16/05/2017 London News


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Here on BBC One it's time for the news where you are.

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As we've been hearing, the Labour Leader is promising

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to increase taxes on the rich and on businesses, investing

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The income tax proposals are likely to have a particular impact

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Labour are also proposing a financial transaction tax -

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or the so-called Robin Hood tax - which the London Mayor,

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Sadiq Khan, has previously described as "madness".

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So what was his view today of his party's tax plans?

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Here's our political editor Tim Donovan.

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A capital city, central to any country's economy,

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home to major wealth creators, already major payers of tax.

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Under Labour they would be paying more.

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In the Square Mile, 80k is not seen as much of a salary,

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So was there a willingness to hand more of it over?

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The company, corporation tax, that's fine but the individual person,

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I don't really think it's fair to be honest.

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I hate pay willing tax as much as the next person does,

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I hate getting my wage slip and looking at what has gone out

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on tax and you see your annualised statement and it is a lot of money

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but I'd happily pay more tax for the NHS, I really would.

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London will survive because London is strong

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Well income tax will go up to 45p for people earning more

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We estimate that'll affect at least 350,000 people here in the capital.

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For people earning more than ?123,000, the income tax rate

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Corporation tax would go up from 19p to 26p,

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and then there's a tax on every financial transaction,

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That will certainly have an impact on the City.

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In Croydon, the average income is ?35,000 a year,

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so what about people on well over twice this, paying more?

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There's a supposition that earning ?80,000 in London means that

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you are rich and if you've got kids and a mortgage to pay,

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I don't earn that, even if I did I would be happy to pay that.

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Society needs fixing and it has to be paid for.

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I think the returns will come in the long term.

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I wouldn't be happy if it was me, no, probably not.

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But you are thinking, it might not be.

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It probably won't affect me, not any time, soon.

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Rather than the masses struggling, it has to be the few that pays

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Some people think it'll take London particularly hard because more

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It will do, the concentration of the wealth.

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Campaigning in Croydon, the mayor said he hadn't read

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the manifesto and didn't know its final details.

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Do you absolutely clear, you, as the Mayor of London,

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back all these tax-raising measures, even if they do disproportionately

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What I did say was what I don't want is the Tory extreme hard Brexit...

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Do you not support all the tax-raising measures?

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I've given you the key details, 45p on incomes over ?80,000 and 50p

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You know there's nobody I trust more in the world

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I would say let me read the manifesto, it is not

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old-fashioned to want to see the manifesto before

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I will tell you this, it is clear speaking to business

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leaders and chief executives and wealth creators in London,

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the one thing they don't want is a Tory extreme hard Brexit.

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If there is he a Tory Government that's the one thing they get.

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So you don't support all the measures in

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Another pledge is housebuilding, Labour dump says it

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new homes with 50% of them being social housing.

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The right-to-buy your council property will be scrapped

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Our political correspondent Karl Mercer visited one

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of the cheapest places in the capital to buy.

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This may be one of the cheapest places in London to buy a house,

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rents here are also cheaper than in much of the capital

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but the housing problems here echos in every part of the city.

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It's the worse thing and it's in Barking.

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You can't buy a house, I ain't got the money to buy

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Who's got between ?350,000 and ?470,000 to have a two-bedroomed

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You are trying to get a council house?

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I'm currently bidding but I'm not getting anywhere.

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I'm in the hundreds, it'll probably be two years.

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Until then I've just got to do what I can do for me and my son.

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Once upon a time this area was a by-word for public housing.

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The Queen and I are satisfied that you retain an affectionate

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recollection of our previous visits to Barking for the opening

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The Becontree estate took 15 years to build,

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25,000 homes put here in the '20s and '30s by what was

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It still stands testament to an age of home building,

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a reminder of what can be done with public money and will.

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An old power station site which was built in 1925.

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Down the road is an idea of what a modern-day

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Then there is a mix of residential properties that

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This is Barking Riverside, one day there'll be nearly 11,000

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homes here but that'll take another 15 years.

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At the moment 600 a year are going on the site.

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The project is a joint one between developers and the mayo,r

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with transport links key to making it work.

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A new rail line will be put into the area by 2021.

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The transport link is underpinning this development and in many

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cases it underpins most large regeneration sites.

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It's about having connectivity in and out of an area.

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Julie lives next door to Barking Riverside.

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She owns her own home but like many in the area,

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she says she thinks it'll be difficult for her

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Young people have such little disposable income

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to save for the deposit and the deposit is so high

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and far out of their reach I think they almost give

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They don't - they try to save and don't see

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they are getting anywhere and they just have one

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thing that comes along and all their savings are gone.

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The two main parties are both proimsing a revolution

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Labour saying the 500,000 homes it has promised to build

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The Conservatives promising a new generation of social

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housing in the million homes they've promised.

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Now they've just got to convince people they'll actually deliver.

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I think the problem with political parties is, they promise

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you something but then they probably will never be able to fulfil it.

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I'm detecting your trust in the politicians is quite low?

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Our political editor Tim Donovan's here.

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You spoke to the Mayor, Sadiq Khan earlier, and he said

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he hadn't had a chance to read the manifesto?

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They're making very big promises about numbers. I suppose it's fair

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to say that people can glaze over numerically. Hard to tell the

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difference there. There are differences emerging. Labour would

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restore open ended tennancies. They'll be time limited under the

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Conservatives. They would suspend right to buy, obviously a signature

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Conservative housing policy. They say that the rental levels on their

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social or Housing Association homes will be lower than the affordable

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rents, which is the category introduced by the Conservatives.

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They say they'll introduce shared ownership, where people can, will

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have lower incomes will be eligible. We don't know the details of

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Conservative policy. They're due in the manifesto on Thursday. What do

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you think Londoners will make the Labour's tax plans? All the tax

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proposals taken together are fascinating. Income tax particularly

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shatters a consensus around keeping income tax broadly around the same

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and really reluctantly raising thresholds. Here you would have

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something that would affect 8% of the working population, to do

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something to this, to introduce this higher rate at ?80,000 a year. I

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suppose the question is whether people regard that as a wealthy,

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high salary in this day and age. Has the mayor read it yet? The truth is

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we don't know. We did ask earlier. We asked at the end of the after

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noorn and we were told he'd been in back-to-back meetings, solid in

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meetings. As we know he's a very busy man. I'm sure we'll find out

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soon enough. Tim, thanks very much. That's it for now from me,

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but let's find out what Hello. Good evening, well, there

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were warm colours in the sky on the warmest day of the year yet. But

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tomorrow, we have to prepare for something completely different and

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that is a lot of wet weather, t like of which we haven't seen for several

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weeks. There is rain at the moment. Another fairly, uncomfortable, warm

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and humid night, temperatures no lower than 15 degrees in London.

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First thing tomorrow, you might not see the rain to start with, at

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least. In fact, east and south-east of London, there will be decent

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spells of sunshine and perhaps temperatures in the mid-20s once

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again. That will invigorate the atmosphere. By the time the rain

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does get here, we will have heavy bursts and rumbles of thunder in

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time for the evening rush hour. We could have some very large puddles,

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some spray on the roads, disruption to transport. Keep up to date on BBC

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Radio London or Twitter. The rain clears away perhaps giving 20 to 40

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mm but a drier day on Thursday. There will be one or two showers

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around on Friday as well. All in all it will be fresher into the weekend.

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Hello. Some of us had a preview of summer today. I know there's been

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somedaytime warmth in recent weeks in the sun, but today's warmth had

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the humidity we're used to in summer. This is a weather watcher

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view. Both of these locations significant today for warmth and

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temperatures. Lossiemouth 22. 4 Celsius, that was Scotland's highest

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temperature of the year so far. 2 # at Gravesend in Kent. That -- 22 at

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Gravesend in Kent. Rain in the south-west though, Cardiff into the

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Midlands. That's now into south-east England. It expands its coverage

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elsewhere across England and Wales as the night goes on. Mild, muggy

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with the cloud. But it's already cooler and fresher in Scotland and

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Northern Ireland under clear skies. In Scotland, look

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