15/12/2017 London News


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Now on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening.

I'm Chris Rogers.

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First tonight - claims London is set

to see the biggest increase

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in secondary school pupils

than anywhere else in the country.

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That's according to a new report -

which says, we'll need to find

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places for 76,000 extra

students by 2020.

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That would mean building

73 new schools.

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Other options suggested to meet

the growing demand for places

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is to use leisure centres

and former council buildings.

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Here's our Education

Reporter, Marc Ashdown.

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Just imagine schools

in leisure centres,

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disused council buildings,

high-rise blocks,

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or even off-the-peg

prefabricated classrooms...

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Just a few of the possibilities,

as London strains under

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a secondary population boom.

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TEACHER SPEAKING IN FRENCH.

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This report lays bare the challenge

facing every borough to provide

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enough school places.

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And Barking and Dagenham

is at the epicentre.

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In this borough alone

in the next two years,

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they are going to have nearly 6000

more secondary aged pupils,

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that's a 40% increase.

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In effect, they'll need

six brand-new schools.

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It requires some creative thinking.

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Brussels sprouts?

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Yes, you do, why not?!

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Here, the headteacher doesn't

always serve dinner,

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but they have had to box clever

to cope with rising pupil numbers.

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A lot of it is about unstructured

time, break times and lunchtimes.

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You know, your playground

is your playground.

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If you add another 200,

300 students onto the playground,

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you face real difficulties.

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You can't cram all your Key Stage 3

kids into a single playground.

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So we've had to look

creatively about the space.

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Scape Group analyse the Government's

data to identify where

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school places are needed.

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They're experts in design

and recommend some radical ways

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of putting schools at the very heart

of future community planning.

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It's really key that we don't work

in silos and that education

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buildings can be delivered alongside

health and leisure, retail.

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At the same time, thinking about how

we can join up with the industry

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to deliver solutions.

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Off-site technology is at its best

value for money when we buy in bulk

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and we buy en masse,

so being able to procure things

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together, to design buildings

together, not only benefits

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the master planning,

but also delivers things

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faster and often cheaper.

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TEACHER SPEAKS IN FRENCH.

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That they also want the councils

and the Government speaking the same

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language, working together.

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Too often good ideas on both sides

are lost in translation.

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We need to work with all sorts

of schools and the DfE to make sure

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that we've got the schools

being built in the right places.

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I mean, some boroughs unfortunately

in the past have been forced to have

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new free schools where there hasn't

been the demand, which has

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undermined local existing schools

and that's a very bad thing.

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The Department for Education says

it's created 235,000 school places

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in London since 2011 and has

committed a further half a billion

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pounds to help create more,

but it's a huge challenge and every

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bit of space now counts.

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Mark Ashdown, BBC London News.

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For the first time, London's rough

sleepers will be offered emergency

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shelter as soon as the temperature

drops below freezing in the evening.

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Previously, many shelters only

opened after three consecutive

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nights of sub-zero temperatures.

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It comes as the Mayor of London

forms a new alliance with homeless

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charities, as Ayshea Buksh explains.

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As temperatures fall,

sleeping on the streets

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in London gets harder.

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In the past, local authorities

would open up emergency

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shelters after three nights

of sub-zero temperatures.

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Hello, nice to meet you.

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Now, Mayor Sadiq Khan has said help

for the capital's 8000 or so rough

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sleepers should come quicker,

and he's got extra money

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from the Government to help all 33

boroughs take action.

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There are complex reasons

why people sleep rough.

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They could have mental health

issues, they could have problems

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with welfare benefits,

there could be family breakdown.

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The shortage of affordable housing

in London is one of the big causes.

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Often it could be

because their tenancy ends

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with a private landlord.

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I'm determined to tackle this issue.

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I was pleased last year,

for the first time in eight years,

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we didn't see an increase

in the numbers of people

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sleeping rough, that's good.

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We now need to reduce it.

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Jeremy started sleeping rough

after a family bereavement.

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He now lives at St Mungo's hostel

in Hackney, but was originally

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brought into an emergency shelter

during a cold snap two years ago.

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I remember I was sleeping

underneath the bridge,

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it was really cold,

it was about 10:30 at night

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and these two people from Thames

gave me an opportunity,

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and said, would you like to come

and take a second night out?

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Obviously, in hindsight,

I wasn't expecting anything

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too wonderful or luxury,

that's ridiculous for people

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to think like that, but again,

it was just somewhere to be.

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It was warm and that

was all I wanted.

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But tackling rough sleeping

and homelessness in a city

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with a high cost of living

and a housing crisis is something

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charities will be doing well

beyond the Christmas period.

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I get quite frustrated when there's

a focus only in the cold months.

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As far as I'm concerned,

it's an urgent issue all the time.

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The average age at death for someone

who is sleeping rough,

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for a man it's 47 -

that's my age.

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And I do work with people and have

worked with people that have

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unfortunately died on the streets.

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While homeless charities such

as St Mungo's work all year round,

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Jeremy says he is now more positive

about his future.

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My hope for the future would be

to get a home, a nice,

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warm home to stay in,

to go to university,

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to study accountancy and finance,

and even further along,

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I would actually like to work

within this sector in the future.

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This emergency response

could be activated soon,

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but tackling rough sleeping

is a more long-term issue.

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Ayshea Buksh, BBC London News.

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The capital's 24-hour train

service launches tonight

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on the Overground line.

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It'll run between Dalston Junction

and New Cross Gate.

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It's the latest addition

to the existing night Tube and it's

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hoped the night time economy

will benefit - as well as partygoers

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wanting to get home from Christmas

parties this weekend.

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That's it for now from me,

but lets find out what the weather's

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up to with Tomasz Schafernaker.

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It is certainly nippy out there

tonight, we got up to

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It is certainly nippy out there

tonight, we got up to around 6

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degrees today, like yesterday, it

will be another chilly day tomorrow

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and from Sunday it looks like things

are going to be warming up across

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the UK. A frosty start first thing

on Saturday, the skies clearing,

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outside of town in rural areas it

could be as low as minus four

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degrees and even in the centre of

London by the river bank it will be

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around freezing all below. Chilly

start on Saturday, widespread frost

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around, and then we have basically

got a beautiful first half of the

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day with sparkling sunshine, and

then the clouds will increase. I

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suspect it will stay dry, there are

a few showers lurking around

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tomorrow but they should not reach

us.

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Sunday is certainly the much better

day. Here is the outlook, those

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temperatures rising to maybe nine or

10 degrees but if you want the

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national

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