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Good evening -
I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.
Less than 24 hours after we revealed
the huge bill facing London councils
to improve fire safety for tenants -
today the Chancellor announced
£28 million for the authority hit
by the Grenfell tragedy.
He also promised money
for others to carry out
essential safety work.
But some Councils have told us
tonight - they don't believe
the Government as they've been
turned down for help before.
Our political correspondent
Karl Mercer reports.
They're fitting sprinklers
in all their flats in Croydon.
And they're starting to put
new fire doors in some
of the estates in Tower Hamlets.
Since the Grenfell Fire,
London's councils have started
spending more on safety
in their tower blocks,
hoping the Government
would fund some of the work.
Today, the council most
affected by the Fire,
was told it would get more money.
Today I can announce we will provide
Kensington and Chelsea
council with a further £28 million
for mental health counselling
services, regeneration support
for the surrounding areas
and to provide a new community space
for local residents.
I spent weeks speaking
to ministers and I'm absolutely
delighted that they've agreed
to give us £28 million today.
Yeah, it will help people
to come up together
and, you know, to meet each other
and deal with the problem
that is around, and stay together.
28 million they should have spent,
what they should have
done, not 28 million,
they should have spent money for the
Today, the Chancellor did promise
help for councils if they couldn't
afford essential fire safety work.
If any local authority cannot
access funding to pay for
essential fire safety work
they should contact us immediately.
The London Fire Brigade
says it thinks things
like sprinklers are essential.
I support retrofitting, clearly.
You know, for me,
where you can save one
life then it's worth doing.
This can't be optional.
But as BBC London revealed
yesterday, 15 councils
in the capital have asked for money
to the tune of nearly £400 million.
None have so far received any.
So what do those in Croydon
and Tower Hamlets make
of the Chancellor's words today?
Philip Hammond's not saying anything
new today than what his government's
previously said and we've already
approached the government on a
number of occasions, asked for the
money that we desperately need
here in Croydon to fit sprinklers
and been turned down.
It's promises of jam tomorrow.
We have over 130 blocks
over seven floors high.
If we wanted to put
sprinklers in them,
for example, we would need many
millions of pounds from the
Government and there's no
sign whatsoever of that.
The Government says it will not
allow what it called financial
constraints to get in the way of any
essential fire safety works.
Karl Mercer, BBC London News.
Let's get more from our political
editor Tim Donovan.
You have been speaking to ministers,
what has been the government's
reaction to this?
If any councils
got the impression that the
Chancellor was indicating there was
going to be more money available to
refurbish, help retrofit tower
blocks, that is not the case. The
Government's position has clearly
not changed, look very carefully,
the expectation is councils will
have to look to their own budgets to
put in this remedial safety work and
it will only be in the most
exceptional circumstances the
government will step in.
Where any council has approached us,
including London councils, and said
they can't afford it
themselves, we've said,
well, talk to us about
flexibilities you need,
the kind of support that we can
provide to make sure
the funding is there.
And that's vital,
because we will make sure
there won't be a single local
authority in the country that is
unable to do its work
because we will support it in making
sure that those fire safety measures
are all met in full.
There were quite a few key
announcements today's budget. In
your opinion Howard did they fare on
There wasn't much more money
available today for affordable
housing in week knew already, £2
billion announced at Tory party
conference, London will get a
significant share of that. Councils
Scott Moore borrowing powers, they
will be able to build more
affordable homes, they say not
enough. There was no mention of
policing, so nothing for the mayor,
who says he will not be able to keep
police numbers at 32,000, and he
wanted to see a scheme in terms of
air quality to compensate drivers,
persuade them to get rid of their
diesel vehicles. The Chancellor
didn't come up with that but he came
up with a national fund, £220
million, London will have to bid for
that money. The mayor wasn't that
I think this is probably the most
anti-London budget in a generation.
Housing opportunity missed.
Police not even mentioned
by the government.
Air quality getting worse
across the country, getting
worse in London without
the government's help.
Infrastructure, we're doing
what we can in London
but we need the government's
help as well.
Infrastructure, not really much of a
mention, no green light for
Crossrail command listen to the
Chancellor, his talk of
infrastructure today was about
putting stuff into the West Midlands
and Tyne & Wear, this new generation
of Metro mayors, the talk of
infrastructure today wasn't London
Thank you, Tim.
The police watchdog is investigating
after a 15-year-old boy was injured
while being stopped by Met officers.
Scotland Yard say they spotted
the boy after a woman said
she'd been robbed nearby.
But the teenager's mother has told
BBC London her son was not involved
in any theft and claims
he was the victim of both mistaken
identity and excessive force.
Well our Home Affairs correspondent
Nick Beake is here now -
What can you tell us about the
circumstances around this
15-year-old being stopped?
happened around 9pm last night in
Bermondsey and the Met police
confirmed they had stopped the
teenager cycling after a woman said
she had been stopped, robbed of her
phone by a boy on the bike. The
police watchdog the IPCC said a
15-year-old boy came off his bike,
to use their phrase, and suffered
facial injuries and was taken to
hospital. Today the mother of the
boy posted a photograph online, and
she says it shows he's got a broken
tooth and needed stitches after his
lip was split open. She told us to
not he wasn't involved in any
robbery, he was merely cycling home
to involve them avoid a curfew she
had set for him. This is what she
As he's pedalling fast,
obviously maybe to the police it
looks like he's running
away from something.
I don't know.
You know, he's told me the police
have basically come out of
nowhere, a police car
behind him and a police
car in front of him,
he's got to basically,
I think it's Morley's chicken shop,
the police guy has jumped out
of the car,
shoved him into the shop shutters,
and basically the rest is history.
His face was just
completely smashed up.
We put the allegations to Scotland
Yard tonight. They say they are
unable to comment because the IPCC
is now investigating. Clearly the
police watchdog want to look into
this as soon as possible. One thing
that might help them is the fact
that across London more than 20,000
front line police officers now where
body warned video cameras and
clearly any footage in a contentious
incident like this would be
extremely helpful in an
We will await details
on that but for now, thank you.
Transport for London is trying
to find out if drivers and customers
here have been impacted by a huge
data breach on Uber -
The minicab-hailing firm
is currently appealing
a decision to suspend
its licence in the capital.
Our Technology Correspondent Rory
For any company, a data breach
exposing the personal information
57 million users and drivers
would be bad enough.
It was what Uber did
next that really shocked
regulators and customers -
paying off the hackers and keeping
it all quiet for more than a year.
It happened when Uber was run
by its founder, Travis Kalanick,
who stepped down earlier this year
amid other controversies
about the company's behaviour.
The new boss Dara Khosrowshahi
apologised in a blog post, saying:
Customers are clearly
very concerned that their data
is not being protected sufficiently.
But there's only so much
you can do as a consumer.
We need to hold the
We know that this very serious
security failure affected
people around the world.
What we don't know is how many
British Uber users saw their data
put at risk by this breach.
Already, our data protection
regulator, the Information
Commissioner, has issued an angry
statement warning that
concealing a data breach can
lead to bigger fines.
Now this troubled company has
to try to regain the trust
of regulators and customers.
You start with a mea culpa -
OK, our culture doesn't work -
and a genuine and sincere
effort to reset.
Can they do it?
actually, if I'm honest.
But it is possible.
In London, as in many cities,
Uber has always been controversial
and is currently fighting a ban.
This new evidence of behaviour
its own boss admits was inexcusable
won't make that battle any easier.
That's it for now from me, but let's
find out what the weather's up
to with Susan Powell.
to with Susan Powell.
Good evening. It's going to be
turning much colder in the next few
days and most of tomorrow when it
should be relatively mild, they will
be lots of sunshine. Another windy
day, perhaps not as warm as today.
Outside at the moment some rain is
moving in from the west, nothing too
much at the moment but give it a
couple of hours or so and we will
see heavier downpours and into the
small hours of Thursday we could
hear the odd rumble of thunder. But
it looks like the rain will whisk
eastwards quickly leaving us with
relatively dry start to Thursday and
mild in towns and cities,
temperatures in double figures. A
few more showers chasing across
during the rush hour but lots of
sunshine through much of the day, a
few showers late in the afternoon,
but overall a lot of better weather
to come and stilts and decent
temperatures, highs of 13 or 14
degrees. -- stilts and decent
temperatures. Now over to Darren
Bett for the outlook over the coming