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New figures reveal the worst ever waiting times in A

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Record numbers waited more than four hours in December.

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Figures leaked to the BBC show January was even worse.

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It's not acceptable and it's not what we want.

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We have planned more this winter than ever before and that planning

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Most hospitals have managed to cope but, some places

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We'll be looking at the difficulties in A here and how they do things

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The government denies abandoning the vulnerable after it stops

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a scheme allowing unaccompanied children into the UK.

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I don't really want to keep complaining because he might end up

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going to me, "if you keep complaining, out you go".

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Claims a new law to stop so-called revenge evictions by private

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No career bounce for a generation of young men -

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they're likely to earn less than their dads.

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And from sprinting in Rio, to learning to walk in rehab.

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The team GB athlete injured in a road accident, determined

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And coming up in the sport, on BBC News:

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Why its looking like good news for Wales ahead of their Six Nations

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clash against England on Saturday, with North and Biggar

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Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.

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Record numbers of patients waited for more than four hours in accident

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and emergency departments in England in December - that's according

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Only 86% met the NHS target of being seen in four hours or less.

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And figures leaked to the BBC suggest it was even worse

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in January, just 82%, the worst-performing month for A

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The BMA says the prime minister can no longer bury her head in the sand

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about the increasing pressure on the NHS.

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The government says the vast majority of patients are seen

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This report from our Health Editor Hugh Pym.

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Scenes like this on BBC News this week have highlighted the immense

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strains being felt right across the NHS.

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Here at Royal Blackburn Hospital, rated as good by inspectors,

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some patients waited up to 13 hours in A

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The latest official figures confirmed it was the worst for waits

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Today at Hillingdon Hospital in west London, things were a bit calmer,

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but managers confirm that they have been stretched to the limit.

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It's been fairly relentless in terms of early December through January.

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I'm confident that the safety of our patients is being maintained

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at a high quality, but it's really not a great patient experience

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for many of our patients using our services and that is what the staff

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In December in England, 6.2% of patients were treated

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or assessed in A within 24 hours, the lowest since

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That was below Scotland, where 92.6% of patients were dealt

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In Wales, the figure was 81% and the percentage

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in Northern Ireland was just under 70%, all below the 95% benchmark.

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In England, the number of patients stuck on trolleys or chairs for more

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than four hours before a bed could be found was nearly 61,800,

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It has been a steep climb this year but the thing that has changed

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the most has been not the 2% or 3% increase in demand but it is the 40%

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increase in delays moving patients, helping them to get back

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to their homes and back into the community.

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Many hospitals like this one are running at 95% capacity.

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That means they are nearly full, so with more emergency cases coming

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in, and difficulties discharging some patients back into

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the community, some of those needing surgery are having to wait longer.

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Even cancer patients like Martin are affected by delays.

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Until this year, that has been very rare as hospitals prioritise cancer

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treatment even during the busiest weeks of winter.

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His operation was cancelled minutes before it was due to take place.

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He has now had the surgery and he says it was a

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Very anxious to go through all that again,

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Your mind is going overtime, it really is.

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December's A performance figures in England were poor but NHS

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documents leaked to the BBC suggest they were even worse in January.

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It's clear that hospital staff are working at full stretch.

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Winter is far from over and the intense pressure seems

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Let's talk to our health correspondent Dominic Hughes

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We've been running stories all week about the strain on the NHS

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and the difficulties for patients and staff, is there any light

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at the end of the tunnel, any sign things will improve?

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That's right. At the Rochdale infirmary they have set up an urgent

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care centre to offer the people of Rochdale an alternative to going to

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A, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The work they do in the

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community is to avoid unnecessary admissions. But that is far from

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true across the country. We have been hearing, as we head towards

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summer and spring, are we likely to see any relief in the pressures on

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A, not if last summer is anything to go by. Those pressures seem to be

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existing 12 months a year across the health and social care system. We

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have had a growing number of calls from the Doctor's union and the

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Royal colleges of medicine, from the Local Government Association, for

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extra funds to try and address the growing difficulties that are being

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experienced across the health and care sector. But there is little

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sign ministers in England, at least, are being swayed by those growing

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difficulties. Back to you. Dominic, thank you.

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An independent report has concluded unsafe construction at schools

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in Edinburgh was the fault of the council and the

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It says it was just luck that no one was killed when a wall at one

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primary school collapsed just over a year ago.

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It was one of 17 schools which were then closed after safety

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concerns and over 8000 pupils were affected.

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Spread across an entire city, 17 schools closed for months,

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Nine tonnes of masonry blown to the ground at Oxgangs Primary,

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a question of timing and luck that no one was killed.

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The bad memory is fading for the Mackle family,

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It's a lot quieter in the playground than it used to be.

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You have faith that people who are building public

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buildings are doing it to an acceptable standard.

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You know, when I'm asked the question, is this building safe.

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Explaining why thousands of pupils were disrupted for months has been

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Its conclusions, safety failings weren't the result of how

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the buildings were financed, but instead, poor

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Crucial materials were poorly-fitted or missing,

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and the problems were much wider than one rogue bricklayer.

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It was also a failure of inspection and oversight.

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When this school was being built, one of the architects raised

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concerns with the contractor about the way the walls

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He told the enquiry those concerns were ignored,

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and they were powerless to do anything about it.

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The fact that there were different contractors,

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different subcontractors, and the same faults turned up

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in the schools and in other schools in Scotland,

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where we found five walls collapse in the last four years.

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It says that this is something which isn't just here

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Inspections of all types of public building are underway

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The question posed, should others be doing the same?

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The government has insisted it's not abandoning vulnerable refugees,

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despite a decision to wind up a scheme allowing unaccompanied

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350 young people, mostly from Syria, have been offered sanctuary

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The Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the programme risked

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encouraging people traffickers, and that it would be

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Here's our Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sandford.

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Stranded at a hospital in Athens, this man is an Afghan refugee, 17

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years old. Without any other family, he wants to come to Britain and was

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being helped by the charity, Safe Passage. But now the government says

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the charity will only take 150 more. It is really hard for me to achieve

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my aims, to achieve my goals. Because here, there isn't a perfect

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school or perfect college for the refugees. 200 boys and girls were

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brought to England... It was the transport of the 1930s but saved

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thousands of Jewish children from the Nazis, that inspired the

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government to take in more of the day's child refugees from Europe. I

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am a refugee and I came to England at the age of six. Among those saved

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in the 30s was Lord dubs, who pushed to get the law amended. Today he

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told me the government had broken its promises. When something calls

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for humanitarian action, and when, as I believe, the majority of people

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support the humanitarian action, the government have behaved shamefully

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by saying we don't want any more. It is disappointing and I don't think

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they should have done it. Those who want to help more child refugees,

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including the Archbishop of Canterbury, said the government was

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going back on commitments it made last year. But ministers say,

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there's no point in inviting thousands of children here, if the

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local councils, who will have to look after them, cannot cope. These

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are children who need looking after over a period. When we access them,

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it is not job done, it is making sure we work with local authorities,

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that we have the right safeguarding in place and that is why we engage

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with the local authorities. But the Home Secretary was warned that if

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the refugee children are not helped now, they will try to make their own

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way to Britain. They are heading back to Calais, back to Dunkirk,

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back to the danger and in the arms of the people traffickers and the

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smugglers, the exploitation, abuse and prostitution rings and back into

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the modern slavery that this Parliament and this government has

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pledged to end. There are tens of thousands of refugee children in

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limbo in Europe, but the government prefers its other schemes for

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settling vulnerable refugees from the camps nearest to Syria.

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Four men convicted of sexually abusing young teenage girls

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in Rochdale are facing deportation to Pakistan.

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The men, who were part of a child grooming ring in the town,

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An immigration tribunal upheld the government's decision to strip

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But the four men can still appeal against the decision.

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Private tenants in England are being unfairly evicted

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from their homes and now some leading MPs are also claiming

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a new law to protect them isn't working.

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The law was introduced to stop so-called revenge evictions,

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people being thrown out because they'd complained about

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In response to a Freedom of Information request to hundreds

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55% said they had stopped no such evictions.

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26% recorded no figures on the problem.

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Radio 1's Newsbeat reporter Dan Whitworth has more details.

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Damp, mould, faulty electrics and broken windows and boilers that

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don't get fixed when it's cold. They are classed as category one hazards,

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in other words, they are so bad, they pose a risk to health. They are

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things that Leeds City Council housing inspectors that are all too

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familiar with. This is private rented accommodation? People paying

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to rents, making complaints and nothing happening and they could be

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under revenge eviction is? That is why they are not coming forward to

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make a complaint. He is talking about people like 27-year-old lives.

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Lights not working? The whole wall is full of damp. This whole area is

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damp. It is the whole wall. When I came here, I didn't want to move in,

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because I saw the state of the front door. I don't want to keep on

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complaining, because he might say to me, out you go. What are you worried

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about? Being on the street. You are worried about being on the street?

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Yes, I have been on the streets and it is not nice. I am going to start

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crying... Sorry. He is horrible. Sorry. It's all right. So that is

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obviously why you don't want to complain too much, because that is

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the only option to you? Government figures suggest around 1 million

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Private rented properties in England, don't meet its own decent

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homes standard. This is the kitchen. What is that? MPs who help hold the

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government to account, same rogue landlords are avoiding their

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responsibilities. Is this law working? Clearly not. I cannot

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believe there are that number of authorities where no one has been

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the subject to a revenge eviction. The government says revenge

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evictions are red, and thanks to its new law, councils have all the

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powers they need to stop them. Record numbers of patients

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waited more than four hours in A Coming up, I am alive at FA

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headquarters at Wembley as more pressure is applied to the National

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sports governing body, a year to go until the winter

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Olympics starts in North Korea, we bore me the stars that hope to make

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it a best ever Winter games for Team GB.

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More now on the pressures on the NHS, and the possible

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long term solutions to its seemingly

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There have been many calls this week for the government to give it more

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money and match the funding in some other European countries.

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Branwen Jeffreys has been to Germany where spending on health

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is the highest in Europe, to look at the strengths

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Doctors on the walk round, they never worry

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Germany has almost three times as many as the UK.

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One day after the operation, I can walk...

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For George, that means almost no waiting.

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In England, patients wait several months.

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For George, it's been just a few weeks since the decision was made.

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The doctor said to me, I have to decide when I want

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Normally, it takes three or four weeks

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All of this paid for by health insurance,

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14% of George's salary, split between him and his employer.

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Germany's health system is convenient but expensive.

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And that worries doctors, so in order to save money

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in the long term, they are putting more effort now and more time

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with patients into convincing them to stay healthy.

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It's a lot of time to convince him, to try another way, but it would be

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better to lose ten kilograms of weight to solve the problem

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with his diabetes and hypothalamus instead of taking pills.

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You have the time now under this system? Yeah.

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Doctors here in the Black Forest have been given a financial

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incentive to make patients healthier overall by joining up care.

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Many parts of the NHS are trying to do the same.

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Here, there are cheaper gym sessions, cooking lessons,

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a music group, it's subsidised by health insurance

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As a result, they're spending 6% less on looking after patients.

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So I asked the health manager running it all,

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why isn't the rest of Germany worried about cost?

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Yeah, the economy runs so well in Germany, so the social health

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institutions and insurance firms have no problems.

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But everybody knows it's just a question of time.

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It may result in five years, or it may result in 8-10 years,

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The rolling countryside of Thuringia, hundreds of miles

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north-east of the Black Forest, villages where there are more

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There is more money in the German system, but that doesn't mean

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Here in what they call Germany's Green Heart,

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they have a terrible shortage of GPs, and it's because of that

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that they're finally to begin to really change the way they work.

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Many doctors still work alone in Germany, but here,

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Doctors simply can't meet all the needs of their ageing patients.

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We don't have relatives, and the doctors have to make home

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visits, and there is often not enough time in the do that.

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That's why we were able a few years ago to make home visits.

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A visit from the nurse keeps these older patients well.

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Germany's population is one of the fastest ageing in the world.

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They have the money now to make the changes needed in the future.

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Branwen Jeffreys, BBC News, Thuringia.

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There's more pressure on the Football Association tonight

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They've passed a motion of no confidence in its leadership

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and have called on parliament to step in and reform

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Our Sports Editor Dan Roan is at Wembley for us.

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Now we've had this vote at Westminster, what happens now?

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Today's debate may have been attended by fewer MPs than are

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needed for a full-scale match, but it represents a ramping up of

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pressure on the National sports governing body. It comes after years

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of frustration from the critics for what is a slow pace of process, when

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it comes to governance reforms, many are upset by the lack of diversity

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and independence. They are worried about a perceived dominance by the

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Premier League, its wealth and power, following various footballing

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failings by the England team, but off field scandals and mishaps as

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well. The past represents the beginning of a lobbying process

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which could lead in footballing terms to the nuclear option, actual

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legislation, forcing the FA to act. We believe now that

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legislation is the only way That was the recommendation

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of the last three chairman of the FA to the Select Committee

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to save the FA Cup reform itself, the turkeys won't vote

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for Christmas, there has to be external pressure and external

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action on legislation to achieve it. The government says it is prepared

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to legislate if its tactic of threatening funding cuts to the FA,

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if they don't reform by the end of March, doesn't work. The FHM and

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Greg Clarke says he will step down if he fails to convince government

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and his own councillors to change. It doesn't have any clout, today's

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vote, but it does represent another attack on the FA.

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If you're a man, and you were born after 1980,

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you'll be lucky to earn as much as your dad.

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That's according to new research that suggests so-called

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'Millennial men' will earn a total of ?12,500 less than

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their fathers by the time they reached 30.

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Women, by contrast, have moved into higher paying roles.

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Our correspondent Duncan Kennedy has the details.

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Question, how do you put a spring into the step of a generation that

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supposedly has it all? Except the jobs and wages enjoyed by their

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parents. These are the so-called millennial 's, born between 1981 and

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2000, whose ups have apparently outnumbered the Downs. Four young

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men especially, the truth is, they are the first to fall behind the

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previous generation. Take match, he is 24, and 19-year-old Ben. They

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have found rewarding jobs with Oxygen, but admit they can't match

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their parents. My dad managed to get himself a well

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earned job, and he has been in it his whole life, whereas I have had

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to go through 4-5 job is to get a job that I am happy with.

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I think it is something that needs to be looked into. It is harder for

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us if we want to aspire to and be as successful as our parents, it sets

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us off on a slow start. To give you an idea of how tough it

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is, take a look at this. There has been a 40% decrease in young men

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working in manufacturing, 45% rise in the number of young men working

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in low paid jobs like retail. Overall, they have learned something

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like ?12,000 less from the generation that came before them. It

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is the disappearance of high skill, high paid jobs of the past that have

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driven these changes. The report today says women have bucked the

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trend, moving into better jobs. But what about the parents of millennial

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men? Should young men be earning more than their parents?

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In this day and age, you would have thought so, really. Yeah. It is

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opposed to get better. Everybody expects kids to do better

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than the previous generation, don't they?

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Many believe today's young people are over rewarded in life, but it

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seems millennial can sometimes mean minimal.

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They're two of Britain's best sprinters - James Ellington,

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a two-time Olympian - and Nigel Levine, a 400m specialist

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But last month, they were involved in a road accident,

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their injuries were described as 'career threatening'.

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They're now back in the UK, receiving treatment,

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and one of them, James Ellington, has been speaking

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James Ellington is one of Britain's's finest sprinters,

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but today he's learning to walk again.

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Three weeks ago, Ellington was involved in a head on collision

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as a passenger on a motorbike during a training camp in Tenerife.

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When I was on the floor, and there was blood everywhere,

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I looked at my leg, and my leg was in pieces.

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I lost six pints of blood, so I was laying there thinking

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to myself, what the hell is going on?

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This was the x-ray of his right tibia...

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Ellington's surgeon described the injury is as career threatening.

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He suffered an open fracture of his right leg, a broken left

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ankle and damage to his pelvis, and an eye socket.

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The crash was so horrific, I don't most people would've

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When I was laying in a hospital bed in Tenerife, and I see my team-mates

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come to visit me and stuff, they looked pretty emotional.

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Because I knew that I was lucky to be alive.

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2016 was Ellington's best year to date.

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He competed against the likes of Usain Bolt at the Rio Olympics.

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Four years earlier, he auctioned himself on eBay

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just to fund his journey to the London games.

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Ellington will need all that determination and more if he's

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to complete what would be incredible return to the track.

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What is your outlook for your future as a sprinter?

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Being an athlete and a determined person, I think this

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is going to be something that I will want to come back from.

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Imagine that, being on the track after what you have been through.

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I know, I know, it's crazy. But I believe I can do it.

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That belief is familiar to Ellington, but success now

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has a new perspective. David Ornstein, BBC News.

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Yesterday it was lovely to the west. 11 degrees with sunshine almost

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feeling like spring. Today, the cold air that has been sitting across the

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East Coast has seeped west. More cloud and disappointing in west

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Wales, a high of four through the afternoon. We will keep the cold

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field tonight, and easterly breeze with the potential to drive in more

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showers. It will only be a cold one as well with temperatures falling

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below freezing in more rules spots. Tomorrow, we start with the risk of

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showers, maybe icy surfaces first thing in the morning. The best

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brightness in western areas, but you will be lucky if you see that much

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sunshine, maybe across the Cornish foot, Pembrokeshire with sunshine,

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but not one, 4-5 at the best. Yet again, across the Norfolk coast,

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temperatures will struggle around one degree. Add on the wind, not

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very pleasant. In Northern Ireland, the Lake District and into Scotland,

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not too bad, sunshine but with showers across the Northern Isles in

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cabin seem -- Aberdeenshire. -10 in northern Scotland, and towards the

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night, more enhanced showers of snow. If few centimetres to higher

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ground, a heavy dusting in lower levels on Saturday morning, don't

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get too excited, kids, the snow showers turned to rain as we go

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through the day on Saturday. It will be a cloudy and cold day in

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north-west Scotland and Northern Ireland. Fancy a change for Sunday?

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Think again, I'm afraid. Cloud and grey, still disappointingly cold.

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Don't shoot the messenger. New figures reveal the worst waiting

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times in ten two departments in England.

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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me.

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And on BBC One, we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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