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people is forcing up hills. we are struggling to balance next year's budget and we are really struggling to balance and make it sustainable over the next two or three years. i think our services are at breaking point. and new figures show the pressure on hospital beds because social care shortages have contributed to a much higher nhs deficit than expected. that's despite a major injection of government money. we'll be asking why the nhs is facing such problems. also tonight: listening in — the prime minister makes a rare appearance in the house of lords as peers debate the brexit bill. the ukip leader paul nuttall under pressure as two officials in merseyside resign after his claims about the hillsborough disaster. no more bashing the bottle — science finds the solution to getting that last drop of ketchup. and sutton united prepare for the game of their lives in their fa cup match this evening against arsenal. and in sport later in the hour on bbc news, seven sports including
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i live at national league side sutton united. they played giants arsenal. good evening. nearly every local authority in england is planning to raise council taxes in the coming year in order to provide care for people who are elderly or disabled. from april, council tax could increase by nearly 5% in the majority of authorities. but the local government association says that won't be enough and it warns there will have to be deep cuts to other council services. there are 151 councils in england. 147 of them plan to raise council tax specifically to pay for social care provision. here's our social affairs
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correspondent alison holt. hello, margaret! how are you? bored. you're bored. this is where the pressure on the social care system can at times be seen most clearly. i know you're desperate to go home. yes, indeed i am. 81—year—old margaret williams has been in hospital since she had a fall but is waiting for the care she'll need to help her cope at home. and its social workers in surrey who are trying to arrange that for her. because i've been in here for how many weeks, so obviously i'm going to be weaker. yeah, so we think you need somebody to come in at least four times a day. in a busy hospital, she knows her bed is in demand, but for the council, finding funding and companies to provide home care can be difficult. when i met her, she'd been in hospital for more than a month. since before christmas, and then they sent me home, but i had to come back in two or three days, and i've been here ever since. i'm just following up regarding margaret williams,
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which we are waiting forthejointfunding... social workers were able to get the care mrs williams needed a few days later, but according to today's local government survey, most councils are struggling with the sheer demand for this sort of support for people in care homes or their own homes. in surrey, they say the demand is unrelenting. i've worked in adult social care for 20 years, and i've never known the pressure that we've got now, and there's no simple solution to it. people are getting older, people are living longer, and their needs are increasing with more complexity. and surrey‘s chief executive believes they have no choice but to raise council tax to meet the growing costs of social care. we're struggling to balance next year's budget, and we're really struggling to make it sustainable over the next two or three years. i think our services are at the breaking point. surrey‘s conservative—led council abandoned plans to ask voters for a 15% tax rise
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after what were described as government reassurances, but like most authorities in today's survey, council tax here is likely to rise by nearly 5%. and many councils warn other services, like bin collection and road mending, may still face cuts. there has been a united voice of local government to say that they need to have more funding in social care, and that the crisis in social care is immediate now. right, i've got to get up. yes, and you'll be fine. but the government says extra money is already being put into social care — particularly services like this, which help people regain some independence. it also says local authorities will soon be able to keep all the money raised by council tax and business rates, giving them more control over their spending. alison holt, bbc news, surrey. meanwhile, nhs trusts in england have reported a deficit of nearly
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£900 million in their latest figures, way above the expected 580 million. the service has been under severe pressure this winter and trusts say the figures reflect a larger than expected rise in numbers attending accident and emergency and in hospital admissions. i'm joined by our health editor hugh pym. talk us through the figures. we have all got rather used to seeing how much red ink there is across nhs finances in england and today we learn a bit more. ministers say progress has been made on cutting expensive agency staff bills, but the figures are worse than expected. what was predicted last november by the regulator for this financial year for all trusts in england was a deficit of £580 million. today we have learnt it will be higher. they think it will be nero £850 million. 0ne
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will be higher. they think it will be nero £850 million. one of the reasons they give is the sheer number of patients, more than expected. let's look at the numbers going to a&e in october and december, a key barometer of patient numbers. there was an increase on the same period the previous year of 200,000, up to well above 5 million. another reason was the delayed tra nsfers another reason was the delayed transfers from hospitals, making it difficult for hospitals to find enough beds. if you cannot move a patient on, you cannot find room for somebody who need routine surgery and hospitals lose income. they cannot move patients on because of the lack of social care in england. social care again has come back to cause problems for the nhs in these figures. all eyes will be on the budget. ministers we are told by working on a new packet for social
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ca re working on a new packet for social care in england. the house of lords has begun debating the bill which will pave the way for the start of brexit. the legislation passed the commons with no amendments, but the government doesn't have a majority in the lords. 0pposition and crossbench peers are seeking guarantees about the rights of citizens from other eu countries living in britain. 0ur deputy political editorjohn pienaar is in central lobby. john, teresa may took the unusual step on sitting in on the debate. she did. it is an important debate. here in the house of lords the opponents of brexit and those who have deep doubts have begun their final stand. it is a fight they expect to lose, but not before they do all they can to make the government think again about who has a say on the final deal and about how much freedom to give theresa may and her ministers as they plan forbidden‘s future after the eu. blue lights flashing, theresa may was determined not to miss this. she had already sent a clear message, brexit is coming, get out of the
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way. there will be debate and scrutiny in the house of lords, but ido scrutiny in the house of lords, but i do not want to see anybody holding up i do not want to see anybody holding up what the people want. she rushed infora rare up what the people want. she rushed in for a rare appearance, perched on the steps of the throne. 100 peers wa nted the steps of the throne. 100 peers wanted to speak, a modern record, political big hitters among them, like lord mandelson. yes, they did wa nt to like lord mandelson. yes, they did want to leave the european union. but they did not want to turn britain into abu ghraib, politically isolated, offshore tax haven without reach or influence in the world. the lib dems want a second referendum, no one now thinks they will get one. brexit is the most important single issue which has faced the country for decades. for many of asked the approach being adopted by the government is little short of disastrous. these eu migrant workers
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protesting today want their rights to live and work in britain guaranteed, not later in talks, but now. in coming days ministers will be pressed to agree. but here were over 50,000 letters demanding that the law to get brexit started should be passed quickly with no changes, an argument supported by some who campaigned against it.|j an argument supported by some who campaigned against it. i voted to remain in the european union, but i support this bill because i believe the referendum was decisive. former chancellor said no deal was better than a bad one. as soon as it is clear that our european union partners will not accept our offer, we should move on. there is nothing to be gained by doomed negotiations. peers are just getting warmed up, they will be talking to the early hours and tomorrow until midnight.
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next week, the government mayjust lose votes on migrant rights and buy the rights of parliament to demand a better deal. when it comes to a test of who backs down, the betting is the lord's will not defy the elected mps or the referendum. talks to quit the eu looked like starting on schedule next month. but there is more wrangling to come and that is just the start of brexit. two senior officials have resigned from ukip in merseyside, claiming that senior party figures have shown "crass insensitivity" about the hillsborough disaster. the party's leader paul nuttall has admitted that claims he'd lost close personal friends in the disaster were inaccurate. and party donor aaron banks later said that he was "sick to death" of hearing about hillsborough. from liverpool, our political correspondent carole walker sent this report. paul nuttall had hoped to unite his party and take on labour in its heartlands, but he's suffered a serious setback with two resignations on his own home territory. ukip's merseyside chairman is one of those standing down.
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hi! carole walker from the bbc. he told me mr nuttall should apologise for claims on his website that he lost personal friends in the hillsborough disaster. i'm not happy about it, but he should get his facts right, really. it's a judgment of error, he's put an error out there on the web page, you know, he's got to correct that, and what he should do, i know he has apologised for it, but he should come to this city of liverpool to say, "listen, i'm sorry for that error." but it was this tweet from ukip donor arron banks that was the final straw. mr banks said he was sick to death of hearing about hillsborough. i'm not going to be serving the party. i can still serve the people of this city, which i do every day anyway. but i'm not going to serve ukip if it's got arron banks as a donor, sorry. that is my argument. ukip's liverpool chairman, stuart monkham, has also resigned, saying "this unprofessional approach and crass insensitivity from high—profile people, closely within and without ukip, is upsetting and intolerable." paul nuttall is well aware that
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hillsborough remains a painful, sensitive issue here on merseyside. questions about his personal experience have dogged his bid for parliament in the stoke central by—election. and the timing of these resignations, just as voters are preparing to go to the polls, could hardly be worse. this was paul nuttall last week. neither he nor arron banks would comment today. the ukip leader says he was at hillsborough but he'd not lost close friends. there was a mistake on my website, which was put up by a press officer. i take full responsibility. it's now been taken down. i was there, i was at the game, i can prove i was at the game. i thought i'd seen all lows in politics. this just isn't scraping the barrel, this is digging beneath the barrel. but mr nuttall‘s critics are warning he could face further resignations from his party. carole walker, bbc news, liverpool. our top story this evening: the rising cost of social care — local councils warn
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of cuts to public services and increases in council tax. coming up: iamat i am at sutton united were a squad of just i am at sutton united were a squad ofjust a small budget will take on the mightand ofjust a small budget will take on the might and the millions of arsenal in the fa cup. and sevens sports including wheelchair sport and badminton had theirfunding rejected by uk sport. a state of famine has been declared in parts of south sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world since 2011. the government and the united nations report that around 100,000 people are currently affected, with another one million threatened in the coming months. south sudan is the world's newest country, having gained independence from sudan in 2011.
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but hopes of prosperity have been shattered by three years of civil war and economic collapse. alistair leithead has sent this report from the capital city, juba. when famine hits, the smallest suffer. in a hospital ward in the capital city, children are severely malnourished. a distended belly and a painful skin condition are obvious symptoms of hunger. malnutrition is really bad, because it has increased here for some years, but this year, it has really increased. the rate it has increased. this is unity state, where100,000 people are now feeling the effects of famine. some aid has
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been delivered to this worst affected region, but people are dying of starvation every day. civil war means many are out of reach, and are not getting this type of help. the real tragedy is that this is largely man—made. we do have famine and food insecurity, and it has worsened in many parts of this country, largely because of this u nfortu nate conflict. country, largely because of this unfortunate conflict. it is because of the fighting, but also because of access challenges that humanitarian ‘s have had in the parts of this country. a clash between former vice president riek machar and president salva kiir, in the hat, sparked civil war. for more than three yea rs, civil war. for more than three years, there has been fighting across the country, largely along ethnic lines. last year, a peace deal dramatically collapsed, bringing violence to a wider area.
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economic crisis has priced food beyond the reach of most. well over 3 million people have been forced from their homes by the fighting. hundreds of thousands of them are in camps set up by the united nations for their own protection. 1.5 million have fled to neighbouring countries, creating one of the worst refugees crises in the world. towns like this have emptied as the violence has spread to the food growing south of the country. in six months, 450,000 people have fled to uganda. thousands cross the border every day, and describe atrocities, rape and murder, by soldiers from both sides. the un has warned of the potential for genocide, and now both sides. the un has warned of the potentialfor genocide, and now a deepening famine, unless the war is stopped. cctv footage has emerged apparently showing the moment when the half—brother of north korea's leader is attacked with poison at kuala lumpa airport in malaysia. the grainy footage is said to show kim jong—nam walking through the terminal — before a woman attacks him from
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behind with an unknown substance. she then moves quickly off. the footage hasn't been independently verified and the police have not commented. after the attack, the alleged victim — in the blue—looking jacket — walks out seeking help from airport officials and security staff. three people have been arrested. four others are being sought. iraqi forces are continuing their advance into mosul, iraq's second—largest city, after launching a major attack yesterday to remove islamic state fighters from their last major stronghold in the country. progress has been slowed because of huge improvised explosive devices that the militants have placed along the route. uk sport has rejected appeals by seven sports that won't receive funding ahead of the 2020 tokyo olympic and paralympic games. archery, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby won't get any money, and badminton, which came out of the last 0lympics with a bronze medal, has been stripped of its funding.
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our sports editor, dan roan, is at the national badminton centre in milton keynes. dann, there must be some dismay there. absolutely. enthusiasm for there. absolutely. enthusiasm for the sport continues, but they are reeling from losing not summer but all of their £5.7 million of funding, asa all of their £5.7 million of funding, as a result of uk sport's decision. they learn today that their appeal against that decision has failed. the fear here is that there could bejob has failed. the fear here is that there could be job losses and that there could be job losses and that the scale of the olympic programme could be cut back. and more dismay because that is in spite of the fact that they met their 0lympic because that is in spite of the fact that they met their olympic medal target of a bronze in the men's doubles, despite that bad news today. uk sport say they have to prioritise and make some tough decisions, not least because the number of ticket sales in the
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national lottery, so crucial for sport funding, is on the way down, and that has meant they have had to been ruthless and cut some funding. here is what liz nicholl, the chief executive of uk sport, told me earlier today. we do believe that badminton — and wheelchair rugby and other sports — have medal potential, but it's not strong enough for it to be higher in the meritocratic table, and we've just run out of resources to be able to reach that far. are you notjust too ruthless, too obsessed with medals? we're very focused on an outcome, which is delivering more medals and more medallists to make the nation proud. the approach that we take has worked, and it will continue to work. uk sport are investing hundreds of millions of pounds into both 0lympic and paralympic sports in this next four—year cycle, building up to tokyo in 2020. they have been credited with transforming britain into a powerhouse nation in their
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game, that there is more controversy than ever before when it comes to giving up that money. thank you. scientists in boston have found a solution to the age—old question — how do you get every last drop of ketchup out of the bottle? their discovery should be welcomed by consumers and reduce waste, as our science correspondent, pallab ghosh, reports from boston. it's always an effort, and everyone has their own technique. well, you put it on its side, and you just karate chop it. you have to really shake it up a ton beforehand. i try to give it a good shake, kind of like just go like that a lot. it's something we've all struggled with — how to get that last drop of ketchup out of the bottle. well, scientists have come up with an invention where itjust glides out. watch. it's notjust for ketchup. it can work for toothpaste, make—up, hand cream, even glue. here at mit, they've developed this clever new technology.
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what i have here is our patented super—slippery coating technology. wow. you'll see that the toothpaste glides very easily. and you can do that with food as well, can't you? absolutely. so here i have mayonnaise in a regular bottle. you will see that mayonnaise is stuck, sticky. here is our liquid glide—coated bottle, and you will see that the mayonnaise slides very easily as well. the container has been specially engineered to enable the ketchup, or any other sticky liquid, to slip out easily. scientists coat the inside with a rough surface. they then put a thin layer over it, and they cover that with a liquid which fills in the troughs and forms a very slippery surface, like an oily floor. this coating process could cut huge amounts of waste. we dispose of 40 billion containers that
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still have sticky liquids in them. the technology is already being used for paint. look how the untreated tin compares with the coated one on the right. 200 million gallons of material is thrown away by industry each year because it gets stuck to tanks. back at the diner, when the super—slippery bottle is available in a few years' time, mealtimes will be a little less tricky. pallab ghosh, bbc news, boston. in just over an hour, all eyes will be on a football pitch in south london, when the part—time players of sutton united will take on the premier league giants arsenal in the fa cup. for sutton united, it's the biggest game in the club's history, as they attempt to produce an upset and reach the quarterfinals. our sports correspondent, natalie pirks, is at sutton's ground. this club is run by a dedicated team
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of volunteers. if players are paid just £10,000 a week in total, in contrast to arsenal's mesut 0zil, who earns 14 times that amount, alone, in the same time frame. the task facing sutton united tonight is a mammoth one, but football has a habit of creating fairy tales. sutton united's cup run has seen their captain living the dream. how are you doing? not bad. you? that is, when he's not on a building site. jamie collins only trains twice a week, working elsewhere to make ends meet like the rest of his team—mates. but it has its upsides. with no strict athletic regime to follow, collins enjoyed six pints with the boys the night before he did this. commentator: collins for sutton. 1-0! the draw for the fifth round gave him even more reason to celebrate. number six. sutton united will play arsenal in the next round of the fa cup. the phone has not stopped. it's either been the media
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or friends or family, or people i haven't spoken to for god knows how mant years, asking for tickets. it's been enjoyable, but when you're at work trying to get things done, it's sometimes a little bit distracting. sutton united's motto is "in it together". the bijou away dressing room takes that rather literally. there's more than £170 million worth of talent in the arsenal first 11. most won't have experienced an away day like this before. and it's not just the changing rooms that could do with a spruce up. the chairman's had his hands full with a leaking roof. so are you in a position now where you are going to be able to fix this? i think we probably are, yes. i was going to say we are going to splash out! oh, dear. this community club can afford to now. the estimated £700,000 they've made from this cup run means they can pay off their debts to their wealthy benefactor, who happens to also be their manager. paul doswell hasn't been paid a penny in the eight years he's managed sutton. instead, the property developer
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has poured £1 million of his own cash into the club, half of it to lay this 36 pitch. doswell is practically unsackable, regardless of the result tonight. if we beat them, i don't know what i'll do. i think i'll be up there for a long, long time, and i don't know how i'll get back down. it's something i haven't even thought about, to be honest, or dreamt about. if it happened, it would just be one of those moments for everyone, i think. it will be, "where were you when sutton beat arsenal?" the club already knows about giant—killing. they famously beat top—flight coventry in 1989. there will be no dodgy pitch this time, just pristine plastic. the away fans sitting here tonight can be assured, though, that sutton's desire is the real thing. we have talked a lot about sutton. what about arsenal? arsene wenger is a man under pressure after his side was thrashed 5—1 by bayern munich midweek. but arsenal are 105 places
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above sutton united in the sokolik. defeat tonight would be unthinkable, but as lincoln city proved in the week by beating burnley, not impossible. time for a look at the weather. here's matt taylor. i'm sure there's many a spring blossom bursting into life this afternoon, as temperatures peaked at 18 degrees in and around the london area. it felt more like mid may. however, february once its month back. it will get its weather back later this week. some areas will struggle to get above mid—single figures. colder air isn't far away. tonight, milder conditions across the southern half of the uk. patchy rain and drizzle at the moment, but turning wetter overnight across wales, the west midlands and east anglia. a chilly night than last
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night in parts of scotland, and northern ireland. here's the best of your tuesday sunshine. it will turn cloudy and wetter from the west later on. the day starts wet and misty across wales and the south west, struggling to brighten up. it turns a bit wetter in the south west later on. brighter weather for the eastern high ground. we will finish the day with a lot of rain across the day with a lot of rain across the west. tomorrow night, it will be wet and windy. scotland, northern ireland and northern england, after the promising start. those conditions extend to all on wednesday. low—pressure pursing into scotla nd wednesday. low—pressure pursing into scotland could cause 60 miles an hour gusts. some showers will be wintry. england and wales start of cloudy and damp, with patchy rain and drizzle. a cloudy couple of days on the way in southern counties.
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further north, it turns colder, and that colder air will be with us all, after that potentially windy spell on thursday. thank you. a reminder of our main story: the rising cost of social care. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me — the headlines: the house of lords is debating the brexit bill, unusually theresa may was in the chamber to watch the opening. fears are being urged to respect the result of the referendum. it is right to invoke article 50, to do so now, and to do
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so with the simplest bill that it is possible to bring forward, and i commend ministers for doing so. meanwhile, mps are debating whether president trump should be afforded a state visit to the uk. they are considering two petitions, one against and one in favour. new figures show the pressure on hospital beds because of social care shortages. it's contributed to a much higher nhs deficit than expected. local authorities in england say they will introduce council tax increases to tackle the crisis. the woman has been declared in parts of south sudan, after the civil war and continuing economic problems. russia's envoy to the united nations has died. the
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