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Here on BBC One it's time
for the news where you are.
I'm Riz Lateef.
Some of the most
are being trapped in a "cycle
due to a change in the law -
according to the charity Crisis.
It says new, tougher criteria
are being used to remove people
from social housing waiting lists.
BBC London has learnt
that across the capital,
the number has been cut by a third.
Raising questions as to who has
been removed and why.
Our political correspondent
Karl Mercer has been investigating.
Clavia used to be on the
housing waiting list.
Since August she hasn't been.
She couldn't pay her rent
and fell into arrears.
She's now homeless and unable to get
back on the waiting list for a home
for herself and her two children.
You're just stuck in a place
where you have no control.
That's the worst, I think one of the
You have a problem that is your
problem but you can't solve it.
Nothing you can do about it.
For six months this has
been their home, living with friends
of her daughter.
But they are about to
be on the move again.
Since August, they've been
permanently just in bags and boxes.
This is how I've lived.
If I'm here today, I might be
there tomorrow, I might go
to my mum's for a couple
of nights, just to...
Clavia's not alone.
Across London thousands of people
have been taken off the list
for council homes,
since the introduction
of something called
the Localism Act six years ago.
It gave local councils more power
to decide who should
and shouldn't be on the list.
If they can't register for social
housing then their options are very
limited. People can end up in some
kind of spiral of homelessness and
poverty, where, if the reason they
could not register previously was
they had went arrears, then they are
forced into more expensive solution,
then things are going to get worse
There is a mixed picture across
London and illustrated pretty
clearly where I'm standing
here in north London.
On my right is the London
Borough of Camden.
Here, waiting lists have gone down
by 16,000 since 2012 and a drop
of something like 85%.
But if we switch across
the road just a few feet away,
this is the London Borough of
Islington, where the waiting lists
have actually gone up by more than
4300, a rise of 36%.
Some councils have excluded people
like Clavia in rent arrears. Others
have introduced rules saying only
lived locally can get on the list.
But the rules across London are
We have urged the mayor to do
something to bring Burris
We have urged the mayor to do
something to bring boroughs
together to make things more
consistent, particularly the local
It needs sorting out at a London
level, because if you've lived in a
borough for a few years, and a
different Borough for a few years,
you might not qualify for housing
anywhere in London, but living in
London ought to be a qualification
for being eligible for housing
Any change like that would come too
late for Clavia.
A British Airways engineer has died
after a crash between two
vehicles on the tarmac at Heathrow
early this morning.
Another man was injured.
Hundreds of passengers had to be
evacuated from a plane
and flights were delayed.
Chris Rogers has more.
It's just after 6am.
The tragic pictures of the aftermath
of the runway crash emerge.
An airport worker is killed
as he does his rounds.
The other driver suffers
a broken shoulder.
Police are investigating why
the white BA van and yellow
pick-up truck collided.
Often used by Heathrow's
staff to direct aircraft
and inspect the runways.
Hundreds of horrified passengers,
their planes delayed
for around two hours,
can only look on.
25 flights were cancelled.
Hundreds of passengers were
stranded. They were told to leave
their planes and head back to the
London Ambulance later tweeted,
confirming one of the drivers
suffered a cardiac arrest.
"Despite our extensive efforts
to resuscitate him at the scene,
and on the way to hospital,
he was later pronounced dead".
Heathrow Airport and British
Airways are cooperating
fully with the investigation and
expressed deepest sympathies for the
family of the engineer
who died here today.
Chris Rogers reporting there.
It's a first for a FTSE 100 company.
Lloyds Banking Group has set
an ethnic diversity target for staff
among its senior management
- by 2020.
It says it wants to better reflect
the customer base it serves.
Alice Hutton has the story.
Bankers in bowler
hats and sharp suits.
The City of London in the 1970s
was a very different place to today.
Or is it?
In the corridors of power in 2018,
black, Asian and minority ethnic
faces are conspicuous
by their absence.
Lloyds Banking Group
are hoping to change that.
So at senior management
our figure is 6%.
And, actually, that reflects
the external labour market at senior
across the FTSE 100.
But I think our view
is that we need to do more
and we need to go further.
That's the other reason
for introducing the goal,
to accelerate the pace of change
and to make sure that our most
senior levels in the organisation
are more representative
of the external labour market.
Lloyds say they are confident
they can meet their diversity
targets within the tight
two-year time frame.
But in a place like the City,
how realistic is it?
And is it ambitious enough?
I think it's a good idea.
I think it's a good initiative.
Whether it's going to be successful
or whether it's going to have
any kind of traction,
you know, remains to be seen.
I suppose there's a perception
of an old boys network,
maybe, in the City.
Maybe that's because traditionally,
you've had a lot of middle-class
white males who've been running
You look at it historically,
there are more whites
here than there are blacks,
but it's not a true
representation of the ratios.
So if you look in society,
there are more ethnic minorities
than there are represented
here in the City.
Lloyds might be the first FTSE 100
company to set these public targets,
but they aren't the only
organisation working to improve
diversity at senior levels.
Joanna is the managing
director of a consultancy,
which helps businesses recruit
ethnic minority talent.
There are issues around
development and opportunity,
so if you do not have a visible role
model in a position
in which you aspire to get into,
it can be quite discouraging.
And it can make you believe that
that's not something
that is actually achievable
within that organisation.
Which is why what Lloyds
is doing is so good.
It will actually encourage people
within their organisation to believe
that the company are taking
it very seriously.
In one of the largest financial
centres in the world, Lloyds' move
won't have go unnoticed.
This might be a welcome step
towards greater transparency.
Next: 30 tonnes of wet wipes a day.
That's what Thames Water says
it's having to clear
from London's sewers,
and it's costing millions.
It was only last year a giant
fatberg - longer than Tower Bridge
caused problems in East London.
Brace yourself for some of
the pictures in Tom Edwards' report.
Welcome to Europe's largest sewerage
plant in Beckton, East London,
serving four million Londoners.
It deals with 17,000
litres of sewage a second.
Here though, they have a growing
problem of nonperishable
items, mainly wet wipes.
It is a massive problem,
not just for us, but for London.
We remove 30 tonnes
of what we call rag, a day.
That is a combination of wet wipes,
sanitary products etc.
This causes a lot of damage
to the infrastructure, to the
environment, in terms of pollution
because of blockages, and also to
people's homes when there
is a blockage and there is flooding.
Wet wipes help fat
and grease congeal in
sewers, to form huge fatbergs
like this one in Whitechapel.
It is costing Thames Water
£1 million a month
to unblock the sewers.
shows what happens to
tissue paper in water
compared to wet wipes.
Paper disintegrates quickly.
But the plastic in the wet wipes
means it is not affected.
I'd like Londoners to bin it,
not block it, which is the
message from Thames Water.
Stick it in your dustbin, don't
throw it down the toilet.
I'd also like the manufacturers
to stop marking things
as flushable when they clearly
are not flushable items.
That is what we need to be doing.
This would save an awful lot of
money that Thames Water could then
be spending on other things.
Other things like Thames Water's
poor record at fixing leaks.
So the message for Londoners -
sewers can only deal with waste
from people and paper.
Tom Edwards, BBC
London News, Becton.
The World War Two bomb
which forced the closure
of City Airport earlier this week -
has been detonated in the sea
off the Essex coast.
The Royal Navy diffused
the half tonne device
in a controlled explosion.
It was found in the Thames
during building work
in the Docklands area.
Bad weather prevented the operation
taking place yesterday.
I'll say goodnight now,
and it's over to Phil Avery
for a check on the weather.
Hello. Thank you. Yes, the weather
did getting the way of the
particular operation yesterday. But
that was not the this morning.
Our Weather Watchers were not
cowering behind the glass because it
was a glorious start but then the
cloud filling in from the west. The
afternoon really did look as grim as
that. Some of the cloud lingering
into the first part of Thursday,
helping to keep temperatures up. You
may not be scraping the cars first
thing. It does not look as if there
is a lot of weather but there is a
breeze to be considered. There are
islands of cloud coming through.
Some of them may give one or two
showers in one or two spots but many
of you will get away with a dry day.
If you can tuck yourself out of the
breeze I suspect it will feel