18/03/2017 North West Tonight


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18/03/2017

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Hundreds of parents and teachers marched through Sandbach today

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to voice their fears that schools in the area will be hit

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They're angry the Government's proposed new funding formula

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would reduce spending per pupil in Cheshire East to among

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Other parts of the North West would gain.

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Pupils and their families joined teachers today to protest

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The Department for Education says the current system is unfair,

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and the new national funding formula is aimed at narrowing the gap

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between schools in affluent and deprived areas.

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It would reduce spending per pupil in Cheshire East

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to just under ?4200, among the lowest in the country.

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While other parts of the North West would gain.

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In Knowsley, for example, it would go up to just over ?5,000.

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There's a basic amount that every single school needs to be able

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to provide the range of provision that schools are

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And we've talked to them about what that amount is,

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and what they're proposing is way below that amount.

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The Department for Education says school funding

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is at its highest level on record, and that the consultation that ends

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next week is aimed at making sure they get it right.

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But in areas like this, the plans face strong opposition.

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I think for extracurricular activities especially,

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they may get the basic education, but it's the extracurricular stuff

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that adds real value for the children.

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The overall level of funding isn't high enough.

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There's less teachers, so that can't be a good thing, can it?

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So, you know, that's going to have an impact on class

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The Government hopes its plans will make school funding more

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consistent across the country, but many here believe more

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funding is needed overall, so no-one should lose out.

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Police in Oldham have released photos of two women

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they want to speak to in connection with a spate of so-called

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distraction thefts over the past five months.

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More than ten thefts have been reported where the thieves have

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distracted people by purporting to be selling cheap jewellery

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or bumping into people at cash points or hysterically asking

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directions to hospital while stealing from them.

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Officers in Oldham are keen to speak to anyone

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From today, if you tune into BBC Radio Manchester, you may hear

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a few unfamiliar voices, because listeners are

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It's called Over to You and, throughout the week,

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they will present, produce and report for the station.

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One of Monday's breakfast presenters will be Jackie McNeish.

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But maybe after, when I get in there on Monday, my tongue

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will probably grow that big and I'll be gasping for breath.

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I'm excited by it, I see it as a big opportunity.

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I just want to get as much as I can from it.

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Sport, and in the Premier League, Romelu Lukaku scored twice

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as Everton beat Hull City 4-0 to move level on points

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Meanwhile, Burnley are still waiting for a first away win

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in the Premier League this season having been held to a goalless draw

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by bottom-placed Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

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And in Superleague, Saints have travelled to France

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As of a few moments ago, Saints were leading Catalans 22-12.

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Saints have won just one of their opening four

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Tomorrow, Salford Red Devils host Castleford Tigers and Wigan take

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Lets get a check on the weather with Lucy Martin.

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Low pressure in charge of our weather this evening,

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These weather fronts are making their way

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across to the east, isobars squeezing, indicating

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Tomorrow, we are looking at more outbreaks of rain,

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courtesy of that weather front making its way east.

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Putting detail on the map, outbreaks of rain, fairly cloudy,

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some hill fog developing in a prone spots.

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Overnight lows of 9 degrees, still fairly mild for the time of year.

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Into tomorrow, a fairly cloudy start, outbreaks

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In any bright intervals in the south, it could feel quite

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decent, temperatures not too bad, a maximum of 13 Celsius with that

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As we move into Monday, a band of rain introduces fresh air,

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so moving into Tuesday, it will be cooler with

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That's all for now, we'll be back with your tea-time

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Hello, the mild areas going to be with us into next week. Things set

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to be cooler with a return to overnight frost for some. This

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evening and overnight will be mild across the board, a messy picture,

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looks like Scotland Northern Ireland and northern England seeing the fair

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share of the rain, some quite heavy at times. A blustery night. Look at

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the temperatures, 9-11 C. Tomorrow, mild and windy very windy across

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England and Wales and there will be rain in the

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