08/03/2017 London News


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So the Chancellor's big announcement as far as we're concerned,

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was for London to have more devolved power.

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But on analysing the details it seems there's not that much

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Yes, Local Authorities will start to keep their business rates,

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but when it comes to funding police and projects like

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Our political editor Tim Donovan can explain more about it.

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He is in Westminster for us tonight. Anyone expecting a sudden transfer

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of responsibility to the mayor or to the boroughs or anyone expecting

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grand projects would have been disappointed. Having said that it's

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clear a sizeable chunk of the extra money made available will go to

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London councils and councils in the home Counties to help them deal with

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this acute issue of caring for the elderly and providing help for

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people with complex needs. It's also clear that a sizeable amount of this

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hardship fund dealing with business rates for businesses in the capital

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will have a disproportionate impact in the capital because it is in the

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capital where we have seen thousands of businesses affected by sudden big

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rises because this is where rents have risen so high. Carl Mercer now

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reports. There is one further area

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in which I can announce action The Communities Secretary and I have

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listened to the concerns raised The revaluation has undoubtedly

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raised some hard cases. While the Chancellor

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was on his feet in the Commons, Hackney's Brewers were on theirs

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on the bottling line. Two small firms, like hundreds

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across London, who are facing big You go from the right,

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four in, that's my grandad. Bob Cooke was born in the flat

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above his Hackney pie and mash shop. At 69, he is still

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making 700 pies a day. But, from April, his business rates

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are set to go up nearly ?2,000. I said to my wife, it's

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a terrible thing, I don't know We will probably pay it, but it's

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sucking the life out of us, really. Just around the corner, it's

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a similar story at this brewery. Four years old tomorrow, they, too,

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will see their rates go up. In Hackney itself,

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the average is 46% rate hike. And these are all people that make

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up our local community. They are neighbours,

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they are our friends, Today, the Chancellor announced

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a little help for London. ?72 million will come to London's

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councils to help businesses hardest My first impressions

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are it's not enough. I've been speaking to small

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businesses across London over the last few weeks and months,

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including those who represent The Chancellor appears to have

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listened a bit but his announcement My worry is that small

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businesses in London, who worked their socks off,

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may go under. London will remain as one of only

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two cities in the UK where business The majority of cities, actually,

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business rates will go down. What we see is in the most

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successful cities, London and Reading, actually,

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business rates will go up. What that means for businesses

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in London, particularly large businesses, is they are the ones

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that will bear the brunt Details of the scheme to help

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firms affected will be The devolution deal announced by the

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Chancellor could be one for the purists, there was a suggestion in

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there that councils could be able to raise money from developers on land

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they hold on to to pay for infrastructure projects, a taskforce

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looking at that. There is a suggestion there's going to be a

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devolution of health powers, an announcement that be to do with

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property and land and housing and then a suggestion some criminal

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justice powers, maybe over youth offending or the probation service,

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could be more of a role for the boroughs and the mayor there. The

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mayor said he was the half-full kind of mayor and this was a step in the

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right direction. Analysts said hang on, all looks a bit wooly. The

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Minister for London was positive. I think we got a lot of concrete

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things in this budget. We heard extra funding for social

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care, it's a huge issue in London. We had extra help from

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the Chancellor on top of the existing transitional relief

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for our small businesses and for our We had extra funding for new schools

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and extra money for maintenance We also had this important step

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forward on devolution. So I think there's a lot in here

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that Londoners should welcome. An overall verdict, maybe pending,

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to be confirmed because we have to see what proportion, what amount in

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this national pot is going to come to local authorities. There is a

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suggestion from some that the Government is focussing on its mid

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engine, that's where the Chancellor will be from tomorrow morning,

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perhaps the emphasis has moved away from London. Certainly on devolution

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the talk is of a taskforces and of future announcements but not really

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much there about London being able to react to its problems and issues

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and raising money to deal with them. Thank you.

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In other news, the Crown Prosecution Service says it'll

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review its decision not to prosecute a far-right activist

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for a speech he made at the Cenotaph in Westminster.

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Jeremy Bedford-Turner has links to Nazi symphathisers and was filmed

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making a speech to supporters two years ago.

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The CPS decided not to prosecute him for alleged anti-Semitism but that

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decision was challenged by the Campaign

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An Independent Police Complaints Commission Commissioner has stepped

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down from her duties while police investigate criminal allegations.

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Jennifer Izekor was in charge of the inquiry into three Met police

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The case collapsed and all were all cleared last July.

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Police Scotland has confirmed they're looking at two criminal

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The IPCC says Ms Izekor's suspension does not indicate any concern

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Children as young as 13 bought knives in London when teenager

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volunteers were used to test if shops were complying

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In the undercover operation Police and Trading Standards found more

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than one in ten stores breaking the law by selling

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The tests were carried out as part of the Metropolitan Police's

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Operation Sceptre initiative aimed at reducing knife crime.

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The construction industry is thought to be responsible for more air

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pollution than you might think, especially when it comes

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Generators and inefficient vehicles are being blamed but now

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alternatives are being sourced as Jim Wheble has been finding out.

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The careful dismantling of Ford's stamping plant at Dagenham.

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But amidst the mess is a quiet, clean revolution in construction.

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This is one of our normal diesel generators that's running

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And this is one of our hybrid generators, which,

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when it is running, is completely silent.

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Before the hybrids, only diesel generators would have supplied

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the electricity to this type of site.

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And considering just clearing all this lot will take 2.5 years,

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that's a great deal less diesel being consumed.

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We've been using our hybrids here for one month and we've already

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saved over 3000 litres of diesel we haven't had to use to power

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And that's probably about ten tonnes of carbon that we've

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saved from being emitted into the atmosphere.

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It's estimated that up to 7% of London's and nitrogen oxides

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It's estimated that up to 7% of London's nitrogen oxides

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Because since the VW omissions scandal, there is now doubt

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What we're doing now with the project is figuring out

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on the sites and we're doing something called PEMS, portable

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emissions measurement systems, and we're taking total emissions

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measurements from those engines to see how they perform in

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In 2015, City Hall did ban the use of older types of polluting

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But they are pushing for more broader powers.

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So, what we'd like is the powers akin to what we're using for the low

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emission zone, so the ability to enforce emissions

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standards across London, like we do with vehicles,

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but to do it for construction machinery, machinery used

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In the shadow of the ultimate symbol of green energy.

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Powering demolition this way might be the stuff of Mad Max movies,

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but it's hoped the dawn of a cleaner age in construction

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Transport for London has scrapped its standing-only escalators scheme

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The convention is for customers to stand on the right allowing

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But a six-month trial at Holborn station where all passengers stood

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saw peak-time congestion reduced by 30%.

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Nevertheless, TfL says it won't be rolling out the scheme.

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A look at the weather now with Louise. A nice day as far as

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temperatures go, but not sunny. It was messy really. That's the

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word! Really messy. Mild, yes, 15 at

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Heathrow but a lot of cloud and drizzly rain and showers.

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Tomorrow is going to be better, sunny spells and very mild for all

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of us. Through the night we keep that cloud, thick enough still for

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the odd spot of drizzly rain, particularly down to the south of

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the Thames. That will ease during the early hours of the morning. It's

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going to be a mild night after that mild day. The difference with

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tomorrow is the cloud should break up and we will get a little more

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sunshine. It's going to be a promising day, more sun means that

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temperatures will peak at around 14-15. One or two might see highs of

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around 16. Let's look at the general outlook, staying mild and Nick has

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the bigger picture across outlook, staying mild and Nick has

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the bigger picture across the UK. Hello. Spring is in the air with

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temperatures reaching 14 or 15 in a few spots today as they will again

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over the next few days. Very pleasant in the sun. The daffodils

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were loving that in York. More places under blue sky tomorrow and

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dry. Tonight heavy showers moving across Scotland on strong to gale

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force winds, some may clip Northern Ireland. It's a mild night in

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southern England and South Wales but damp and

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