11/07/2017 London News


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 11/07/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!



Welcome to BBC London News. I'm Victoria Hollins.


This programme has gone undercover to expose sham self-employment


in which workers are sometimes paid as little as ?2 an hour,


Soap Co sell beauty products in some of Londons most prestigious


shopping areas in Westfield, Covent Garden and Mayfair.


Our hidden cameras have revealed how it breaks the law


by telling its staff they're self employed but then treating them


as employees and insisting they work a 60 hour week without paid sick


One legal expert has described it as a flagrant


BBC London's been investigating a company operating


in some of the UK's most prestigious shopping locations.


In what's called bogus self-employment.


This manager tells our undercover researcher that to work at her


Soap Co, with no connection to other firms of similar names,


sell skin products from the Dead Sea in outlets at the Westfield


And at their high end Sakare stores in Covent Garden and Mayfair.


We've heard they're treating staff badly.


Our undercover researcher will go and work for Soap Co


in their Westfield outlet, and later in Covent Garden.


Self-employed people should have the freedom


to choose when they work, but here, it's a mandatory schedule.


They have to be at work for around 60 hours, six days a week.


Do you know if we can take days off on the weekend?


A self-employed person would ordinarily be free to do the work,


And that's not what we saw was happening here.


And they're highly controlled, with penalties for not cleaning


Some of the workers Carla speaks to are exhausted


Snezana from Bulgaria like many of the workers


here was recruited from abroad with the offer of


accommodation and a job. Now she's quit.


When people are pushing you, and they stress you every day,


six days, 12 hours, you're under stress all the time.


I was thinking that I will come to do something with my life.


And after that, I become, like, without any money,


any, any basically. They left me without nothing.


By claiming staff are self-employed, this company avoids having to pay


a whole host of in-work benefits, such as sick and holiday pay,


When Carla collector first pay packet, it's well under the national


For 90 hours, I've received, like, ?200, which is less than ?3 an hour.


This is false self-employment, and this is much more and employment


But unfortunately, quite an exploitative


Soap Co in Finchley is owned by Gil Mandell,


and Saha Medinah in London, with his sister in charge


In a statement, Soap Co say they took their responsible


They said, "We are extremely concerned to hear about


the allegations made by some individuals about the company's


As a consequence, we are reviewing those allegations,


and the implications, if any, regarding the employment


We also asked these two managers about their understanding


of the working relationship here, but they didn't respond.


Soap Co operate in London's top shopping locations,


but there are big questions for customers of its skin care


products, over the working relationship with its staff.


They're generations apart, the very young and the older amongst us.


Now for the first time in the UK, nursery school children and people


who live in a care home are spending time together every day


Graham Satchell went to find out more.


Young and old, singing, playing, interacting together.


When it officially opens in September, this will be the first


nursery in the country to be sited in the grounds of a care home.


Children spend more of their time away from other age groups,


and the elderly spend more of their time


There's something very natural about bringing them back together.


A sports day to celebrate the opening, and 87-year-old Faye


is showing off her egg and spoon skills.


Children from a nearby nursery have been coming here on weekly


trips since January, and Faye has loved it.


So we sing and we dance, and play games.


And for most of the residents that go, they have a great time.


Bringing young and old together like this already happens


Experts say the advantages are clear, particularly


for the elderly, in tackling isolation and loneliness.


Finding the right sites with enough space, and of course,


making sure both children and adults are safe.


Back inside, 90-year-old Walter is making glasses out of Play-Doh,


Careful play arranged by grown-ups is teaching them


As an old person, coming to the end of my life,


it's a great joy to see the new human beings


growing and growing slowly into people.


There's certainly hope here that it will benefit young and old.


Now lets check on the Weather with Wendy Hurrell at Wimbledon.


You have your Wellington boots on. Not a good sign.


Never a good sign. The umbrella is down but it has been up and the


covers as well here. As we go through the afternoon, rain will


become more persistent here and elsewhere across London. By the time


we get to evening rush-hour, a really good splash of rain and some


of it will be heavy, too. Fresh today, 21 degrees. Through the


evening, rain continuing, heavy in places, particularly in the early


hours of the morning. Humid tonight with temperatures down to 12 or 13.


If you are up early, it will be breezy, you might see rain, but it


all calms down and the sun will come out, with cloud in the afternoon.


Temperatures pleasantly 21 or 22 degrees. Thursday, sunny spells on


and off. On the outlook, dry weather through to the end of the week with


one or two showers around on Friday morning. At the moment, a good spell


of rain for the gardens, brollies down for now at least, but they will


be up again later. Riz Lateef will be here


with our 6:30 evening programme. But for now, from us all,


a very good afternoon. Oh, Arthur lives down the hill


and I live down the hill. MAN: What makes you two make


different from each other? but I don't, like,


love it as much as Lucy. Oh, Arthur lives down the hill


and I live down the hill. Good at counting


and I'm good at hiding. 'From the heights


of the Scottish Highlands


Download Subtitles