a memo to staff Lloyd's said more than half of grievance

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and disciplinary cases over the last couple of years were

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The culture now is certainly different to what it was then.

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One City commentator told me the ban was symptomatic of a wider shift

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You have to treat your employees like adults.

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I think the days of nannying people, it's like being back at school.

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I think most responsible employees will drink responsibly if they feel

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Ultimately, when you are in the City sometimes you will have to go out

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with a client and potentially have a drink at lunchtime.

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You know what it's like when your mates put pressure

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It doesn't take much of that for you to go over

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the top at lunchtime, for that to affect your performance.

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At the end of the day, you are there to do a job.

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You are doing a job that's got detail in the financial sector,

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clearly Lloyd's have decided that now's the time to say

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Drinking at lunchtime has been part of tradition in Lloyd's and the City

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I think so long as you are sensible, why not be able to continue it?

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Productivity goes down in the afternoons if

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So, I am not really a big drinker, I would be happy.

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Lloyd's says a ban removes any ambiguity on what is acceptable.

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If someone is found to have broken the rule, it will be down

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to their manager to decide on the best course

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's up

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Feeling more mild than last week but not a great day.

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A price to pay, yes all very February. I it wasn't much better

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when the rain arrived. Shared misery any easier to bear, not really? A

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weather front piling from the south-west across us all. There was

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no escape. Late in the day thankfully a bit of brightness there

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in Bromley. A fair amount of cloud overnight. Some of of it sitting low

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on the hills. Not too cold a night. Rather grey start to the new day.

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Here we go again? Well, not quite. I think we are going to see a bit of

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sunshine. The cloud melts away and come the afternoon we are all in

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with a shout of seeing a bit of sunshine. Not too much of a breeze.

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Dare I say it? Yes, I will, it could almost feel like spring. Friday, a

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bit more cloud around. With the absence of the sunshine we might be

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back to around about 11 or so. That sort of theme will take us on into

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the weekend. Wouldn't promise you two dry days but

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the weekend. Wouldn't promise you two dry days but you never know,

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here is Nick with the national picture.

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Hello. We put that cold weekend well behind us now. Temperatures edging

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upwards and our weather watchers are seeing plenty of signs of spring.

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Spending more time looking down than looking up at the skies, we see

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these early blooms. They are set to continue as we are set to stay mild

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for several more

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