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

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This programme has gone undercover to expose sham self-employment

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

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Soap Co sell beauty products in some of Londons most prestigious

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shopping areas in Westfield, Covent Garden and Mayfair.

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Our hidden cameras have revealed how it breaks the law

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

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

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One legal expert has described it as a flagrant

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BBC London's been investigating a company operating

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

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In what's called bogus self-employment.

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This manager tells our undercover researcher that to work at her

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

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

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

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We've heard they're treating staff badly.

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Our undercover researcher will go and work for Soap Co

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in their Westfield outlet, and later in Covent Garden.

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Self-employed people should have the freedom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some of the workers Carla speaks to are exhausted

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Snezana from Bulgaria like many of the workers

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here was recruited from abroad with the offer of

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accommodation and a job. Now she's quit.

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

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

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

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

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any, any basically. They left me without nothing.

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

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

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

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

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

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But unfortunately, quite an exploitative

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Soap Co in Finchley is owned by Gil Mandell,

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and Saha Medinah in London, with his sister in charge

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In a statement, Soap Co say they took their responsible

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They said, "We are extremely concerned to hear about

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the allegations made by some individuals about the company's

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As a consequence, we are reviewing those allegations,

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and the implications, if any, regarding the employment

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We also asked these two managers about their understanding

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

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Soap Co operate in London's top shopping locations,

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but there are big questions for customers of its skin care

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products, over the working relationship with its staff.

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

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

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

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Graham Satchell went to find out more.

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Young and old, singing, playing, interacting together.

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

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

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

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and the elderly spend more of their time

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

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

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is showing off her egg and spoon skills.

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Children from a nearby nursery have been coming here on weekly

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trips since January, and Faye has loved it.

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So we sing and we dance, and play games.

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

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Bringing young and old together like this already happens

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Experts say the advantages are clear, particularly

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for the elderly, in tackling isolation and loneliness.

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

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making sure both children and adults are safe.

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

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Careful play arranged by grown-ups is teaching them

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

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

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growing and growing slowly into people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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be up again later. Riz Lateef will be here

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

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

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

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

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

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and I live down the hill. Good at counting

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

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of the Scottish Highlands

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