06/03/2018 London News


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That's all from the BBC News at One,

so it's goodbye from me.

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Welcome to BBC London News.

so it's goodbye from me.

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I'm Alpa Patel.

so it's goodbye from me.

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Thames Water says it has

every available person -

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trying to restore running water,

to thousands of homes

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in south London.

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Some have been without water

for three whole days

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and frustrations are running high.

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The company have apologised and have

been blaming trapped air

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in the piping system,

for delays to repairs.

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Ayshea Buksh is in Streatham

and sent this report.

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I am in a car park in Streatham,

which has become a water collection

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point and it has been set by Thames

water. There are several others in

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London, and Hampstead, Cricklewood,

and Banham, people have come all

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morning to collect some water for

themselves, their families and their

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neighbours. Any are frustrated. They

still do not have water. How many

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days have you been without water?

It

went on Saturday night, so they

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haven't had any water since then. We

came down on Sunday morning. Sunday

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afternoon, and waited an hour for

water to be delivered. And there

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wasn't any.

There is no water, no

water at all. Not a drop. Nothing

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coming out, nothing for them to

shower with, to put the kettle on.

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There are no toilets that can be

used.

Who we collection for?

Myself,

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my family and neighbour, she is an

elderly woman, 90 years old so she

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cannot come herself.

Thames Water

staff are advising people to look at

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social media or the website to get

an update on the situation.

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Officially, Thames Water say that

they apologise for the situation,

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and they've made every available

person work to restore the supply.

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Some news just in now.

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A murder investigation has been

launched after a woman was found

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dead with stab wounds in south west

London.

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Her body was found at

a home in Twickenham.

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Sussex Police discovered the body of

a man and two young boys at Birling

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Gap.

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Now it was a system

that was introduced to several

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London boroughs six months ago.

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But now nearly 75 percent

of council tenants who claim

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'Universal Credit' -

are behind with their rent.

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The scheme was supposed to simplify

the benefits system.

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But critics say delayed

payments have pushed some

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of London's poorest into debt.

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Here's our political

editor Tim Donovan.

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You start to feel a little

embarrassed...

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Shirley was put on Universal Credit

when she moved into her

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new council flat in Peckham.

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12 weeks, it took,

to sort out her money.

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By that time, she was well over

£1000 behind with her rent.

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So that's 12 weeks

without the money, 12 weeks

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without paying my rent every week,

12 weeks without paying

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my television licence,

because all I could borrow money

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for was food and gas.

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These six boroughs are the first

in London to roll-out

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Universal Credit -

Croydon, Hammersmith,

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Hounslow, Southwark,

Sutton and Tower Hamlets.

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9,379 of their council

tenants are in arrears.

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That 73% - nearly three quarters

of those on Universal Credit.

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Desmond sought help here from his

local advice centre in Peckham.

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Problems with his claim mean he owes

£1,600 in back rent.

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What is it like when you get

a letter like that?

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It's very...

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How can I put it?

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Stressful.

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A roof over your head,

that's the most important thing.

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One safety net is the

borough's foodbank.

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They say here the vast majority

of people coming for food

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are on Universal Credit.

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People are going on to

Universal Credit and suddenly

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they go into this different place

of fear where they cannot work out

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what has happened with their money,

what's coming in with their money,

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and trying to help them into work

becomes a much harder

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situation at the moment.

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There are more than 110,000

people in London currently

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claiming Universal Credit.

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These figures we have for council

tenants who have fallen behind

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with their rent are only part

of the picture because they don't

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take into account tenants

in the private rented sector

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who are in arrears.

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We are seeing more and more

in Southwark that people

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are struggling with their rent.

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What we want to be able to do

is work with people earlier,

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help them to get through that

process, help them to avoid

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being evicted by their landlords.

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The Government's recently taken

seven days off the wait time

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and offered a fortnight's

extra housing benefit.

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The aim is to ease the situation

for new claimants, though

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it is pressing ahead

with Universal Credit,

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saying it will help people

like Shirley back into work,

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help them pay their rent

and improve their lives.

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Tim Donovan, BBC London News.

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Now yesterday we brought

you the story of the man,

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who uses his inflatable bike,

to pick out plastic

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from the river Thames.

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Today we're meeting

another plastic warrior.

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Bettina Maidment is on a drive

to completely rid her home

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of plastic, here's how

she's going about it.

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Bettina is a mother of two and this

is her son, two years old uncle

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Dexter.

Since last summer, the family have

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tried to kick their plastic habit,

replacing bottles for more friendly

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products.

I would hate to think that my boys

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grow up in a world where they know

nothing but a polluted planet.

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Bettina even makes her own hand

soap, storing it in an old bottle.

I

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am quite strict.

An interruption...

It is a home delivery of vegetables,

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almost entirely plastic free.

It is

brilliant. They are really committed

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to cutting down on plastic waste, so

it doesn't all have to be hard work.

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I get vegetables delivered to me,

would you like a grape?

Yes please!

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But does this come at a higher cost?

Some things are more expensive, but

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other things are cheaper. It

balances out. I've worked out that

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over the course of the year, my

spending food wise hasn't actually

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increased.

The family have made real

progress. Take the fridge, for

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example. Now almost 90% plastic

free.

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As you can see, there's a lot of

glass. Plastic milk bottles went out

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for glass bottles, delivered by the

milkmen. This is filled up at the

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deli.

Products like rice are put in

a reusable bag after being filled up

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the shop. Plastic packaging is at a

bare minimum here. This is the

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family's total plastic waste since

Christmas. In the next room, we have

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a look at Dexter's toys. Almost all

wooden, although today, and despite

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his mother's appeals can he would

rather play on his plastic

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tractor... What about your children?

What if they want that chocolate

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bar, wrapped in plastic? What do you

say to them?

It's really simple, no!

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I am their parent, and they are my

kids. Kids need boundaries. I'm not

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a total grinch, I don't say no all

the time. My kids are healthy and

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happy and well adjusted, normal

children.

They can have an

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alternative. Personally I could

never go back to living how I did

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before. It doesn't sit right any

more.

It's onwards and upwards from

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here.

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Bettina Maidment ending that report.

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Now let's check on the Weather

with Kate Kinsella.

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Now let's check on the Weather

with Kate Kinsella.

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Good afternoon. The pleasant start

this morning.

Temperatures above

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zero. Feeling quite pleasant. Some

sunshine here. Quite a bit of cloud

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around. It has been thinning and we

have decent spells of sunshine. In

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the light winds, it feels quite

pleasant. Mild as we had through the

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afternoon. Some sunny spells, we

have a risk of a couple of showers

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feeding up from the south. Most

places are avoiding them. You may

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catch some further west but

temperatures today are a modern 11

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degrees, mild compared to last week.

Overnight, starting clear,

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temperatures fall. Colder compared

to last night, missed and for

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developing as well. Minimum

temperatures between zero and three

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degrees. Quite a misty and murky

start first thing on Wednesday. That

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will be slow to clear. Staying

rather grave. It looks like showers

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will stay further south.

Temperatures up to 10 degrees.

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Through the week, as we had through

Thursday, things are unsettled.

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Further south, some rain bullocking

drier further north. On Friday,

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things turned progressively more

unsettled. Further rain as we had

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through Friday afternoon. On

Saturday it ends up better. Drier

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towards the end of the day. Despite

the rain, we are looking at 12-13d

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by the time we get through to

Sunday. Gradually things are feeling

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a little more like spring.

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That's it from me.

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Louisa Preston will be here

with our 6:30 evening programme.

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But for now, from all of us

here have a good afternoon.

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