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Now on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
I'm Chris Rogers.
First tonight - claims London is set
to see the biggest increase
in secondary school pupils
than anywhere else in the country.
That's according to a new report -
which says, we'll need to find
places for 76,000 extra
students by 2020.
That would mean building
73 new schools.
Other options suggested to meet
the growing demand for places
is to use leisure centres
and former council buildings.
Here's our Education
Reporter, Marc Ashdown.
Just imagine schools
in leisure centres,
disused council buildings,
or even off-the-peg
Just a few of the possibilities,
as London strains under
a secondary population boom.
TEACHER SPEAKING IN FRENCH.
This report lays bare the challenge
facing every borough to provide
enough school places.
And Barking and Dagenham
is at the epicentre.
In this borough alone
in the next two years,
they are going to have nearly 6000
more secondary aged pupils,
that's a 40% increase.
In effect, they'll need
six brand-new schools.
It requires some creative thinking.
Yes, you do, why not?!
Here, the headteacher doesn't
always serve dinner,
but they have had to box clever
to cope with rising pupil numbers.
A lot of it is about unstructured
time, break times and lunchtimes.
You know, your playground
is your playground.
If you add another 200,
300 students onto the playground,
you face real difficulties.
You can't cram all your Key Stage 3
kids into a single playground.
So we've had to look
creatively about the space.
Scape Group analyse the Government's
data to identify where
school places are needed.
They're experts in design
and recommend some radical ways
of putting schools at the very heart
of future community planning.
It's really key that we don't work
in silos and that education
buildings can be delivered alongside
health and leisure, retail.
At the same time, thinking about how
we can join up with the industry
to deliver solutions.
Off-site technology is at its best
value for money when we buy in bulk
and we buy en masse,
so being able to procure things
together, to design buildings
together, not only benefits
the master planning,
but also delivers things
faster and often cheaper.
TEACHER SPEAKS IN FRENCH.
That they also want the councils
and the Government speaking the same
language, working together.
Too often good ideas on both sides
are lost in translation.
We need to work with all sorts
of schools and the DfE to make sure
that we've got the schools
being built in the right places.
I mean, some boroughs unfortunately
in the past have been forced to have
new free schools where there hasn't
been the demand, which has
undermined local existing schools
and that's a very bad thing.
The Department for Education says
it's created 235,000 school places
in London since 2011 and has
committed a further half a billion
pounds to help create more,
but it's a huge challenge and every
bit of space now counts.
Mark Ashdown, BBC London News.
For the first time, London's rough
sleepers will be offered emergency
shelter as soon as the temperature
drops below freezing in the evening.
Previously, many shelters only
opened after three consecutive
nights of sub-zero temperatures.
It comes as the Mayor of London
forms a new alliance with homeless
charities, as Ayshea Buksh explains.
As temperatures fall,
sleeping on the streets
in London gets harder.
In the past, local authorities
would open up emergency
shelters after three nights
of sub-zero temperatures.
Hello, nice to meet you.
Now, Mayor Sadiq Khan has said help
for the capital's 8000 or so rough
sleepers should come quicker,
and he's got extra money
from the Government to help all 33
boroughs take action.
There are complex reasons
why people sleep rough.
They could have mental health
issues, they could have problems
with welfare benefits,
there could be family breakdown.
The shortage of affordable housing
in London is one of the big causes.
Often it could be
because their tenancy ends
with a private landlord.
I'm determined to tackle this issue.
I was pleased last year,
for the first time in eight years,
we didn't see an increase
in the numbers of people
sleeping rough, that's good.
We now need to reduce it.
Jeremy started sleeping rough
after a family bereavement.
He now lives at St Mungo's hostel
in Hackney, but was originally
brought into an emergency shelter
during a cold snap two years ago.
I remember I was sleeping
underneath the bridge,
it was really cold,
it was about 10:30 at night
and these two people from Thames
gave me an opportunity,
and said, would you like to come
and take a second night out?
Obviously, in hindsight,
I wasn't expecting anything
too wonderful or luxury,
that's ridiculous for people
to think like that, but again,
it was just somewhere to be.
It was warm and that
was all I wanted.
But tackling rough sleeping
and homelessness in a city
with a high cost of living
and a housing crisis is something
charities will be doing well
beyond the Christmas period.
I get quite frustrated when there's
a focus only in the cold months.
As far as I'm concerned,
it's an urgent issue all the time.
The average age at death for someone
who is sleeping rough,
for a man it's 47 -
that's my age.
And I do work with people and have
worked with people that have
unfortunately died on the streets.
While homeless charities such
as St Mungo's work all year round,
Jeremy says he is now more positive
about his future.
My hope for the future would be
to get a home, a nice,
warm home to stay in,
to go to university,
to study accountancy and finance,
and even further along,
I would actually like to work
within this sector in the future.
This emergency response
could be activated soon,
but tackling rough sleeping
is a more long-term issue.
Ayshea Buksh, BBC London News.
The capital's 24-hour train
service launches tonight
on the Overground line.
It'll run between Dalston Junction
and New Cross Gate.
It's the latest addition
to the existing night Tube and it's
hoped the night time economy
will benefit - as well as partygoers
wanting to get home from Christmas
parties this weekend.
That's it for now from me,
but lets find out what the weather's
up to with Tomasz Schafernaker.
It is certainly nippy out there
tonight, we got up to
It is certainly nippy out there
tonight, we got up to around 6
degrees today, like yesterday, it
will be another chilly day tomorrow
and from Sunday it looks like things
are going to be warming up across
the UK. A frosty start first thing
on Saturday, the skies clearing,
outside of town in rural areas it
could be as low as minus four
degrees and even in the centre of
London by the river bank it will be
around freezing all below. Chilly
start on Saturday, widespread frost
around, and then we have basically
got a beautiful first half of the
day with sparkling sunshine, and
then the clouds will increase. I
suspect it will stay dry, there are
a few showers lurking around
tomorrow but they should not reach
Sunday is certainly the much better
day. Here is the outlook, those
temperatures rising to maybe nine or
10 degrees but if you want the