09/03/2017 London News


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Research by the BBC has found that people on housing benefit

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are being refused access to rental properties in London.

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One lettings website found that more than 99% of rentals in the capital

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are not available to people receiving housing benefit.

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In fact, landlords were four times more likely to

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Competition for rental properties and rooms in London is fierce.

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Potential tenants can search on websites for the best fit,

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but there's one way to almost guaranteed they won't get called

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A BBC investigation has found most adverts exclude tenants who declare

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Danny is one of those who has struggled to find

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He only secured this one with the help of a homeless charity.

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As soon as you mention that you have to begin on housing benefit,

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or DSS as they sort of call it, you just get no, straightaway.

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The BBC spoke to one woman, who told us she didn't

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disclose her status to stand a better chance of getting a place.

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Of over 5500 properties open for rent in London,

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just 43 were open to housing benefit claimants.

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Almost four times that amount were happy to accept people with pets.

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The National Landlords Association says their members have no choice

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and must protect themselves against the risks posed if people

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Housing benefit levels have not kept up with rent levels.

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That means any tenant who relies on housing benefit levels is looking

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at potentially a shortfall which they will have to fill

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The chances are, there's less of those available.

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Landlords don't want to let to a tenant who they know is more

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There are nearly 800,000 housing benefit claimants in London.

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Sparerooms.co.uk says it is one of the only sites who gives people

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the tools to quickly find properties that are available

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The charity Shelter has called for more to be done

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It says the responsibility lies at the government's door.

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Landlords need reassurance that the housing benefit scheme

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is going to work for them and for tenants and that does mean

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the government has to stop cutting housing benefit.

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But landlords do need to make sure they are looking at tenants

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on a case-by-case basis, because some people

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They may be working and have a top up.

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The government says under universal credit, housing costs are paid

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directly to claimants, not landlords, guarding

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What makes "no DSS" different from when they said "no dogs,

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For now, landlords in England are legally able to say no

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He's fallen into rent arrears and faces the uphill battle

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of finding a property all over again.

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Surrey County Council claims that a company has carried out

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unauthorised drilling on green belt land.

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Angus Energy has drilled a new side well at an existing

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The council says it's "deeply disappointed"

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Angus Energy, which announced last week that new reserves of oil

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were found at the site, denies the claims.

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Convoys of trucks carrying heavy equipment for the Brockham oil site

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Some activists didn't give them a warm welcome.

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An activist filmed this allegedly when they company had no permission

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Angus Energy said this was maintenance, called a work over.

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The council granted permission and sent officials

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They were assured it was repair work.

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It now appears that another well was being drilled.

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The council now says this was unauthorised and they only

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found out last week, when it appeared on the internet.

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They say the company then admitted to drilling a new sidetrack well.

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A council spokesman said they had been misled.

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We met one local councillor, who has been trying for months

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to find out exactly what's been going on at the site.

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It removes from me all faith in the way these companies operate.

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If we don't know what they are doing or how they are going about it,

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how can we measure whether it is done properly?

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However, Surrey County Council says this meeting has yet to take place.

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Most of those we spoke to in Brockham were relaxed

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We asked some people at a lunchtime pilates class what they thought now.

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I think it is being monitored quite well.

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If anyone has concerns, they could ask questions.

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Everyone has to abide by planning rules, certainly

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The potential oil in the Weald Basin could be vital to the UK's

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However, the conduct of one of the companies drilling has been

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Staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital have been praised

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for reacting quickly, after a couple tried

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The couple claimed their premature baby had been transferred

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But when checks showed this was not the case, police were called.

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The pair were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to abduct a child

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The capital's first Low Emission Bus Zone has been launched,

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meaning only cleaner buses can run on certain polluted roads.

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The Mayor says he needs more help from central government to clean up

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As part of our series Toxic London, our environment correspondent

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The mayor has made tackling pollution one of its priorities.

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Now only the cleanest buses will run here on the polluted

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11 more low emission bus zones will follow by 2020.

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It is hoped they will reduce pollution on those routes by 80%.

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Won't it just move the dirty buses elsewhere?

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No, what we're doing is phasing out the diesel in buses across London.

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From next year we'll only be buying either hybrid or zero emission

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We've started addressing those parts of London which have the worst air,

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which is why Putney goes first, the first-ever low

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We'll do the other parts of London, once we've brought

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Across London, when it comes to pollution, the mood is changing.

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This woman and her children have to endure busy toxic

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I really welcome Sadiq Khan's proposals.

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I think he wants to do something about it.

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I think he needs to do things quickly, much more quickly,

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and he needs support from central government as well.

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In the Home Counties and the suburbs, people

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This is the beautiful village of Sonning in Berkshire,

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where the Prime Minister Theresa May lives.

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Even here traffic and pollution is a concern.

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Sean Harris lives here and as it's one of the main routes into Reading,

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I can be stuck in traffic for half an hour and I can see my house

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What about air pollution, does that worry you, here?

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I would imagine the amount of car engine spewing out

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as they are going over that bridge would be quite bad.

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This week, we saw the human cost of pollution in the asthma ward

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of the Brompton and Harefield Hospital.

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For children here, lung growth is being affected by pollution.

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The mayor has plans for other schemes but he says he needs help.

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I'm saying to the government it can't be right that

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you are introducing a national diesel scrappage fund,

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it can't be right you are not talking about clean air act

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I'm doing all I can, but you've got to do much, much more.

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Tackling pollution is a huge challenge.

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The question now is what all levels of government will do to find

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Let's find out what the weather's up to with Stav Danaos.

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Has spring arrives? It was glorious today. We saw 17

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Celsius in London. There was a cool breeze around but still, 17 Celsius

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with some sunshine is pretty lovely. This evening and overnight it will

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turn a bit cloudier. Temperatures will fall a little bit. The baggage

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of cloud stopping them from falling below around 6-7. Tomorrow, quite a

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lot of cloud. It should stay dry for the most part. Early in the morning,

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a bit of mist around, a bit of hazy brightness. Towards the afternoon,

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thick cloud pushing for the West. That will affect our temperatures,

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not quite as warm, with a high of 13 Althea. High pressure is dominating

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the south-east's weather as we had through the week. Saturday starts

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off fairly cloudy, a bit of mist around. Holes will break through the

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cloud and we'll have sunshine. We could see temperatures higher than

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15, maybe 16-17. Saturday a fine day. On Sunday, cloudier, maybe

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spots of rain. Good evening, in the spring sunshine

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we saw temperatures as high as 17.5 Celsius. Not as warm or Sonning on

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Friday. Still a lot of dry, settled weather in the forecast for the next

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few days. This was the sunset captured by one of our Weather

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Watchers. Clear skies there. We have had increasing amounts of cloud

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moving in from the West. Through the remainder of tonight we will

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continue to

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