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Have a good afternoon.

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Welcome to BBC London News.

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I'm Alpa Patel.

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Nearly £21 million has been spent

keeping Grenfell Tower

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survivors in hotels,

according to new figures.

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They suggest that the money spent

would have been enough

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to have built the original tower

an estimated three times over.

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Kensington and Chelsea Council have

been heavily criticised for taking

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too long to find permanent new homes

for those made homeless by the fire.

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Let's speak to our reporter,

Caroline Davies,

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who is with me in the studio.

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Caroline, what more can you tell us?

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These questions, this issue, it has

raised questions about what has been

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happening in the last nine months

since the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Hundreds were made homeless, not

just from the tower but from nearby

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estates, and since then, the council

has been trying to find homes, about

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210 households. Some were initially

put into hotels and the bill is what

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the current total for the families

is. Some of them have been

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permanently rehoused, about 62,

others are in temporary housing, 66,

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but 82 of them are still in

emergency accommodation, 82

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households, and the emergency

accommodation is mainly hotels. Some

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of them may have accepted a

temporary home but not moved out

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yet. There has been a lot of

criticism at the council for not

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moving fast enough to get the

families into homes. The local

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Labour MP has spoken about this,

about the fact that without

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permanent homes, people's lives are

on hold.

A lot of criticism against

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the council, what are they saying in

response?

They point out to start

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with roughly half of the funding

will come from the Government and

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they have pointed out it is not the

only area they have spent money on,

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they have spent £235 million

securing 307 homes.

Thank you very

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much for that update.

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Residents in Fulham say

their lives have been ruined

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after work on a super sewer started

going through the night.

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Construction work on the

Thames Tideway Tunnel

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got permission to operate 24

hours a day last month.

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But people living nearby

say it's preventing

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them from sleeping.

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Victoria Cook has been

speaking to those affected.

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For the last six weeks, the

construction work here at the new

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Thames super sewer, Thames Tideway

Tunnel, has been going through the

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night and local residents say it is

destroying their lives.

I have been

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joined by some of them to find out

more. Tell me a little bit about the

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noise you are hearing.

What is it

like when it is bad?

It is like an

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earthquake in my flat. My little

girl is very scared, every night she

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wakes up and says, mum, can I stay

in the bed with you? She has

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nightmares.

David, you have said a

similar thing. What impact is it

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having on your life?

I cannot sleep.

I cannot plan anything. I have very

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little energy and there is always

the fear of yet another invasion in

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the middle of the night, sometimes

3am, and we do not know when it is

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coming, they do not tell us

anything. It is getting impossible

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to live here now.

You live nearby as

well. What would you like to see

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done ideally?

I would like it to

stop ideally and we just want to

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sleep.

Ideally night-time

construction work to stop?

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Absolutely, if possible, yes, that

would be an ideal outcome.

Terms

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Tideway has sent us a statement this

morning -- Thames. They have said

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they have done what they can to

minimise disruption but they say

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they will take the new complaints

into consideration and they will

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investigate to see what more they

can do. Victoria Cook reporting from

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Fulham.

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The Government is being urged

to increase money for schools

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to help deal with the rise

in knife crime.

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The Labour MP for Croydon Central

told the Commons that

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the problem had reached

what she called epidemic levels.

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At least three quarters of head

teachers have had to cut staff,

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special needs provision and support,

like mentoring, which are all

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crucial in preventing crime.

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Now that this epidemic has

infiltrated our schools,

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will he admit that school cuts

are threatening our

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children's safety?

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The department is working

with the Home Office and, of course,

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other stakeholders -

police, Ofsted and Health

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and Safety Executive -

on updating our school security

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guidance to make clear the risks

of carrying knives and to provide

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advice on dealing with this

really important issue.

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London boroughs have

the highest number of A roads

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with potholes in England,

a BBC investigation has learned.

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The three worst boroughs

include the City of London,

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Westminster and Tower Hamlets.

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All three need to repair an average

of 14% of their roads.

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The RAC says the number

of drivers breaking down

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after hitting potholes has risen.

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All this week on the BBC,

it's Sport Relief, with money

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being raised to help people

in the UK and across the world

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to live happier and healthier lives.

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One project to have benefited

from your donations

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here in the capital

is the BigKid Foundation

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in Stockwell.

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Chris Slegg has been finding out

more about the work they do.

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Hey, listen, there's zero

communication going on

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with you lot...

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Shaninga Marasha set up a mentoring

scheme when he was still

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at school.

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It later became known

as the BigKid Foundation.

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Now 35, he has helped

transform the lives of

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scores of youngsters

in south London.

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A lot of these young people come

from really challenging

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backgrounds and what we try and do

is create a safe environment for

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them, a space where they can kind

of freely express themselves.

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But at the same time,

we try to give them

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opportunities to volunteer,

to really give back to the local

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community, to give back to the young

people that they work with.

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17-year-old Weze says he's struggled

with anger management issues until

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these sessions helped bring

structure to his life.

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I've been here for three

or four years and

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it's changed me because, me,

I have a little bit of a temper.

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So it's helped me

to control it and be

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welcoming to people who are new to

football, especially here.

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The work being done

here is made possible

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thanks to money raised by Sport

Relief and funding from the National

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Lottery and Government

through the #IWillFund.

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The money from Sport Relief

and #IWillFund has helped us

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tremendously, because what it does

is make the programme sustainable.

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And what the young people

need is consistency.

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So it has allowed us to engage

with their parents, engage

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with other local organisations

and also give the young people

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opportunities to grow with us.

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18-year-old Nuno says sports has

provided him with a vital outlet,

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having grown up in

an urban environment.

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It's changed my life because I've

been a really cooped up

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kid when I was younger, and it was

going to continue to be the same

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until I found BigKid and I started

coming out a lot more to training

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sessions and going on trips and I've

just been enjoying the whole three

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years of my experience here.

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The work of the BigKid

Foundation and

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Sport Relief - proof of football's

power to change the lives of young

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people for the better.

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What a great project.

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ow the weather with Kate Kinsella.

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How is the forecast looking?

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How is the forecast looking? A

little bit warmer. I say that

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tentatively, just a little bit

milder. The scene first thing this

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morning, quite a lot of cloud,

temperatures down in low single

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figures, it was chilly, but

gradually, the cloud has been

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breaking up, sunny spells, they will

continue this afternoon, pretty

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decent breaks in the cloud. Not

feeling too bad. The wind is not

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quite as raw as on the week and then

yesterday. Feeling a little less

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cold this afternoon with bright

sunny spells as well.

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You will feel the breeze out along

the coast in parts of Essex, cloud

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in the West, in brighter spells,

temperatures up at 9 degrees. Still

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patchy cloud around tonight. That

will disappear. The temperature will

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drop down to zero. A frost for many

first thing tomorrow. Probably

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avoiding it in central London. A

lovely bright start tomorrow, plenty

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of sunshine, but quite quickly, the

cloud will move in. Cloudy tomorrow

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afternoon, mostly dry, but the

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westerly breeze, different

direction, touch milder, in double

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figures. Post Wednesday, this big

area of yellow, coming in from the

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Atlantic, pushing away the cold blue

air, getting a little bit milder

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heading towards the end of the week.

And milder still into the early part

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of next week. Still showers but also

dry weather too.

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Not a bad week ahead.

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That's it from me.

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Asad will be back at 6.30pm

with our evening programme.

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But for now, from all of us here,

have a good afternoon.

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