21/02/2017 London News


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Thousands of companies in the capital say they fear they'll

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be forced to close - as a result of planned increases

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in business rates to be introduced in April.

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London will be hardest hit - with some areas facing a rise

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Today, a coalition of businesses and local councils joined the Mayor

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in calling on the Government to rethink its plans.

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The Chancellor says he's 'listening' to concerns from businesses.

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Here's our Political editor, Tim Donovan.

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Leonard has fixed cars for 12 years here in Pakistan. Rapidly rising

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rents in the area have led the rateable value of his premises to go

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up from 16,000 to ?25,000. And that means that instead of ?7,000 per

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year he will now have to pay 11,000. All I do is repair cars and keep

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them on the road and there is no reason why I should be hit in such a

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way. We need help. What will happen if you do not get help? I

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will have to go and claim benefits and I am hoping the government has

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money to pay me and my workers. Will you be able to carry on? Know. If I

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was to leave the area and head towards Dagenham, I would lose my

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customers. They would lose me. That is what they are saying. They do not

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want me to go. There will be some transitional relief, temporary help

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in the first few years but the warnings of closure extend to

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players big and small. Everywhere from brick laying to Bond Street are

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facing tax hikes and it is pubs, restaurants, retailers, large

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storage down to corner business and it is a huge tax rise facing a lot

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of businesses and almost ?900 million extra that is going to be

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phased for London businesses coming up. Our members have told us that

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over the next five years the cost of doing business will

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mean they might have to shut up shop or move out of Central London but

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for many businesses the likelihood is they will refrain from investing

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or taking on more staff. Word learners businesses, Hackney, there

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has been the greatest increase in the rateable value of property, up

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46%, but Islington is not far behind and in Hammersmith and Fulham it has

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gone up by a third. Other areas are not so badly hit. In Hillingdon, it

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is up by 1% and in Merton it is 7%. Pressure is now growing on the

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government from MPs to provide more help in London and the government

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says its revaluation is making rates more fairly reflect the property

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market. 140,000 firms will benefit from a pot of money to ease the

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transition. And Marc Ashdown is central London

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this evening because it's not just That's right. It is all businesses.

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One of the Mayers first bits of business was to create a czar to

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boost the economy jobs and growth and we are told that the sector

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could be hit hard. 7000 businesses, ones which operate at night,

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businesses, mainly retailers and restaurants could see their rents go

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up by 50% in April. In this area, the West End, rates could go up to

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?240 million overnight. The Mayor has joined the voices urging the

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Chancellor for a rethink. We are saying to the government, think

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again. In the past when there have been increases in business rates

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made by the government, they have had a longer transitional period

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which gives time for a business to plan, put money aside, unless the

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government reconsiders, businesses are going to struggle. Don't forget,

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businesses in London are feeling pretty hard done by. They have lots

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of grapes, among them the rising costs of apprentices and pressures

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on rent, but we are told Phillip Hammond has been meeting with London

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MPs yesterday and we are told he is in a listening mood and it will be

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interesting to see how all of this feeds in and what he has to say in

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his forthcoming budget in two weeks' time. I do.

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Five people have been arrested after causing major disruption

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to rush hour traffic around Heathrow.

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Anti-expansion campaigners blocked a major approach road to the airport

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830 this morning, the main approach toddle to Heathrow Airport. A BBC

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reporter captures the moment campaigners unblock access to

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terminals two and three chaining themselves to their vehicle. What

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are you doing? Outside the tunnel, traffic was building. Delays,

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disruption for commuters and airport passengers. That tunnel was shut for

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more than two hours. I am on my way to catch my playing. It is

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desperate. What are you going to do? I don't know. Walk to the airport.

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It is not good but they have a right to protest. But not on my day. It is

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not the first protest against Heathrow expansion and it is

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unlikely to be the last. Rarely has there been a more divisive subject.

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One group says it wanted to highlight the impact of the proposed

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third runway and the impact it will have on climate change. Do you think

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this was the best way to go about it? Disrupting passengers? I

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sympathise with that. At the same time, we felt we did not have a

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choice. We are acting in solidarity with local people who stand to lose

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their homes, who face noise from the flight path in their houses and

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we're here to highlight the fact that globally we need to be really

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significantly reducing our carbon emissions. Although the government

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gave approval for a third runway at Heathrow as its preferred option to

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increase capacity back in October, that doesn't guarantee it is going

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to arrive any time soon. Public consultation into the decision is

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currently underway and the group responsible for the disruption today

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says they consider the process is there a submission to the

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consultation. One campaign group in support of the expansion have dubbed

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the actions of the protesters as counter-productive. They say the

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pros outweigh the cons. Most local residents support expansion and they

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do so because of the enormous benefits that will come to London

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including 5000 new apprenticeships which will practically eradicate

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youth unemployment. We are also talking about 77,000 new local jobs

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and ?61 billion which will be invested in the local area which

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will make a real difference to ordinary Londoners. Five protesters

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were arrested. The third runway may be a long way off but those against

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and say they will fight it all the way.

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Commuters face disruption tomorrow due to a 24-hour tube

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strike starting tonight. It means there will be

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limited services all day on two major tube lines -

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the Central and Waterloo City lines.

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The walkout by the members of the RMT union is over moving

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You can get regular travel updates tomorrow on our website and on BBC

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Radio London or on Twitter by following us.

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Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper has resigned from the club over

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An online bookmaker had offered odds of eight-to-one that he'd be shown

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eating a pie in the dugout during last night's FA

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Wayne Shaw eating a pasty, he says, seem like fun?

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Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper, improbably,

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but this bite settled a

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The company which sponsored Sutton's shirts had offered odds

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Speaking on the BBC at lunchtime, Wayne Shaw

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We're told that we're not allowed to gamble as in in, like,

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because it's full-time football, so, you know, I've no way put anyone

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This is definitely not the case here.

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This is just, you know, a bit of fun and obviously me being hungry.

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Part reserve keeper, Wayne Shaw was part groundsman, part

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He became a focal point of their joyous FA Cup

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The UK's Gambling Commission, concerned about novelty bets said...

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"Integrity in sport is not a joke and we've opened an investigation

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The Football Association equally unamused.

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"We're investigating to establish whether there's been any breach

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of the FA rules relating to betting", it said.

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In the light of all this, Sutton asked Shaw to resign, he did.

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The implications of it are wide reaching, we didn't realise it'd

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I think Wayne's made a bad error of judgment.

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The manager reckons 2,000 people bet and won on the pie being eaten.

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If any of them were on Sutton's staff, well they're in trouble.

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That's it from me, so I'll say goodnight.

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And I'll leave you with Wendy Hurrell for a check on the weather.

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The man's mother at the start of the week got out the blooms but we will

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slightly backtrack as they head to the end of this week. It is turning

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quite stormy towards the end of this week. Nothing too much to worry

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about at the moment out there. Plenty of cloud and that will keep

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things mild as we go through the night. We will have bits and pieces

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of rain in the cloud and a noticeable breeze but your ice do

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not deceive you. These are the overnight lows. We will do well to

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get those out of daytime temperatures. A mild start tomorrow.

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Plenty of cloud. You might need your brolly. Unnoticeable breeze but

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noticeably mild, temperatures have a chance to get to 13 or 14 degrees.

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This is the picture on Thursday. Breezy from the outset and then rain

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and the numbers will head up. It really is going to be a gusty enter

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the day, particularly up towards the evening rush hour. It calms

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the day, particularly up towards the evening rush hour. It calms down on

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the Outlook toward the end of the week and then milder again from the

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wheel them. More on storm Doris now with Matt Taylor.

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