19/07/2017 London News


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So as you may have heard, a meeting is taking place tonight

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at Kensington and Chelsea Council - with survivors from Grenfell Tower -

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voicing their anger at the way the tragedy has been handled.

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So Elizabeth Campbell, the Council Leader, has

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once again responded, with the words,

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But tonight, she also added a promise for more social housing.

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There were plenty of protests outside.

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The first full meeting of Kensington and Chelsea's council

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since the Grenfell fire saw and heard the anger of a community

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that feels betrayed, and from survivors of the fire

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TRANSLATION: Does anybody remember this key?

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It is the key of my home in Grenfell Tower.

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I used to open the door with this key.

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This has got lots of memories for me.

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Behind these memories, hundreds of people have

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Every time I look at this key, I wonder and I ask,

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what is the difference between us human beings?

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The family of the deceased are being treated like rubbish.

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If we are not being treated properly, how can we have faith that

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If you cannot have respect for the dead, how can we have faith that you

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If you cannot have respect for the dead, how can we have

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faith that you will deal with the survivors the way they deserve?

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The people must choose you and they have not chosen you.

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Survivors and local people were allowed to speak but only

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after the new leader of the council was elected.

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Bringing the commissioners before it gets

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Would all those in favour of Elizabeth Campbell please show?

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Tonight, I would like to ask if I can speak directly

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to the victims, survivors and community groups of

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That we did not do more to help you when you needed it the most.

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She promised to build or buy 400 new social homes

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And promised a new culture at the council with local

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Promises she will be held to in the coming weeks and months.

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Just to let you know that meeting is still ongoing. Some other news now.

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A pioneering way of helping people with dementia

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is being tried in parts of London and the Home Counties -

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and its success could see it rolled out to the rest of the country.

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It uses technology to monitor sufferers and send help when needed.

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Tolu Adeoye has been to south west London to see how it works.

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Inside John and Marion Edwards' home, more than a dozen devices

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designed to monitor John's health and activity around the clock.

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He was diagnosed with dementia just over two years ago.

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If I do fall over, this will send a signal to the monitoring centre

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to note that I have fallen over and they will send somebody

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It's all part of the clinical trial designed to improve the lives

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of people living with dementia and their carers.

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All the information gathered can be remotely monitored

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and if the technology identifies a health or safety concern, doctors

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The couple say it has transformed their lives.

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I feel a lot safer for John and myself as well because I know

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there is somebody that the whole time who are looking out for us.

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She goes to choir practice twice a week.

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She can go out and know somebody is looking after me

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And this is where all the information is monitored.

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The Surrey And Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Based on the data we get here, we decide if the person is stable

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or not, do they need to see their doctors,

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The trial is proving promising so far and the hope

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is that it will eventually be rolled out nationally.

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I think the fact we are able to connect through these devices

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and look at the information together, it is ground-breaking.

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Today is the Edwards' 48 wedding anniversary.

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Marion says the trial has helped John to become more

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You're a glass half empty person, I tend to be

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But this is helping you to go the other way.

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Students in London, are more likely to drop out of university

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One in ten have been found not to complete their course.

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And a disproportionately high number of them.

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A third are from poorer backgrounds or from ethnic minorities.

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Toby Walker dropped out of an English degree when he decided it

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wouldn't lead to the career he wanted.

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It took me until my second year to work out that I really wanted to

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leave it because it was so much money.

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He says there wasn't much guidance on choosing a course,

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high housing and tuition costs mean he lives with his mum in Greenwich.

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He says students are under huge pressure.

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Universities, I feel, are treating us as the product which

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our parents are buying and if we don't succeed

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bought for us, then we are failing and because we are the thing that

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they are paying for, we feel like failures.

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In fact, new research shows one in ten London students

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We know that costs of living in London are

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quite high and we also know that quite a high proportion of students

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in London commute from home, so that may mean they have less time to do

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their studies, it might mean also that they are less engaged

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Researchers say some universities, such as here at UCL,

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are doing much better than others.

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But they found overall London's students tended to be less satisfied

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with their courses and that black students are a third more

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The reality is we may be getting through the door,

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but we are definitely not staying there.

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We are having to take on more more like part-time paid work,

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students aren't able to enjoy university,

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they do not have a sense of affiliations to university

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Plenty of work, of course, has gone into encouraging more

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You may remember Tony Blair had a target of 50%.

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But researchers say there's little point in continuing to push students

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to sign up if they then drop out.

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The focus, they say, now needs to change.

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Their report recommends new government targets.

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This time to reduce the dropout rate among black students.

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It says the mayor could use his new skills task force

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to look at how to help and it calls on universities and schools to do

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more to prepare students for what lies ahead.

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London boasts some of the top universities in the world, the

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challenge now to encourage students not just to sign up,

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The chance to rent in prime London locations, is drawing companies

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to places they never thought they'd be able to afford.

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Around 20 are being rented as either office space,

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coffee shops and even mobile repair shops.

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One of them - is in one of the most expensive areas of London -

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I guess it is funny that the mobile phone has paid the phone box

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obsolete so we are bringing it back into public service. I guess we are

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making the next revolution, the next form of life for these phone boxes.

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They will make one into a flat next! You can keep across all tonight's

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developments at Kensington and Chelsea Council

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on BBC Radio London or our website. We'll be back on BBC One

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and the News Channel But now, let's get the weather

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forecast from Stav. Yes indeed. We will see clouds

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coming from the south. No lower than 16 or 17 degrees in the capital. It

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looks like we will have a muggy start and early showers. Things will

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brighten up as we head into the afternoon. It starts off muggy.

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Light winds. The odd heavy shower. Temperatures reaching 22 degrees as

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the sunshine emerges into the afternoon and wins switching to a

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westerly direction, turning fresher. This area of low pressure will bring

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unsettled conditions too much of the UK as we head into Friday and on the

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weekend. Wins coming up from the south, good sunny spells around and

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temperatures around 23 degrees. It is still feeling quite fresh. Then

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into the weekend, it stays pretty showery. Temperatures around the low

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20s. showery. Temperatures around the low

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20s. Hello, good evening. After a

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turbulent couple of days, the weather is slowly but surely

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beginning to calm down. We should not see too many more scenes like

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this, an impressive thunderstorm which affected Reigate. During the

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day the focus for showers and storms shifted further west and north.

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Those showers are a drifting across north-east England and southern

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Scotland. Some of these showers gave a lot of rain

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