tv Victoria Derbyshire BBC News August 1, 2018 9:00am-11:01am BST
good morning. hello it's wednesday, it's 9 o'clock, i'm chloe tilley, welcome to the programme could universal credit put claimants who live with abusive partners at additional risk? that's the conclusion of a cross party committee of mps, who warn that the system is turning the clock back to the 1950s by allowing abusers to take control of family finances. we're speaking to the chair of that committee, frank field, and to a woman who says her abusive partner withheld benefits from her and her three children — to the point that she couldn't buy basic items. thousands of children in the uk are forced to share beds with their siblings or sleep on the floor, according to new figures from a charity. i was surviving on two hours‘ sleep. i was getting annoyed with myself. i was feeling like i shouldn't be a mum because my children were going without what they needed. i spent most nights getting upset with myself. even trying to find ways... i would be sat up until five o'clock in the morning trying to find a way round... we'll be finding out how bed
poverty affects children. and he's entertained weary plane travellers and gone viral with his flight safety demonstration video. if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. now, enjoy your flight and, as always, thank you for flying virgin america. # so tonight, get ready to fly... applause but now the music has stopped for flight attendant mikey tonko. we'll be finding out why just before 10'clock. hello. welcome to the programme. we're live until 11 this morning. have you struggled to buy a bed or essentials for your children, or has
universal credit impacted on how your finances are controlled 7 universal credit impacted on how your finances are controlled? we wa nt to your finances are controlled? we want to hear your experiences. use the hashtag #victorialive. if you're emailing and are happy for us to contact you — and maybe want to take part in the programme — please include your phone number in your message. if you text, you'll be charged at the standard network rate. our top news story today... jeremy corbyn has issued an apology over sharing platforms in the past with people who hold anti—semitic views. it follows claims that speakers at an event hosted by the labour leader on holocaust memorial day two weeks ago compared israeli actions in gaza to the mass killing ofjews in the holocaust. our political guru is norman smith. norman, who exactly did jeremy corbyn appear with? well, this was an event back in 2010, when mr corbyn was a backbencher. he hosted an event in parliament which was a culmination of a tour by various pro—palestinian activists and
campaigners, which went under the slogan never again, from auschwitz to gaza. at this event there were various speakers that compared the actions of the israeli government in gaza to the killing of millions of jew s by the nazis. jeremy corbyn hasissued jew s by the nazis. jeremy corbyn has issued an apology, which is probably what is most interesting commentjeremy corbyn says he does not accept or condone such views, but for the first time he appears to acknowledge the dismay, the anxiety and concern within thejewish community about his association with various pro—palestinian groups. that is something that many in the labour party, including his own supporters, have been urging him to do, to take a more proactive role to try to address the concerns of thejewish community and to come out and publicly condemn some of those which
have been making anti—semitic remarks and acknowledged that many in thejewish remarks and acknowledged that many in the jewish community remarks and acknowledged that many in thejewish community are alarmed by the fact that mr corbyn has been associated with groups that are highly critical of israel. norman smith, speaking to us live from a spinster. annita mcveigh is on the bbc newsroom with a summary of the rest of the news. a 21—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was assaulted at home after being involved in a car crash. 37—year—old stephen walsh was found dead at his home in mapperley, nottinghamshire, on monday morning. the father—of—two had been involved in a crash nearby on sunday evening. police are appealing for witnesses. a conservative—run council is warning it may have to cut basic services after imposing emergency spending controls for the second time in six months. northamptonshire county council needs to save more than 60 million pounds by next march, and will decide today whether it should limit the work it does to a bare minimum. here's our political correspondent, tom barton. looking after older people, caring for vulnerable children,
repairing the roads — all work done by local councils on behalf of local residents. but one council is warning that soon it might only do the things it is required to by law. northamptonshire county council last week warned, for the second year in a row, that it was risk of running out of money. tonight councillors will decide what the authority needs to do to avoid going bust. 0n the table, proposals to reduce services to a bare minimum of 33 core areas, which it is obliged to deliver in line with statutory duties. the council says... over the next eight months, the council has to save more than £60 million — 15% of its annual budget.
even if these proposals are approved, that will be a big challenge. in zimbabwe — where the country's electoral commission is reporting that the ruling zanu—pf party has taken an early lead in the first results to be announced after monday's elections. it's reported that zanu pf has won 109 seats in parliament, the mdc — the movement for democratic change has claimed a1. nearly 60 seats are still to be anounced. the european union election observers are expected to give their report on the election later today. thousands of children in the uk do not have a bed of their own, forcing many to share with siblings, or sleep on the floor. that's according to the charity buttle uk, which has provided more than 13,000 beds to children in the past five years. the charity has written to mps and council leaders in 10 of the most deprived areas to ask them to commit to ensuring that
every child has a bed of their own. universal credit is leaving domestic abuse victims at the mercy of their abusers. that's according to an investigation by the commons work and pensions committee. under the system, benefits are paid into one bank account per household, which mps say allows abusers to take control of family finances. but the government insists split payments are available for those who need them. there are more than 10,000 more grammar school pupils in england now than there were in 2010. that's despite a 20—year ban on building new ones. figures, from a bbc analysis of official data, show the number of places are expected to increase further in the coming years, partly due to a new 50 million pounds expansion fund. 0ur education editor branwen jeffries has more. like many grammar schools, it has a long history. sir william borlase's also wants a bigger future. it is among over 30 selective schools bidding to expand. the deadline to ask for cash to build is tomorrow. it is a condition for those
selective schools that they have to come forward with a plan of how they are going to widen their access and make sure that more children from more disadvantaged backgrounds are going to be able to access it. but grammar school expansion has already been happening. there are 11,000 more grammar school pupils than in 2010. by 2021, that means the equivalent of 2a extra grammar schools. that is if intake stays the same. 93 out of 163 schools still give priority to poorer pupils, but some at the effect of expansion. what you're doing is you are creaming off the top students in that area. the consequence of that for other schools will be that their average achievement level will go down, both in terms of the students entering those skills will have a lower test scores.
also potentially in the progress they make because you're removing some of that high achieving peer group. grammar schools are popular with some parents, but remain controversial with those against selecting at age 11. president trump's former campaign manager, paul manafort, has gone on trial accused of hiding millions of dollars from the tax authorities. it's the first case relating to the investigation into alleged russian interference in the 2016 election. mr manafort denies 18 charges relating to his lobbying activities on behalf of the former russian—backed government of ukraine. ajudge in the united states has blocked the online publication of designs for 3d printed plastic guns. eight states took legal action against the trump administration after it ruled the blueprints could be made available for download. it follows concerns the plans would be used to make an untraceable weapon which could evade metal detectors. the texas—based company behind
the project said no—one had used the idea to commit any crime. an emergency drought summit has been called by the farmers union. many farmers have been experiencing their driest spring and summer for decades, with too little water for crops and severely reduced grass growth. the environment secretary will be among those attending. these cows in north yorkshire should be eating grass, but it simply hasn't grown. no significant rain for two months means they are having to eat baled feed instead, that could mean a shortage of straw and an expensive winter to come. it is a similar concern for arable farmers, harvest time is still five weeks away, but severe water shortages mean crop yields are down and farmers risk losing their crops at the final stage. tinderbox conditions and a summer
drought have seen field fires, algal blooms and fish rescues. the environment agency says it has responded to 44 significant incidents since the end ofjune. last month's dry, hot weather followed the driestjune since 1925. the nfu says this unprecedented spell of weather serves as a wake—up call for us all. today's emergency drought summit‘s seeking emergency action to address the crippling impact it is having on farms across the country. it is a timely reminder that you shouldn't take food reduction for granted, the weather will usually have the last laugh. in these brexit times, the nation needs to think about how it is going to feed itself going forward. we think we want government to take food production in the uk seriously and in these testing times that is a good test for government as to how seriously it takes us as an industry. the thunderstorms and rain in recent days hasn't been enough to solve the many issues farmers are experiencing. environment secretary michael gove will attend today's meeting and help draw up an action plan.
the president of the nfu says it is a timely reminder that we shouldn't take food production for granted. katharine da costa, bbc news. what are thought to be the remains of 55 american soldiers killed in the korean war are due to be repatriated. north korea returned the remains on friday in the latest move towards better relations with the us. forensic tests will now be carried out to identify the remains. a plane has crashed on takeoff during a heavy hailstorm in northern mexico, injuring 85 people. local officials said the aircraft was hit by a gust of wind as it left the runway. amazingly, everyone survived. thick plumes of smoke in the distance, from a
passenger jet which crashed shortly after take—off. officials say that no—one was killed, though 80 have suffered injuries. the photos show the plane was severely damaged. the aircraft was on its way to mexico city when it crashed. it had tried to take off from durango state on the two—hour flight south from guadalupe victoria international airport, with 97 passengers and four crew on board. translation: there was a strong explosion which hit the plane. we don't know if was a lightning bolt or a mechanical problem. we had just taken off and the plane fell. translation: the survivors are being checked, but 25 do not have serious injuries, 10 others are in a serious condition. this footage has also emerged — a hailstorm in durango at the time of the crash. though it's not clear if the weather was a factor in what happened. authorities haven't said how serious the injuries sustained are. it seems some of the passengers managed to walk off the plane after it came down. the airport has now closed while emergency services deal with the crash and families wait for news on the condition of the passengers and crew onboard. andrew plant, bbc news.
stargazers have been treated to a closer view of mars than they've had in 15 years over the last 2a hours. the red planet came within just 35 million miles of earth, making it more visible to the naked eye than usual. according to nasa it could take at least 250 years before the two planets come so close to each other again. if you're a star wars fan, and you've got deep pockets you might be interested in this. it's the jacket worn by harrison ford in the empire strikes back. it's going for auction next month and is expected to fetch up to a million pounds. the blackjacket is one of 600 lots going under the hammer at the movie memorabilia event in london. that's a summary of the latest bbc news — more at 9.30. do get in touch with us
throughout the morning. we will talk about the cuts at northamptonshire council. have you been affected already? use the hashtag to share your experiences on all of the stories we are talking about. if you send a text you will be charged up to standard that network rate. the first test match today, england and india. it has the makings to be a classic and that is what test cricket needs, and that is what test cricket needs, a great series to get people interested. the crowds are dwindling and so are the viewing figures. 0n paper, it looks like india should win, they are the number—1 ranked side the world. but they don't like playing in england and they certainly don't like playing at edgbaston, whetherfirst certainly don't like playing at edgbaston, whether first testers. they have never won there, but
england's form coming into this is pretty poor, winning six out of the last nine test matches. but the match ups could be really interesting. you have players like joe root going up against the india captained virat kohli and you have rashid playing for england. he is, again, this is key, he is there with moeen ali. in the front of your picture. rashid has not been playing along form of cricket. he has only played in one—day cricket and t20, so played in one—day cricket and t20, so it was a big surprise, for some, that got picked. but he is the inform bowler at the moment. and he could cause problems for india's batsman, although like virat kohli, there he is, the indian captain, he doesn't like playing in england and he certainly doesn't like facing bowlers like jimmy anderson. jimmy anderson is getting a bit longer in the tooth, but he will fancy his
chances of getting virat kohli out. so individual battles in this series. but i tell you what, what test cricket needs is a brilliant series and this could happen. we have five test matches squeezed into six weeks, day one today, as you say. let's talk about johanna let's talk aboutjohanna konta, who has had an amazing performance against a slightly weakened serena williams. you say weekend and you're right, she has had a baby. but serena williams's form, recently, had not been that bad. she did well in paris, at the french open, she made the final at wimbledon, where she played rather poorly. but if you contrast that to johanna konta's form, konta's has been really poor, she dropped out of the well‘s top ten and almost out of the top 50 110w. ten and almost out of the top 50 now. but she has won. and it was the man of the victory that was really incredible. just losing one game,
6-0, 6-1. to incredible. just losing one game, 6—0, 6—1. to put it into context, serena williams's worst defeat ever since she turned professional way backin since she turned professional way back in 1995. so as you rightly say, incredible! let's talk about england's women at the hockey world cup, they struggled at the beginning but they are true to the quarterfinals. they are and teams are supposed to start strongly and reach their peak when it matters. they have got through to the quarterfinals of the world cup and they looked good, this was their best performance, a solid win for them. sophie bray got the goal to put their 1—0 up. still some nervy moments and they sealed the win late on. lily 0wsley sealed the win late on. they have got through to the quarterfinals but what happens next? they will get a real test, the netherlands is next, the world
number one team who are scoring for fun at this world cup. the next game is going to be really tough! thank you very much, chris, we will speak to you throughout the morning. out of touch, putting individuals at risk of harm and ‘turning the clock back‘ to the 1950s. that's what a cross party group of mps is claiming universal credit is doing. the benefit payment — which was introduced as one single payment to replace several others — is under the spotlight today, in a report looking at how changing the way it's paid could impact on people who are subject to domestic violence. the work & pensions select committee says the system can end up with abusers in charge of family finances, which which can leave survivors and their children dependent on an abusive partner for all their basic needs. are they right? frank field mp chairs the work & pensions select committee, which is calling for these changes. he's here this morning. as is katie ghose, who is the chief executive of the charity women's aid. and alsojoining us is dorris — not her real name. we are disguising her identity
because she was in a relationship where she was financially reliant on a partner who witheld benefit payments intended for her children. thank you all for being with us this morning. frank field, explain to people watching, how is universal credit being paid and why is that the problem? well, the benefit is rolling up six previous benefit into a single payment and it is paid to a single member of a household. now, what we don't know is whether that payment is going to carry which children, in some instances, it will be, and in some instances, it won't be, and in some instances, it won't be and in some households, it doesn't matter who it is paid to. it is not a silver bullet, but we are saying abusers will use control and money in a family to make their abuse of power is even more stronger, so abuse of power is even more stronger, so move one abuse of power is even more stronger, so move one should be, people take on the form who is the main careras people take on the form who is the
main carer as though government is committed at this single —— at the moment single payments, they should make that the person tipped as the carerfor make that the person tipped as the carer for children. just to be clear, it is so confusing. universal credit. it is! to be clear, who decide to that person is who is paid, is that the recipient or the government that decides which person in the household gets the money? well, it is part of the great mystery. we are saying it may be satisfactory for many claimants. nobody saw this problem coming so we're not blaming the government for it. we are saying now it has been highlighted, please act. 0n the form, people take who is the main carer so you are form, people take who is the main carer so you are programmed to deliver only a payment to a single person in the household. in those circumstances, why not pay, or please pay, that payment to the person who ca res please pay, that payment to the person who cares for the children. secondly, it in the longer run,
given that you said from the 1950s onwards, we tried to build up a social security system and income as a right to people who care for children, overwhelmingly women. that is put at risk with universal credit. so in the longer run, we should be thinking about how we split this benefit to usually the carer, which is usually the mother with children, taking most of the benefit. and to the male partner having part of the benefit as well. but in the meantime, they could act now to pay for those who care for children taking hold of the benefit. so that would prevent, it won't solve, there is no silver bullet, it isa solve, there is no silver bullet, it is a horrible and evil issue we are dealing with, but it would momentarily strengthened the position of usually women with children who are abused. position of usually women with children who are abusedlj position of usually women with children who are abused. i want to bring in dorris at this point. i
know that you work with the charity surviving economic abuse. you spend more than 20 years with a partner, you say he took away your independence and he made you financially reliant, what happened? yes, i was quite young when i met him and! yes, i was quite young when i met him and i became pregnant very quickly. and you don't realise the psychological manipulation going on. and before you know where you are, he was in control of everything. so, any benefit that was assigned, it was all in his name. when each time my children were born, while i was still in the hospital, he would be a hasty retreat to the town hall and register the birds and submitted a claim for child benefit. so all child benefit was paid to him as well. so he said he was the main carer? he did, they wouldn't speak to me, the child benefit centre,
because i was not the claimant. and it was terrible, i used to claim crisis loans almost every week because i didn't have access to any money even for things like sanitary towels and things for the children. and at one stage, one of the managers in the local dss, she started crying, she said, i can't give you any more crisis loans. started crying, she said, i can't give you any more crisis loansm is ok, take your time. she just said, tell me you will be ok. i said, tell me you will be ok. i said, well, i can't do that, because ididn't said, well, i can't do that, because i didn't have any of the support. i had been isolated from friends and family. and quite by chance, i heard about welfare benefit centre and i we nt about welfare benefit centre and i went to see them and they told me about a little— known went to see them and they told me about a little—known clause, and it is 20 odd years ago, that was in the legislation that if money being paid
in benefits was not being used for the purpose for which it was provided, you could have that money separated off. so i went to the dss and they said they had not heard of it, but they did go back to me and they did split my payment and then eventually, i was able to claim, have child benefit put back in my name, but it was very little money to live on. i could not keep money in my purse because of this man. he would steal everything, any possessions i had come up from around me. it was really difficult, the situation. and because there was no safety net, i remained at risk. and i genuinely was in fear of my life. and i couldn't leave because i was not able to be economically independent. as luck would have it, i worked hard and i studied and i was able to leave. but the effects
of that, they are long—lasting. and my children are affected as well. how are your children affected?” suppose it is ptsd, really. being made to stay in a situation where they are regularly abused. i certainly have long—lasting health effects in that respect as well. and i think for the government, it is like they have gone back to the 19505, it like they have gone back to the 1950s, it is appalling. so many years later, they are still coming up years later, they are still coming up with the same tired old suggestions. they have no understanding about economic abuse. the control exerted, it is terrible. you know, you actually think that you can't go anywhere, you can't do anything. and that is the psychological stranglehold that men like that have over you. you know,
we are keeping women in situations of risk, we are risking their lives, and that is not being melodramatic, we are talking about women are made to stay. and statistically, 2—3 women die every week as a result of domestic abuse. i think the government, i don't know who they have consulted with on this, i cannot imagine it is with any survivors. i want to bring katie in on this. it is so difficult to hear dorris's story. are you hearing similar cases all the time? we hear cases like this all the time. dorris has described the devastating consequences for the whole family of financial abuse, stranglehold is a good word for it. the dynamics are all about power and control. 0ur grave worry, which we have warned the government about from the beginning, universal credit has not been designed with the safety of survivors in mind, that has to
change now. single household payments problem when it comes to domestic abuse because you are giving the perpetrator the opportunity to take the money for themselves and exert more financial abuse of the victim. but this is not abuse of the victim. but this is not a problem of the making of universal credit, this has been there before, asterix pointed out, which all benefit. it still is perfectly possible for abuse is to be registered as the main carer. you are absolutely right and that is why it is so good frank field's committee report has made other practical recommendations to have domestic abuse specialists injob centres, to have a private room so somebody suffering domestic abuse can talk to somebody and really pleased they have said they will have training for all jobcentre staff, developed with people like ourselves, specialists in domestic abuse. job centres start on the front line, it will make a real difference to them, understanding the dynamics of domestic abuse. frank feels, as she said, the government has said, we have
specialist teams in everyjob centre who can support victims of domestic violence, stuff to everything they can to make sure people fleeing domestic abuse get the help they need as quickly as possible and the vast majority ofjob centres have these private interview facilities. and in the small number that do not, alternative arrangements can be made. well, that is good progress. but we will obviously find out how universal that services and whether there are these servers are separate rooms where people can find refuge to lay out their case. but nevertheless, it goes back to this point, although dorris's partner went down and got hold of child benefit, child benefit was not designed for him and he really had to move, a story said, fast and twist the law to get that benefit. thatin twist the law to get that benefit. that in a fit was meant for her. we are saying move one, you are only
paying single payments each month to a single person in the household. make that the care of the children. we shall also move to split payments so that the carer would have most of the benefit and the other partner would have an income in their own right. how easy is it to do that? the whole point of universal credit was to make it easier, so that one family wasn't getting six or seven benefits from different places, it was to make it simpler and cheaper to administer? two moves, it is going to a single payment so make it to the carer of the children. it is on the universal credit form, so they have that information. they could start doing that tomorrow. the second is the longer term issue about how do we look at the social security system and give women greater independence that are caring for children, rather than less? we
will see how the experiment is that scotla nd wa nts will see how the experiment is that scotland wants to carry out an universal credit work, learn from that and hopefully move to more complicated reform. but there is nothing stopping the government acting now to say we only have a single payment system operating, we will now ensure that the single payment, the whole of it goes to the ca re of payment, the whole of it goes to the care of the children. doris, what do you want to see the government do?” wa nt you want to see the government do?” want to see completely separate payments. i think split payments, very little money is paid these days to people on benefit. to split payments, number one, it is insufficient money. the abuser, the perpetrator will never, ever give any money into the household. two, you are placing women at risk because if benefit is paid, if split benefit is paid, you are placing that woman at risk of violence because of the reaction that the perpetrator will have. they will lash out. it will not be on a one—off basis. my ex—husband works
in an area where he gives welfare benefits advice and support people making claims and appeals. he used that, he used his knowledge to do what he did to us. split payments, it is going back at least 25 plus years, i think that is old hat. i think there should be separate payments. i think something should trigger when a woman approaches the dhs and says i am in an abusive relationship and i need to leave because i am afraid for my safety. that should trade something with the dwp. -- that should trade something with the dwp. —— trigger something. that should trade something with the dwp. -- trigger something. the split payment, you would have it in your own right as care of the children, there would be another payment to there would be another payment to the other person in the household. do you think this is going to be taken seriously enough? it needs to be taken much more seriously, the
government needs to look at universal credit through the lens of a survivor of domestic abuse. safety first should be the principal. it's entirely possible to move over time towards a system of split or shared payments. the reason that is important and could work is that if that becomes the default, then it means that it will not look unusual for the survivor to be requesting it. that is what doris is saying, they are worried that if they do the application to say, could you split the payments, the abusive partner will find out and punish them for it. thank you so much. thank you also frank field mp, and doris, a survivor of domestic abuse. still to come... we spoke to people on monday to people who were duped out of thousands of pounds by companies that said they could make them successful models. we were inundated with responses and we will give you an update. and we'll speak to the alaskan flight attendant who has become famous for his safety demonstration dance.
he will tell us why his social media stardom could be about to come to an end. time for the latest news. here's annita mcveigh. jeremy corbyn has apologised for appearing atan jeremy corbyn has apologised for appearing at an event alongside people who compared the actions of israel with the nazis. a holocaust survivor compared israel to nazism. he said views were expressed that he did not accept or condone. a 21—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was assaulted at home after being involved in a car crash. 37—year—old stephen walsh was found dead at his home in mapperley, nottinghamshire, on monday morning. the father—of—two had been involved in a crash nearby on sunday evening. police are appealing for witnesses. a conservative—run council is warning it may have to cut basic services after imposing emergency spending controls for the second time in six months.
northamptonshire county council needs to save more than 60 million by next march, and will decide today whether it should limit the work it does to a bare minimum. there are more than 10,000 more grammar school pupils in england now than there were in 2010. that's despite a 20—year ban on building new ones. figures, from a bbc analysis of official data, show the number of places are expected to increase further in the coming years, partly due to a new £50 million expansion fund. thousands of children in the uk do not have a bed of their own, forcing many to share with siblings, or sleep on the floor. that's according to the charity buttle uk, which has provided more than 13,000 beds to children in the past five years. the charity has written to mps and council leaders in 10 of the most deprived areas to ask them to commit to ensuring that every child has a bed of their own. and emergency drought summit has
been called by the national farmers union to address the impact of the dry and hot weather on farms. many farmers have been experiencing their driest spring and summer for decades, with too little water for crops and severely reduced grass growth. the environment secretary michael gove will be among those attending. that's a summary of the latest bbc news. nous and sport. england start the first test against india in under two—hours. adil rashid will be hoping make headlines about his spin not his selection. johanna konta beats serena williams at the silicon valley 0pen — 6—1, 6—0 — williams' worst defest of her professional career. quite
england's women are through to the quarter—finals of the hockey world cup. they beat korea 2—0 in london and will play the netherlands next. the netherlands are the world's number one side. and manchester united beat real madrid 2—1 in miami last night — ander herrera with the best of their goals. spurs also won 1—0 against ac milan in minneapolis. that's all the sport for now. on monday, we ran an item about modelling companies duping people into paying hundreds, even thousands pounds for photoshoots that they believe will lead to paid fashion modelling work. as a result of our item, we were deluged with emails from viewers who had lost huge amounts of money in this way but were trying to fight back and recoup their losses. now this programme can reveal that national trading standards e—crime team have launched a criminal investigation into some of the companies that are operating in this way. arrests have already been made and now there are hopes it could lead to the country's first conviction. here's a reminder of what typically
happens to people who are caught up in these scams. 16—year—old dominika sadurek from west lonodon was finishing her gcses when she decided to submit her picture to a company offering a gateway into the modelling world. i had tried to find a way to make some quick, easy money. everyone was constantly telling me, "you could do some modelling, it's kind of an easy thing to get into and it's quick money." so i started applying to agencies online. then i got a call. they called me. and then they called my mum. and then after that they set a meeting date where you go in, you have your photos taken, and after you have your photos taken, they discuss work prospects with you and what you could do. 0n the day, i mean, they were very convincing. i said, "ok, let's do this, have a nice experience and so on." it was really lovely.
it was really nice. the people were attending and caring and so on. she was very happy, enjoying the hairand make—up and dressing up and so on. they asked us to come to the office. there was a tiny, dark office and she had her computer open and she said, "you did very well. we are all very happy with you," pumping us all. then she turned the screen towards us and we could see her on the front cover of the magazine, this beauty magazine. and it looked very lovely, you know. when you look at it like this, "wow, this is great." a great opportunity. of course every girl... well, almost every girl would like to see herself as such, to be on the front of a magazine. but after the excitement of the photo shoot, there was a hard sell. i could see almost straightaway that this was a kind of manipulation game going on with all the prices. i started to talk to her in polish, rudely, in front of the woman. i said, "this is a con.
you're not going to do it. i'm very sorry but i'm not paying this money." she had tears in her eyes. "please, i beg you. i want to. this is my lifetime opportunity." you know, the heart is breaking and you know that the money is going to go somewhere else. then she says, "you have to go. you have to make a decision now because there are some other people coming in and waiting in the queue. so make a decision now, make a decision now." and so then finally i agreed to the lowest amount. they eventually paid £400 but she never did get any work and their calls were never returned. after a month, they gave up. i could see that she knew already that this is not going to happen. all of it was a bunch of lies and she was really frustrated and i could see her, you know, bringing everything back, being lied to. i think it was that first very strong experience, welcome to the adult world.
try to be positive, you know. bad things happen. stop, because i will cry as well! bad things happen but this wasn't the worst, you know? well, dominika used a company called london fashion models — and since monday's report, we've learned that westminster trading standards launched an investigation into them earlier this year. they've told us they are "monitoring the company and collating complaints and are considering further action." we've asked to speak to london fashion models and had no response. we're joined now by mike andrews, the national co—ordinator for the national trading standards e—crime team, which has launched a criminal investigation into this practice, but has not looked at any of the companies we have named. we're also talking to johnson igwilo, who took a modelling company to the county court and won,
after he spent £800 on a shoot for his young daughter. he says he's still never received the money. we're also joined by michelle and henry pollard, who emailed us after they saw our story. they spent £6,000 on a package with london fashion models and are now fighting to get the money back. thank you all forjoining us. i want to start with you, mike. we got so many e—mails after we look at this on monday, when we were on air and when we came off. so many people felt frustrated. they felt cross and they felt they didn't really know where to turn. if us a sense of what you are doing at the national trading standards, to clamp down on this kind of behaviour? as you said in the intro, we have an ongoing investigation so i can't talk in great detail about the specifics. what i can say is that at the heart
of what we do and the work that we carry out is tackling businesses that act in an unfair way towards consumers. clearly, as we have seen in the video, in the consumer complaints we have had referred to us, we believe that these companies acting entirely unfairly and using aggressive practices to dupe them into signing up for expensive contracts, where no modelling work is generally forthcoming. so they are breaking specific laws, some of these companies? our belief is that they are committing offences under legislation that we primarily in force called the consumer protection from unfair trading regulations. at the heart of that, companies must not act in an unfair way to influence purchasing decisions of consumers. i want to bring in johnson. you and your wife decided to ta ke johnson. you and your wife decided to take matters into your own hands when you spend this money. so, you went to what you thought was a legitimate photo shoot? yes. i want
to say that they told us to come to the office to register, and after that we don't make the payment, she will lose the position. so, they we nt will lose the position. so, they went for the photo shoot. and then she started getting the modelling leads. and after that, there was nothing from that. we went back in two we e ks nothing from that. we went back in two weeks and they asked us to make another payment. by that time we realised something was wrong, so we decided to take them to court. you took them to court. how complicated and challenging was that, to go through anyway? it was difficult, but we didn't know what to do. you couldn't get in touch with them. we decided to do that, and they never returned our calls back. but he won in the county court. it went for you
and it was ruled that this money had to be returned to you, however, that hasn't happened ? they never returned the money back and nothing has been done since then. mike, can anything be done to force these companies to pay money? people will be amazed a court can save people will be amazed a court can save the money has to be returned and they just save the money has to be returned and theyjust don't. unfortunately, this is a typical example of many of the cases we investigate and companies that have acted in an illegal manner will think they can evade the law by simply liquidating the company and disappearing. it does make it difficult for consumers to then get redress through the courts, but it doesn't stop our team being able to investigate and prosecute where appropriate. michelle, you got in touch with us, and henry, on monday, after watching the programme. explain what you went through. what was so extraordinary was that right from the very
beginning, my son came to me and he said, mummy, i have got this appointment with london fashion models. and we were just about to go on holiday. the next day. i do said, ed,| on holiday. the next day. i do said, ed, ican't on holiday. the next day. i do said, ed, i can't do this for you. i will have to do it when we get back. how old was he? he was 17. sol have to do it when we get back. how old was he? he was 17. so i phoned them up and i said, we can't make them up and i said, we can't make the appointment tomorrow, i can perhaps do it when i come back from holiday. and they literally made sure i came back the day after we came back from holiday. so the pressure even started right from the very beginning. and then of course, we went up, they did the fashion shoot, they made us wait for hours and hours, we kept having to go back to the offices. and they only saw us at about 6pm, in a really stuffy and hot little room. after a long day. after a very long day. so you are
tired, you one out, he was tired. we had left home at seven a:m.. so it was a long day. and i think they just sort of had their tactics of high—pressure sales. and everything was, even my husband came into the office. you were there as well? i arrived towards the end is the payment was being made. there was hugely high—pressure, very hot, very noisy, an urgency to do something. after the fashion shoot that lasted all day, and they were good photos, they said they couldn't release the photos unless we signed straightaway and we paid up straightaway. and we we re and we paid up straightaway. and we were given an option, a menu of different options and we went for the most expensive because it had a nutritionist and the trainer. all the advice. sorry, nutritionist and trainer, i haven't heard this before? i said you would get a trainer? yes, so our son would be in the right place to model for
whoever. they mentioned a lot of brands and it sounded really attractive. they said they had a contract lined up in two weeks' time, would you be ready? 0f contract lined up in two weeks' time, would you be ready? of course he is ready for it. he wanted to do it because of the money but thousands of children are out there, teenagers, who go wanting, they see this as their dream of a modelling career this as their dream of a modelling careerand this as their dream of a modelling career and they have been destroyed. many of them are vulnerable. whatever we can do with trading standards and the police to build a case against these people who fraudulently selling something, they need to be closed down, their businesses need to be closed down and the directors need to be banned from being directors of companies. the problem is that often, mike, these companies stop trading under that name and theyjust restart and another. they do. in this case, we have seen them used very similar names where they may be just change one word in the title of the company. but it is important to point out as has been described here, the actions of these companies, the actions they undertake to coerce consumers, to
apply the pressure they are putting them under and conducting very aggressive sales techniques is illegal and that, those practices we are trying to clamp down on. we do know the two because you talk about with similar names, well, they have changed them, london fashion models and the studio works, that is essentially the same company, we established on monday. westminster trading standards have said they have come to an agreement with them and they want to trade in this way any more. would your team, in light of the counts we have received, look again now at these two because?” think it would be difficult to prejudge any ongoing inquiry but certainly, these factors we are closely looking at. we have a considerable amount of evidence we are currently going through and that was seized at the time we started our investigation in april and once we have gone through that evidence and assisted, we will make a decision as to what is the most appropriate course of action dealing
with the companies and the directors behind them. thank you, all of you. i know trading standards on monitoring this company, but if you go to the student chat rooms, they are still continuing and students are still continuing and students are being badly treated and they will have no after—care will stop so the need to be closed down. they too so much. —— thank you so much. mikey tonko—burry is possibly the most famous flight attendant in the world. he went viral when he created a dance for the safety demonstration, which now features as a back—screen video on virgin america flights. when it became acceptable to use mobile phones when planes are taxiing, passengers began filming him, and he quickly became a social media sensation. but all of this is about to end. virgin has been merged with alaska airlines and the video is being retired and so, tragically, is mikey‘s dance. before we speak to mikey, let's check out some of his moves from his final dance. # yo, yo, yo! # now that you're bopping
your head to the rap scene # now that your eyes are glued to the flat screen # # we've got a plan of attack # # you know that we wont be leavin you hangin # pull your mask down first, don t worry oxygen flows # # four window exits on this airplane (over the wings) # four exit doors, two in the front (and two in the back!) # # under your seat, there's a life vest (life vest) # first class, its below your centre armrest # # in the unlikely event we need to get you outside # your exit is equipped with an inflatable slide # # now, enjoy yourflight # and, as always, thank you for flying virgin america # applause # so tonight (tonight!) # get ready to fly (we're gonna fly!) # let's speak to mikey now. iam i am watching you and you look like you're getting quite emotional. yes, a little bit. that was a part
of us. along and i can't believe yesterday was the last day. i was so honoured. hello to everybody in england out there! it is amazing. takeis england out there! it is amazing. take is back four years, what on earth prompted you to do this in the first place? well, our virgin america marketing team e—mailed all the flight attendants to say if we ever wa nted the flight attendants to say if we ever wanted to perform an on—board sta nce ever wanted to perform an on—board stance because it is very catchy and ha rd stance because it is very catchy and hard not to dance to it, to do so freely. and i remembered i was in the gym when the video was released, on the treadmill, and i was kind of seeing what it would be like to be in the aeroplane aisles while on the treadmill. i started choreographing things in my head and i use my background as a figure state to keep my balance when the planes were taxiing —— figure skater. if the pilots had to make a quick turn or stop, i could adjust accordingly. there are a lot of challenges, it is
a restricted area. the plane is moving around. you have choreographed your routine of it on the treadmill, but the first time, you are quite nervous, presumably? yes, definitely. even when i competed as a figure—skating, i still got nervous. it is one of those performance anxiety things. that always means that you care whenever you are nervous. that is absolutely true, you should always be nervous. so, how was it received? the first few times before it became viral and you were a star, were people confused, how did it go down? the coolest thing is the video is playing in the background on the planes are really getting into it. i just remember the first time i did it, a lot of cameras were out. filming. because everybody had their phone. ijust filming. because everybody had their phone. i just thought that was the most amazing thing that somebody is actually wanting to film somebody
doing a safety demo on the plane. usually, people are zoned out and they don't pay attention, so it can be changed how people perceive safety demonstrations. it looks quite exhausting, i was watching it yesterday and you have beads of sweat because it is quite a long video! yes. a lot have been either in dallas or fort lauderdale in the summertime when it gets really, really hot. about 100 fahrenheit. and the humidity also. itjust depends on where it was and what season as well. presumably as well, you talk about your figure—skating background, but presumably you had to do some level of warm up before this or you would injure yourself, because that are high kicks and all sorts of things going on! yes, definitely. i have my four top in an overhead stretching before the next ﬂight. -- overhead stretching before the next flight. —— might but up. and yes, i
would just make sure that everything is warmed up and the muscles get warmed up. so, the line is getting scratchy and i want to see your best moves. you wander up and to give as a couple high kicks? at 1:45 a:m., i will definitely make sure i get into the split position. that is the splits right there. very good. just make sure i get my leg up for the high kicks. that is amazing! you must be really sad you can't do it any more. does this mean you just have to do the normal, dare i say it, boring, standard demonstration? yes, it is more in line with what ourairline yes, it is more in line with what our airline has. because the lap —— the alaska planes don't have the tv
screens on the back some now everybody speaks into the microphone and the rest of my crew does the live demo. this is because of the merger between the two airlines and so this video is effectively being scrapped. it is not that they don't like dancing, it is just changing. what was the reception when you did that last dance we just saw? what was that like for you? just as emotional. like when you were watching me. we had a lot of virgin america fans and they were really, really sad to know that was the last time they would hear the song. i a lwa ys time they would hear the song. i always changed the mood in our planes, it is hard to be in a bad mood when you are singing and dancing. travelling is already stressful enough so any little we we can alleviate that stress is definitely something the passengers love. it was definitely emotional. it has been so lovely speaking to you and i am so people to you. in
got until 1:45am you and i am so people to you. in got until1:45am and you and i am so people to you. in got until 1:45am and best of luck for the future! thank you. mikey, the flight attendant, who became famous for doing that turns up and down the aisles. coming up... england will face india in their 1000th test match in edgbaston later this morning, we will be live in birmingham shortly. now the weather, with carol. is it really going to be getting into the 30s by the end the week? for some of us, yes, it is. and after watching mikey, this is going to bea after watching mikey, this is going to be a very weather presentation! this is a picture from northamptonshire, lovely sunshine if thatis northamptonshire, lovely sunshine if that is what you want. the focus todayis that is what you want. the focus today is for sunny spells for many parts of england and wales. but we do have rain and thicker cloud across northern ireland and western scotland. courtesy of this clutch of other fronts from the atlantic. and as you can see from the isobars, it
is breezy, not particularly windy, although the wind will pick up in the west later. through this morning, we hang onto hazy sunshine because there is some cloud around. we could catch an afternoon shower from that cloud in the midlands for example, but for most, it is dry with the rain across northern ireland, western scotland, getting across cumbria, anglesey, the isle of man and just moving across north west wales. temperatures in the north in the high teens, as we move further south, looking at the mid—to—high 20s. through this evening and overnight, the process of those weather fronts crossing the country continues. the rain moving from west to east, the cloud also going along with it with clearer skies across parts of the south east. temperatures tonight mostly in double figures, but in the south, it still feels quite muggy. tomorrow, a fair bit of sunshine. a weak weather front again across us. producing patchy rain. the odd shower out of
that as it tends to fizzle, but that is about it. and a lot of dry weather. tomorrow's temperatures continue to climb. chloe was talking about the 30s, we could hit 30 and is tomorrow around the london area. but pushing further north, temperatures higher than today. a bit lower across scotland and northern ireland where we have more cloud. friday, a weak weather front sinking south and producing this rain. as it continues itsjourney moving south, that fizzles and not much more than a band of cloud. showers across scotland and northern ireland. away from those, largely dry. temperatures on friday higher than they are going to be on saturday. looking at 30, possibly 33 in the south—eastern corner, but you can see how far north that he does travel. but again for the far north of england and scotland and northern ireland, temperatures not as high. but perhaps more comfortable feeling
for you. but perhaps more comfortable feeling foryou. 0n but perhaps more comfortable feeling for you. on saturday, but perhaps more comfortable feeling foryou. on saturday, once but perhaps more comfortable feeling for you. on saturday, once again, but perhaps more comfortable feeling foryou. on saturday, once again, a lot of dry weather around, a weather front across the west introduces some rain, turning showery through the day, but in the sunshine, it is going to be another hot today. again, you can see the northern half of the country not as hot as the southern half, but in the sunshine, that me feel better if you are sitting out in it for any length of time. hello, it's wednesday, it's 10 o'clock, i'm chloe tilley. thousands of children in the uk don't have their own bed, according to new figures from a charity. they either sleep in a bed with siblings or on a floor. i feel, when i'm talking to you, that you're really tired as well. did you not have a good night's sleep last night? he said, "i never have a good night's sleep. "i don't have a bed." he showed me some sores on his tummy. he lifted up his schooljumper, showed me some sores on his tummy, where the bedbugs had been biting him at night — from sleeping on this cushion on the floor. the cushion was infested. we'll hear from one mum who shared a bed with her daughterforfour
years, and from the charity itself. at least 49 women have been killed by their stalkers, partners or exes after reporting them to the police according to new figures. victims are calling for a new register — when she rang me up i said, well, i'm sure the police knows what is happening. you'vejust i'm sure the police knows what is happening. you've just got to ignore him. if you keep ignoring him, he'll leave you alone. of course, that was really bad advice, because he was never going to leave her alone. we will speak to the father of alex ruggles, who was murdered by her ex—boyfriend. later today, a conservative run council will vote on scaling back the services it provides to the "bare minimum" because of severe financial difficulties. it needs to save up to £70 million, 15% of its budget, by next march. we'll be speaking to the council leaderjust after 10.30 do get in touch with us
if you have been affected by northamptonshire's funding crisis — or have vulnerable children who are supported by the council who could now be at risk — and the ways of contacting us are on the screen now good morning, it's 10 o'clock. here's the bbc newsroom with a summary of the days news. jeremy corbyn has apologised for appearing at events with people who compared the actions of the israeli government with the nazis. the labour leader hosted an event in 2010 when it was a backbencher, at which a holocaust survivor compared israel to nazism. he said views were expressed which she did not accept or condone. 21—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was assaulted at home after being involved in a car crash. stephen roche was found dead at his home in nottinghamshire on monday. the father of two had been involved in a
crash nearby on sunday evening. police are appealing for witnesses. a conservative—run council is warning it may have to cut basic services after imposing emergency spending controls for the second time in six months. northamptonshire county council needs to save more than 60 million by next march, and will decide today whether it should limit the work it does to a bare minimum. here's our political correspondent, tom barton. in zimbabwe the country's electoral commission is reporting that the ruling zanu—pf party has taken an early lead in the first results to be announced after monday's elections. it's reported that zanu pf has won 109 seats in parliament, the mdc — the movement for democratic change has claimed 41. nearly 60 seats are still to be anounced. the european union election observers are expected to give their report on the election later today. president trump's former campaign manager, paul manafort, has gone on trial accused of hiding
millions of dollars from the tax authorities. it's the first case relating to the investigation into alleged russian interference in the 2016 election. mr manafort denies 18 charges relating to his lobbying activities on behalf of the former russian—backed government of ukraine. there are more than 10,000 more grammar school pupils in england now than there were in 2010. that's despite a 20—year ban on building new ones. figures, from a bbc analysis of official data, show the number of places are expected to increase further in the coming years, partly due to a new £50 million expansion fund. thousands of children in the uk do not have a bed of their own, forcing many to share with siblings, or sleep on the floor. that's according to the charity buttle uk, which has provided more than 13,000 beds to children in the past five years. the charity has written to mps and council leaders in 10 of the most deprived areas to ask them to commit to ensuring that every child has a bed of their own. universal credit is leaving
domestic abuse victims at the mercy of their abusers. that's according to an investigation by the commons work and pensions committee. under the system, benefits are paid into one bank account per household, which mps say allows abusers to take control of family finances. but the government insists split payments are available for those who need them. lot of you getting in touch about the stories were talking about this morning. early on we were talking about universal credit being paid as about universal credit being paid as a single payment, and a committee of mps has said that can put women at risk if they are in a domestic abusive relationship. we have one e—mailfrom abusive relationship. we have one e—mail from brian, saying abusive relationship. we have one e—mailfrom brian, saying it happened to his mum who had five children underfive happened to his mum who had five children under five in the 60s. the social security was paid by gyro, and my dad would gamble it away. liz says she used to work for dwp, and
an abused spouse came to me and i gave her a helpline number and i was told off for it. the charity are saying that thousands of your children are having to share a bed with siblings, or sleep on the floor. a text message saying on the subject of children sharing or not having a bet, in 1940 we slept head to toe and there was no benefit. another text said i shared a bed with my two mothers, didn't do me any harm. these days you can buy a bed in good condition from local newspaper adverts at a very low price. your thoughts on any of these stories, if you are happy to be contacted and wanted to take part in the programme, please include your phone number. let's get some sport now. good morning. just an hour to go until the first
ball is bowled at the 1000th test match wayland, taking on india. it should be close. interestingly enough, england are the favourites to win the five match series. the first one is at edgbaston. patrick geary is therefore us. he should appear now. patrick, so much at sta ke appear now. patrick, so much at stake in this test series, and for both teams? absolutely for both teams, chris. england have had a pretty miserable year since losing the ashes they were beaten by new zealand, there were even beaten at home by pakistan. they need a pick me up at the moment. they have called up adil rashid, the leg—spinner. he has not played any full—day cricket, to prepare for this. it was controversial to bring him inforthe this. it was controversial to bring him in for the marathon of concentration that is the five—day test match. there will be plenty of
attention on him and joe root. india have virat kohli, they are the superpower and he is the nearest that cricket has to a lionel messi cristiano ronaldo. he is a real star. he and his team have never really done it in a test match on english soil. they have lost the last two series, so they definitely have something to prove. all of the ingredients for this to be a really good series. also key is that there isa good series. also key is that there is a lot at stake for test cricket itself. can this five test series gives test cricket the boost that it needs? welcome indeed. if you look over the history of england's 1000 over the history of england's1000 test matches, it has had a captive audience, in the 30s they have body—line, the 70s and 80s, those great heroes, and even in the 90s there was a captive audience. that does not exist any more. there is competition from 20 and 50 over
cricket. test cricket needs a really good series, like the 2005 ashes, to reca ptu re good series, like the 2005 ashes, to recapture the imagination of the public, not least in india, which has such an enormous television audience. as you say, five tests, plenty of time for the drama to unravel. all of the ingredients are there, we just need the results on there, we just need the results on the pitch. enjoy it, factory much. —— thank you very much. there was a huge result overnight forjohanna konta, as she beat 23 time grand slam champion serena williams. the british number one hammered the american at the wta event in california. konta lost the opening game and then won 12 in a row to get through to the next round. williams really wasn't in this one as konta condemed her to the worst defeat of her career, winning6—1,6—0. and there was more british success in sanjose as heather watson also won against clare liu. england are through to the quarter—finals of the hockey world cup after a 2—0 play—off
win over south korea. the hosts made a good start with sophie bray scoring to calm the nerves of a packed crowd at the queen elizabeth olympic park in london. but they had to wait until the final minutes of the match before lily 0wlsey doubled the lead. england will now face the netherlands in the last eight on thursday. that's all the sport for now. it's being claimed that thousands of children in britain don't have a bed of their own. the charity buttle uk says many of them are forced to share beds with their siblings, or even sleep on the floor, because their parents can't afford to buy them separate beds. buttle says it's provided more than £13,000 beds to children over the last five years and is now written to mps and councils in the uk's most deprived areas calling for action. it's something we'll be discussing in a moment, but first bbc yorkshire's anna crossley has met families who have been helped with beds.
delighted with his new bed and duvet. mikhail now has a place to sleep thanks to the charity buttle uk. since growing out of his cot two years ago, he had been sharing a bed with his mum. i couldn't afford a bed with the money i was getting. he was keeping me up all night, kicking. i was surviving on two hour's sleep. i was getting annoyed with myself. i was feeling like i shouldn't be a mum because my children were going without what they needed. i spent most nights getting upset with myself. even trying to find ways... i would be sat up until five o'clock in the morning trying to find a way round being able to get my kids things. sarah and mikhail are not alone. buttle uk says that over the past five years it has given beds to over 13,500 children. primary school teacher becks wilson was so concerned that she set up own charity to help deal
with the problem in leeds. she now spends much of her free time delivering beds, duvets and pyjamas to children across the city. she said it started after a conversation with one of her pupils. i said, i feel, when i'm talking to you, that you are really tired. did you not have a good night's sleep last night? he said, "i never have a good night's sleep. "i don't have a bed." he showed me some sores on his tummy. he lifted up hisjumper, showed me some sores on his tummy, where the bedbugs had been biting him at night — from sleeping on this cushion on the floor. a big cushion that was infested. it was in that moment, i think, when i realised i can refer this, i can follow policy and procedure to the letter, but that does not mean that this child will have a bed by the end of this week. ultimately, that is what he needs. today becks and her dad are dropping off beds to three brothers who have been referred by their school. it is a familiar story —
bright children who are too tired to learn. i have got some things here that are going to help you make sure that you get a good night's sleep. i've got some pyjamas. if you look behind you... we've got some brand—new beds coming, so each of you have your own bed. it is typical of all referrals that we have with a lack of furniture and things. children sleeping in rooms and spaces like this, on the floor. makeshift mattress. no space for storage and those kind of things. it is quite typical. where are the children here sleeping? at the moment, there is three in here and there is one in with mum in the other room. tonight, across our towns and cities, thousands of children will go to sleep without a bed of their own. many will be forced to sleep with siblings and parents. others will be on floors or sofas.
i will never forget the first delivery that we ever did, stepping into this house, knowing that this is something that needs to change. this is not good enough, that children are living in our city with no beds, no furniture in the house. 0ne white plastic garden chair, that was the furniture in the house. nobody can function to the best of their ability when they are tired. poverty is a vicious cycle. we want to make sure that children can get out of that cycle, break out of that cycle, and the way that they do that is through education. something as basic as a bed has made a big difference to sarah's family life. but in reality, it has only alleviated some of her worries. i want my children to do well, but finances and poverty are stopping that.
there is quite a lot of bright children that are living in poverty and could go a long way in life, but poverty is stopping them. it is terrible that, in 2018, in our country and our city, children that are our future, they are our future, are being left without a bed, not having a good night's sleep, not going to do well at school, because they are too tired. and it isjust not ok. let's talk now to 0lu alake — from the charity buttle uk — which hands out beds to children. vanessa raimundo had to share a bed with her daughterforfour years because she was in overcrowded temporary accommodation. she now runs a support group called mums on a mission. laurence guinness is from the childhood trust. va nessa,
vanessa, it is so desperately sad, in 2018, we're watching a film about kids not having a bed to sleep in. but that was the reality for you and your daughter. you slept together forfour your daughter. you slept together for four years. yes, we did. when she was born, i was living in a hostel in barking, it in a student flat. as much as they put a cut inside, that don't make a big difference because you still end up with a child in your bed. and after that, they ended up robbie —— renting properties, a one—bedroom flat. she was sharing a bed with me because i couldn't afford to buy two beds at the time. the rent was too high. then i got moved to temporary accommodation in edmonton. we were not just sharing accommodation in edmonton. we were notjust sharing a bed, also the toilet with everybody else in the hostel. in a hotel. that was quite depressing. and frustrating for the child because she is only two and trying to run around and there is
nowhere to run. even in that film, talking about sleep, we know how cranky we can be when we have had a bad night's sleep, but if you are consistently sleeping badly and your daughter is slipping badly, how does that affect life in general? -- sleeping. you just don't wake up on time because you are never on time for anything. you don't have a good night's sleep, as you mentioned. your child is dependent on you to do everything, they have no sense of responsibility to make a bed or anything like that because they are co nsta ntly anything like that because they are constantly sleeping with you. so there is a dependency on the tiled, co nsta ntly there is a dependency on the tiled, constantly depending on you to do everything, to go to the toilet. 0lu, explain how you breach this figure that you have estimated of the number of children who don't have a bed in this country —— you reach. we award grants to children
in need, buttle, children in crisis situations, as we have been doing for the last 65 years, and we award between 10,000—10 —— for the last 65 years, and we award between 10,000-10 --10,000-12,000 grant every year. over the last five years, we have awarded 30,500 beds in ourgrant figures, years, we have awarded 30,500 beds in our grant figures, about a third of the total grants we award. a bed included in that package. and it has been growing. last you, we ordered 3,000 beds to children who did not have one right across the country. so we have extrapolated from the poverty statistics on the number of children which is 4.1 million across the country, to estimate that there are around 400,000 children in the uk who don't have a bed on their own to sleep in. laurence, you work with the charity that decorated bedrooms. but gives beds, that helps families,
that transforms lives. explain the difference you see in those lives when you intervene in the way you do. absolutely. the childhood trust, as london's top child poverty, supports projects across london. 0ne thing we do ourselves as a programme where we go and renovate dilapidated, squalid living conditions. where children can often be living in abject destitution. that is the only word to describe it. you can see some of the changes you have made. this was a room we did just two weeks ago. we get corporate volunteers to come in and put their overalls on and roll their sleeves up and get the paint brushes. it is run with a volunteer interior designer who oversees the programme. the young girl in those pictures you have just seen, a 12—year—old girl in year seven, just started secondary school, she has
been living in that condition since she was about three. her mother has quite profound health needs. they have not been fully addressed and supported. they are living in poverty, they have about £20 each week to meet their needs in food and stuff. that girl is exceptionally bright. i walked stuff. that girl is exceptionally bright. iwalked her to stuff. that girl is exceptionally bright. i walked her to the stuff. that girl is exceptionally bright. iwalked her to the bus stuff. that girl is exceptionally bright. i walked her to the bus stop the morning we did the project and i asked her, what her plans were, what she wanted to be. when she grew up. and she said, i want to be an engineer. isaid, great! she and she said, i want to be an engineer. i said, great! she says, because i'm always taking things apart to see how they work and putting them back together. but then she looked at me, but, i don't think ican be she looked at me, but, i don't think i can be because my maths is terrible, she said. this is a girl on the verge of being excluded. every morning, she has woken up in filth and squalor, nobody has been there to support that family. this girl just there to support that family. this girljust needs a break and we have given her that break. when she came back after we had finished the room,
she just was speechless. literally speechless. the first thing she said after about five minutes is, my cheeks hurt so much! she had been smiling so much. to a local organisation, we have got her a new receipt shooter who will work with her to improve receipt shooter who will work with herto improve her receipt shooter who will work with her to improve her maths. when you have children without beds, it is often the tip of an iceberg and there is often not enough food to go round in the household. there is no recreational activities. round in the household. there is no recreationalactivities. no round in the household. there is no recreational activities. no children going on holidays. we run a summer programme for 15,000 children through our summer programme. 66% of the kids who responded to the survey said they would not have enough to eat during the summer holidays if it was not for the charities supporting them, 94% said they would not be going on holiday. so the bed is one pa rt going on holiday. so the bed is one part and the sleep is critical in a child's development. and it is outrageous that we live in london cheek byjowl, outrageous that we live in london cheek by jowl, we outrageous that we live in london cheek byjowl, we don't know what is
going on behind closed doors and we can't see it. let me put this to you. we have had quite a few comments like this and i would be interested for you to respond. 0ne he says, children bed sharing are now treated as though they are terribly underprivileged. in past times, this was commonplace and did not have a serious effect on our lives. today's slogan of entitlement is becoming serious and contributes toa is becoming serious and contributes to a child's sense of inferiority. 0lu. sharing a bed, part of the joys of childhood. sharing a bed with your sibling. messing around. that can be wonderful as long as you have a choice to go back to your own bed at the end of it. when they are kicking you in the face at night, get out of the bed and go to your own. we are talking about children who do not have the choice and parents who cannot afford to provide them with that choice. children, three or four of them sleeping in a bed because that is the only bed
there is. 0r bed because that is the only bed there is. or as bed because that is the only bed there is. 0ras vanessa has bed because that is the only bed there is. or as vanessa has been talking about, sharing with their parents or sleeping on the floor or ona parents or sleeping on the floor or on a mattress. 0r parents or sleeping on the floor or on a mattress. or for older children, younger adults, sofa surfing across different house is to enable them to get a good night's sleep. it is about choice, really, and it is all down to poverty. the nasr. so, it is not fun any more when you're younger sibling is weaning on the bed and you have to share the bed and you are a teenager going to school. you are going to be grumpy. 0ryou going to school. you are going to be grumpy. or you have bed bugs and there is nothing that can be done because you could afford to get pest control over and the council is not on time with those things because your rent is not may be paid on time. of —— or if you are private renting, your landlord leaves you to it. it is not acceptable or nice for
that child, they are going to go to school and be grumpy and it will affect everything else they do throughout the day because they already woke up in a bad mood. let's talk about school, i want to bring in andrea bradley, assistant secretary at the educational institute of scotland, joining us from glasgow. thank you for your time. we are picking up on the impact bed sharing has on setting up the day for young children. in the film we played, we saw the challenges when kids go to school when they are tired. explain what you have seen. our members have reported to us from the findings of a recent survey that they have seen round about 60% increase in the incidents of children coming to school with visible signs of living in poverty. and one think they have told us is they have seen an increase in the number of children who appear physically unwell, so in
excess of 50% of respondents indicated kids were coming to school lethargic, pale, with headaches, just general ailments they thought we re just general ailments they thought were directly attributable to poverty. members have also reported just from discussions they have had with families and may be with home—school workers, that they are aware that lots of houses in which the families are living in poverty, they don't have furniture, carpets, washing machines. so we didn't get any information specifically about lack of beds, but this information supplied by buttle uk is very helpful in providing further information about the reality of what it is like for children and families who don't have the income to stretch to the supply of a bed for each child in the house. and obviously, health and well—being is absolutely linked to a child's ability to engage in school and to enjoy school and is to benefit from
the opportunities provided to children on a day—to—day basis. sleep is absolutely essential to that. of course, andrea, thank you so much. and thank you for coming in and speaking to us. if you're in the yorkshire area, you can see more on this story tonight at 6:30 p:m.. coming up... northamptonshire county council says it is going to be cutting back everything but essential services because of the huge budget cuts it needs to make. i'll be talking to the council leader. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has issued an apology over his appearance at events with people who compared the actions of the israeli government to the nazis. the main talk was delivered by a jewish survivor of auschwitz, who made the comparison between the nazi regime and israeli policy. we can sneak to norman smith. to speak. give us details of this
person he shared a platform with. this was an event in 2010 when jeremy corbyn was still a backbencher. mr corbyn hosted an eventin backbencher. mr corbyn hosted an event in parliament which was a culmination of a tour round the country by people campaigning for more rights for palestinians and this tour went under the title of never again, auschwitz to gaza. and it appears that at this event in the houses of parliament, some people we re houses of parliament, some people were drawing comparisons between the israeli state's treatment of individuals in gala —— in gaza and the nazis killing of millions of jews. mr corbyn has issued a statement saying he does not accept or condone those remarks. but what has attracted most interest is that he has gone on and for the first time really acknowledged that some of the people he has shared platforms with, some of the
organisations, pro—palestinian organisations, pro—palestinian organisations, that he has been associated with, have caused anxiety and concern and is made among large sections of the jewish unity. and concern and is made among large sections of thejewish unity. and it is really the first time we have heard mr corbyn acknowledge and that for many in thejewish community, thatis for many in thejewish community, that is an issue. it comes as even some of his own people are saying, you need to take a more proactive role and union —— and so you understand the needs of those in the jewish community and slapped down maybe your friends, some of them, espousing views regarded as anti—semitic. to take more of a leadership role to defuse this controversy. thank you so much for updating us on that story. at least 49 women have been killed by their stalkers, partners or exes after reporting them to the police. that's according freedom of information requests submitted to 45 police forces.
in a moment, we'll speak to the father of one of those victims. campaigners are calling for a change in the law to protect victims of stalking by making it easier for police to track perpetrators. alice ruggles was murdered by her ex—partner in october 2016. but first, here's alice's story, as it was told to the online magazine broadly, part of vice. understandably, her story is upsetting, and lasts just over five minutes. try and calm down. try and breathe. you've had a shock. please, help me. i know, how old is alice? only 20. i knew this was coming. her ex is an absolute psychopath. alice was one of these people who always had a smile on her face. she knew the things that were going to make people feel happy. she always understood what you were thinking, what you were doing. she always knew the right thing to say. he took her to places.
he bought her presents. he was trying very hard. he was a real gentleman. he didn't seem malicious at the time. as the relationship moved on, strange things started to happen. she started to lose friends. he used all sorts of things to persuade her, she didn't have enough money, she shouldn't go out. she started to lose weight, she started to lose self—confidence. she had to talk to him constantly. she couldn't wear what she wanted to wear, she could only wear what he thought was appropriate for her to wear. he was starting to control her. and all the time, what he was doing was gradually making her more and more dependent on him. that was when his controlling behaviour turned to stalking. she was worried someone had got into her phone and put some spyware on her android phone, so i talked her through how she could get it all factory reset. and then things started escalating, which was when trimaan
turned up at the house. there was this knock on her window. when she pulled back the curtains, he was outside. he just left a box of chocolates and some flowers on the windowsill and was backing off, with his hands like this. hi, there. ijust need a bit of advice really, more than anything. i split up with my boyfriend about three months ago. since then, i know that he's hacked into my facebook and also my phone. he's been sending me a lot of messages, even though i've asked him not to contact me. and then tonight he's knocked on my bedroom window, the back of my flat, and he's stood outside, and has left some flowers and chocolates on the outside windowsill. he's walked off, he's not done anything, but i'm concerned. and my friends have been telling me to call the police. but ijust feel a bit shaken up tonight. 0n the night, he then sent her a couple of voice mail messages.
one of those said in it... i'm not going to kill you, why would you think i'd kill you? i wouldn't kill you. although he was talking about it in a negative context, i'm not going to kill you, it was definitely a veiled threat. when he mentions not killing you about ten times in this voicemail, which is really weird. after that second phone call, she was so depressed because she thought that the stalking was just going to go on forever. alice jokingly said, what if he broke into my
house and killed me? i was like, no, that will never happen. there's me thinking, this is ridiculous. he came back a bit afterwards, and when she came home from work he was waiting in his car. and then trimaan had come and broke into the house. climbed through the window and he cut her throat in the bathroom. alice was lying on the floor in the bathroom, covered in blood. recording: alice. alice. when she rang me up, i said, i am sure the police know what is happening. you've just got to ignore him. if you keep ignoring him, he will leave you alone. that was bad advice because he was never going to leave her alone.
i have really struggled because obviously i know what i did wrong and i know what i should have said. i know what i should have done. i failed alice. that is pretty horrible. if these sorts of things are happening to you, that is stalking. it is a crime. the police have to take it seriously. it all has to change so that she does have the protection she deserved. alice did what she was supposed to do, she did contact the police. she reported everything. in alice's case, trimaan had past history — a restraining order against him because he had been stalking another girl. if alice had known that at the beginning of the relationship, it would have changed whether she got into a relationship with him. it would definitely change how she behaved at the end of it. it is still happening and we have not learnt from these mistakes. it is notjust that it is psychologically damaging and horrendous, it is very, very dangerous. well with us here is alice's
father, clive, who you saw in that harrowing film. with clive is zoe dronfield. zoe was almost killed by her ex—partner, after she ended their relationship, and he stalked and harassed her for months. she now works for the paladin charity, which supports victims of stalking. and also with us is zing tsjeng — the uk editor of broadly, who made that film and submitted the freedom—of—information requests. thank you all for being with us. clive, i am so sorry you had to watch that, it must have been incredibly difficult? doesn't get easier, i tell you. tell us how you remember your daughter?”
easier, i tell you. tell us how you remember your daughter? i just have a head full of anecdotes, she was a fun person, incredibly empathetic. if you were feeling down, she would detect that and come up with a joke to change your mood. everything we have heard from herfriends, when she moved to newcastle, she was the same with everybody there. somebody who was full of fun. when you watch that film, when you think about what has happened, what do you think could have protected her? well, i think several mistakes were made by the police. when alice called them. the first thing was that it wasn't recognised right away as a stalking crime. very often the police, there isa crime. very often the police, there is a problem, the person on the phone, the front line officer answering perhaps the 200th call that night, for a variety of things,
has a minute or two to recognise this is a potentially serious case. a one—off crime might be being reported, somebody has broken into my house, or even something like leaving flowers which, in itself, isn't a crime, police had to recognise there is a course of action, it is harassment, there have been previous things, a pattern of behaviour. moreover, if the pattern of behaviour involves control and obsession, it is stalking. as soon as you look into alice's case, he had contacted her hundreds of times on social media, clearly it is obsession, stalking is dangerous. it has to be recognised as stalking by the police. as we understood from alice, when she was called back after the second phone call, the police officer who called her back said, what do you want us to do about it, arrest him? that is not giving the victim a voice. the problem is that victims like alice and families like us didn't realise how much danger she was in. the police have to be the experts. police have to take the drive.
somebody might be presented, like alice, iam really somebody might be presented, like alice, i am really sorry, almost as if she is worried she is wasting their time. they somehow have to be trained to recognise that, it is a big training issue for the police. the other thing is that people like alice, families like us, half to know more about how much danger they are in, how serious stalking is. that is what we are trying to do with our own charity, set up in alice's name, to spread the word, especially amongst young people, how serious stalking is. certain behaviours aren't normal and you need to get help, to go to the help thatis need to get help, to go to the help that is out there, helplines and so on, much earlier than alice did. that is why were very pleased to be working with people like broadly. before i bring in zoe, we saw alice's brother talking about how he feels he made mistakes, what effect has not only alice's death, but the
nature of her death, had on you as a family? one of the most helpful thing someone said to me shortly after it happened was that there is no right way to react. everybody reacts differently. my way, nick's way, is to try and talk about it. i will talk about it, exchange with people i have met, like zoe, who had other experiences that were so horrible, by talking with other people, i find that comforting. horrible, by talking with other people, ifind that comforting. by trying to make a difference, hopefully save other lives, that helps us as well. 0thers hopefully save other lives, that helps us as well. others in the family hold it in more. it isjust different ways of reacting to it.” wa nt to different ways of reacting to it.” want to bring in zoe. you were viciously attacked in 2014. this was a man that went from being your boyfriend to nearly killing you? tell us what happened. so, it started like any other relationship. it was all fine. gradually, things
started to change, and he became controlling. it changed to the point where i wanted to end the relationship. that is when the stalking started. that is when the contact started. the thing is, you are having to change your behaviour and your actions to accommodate the stalker. when you are contacting the police and they are minimising what is happening to you, it is very difficult. you are trying to conduct your life, and yet this person is ticking over what has happened to you. i work from home, ticking over what has happened to you. iwork from home, i ticking over what has happened to you. i work from home, i was having to park my car streets away so he would know i was there, he was banging on the door. i was getting hundreds of calls a day. the police said, turn your phone off. i'm a mother, i'm not going to do that. he was leaving voice mails, voice mails that were saying, you know, i love you, then the next one was if you don't open the door i'm going to come through the door. then he was
pretending to kill himself on the phone, saying i'm going, i'm going. and i now know that is a prerequisite to homicide. i played those voice mails to the police and they never took them as evidence. they didn't do anything with that. but it is a massive red flag. training is hugely a problem but we have, the front line officers are struggling. it is something that i have been calling for for a long time, a serial stalker is register. we have a petition with over 150,000 signatures on it, which means that the police have a mandatory action to look at somebody's previous offences. i think what happens now is incidents are looked at in isolation, which is a problem. we do have very graphic images you have given to us, i want to warn people that we're going to show them, they show the injuries this man inflicted upon you. i know you don't want to go to immense detail, but to explain to the audience exactly what you endured on the night it came to a
head? i have 15 separate injuries. i was stabbed in the neck, a millimetre from myjugular. if it had hit that vein, i would have had four minutes to live. he stamped all over me, i had a broken eye socket, broken nose. i had to start booing defence wounds —— i had stab wounds, defence wounds —— i had stab wounds, defence wounds, to the back of my hands. i have lost lost blood and i was in and out of consciousness. i am lucky to be here. it happened over many, many hours? yes. did you know anything about this man's passed before you got together with him? no, i didn't. ido passed before you got together with him? no, i didn't. i do know now, and when my story went into the national paper, 13 other women contacted me and said they had been affected by him, they had been in a relationship with him and they had been on fast response with the police. 0ne
been on fast response with the police. one of those was actually a serving police officer and still is. i want to bring you in, you have looked at this and you are backing this idea of the change in the law. it's a relatively simple concept? this idea of the change in the law. it's a relatively simple concept7m is completely elementary. we already have a register for violent and sexual offenders, what we are asking is for that database to be expanded to include serial stalkers and domestic abusers, so that in cases like this there can be more joined up like this there can be more joined up thinking but between police forces to connect the dots between these histories and incidences of abuse and stalking. the young women that you have been talking to, have you been surprised with the levels they have talked to you about stalking? yes, it is truly horrifying. i have been contacted by well horrifying. i have been contacted by we ll over horrifying. i have been contacted by well over a dozen young women who have gotten in touch to tell me about stories of how they have been stalked online and off—line by ex—partners, by stalked online and off—line by ex— partners, by complete
stalked online and off—line by ex—partners, by complete strangers. it isa ex—partners, by complete strangers. it is a widespread issue in society. we commissioned yougov to undertake a survey we commissioned yougov to undertake a survey to figure out what the british people thought of stalking, their experiences and perceptions. 0ne their experiences and perceptions. one in five people said they knew someone one in five people said they knew someone who had been a victim stalking, one in ten said they had been stalked themselves. that is proof that the government back on police are not doing enough. the majority of people we spoke to, between 53 and 56%, agreed that the police and government do not take theissue police and government do not take the issue seriously enough.” police and government do not take the issue seriously enough. i wanted to ask you, clive, do you think it is an issue that it is not taken seriously enough by government and police, or do you think it is a funding reality of policing today that they are stretched and they don't have the time to join the dots? it is both. ithink don't have the time to join the dots? it is both. i think on the second one, i would say, if you think about all the resources that we re think about all the resources that were put into apprehending alice's killer and bringing him tojustice, wouldn't those resources have been better spent on giving her alive in
the first place? —— keeping her alive. 0n the first one, yes, changes are coming about. there have been some new protocols from the cps and the national police chiefs' council, to try and say that police must consider the course of action, ifa must consider the course of action, if a case is stalking, if not, is it harassment, that sort of thing. change is happening, but we need the training to bring that about. fundamentally, the biggest thing is if we achieve a change of attitude amongst young people, as to how serious stalking his, that is the next generation. if that becomes known among the public at large, thatis known among the public at large, that is the strongest weapon in bringing about change and getting resources . we polled our own audience and we had 12,000 people respond the question, have you ever been stalked? i question, have you ever been stalked ? i would question, have you ever been stalked? i would demographic that social media platform, 35% told us
they had been stalked in the past, an extraordinarily large number and indicative of the issue itself. thank you also much for speaking to us this morning. some breaking news now. the former english defence league leader tommy robinson has been freed on bail by the court of appeal after winning a challenge against a appeal after winning a challenge againstafinding appeal after winning a challenge against a finding of contempt of court. 0ur correspondent is at the court of appeal. tom, tell us the latest. it isa latest. it is a significant development in the case of tommy robinson, the founder of the english defence league, a far right group. essentially, he is to be released on bail. it is conjugated because he has already spent a certain amount of time in prison relating to a suspended sentence as part of his overall sentencing related activities last year outside canterbury crown court. but his appeal related to his conviction,
his pleading guilty and subsequently jailing related to activities outside leeds crown court in may of this year, and that hill has succeeded. so he is due within the next few moments to emerge from the high court in london. you can see beyond the bus, there is a crowd of his supporters you might hear in the background. several dozen of his supporters. just to explain what he did. back in may of this year outside leeds crown court. he was filming using facebook to broadcast essentially a video, about one hour longer. and the hour—long video basically was seen by about 250,000 people. and that video was deemed to be at risk of prejudicing an ongoing trial inside leeds crown court at the time and he tried to film defendants as they were going into court. but it is a significant moment that his appeal has
succeeded. we believe he is not at the high court. i am told today. he will not emerge to meet his supporters today. but this is not the end of the story for tommy robinson. there will still be hearing —— hearing relating to whether he was in breach of contempt of court in may about side leeds crown court last may. tom burridge, thank you so much for bringing is that from the court of appeal. a conservative—run council is warning it may have to cut basic services after imposing emergency spending controls for the second time in six months. northamptonshire county council needs to save more than £60 million by next march, and will decide today whether it should limit the work it does to a bare minimum. anielle stone is a labour county councillor in northamptonshire.
with me here is professor tony travers, a local government expert at the london school of economics. tony, first, put into context the seriousness of the situation being faced by northampton county council. there is no doubt it is serious locally for people who live there because you have mentioned adult services, children'sservices, these are very important and if they go wrong, frankly, the downsides are profound. but there are a range of other services the council provides. streets, rural transport and so on, libraries. and the more the council has to pull back from delivering full range of services as they are expected in most parts of the country, the more there is a risk it will underperform in terms of its legal duties. that is the real risk here. so it is bad locally and it has a national issue. in fairness to
northamptonshire, they have faced, as have all councils, significant reductions in their government support in recent years sober central government, they have to wonder whether what is going on in northamptonshire is not an indicator of what might happen elsewhere. clearly, councils have been put under big pressure in recent years. danielle, daniel stahl and is a labour county council in northamptonshire. —— danielle stone. what has happened? it is absolutely awful and without any president. and it makes me very fearful for those vulnerable children and our most vulnerable children and our most vulnerable communities. but also, the totality of the cuts is taking out the resilience of our communities. and impoverishing them. now, i was reading earlier that there was an inspector's report in march which identified widespread management failures and lax
financial controls at the council. absolutely outrageous. and the more we look into it, the more the external auditors look into it, the more apparent to those mismanagement and failures are becoming. for example, the officer at the last audit committee was talking about the misappropriation of funds. you can't get worse than that. so what services are seriously at risk in northamptonshire? it is going to be children's,| think. so you will know as well as i do the most important thing about children'sservices is prevention and putting instructions to support the well—being and development of that child. if you ta ke development of that child. if you take those away, we are threatening the stability of families and often honourable families are sent into crisis. and that is what we are seeing in this county already. so further cuts will make that worse.
and for me, the overriding worry is that we are not going to be able to perform our safeguarding duty and there will be consequences for that. we can also bring den matthew golby, the conservative leader at northampton county council. thank you forjoining us. i don't know how much you heard of that answer from danielle, but we were talking about the fact there was a devastating inspector's report in march which talked about widespread management failures and lax financial controls at the council. do you accept that? yes, that was the best belly report and it set a benchmark for us in terms of how we have to get to grips with our finances —— that was the benchmark report. it is a watershed report and it represents such a lot
in terms of the comings and goings in terms of the comings and goings in terms of the comings and goings in terms of everyday functions of the council. there was one phrase in the council. there was one phrase in the report which resonates with me and my team as we try to get to grips with things, and that is doing the boring well. and we really concentrating on getting to grips with the fundamentals and the basics. as we look to move council forward. so give specifics of what is going to have to be cut in northamptonshire. we're not 100% sure. northamptonshire. we're not 10096 sure. but we have a meeting later today for the council to agree on the hierarchy and the principles of what we will look at, our priorities. once we have agreed those priorities, which will be how we look after the vulnerable and undertake some of our core services. you must have an idea of the services. we were hurling —— hearing about children's services, what other specifics? as a county council, we are responsible for looking inevitable noble children.
we take children in care, we employ a lot of social care staff and social workers so a big part of that function is looking after the most vulnerable children, as we do with adults. and it is really important as we go through this difficult stage that we do our price to make sure we are projecting the most —— protecting the most vulnerable, and thatis protecting the most vulnerable, and that is part of the discussion tonight. and we're not going tojust cut all the services, we have to look carefully at the decisions we have to take the going to be very difficult. you are going to guarantee core services will be there and vulnerable children will be protected? of course, we will do our very best to make sure we protect the most vulnerable and part of the paper we are discussing tonight is about the core of that each of those important directorates function with, and that includes children'sand idle's social care. a big part of the county council's spend, 40 —— 70% of that spenders contract. so there is a lot of work
we have to look into reviewing, some of those contracts seen as being quite expensive and we're not getting the best belly out. so there isa getting the best belly out. so there is a massive piece of work we have to undertake and the meeting tonight will focus on how we move on from the likes of the report ijust described and we take the responsibility as elected members and we move forward. you say you move forward. i know you have said before the council will try to deliver its core services, but we need to encourage big societies style behavioural changes in local communities to create resilience in places where the council can no longer step in. practically, what does that mean, what are you asking the community to do that you should be doing? one thing i am not sure you are aware we are going through at the moment is the reorganisation of local government in northamptonshire which is a massive deal. we are going from eight local authorities to two and some
functions and we will have to remove, functions and we will have to remove , we functions and we will have to remove, we have to look to work with our partners, our health partners and the voluntary sector to make sure we do our very best for the people in northamptonshire and that is our priority. tony, how much is northamptonshire a one—off or how much are we likely to see other councils having to make similar decisions? it is a one-off so far, but there had been warning signals from smaller councils, from some district councils in part of the country, and there is evidence there are other counties not in the same position as northamptonshire, but close to it. so what we are going to see in the weeks and months ahead as indexes, new measures of how resilient councils or to work out which ones are closest to the kind of problems we are hearing described here. because the truth is, these cuts councils have faced are not the end of the story. northamptonshire,
which also needs to rebuild its reserves , which also needs to rebuild its reserves, money in the bank, they will have to go a lot further than just getting their spending back into line, they will have to rebuild reserves , into line, they will have to rebuild reserves, it is notjust northamptonshire, but they are the council that has the nearest —— that has got closest to the precipice. have mistakes be made in the past? historically, eat your county council had the lowest levels of council tax. it was outrageous, and lam council tax. it was outrageous, and i am really angry about it. this is the consequence of it being the lowest council tax authority. my estimate of the damage done to our base budget is £80 million. it was an idea logically driven folly, actually, and we are all paying the price for that. i would love to let's have a response to that but we're out of time, so apologies. thank you so much. we also heard
from matthew golby, the tory leader of northamptonshire county council. and danielle stone, a labour county council. bbc newsroom live is coming up next. thank you for your company today. have a good day. good morning. temperatures on the rise in the south east as we move through the next few days. further north, cloudier without breaks of rain. that is the story today. outbreaks of rain for northern ireland pushing into western scotla nd ireland pushing into western scotland and north west england. breezy with that rain and cloudy skies for northern england, parts of wales and the south—west. sunny spells, showers, the best of the sunshine in the south east and the warmest temperatures here, highs of 27 celsius. this evening, the rain
pushes further north and south—west england, one or two mcrae showers. patches of mist across parts of england and wales. temperatures largely in the teams. humid tomorrow, more cloud across scotland and northern ireland and northern england, the risk of showers and showers could feed in from the west for wales and the south—west. but temperatures creeping up in the south east, warmer colours here with highs of 30 celsius. this is bbc news, i'm annita mcveigh. these are the top stories
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