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Page 4 | 13 - 26 November 2019 city_matters CITYMATTERS.LONDON News Matters CITY OF LONDON GEOGRAPHY TEACHER STARS ON GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF City teacher named runner-up of GBBO ALICE McFARLANE, a geography teacher at City of London School, part of the City of London Corporation’s Family of Schools, was crowned runner-up in this year’s Great British Bake Off. The 28-year-old, from Essex, triumphed through the series of signature, technical and showstopper baking challenges. Alice, who has been a teacher at the City school since September 2018, and who previously worked at the now City Corporationsponsored Highbury Grove School in Islington, turned her hand to baking at the age of 15 while recovering from a back operation which prevented her from being able to do sport. Competition After 10 weeks’ competition, Alice said: “To compete in the Great British Bake Off has been a dream come true, and it has been exceptionally difficult to keep the news to myself over recent weeks. “I so enjoyed the weeks of baking in the famous tent; it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. “As the show has been broadcast, I have been very grateful for the support of all members of the school community, including my wonderful Year 8 tutor group, who have developed some plans to Mayor doubles rough-sleeper funding with 9,000 people living on the Capital’s streets SADIQ KHAN will double spending to tackle rough-sleeping in London, writes Jessie Mathewson, Local Democracy Reporter. The Mayor has now pledged almost £20million to stop people from sleeping on the streets of the Capital. Last year, almost 9,000 people slept rough in London – more than double the number just eight years ago, and up 18% on 2017/18 alone. On average, two rough sleepers die every day in England and Wales, according to data from the Office of National Statistics. One in three people living on the streets have been attacked, and 30% of women have been sexually assaulted, research by Crisis found. Accessible The Mayor’s new funding will pay for existing shelters in London to open for longer hours over winter. Mr Khan will also open two new shelters for people at risk of sleeping rough for the first time, with 24-hour housing advice to help them avoid a night on the streets. And there will be a new service for long-term rough sleepers, providing short-term housing and specialist support. In addition, NHS staff will be sent out with outreach workers to provide accessible mental health services. Half of all rough sleepers in London need mental health support, and more than 40% have problems with alcohol or drug use, according to CHAIN data. The Mayor said the number of rough-sleepers runner-up: City of London School’s Alice McFarlane use their own baking skills to raise money for the school’s charity campaign this year. “Baking is definitely something I will continue to do, because I love nothing more than to bond family and friends over a slice of cake and cup of tea.” Alan Bird, head of City of London School, said: “We are all so proud of Alice’s performance and wish her our heartiest congratulations. Empowering “All the pupils, staff, parents and carers have been rooting for Alice ever since Bake Off started, and we are so pleased that all those weeks and hours in the tent have paid off for her.” The City of London Corporation sponsors or co-sponsors 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017 and 2018, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering GCSE pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement. in London was a “national disgrace”. He said: “This funding will support a wide range of projects, helping people who are already sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness, and ensure they are given the best possible chance of pursuing a life off the streets. “But we can’t do it alone. The government must urgently address the root causes of rough sleeping, and reverse their policies which are forcing people on to the streets in the first place – including reversing welfare cuts and funding more council and social housing.” Outreach Bill Tidman, chief executive of London homelessness charity Thames Reach, said: “Rough sleeping is dangerous and degrading. The best thing is to prevent people needing to sleep rough, but when they do it’s important that they are found and offered shelter as quickly as possible. “We welcome this funding which will make this easier this winter by providing more outreach staff and more emergency accommodation.”

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