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Have a good afternoon.
Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Alpa Patel.
Nearly £21 million has been spent
keeping Grenfell Tower
survivors in hotels,
according to new figures.
They suggest that the money spent
would have been enough
to have built the original tower
an estimated three times over.
Kensington and Chelsea Council have
been heavily criticised for taking
too long to find permanent new homes
for those made homeless by the fire.
Let's speak to our reporter,
who is with me in the studio.
Caroline, what more can you tell us?
These questions, this issue, it has
raised questions about what has been
happening in the last nine months
since the Grenfell Tower fire.
Hundreds were made homeless, not
just from the tower but from nearby
estates, and since then, the council
has been trying to find homes, about
210 households. Some were initially
put into hotels and the bill is what
the current total for the families
is. Some of them have been
permanently rehoused, about 62,
others are in temporary housing, 66,
but 82 of them are still in
emergency accommodation, 82
households, and the emergency
accommodation is mainly hotels. Some
of them may have accepted a
temporary home but not moved out
yet. There has been a lot of
criticism at the council for not
moving fast enough to get the
families into homes. The local
Labour MP has spoken about this,
about the fact that without
permanent homes, people's lives are
A lot of criticism against
the council, what are they saying in
They point out to start
with roughly half of the funding
will come from the Government and
they have pointed out it is not the
only area they have spent money on,
they have spent £235 million
securing 307 homes.
Thank you very
much for that update.
Residents in Fulham say
their lives have been ruined
after work on a super sewer started
going through the night.
Construction work on the
Thames Tideway Tunnel
got permission to operate 24
hours a day last month.
But people living nearby
say it's preventing
them from sleeping.
Victoria Cook has been
speaking to those affected.
For the last six weeks, the
construction work here at the new
Thames super sewer, Thames Tideway
Tunnel, has been going through the
night and local residents say it is
destroying their lives.
I have been
joined by some of them to find out
more. Tell me a little bit about the
noise you are hearing.
What is it
like when it is bad?
It is like an
earthquake in my flat. My little
girl is very scared, every night she
wakes up and says, mum, can I stay
in the bed with you? She has
David, you have said a
similar thing. What impact is it
having on your life?
I cannot sleep.
I cannot plan anything. I have very
little energy and there is always
the fear of yet another invasion in
the middle of the night, sometimes
3am, and we do not know when it is
coming, they do not tell us
anything. It is getting impossible
to live here now.
You live nearby as
well. What would you like to see
I would like it to
stop ideally and we just want to
construction work to stop?
Absolutely, if possible, yes, that
would be an ideal outcome.
Tideway has sent us a statement this
morning -- Thames. They have said
they have done what they can to
minimise disruption but they say
they will take the new complaints
into consideration and they will
investigate to see what more they
can do. Victoria Cook reporting from
The Government is being urged
to increase money for schools
to help deal with the rise
in knife crime.
The Labour MP for Croydon Central
told the Commons that
the problem had reached
what she called epidemic levels.
At least three quarters of head
teachers have had to cut staff,
special needs provision and support,
like mentoring, which are all
crucial in preventing crime.
Now that this epidemic has
infiltrated our schools,
will he admit that school cuts
are threatening our
The department is working
with the Home Office and, of course,
other stakeholders -
police, Ofsted and Health
and Safety Executive -
on updating our school security
guidance to make clear the risks
of carrying knives and to provide
advice on dealing with this
really important issue.
London boroughs have
the highest number of A roads
with potholes in England,
a BBC investigation has learned.
The three worst boroughs
include the City of London,
Westminster and Tower Hamlets.
All three need to repair an average
of 14% of their roads.
The RAC says the number
of drivers breaking down
after hitting potholes has risen.
All this week on the BBC,
it's Sport Relief, with money
being raised to help people
in the UK and across the world
to live happier and healthier lives.
One project to have benefited
from your donations
here in the capital
is the BigKid Foundation
Chris Slegg has been finding out
more about the work they do.
Hey, listen, there's zero
communication going on
with you lot...
Shaninga Marasha set up a mentoring
scheme when he was still
It later became known
as the BigKid Foundation.
Now 35, he has helped
transform the lives of
scores of youngsters
in south London.
A lot of these young people come
from really challenging
backgrounds and what we try and do
is create a safe environment for
them, a space where they can kind
of freely express themselves.
But at the same time,
we try to give them
opportunities to volunteer,
to really give back to the local
community, to give back to the young
people that they work with.
17-year-old Weze says he's struggled
with anger management issues until
these sessions helped bring
structure to his life.
I've been here for three
or four years and
it's changed me because, me,
I have a little bit of a temper.
So it's helped me
to control it and be
welcoming to people who are new to
football, especially here.
The work being done
here is made possible
thanks to money raised by Sport
Relief and funding from the National
Lottery and Government
through the #IWillFund.
The money from Sport Relief
and #IWillFund has helped us
tremendously, because what it does
is make the programme sustainable.
And what the young people
need is consistency.
So it has allowed us to engage
with their parents, engage
with other local organisations
and also give the young people
opportunities to grow with us.
18-year-old Nuno says sports has
provided him with a vital outlet,
having grown up in
an urban environment.
It's changed my life because I've
been a really cooped up
kid when I was younger, and it was
going to continue to be the same
until I found BigKid and I started
coming out a lot more to training
sessions and going on trips and I've
just been enjoying the whole three
years of my experience here.
The work of the BigKid
Sport Relief - proof of football's
power to change the lives of young
people for the better.
What a great project.
ow the weather with Kate Kinsella.
How is the forecast looking?
How is the forecast looking? A
little bit warmer. I say that
tentatively, just a little bit
milder. The scene first thing this
morning, quite a lot of cloud,
temperatures down in low single
figures, it was chilly, but
gradually, the cloud has been
breaking up, sunny spells, they will
continue this afternoon, pretty
decent breaks in the cloud. Not
feeling too bad. The wind is not
quite as raw as on the week and then
yesterday. Feeling a little less
cold this afternoon with bright
sunny spells as well.
You will feel the breeze out along
the coast in parts of Essex, cloud
in the West, in brighter spells,
temperatures up at 9 degrees. Still
patchy cloud around tonight. That
will disappear. The temperature will
drop down to zero. A frost for many
first thing tomorrow. Probably
avoiding it in central London. A
lovely bright start tomorrow, plenty
of sunshine, but quite quickly, the
cloud will move in. Cloudy tomorrow
afternoon, mostly dry, but the
westerly breeze, different
direction, touch milder, in double
figures. Post Wednesday, this big
area of yellow, coming in from the
Atlantic, pushing away the cold blue
air, getting a little bit milder
heading towards the end of the week.
And milder still into the early part
of next week. Still showers but also
dry weather too.
Not a bad week ahead.
That's it from me.
Asad will be back at 6.30pm
with our evening programme.
But for now, from all of us here,
have a good afternoon.