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Student funding in England -
the Government prepares to launch
a review into the entire system
for over 18s.
The cost of university courses -
and the way they're paid for -
will be looked at, amid calls
for maintenance grants
to be reintroduced.
They probably need to come back
on a means-tested basis
and they need to come back
at a level enough to allow students
to focus on their studies and pay
their way on a day-to-day basis.
We'll be looking at the political
battle over education
after Labour's election pledge
to scrap tuition fees.
Also on the programme tonight...
The family of the murdered MP Jo Cox
pledge to support her husband
Brendan after he admits to
inappropriate behaviour with women.
And the Bafta goes to... Three
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri is the big
winner at the Baftas.
And heading for Wembley -
Rochdale stun Spurs
with a last-minute FA Cup equaliser.
Theresa May says the government
will look at "the whole system
of student funding" as part
of a review into education
in England for those over 18.
In a speech tomorrow,
the Prime Minister will acknowledge
concerns over tuition fees and say
they leave many graduates
"questioning the return they get".
The focus on the cost and scope
of higher education comes
after Labour's election pledge last
year to scrap tuition
fees in England.
Our education editor,
Branwen Jeffreys, reports.
This is one of two jobs
Marrakesh is holding down.
She's in her first
year of university.
The loan for living
costs isn't enough.
Throughout the process of applying
to uni I was thinking,
this is so unfair, I'm getting
a lower maintenance allowance
and I'm going to have to work
several jobs in order to live.
Sheffield Hallam has lots
of students from ordinary families.
For Alice, that means she worries
less about tuition fees and more
about just getting by.
Last year I budgeted for about £50
a week and that was still too much
to live on so I have to bring that
down to about £30 and that
is still not enough.
Every so often I might have
to ask my parents for help.
If they can just give me £20
for food, for basic food.
Up to 6.1% interest
is charged on student debt.
An average £5,800 of interest
charges before leaving university.
In total, it's about £57,000 of
borrowing for the poorest students.
After 30 years, any unpaid
loan is written off.
But by 2021, there could be £160
billion of outstanding student debt.
It's the poorest students in England
who end up borrowing the most.
Because they can't rely on the Bank
of Mum and Dad for living costs.
So altering the system isn't simple.
If you just lower tuition fees,
you help the richest,
unless you also put more money
into maintenance support.
This review will also cover higher
Theresa May will warn
against an outdated attitude
which favours the academic
university route at the cost of some
of the skills the economy needs.
The government also wants more short
degrees, more part-time study.
But universities say grants
for living costs are the priority.
They probably need to come back
on a means tested basis
and they need to come back
at a level enough to allow students
to focus on their studies
and to pay their way
on a day-to-day basis.
In Wales, young people face
a different prospect.
They'll have to borrow
for £9,000 tuition fees
but from this autumn,
poorer students get
generous living support.
At least £8,000 a year
they won't have to repay.
Making their future debt look quite
different from England.
So for the poorest student
in England, the average level
of debt will be around £50,000.
In Wales, the average level of debt
will be closer to 27 to £30,000.
So about 60% of the same level
of debt across the two
Home Nations and that is
a very significant difference.
Universities in England
want a secure future.
Students, a fairer deal.
But with economic uncertainty ahead,
the government's review
has little wiggle room.
Branwen Jeffreys, BBC News.
Our political correspondent,
Alex Forsyth, is here with me.
We're in the middle of an intense
period of Brexit with these
speeches, why talk about education's
Theresa May is under pressure on two
France, the Labour pledged to scrap
fees which proved popular with
younger voters and facing criticism
from her own MPs about any lack of
domestic policy, not enough vision
beyond Brexit so tomorrow we get
this big speech about post-18
education and Theresa May will talk
about the need to improve vocational
and technical training but crucially
will announce a big review of the
whole system of student funding,
acknowledging serious concerns about
value for money and student debt.
She will admit the market between
universities is not working, most
charge maximum fees for all courses,
she will say this is creating the
most expensive system in the world
but what can the government do? It
will not match the Labour pledge to
scrap fees because it believes
graduates who benefit should pay
towards them instead of everybody so
whenever this review comes up with
something any year, shorter courses
or different fees, by comparison
that could end up looking like
The family of the murdered Labour MP
Jo Cox have pledged their support
for her husband after he admitted
behaving inappropriately with women
and stepped down from two roles
at organisations set up
in her memory.
Brendan Cox has denied assaulting
a woman in the United States in 2015
but admitted behaving in a way that
caused women 'hurt and offence'
when he worked for the charity
Save the Children.
It's confirmed that he was suspended
from his role there in 2015
and resigned before a disciplinary
process was completed.
Robert Hall reports.
Jo Cox, Labour MP and mother-of-two,
was murdered in her constituency
during the run-up to the 2016 EU
referendum - shot and stabbed
by a far-right extremist.
In the months after her death,
the public rallied in support
of her family and, in particular,
her husband, Brendan,
who set up two charities -
the Jo Cox Foundation
and More in Common.
Today he announced his resignation
from both following allegations
of inappropriate behaviour a year
before his wife's murder.
The claims in a Sunday paper
are linked to alleged incidents
at Harvard University
in Massachusetts and while Mr Cox
was working for the charity,
Save the Children.
In this case he is said to have
penned a staff member to a wall
while making sexual comments.
Mr Cox says the claims
are a massive exaggeration.
The statement continues...
Labour backbencher Jess Phillips,
a friend of Jo Cox, said her widower
was right to stand back
from the charities.
I'm not defending his actions,
I am trying to think
about this person who I know,
and my friend, who is not here,
and make sure that there
is a change in the future.
I don't defend any
of this behaviour.
Jo Cox's sister, Kim Leadbetter,
stood with Brendan Cox at the end
of the murder trial.
Today she said it had been another
very difficult day for the family
but they would support Brendan Cox
and they respected him
for admitting past mistakes.
No one from Save the Children
was available to speak to us today
but in a statement the charity said
staff safety and welfare
were priorities and that
all complaints were dealt
with in accordance with its
That was what had happened in 2015,
when Mr Cox was suspended
and the disciplinary process began.
He had resigned before that
process was complete.
The statement does not say
whether Save the Children told
police about the assault claim.
This lawyer specialising in cases
of alleged abuse believes
things need to change.
There should be a legal requirement
on the part of any employer
to report allegations of a sexual
or indecent nature
to the authorities.
That way, matters can be properly
investigated and dealt with, rather
than having them short-circuited.
Tonight, Jo Cox's family say
they are supporting each
other and are unwavering
in their determination that nothing
will cloud her legacy.
Robert Hall, BBC News.
Israel's prime minister,
Benjamin Netanyahu, has launched
a scathing attack on Iran,
calling it the 'greatest
threat to our world'.
In a speech in Munich he accused
the Iranians of seeking to dominate
the Middle East through terror
and warned that Israel would act
if Tehran tests its resolve.
Iran's foreign minister
dismissed the speech as not
worthy of a response.
Lyse Doucet reports.
In a volatile Middle East, hostility
between the Islamic Republic and the
state of Israel has long been a
dangerous fault line. Israel views
Iran as its greatest enemy,
denouncing its landmark nuclear deal
with world powers as neither -- the
stand-off runs along the border with
Syria, where Iran holds growing
sway. The Prime Minister came to
Munich to use this pre-eminent
security conference as his stage.
doubt, Mr 0-hours contract will deny
Iran's involvement in Syria. Iran
also denies it committed an act of
aggression against Israel last week,
that it sent into our airspace to
threaten our people. Well... Here is
a piece of that Iranian drone. What
is left of it after we shot it down.
These were the first images of the
drone Iran is accused of sending
into Israeli airspace. Israeli jets
retaliated. Targeting Iranian assets
in Syria for the first time. But
Syrian fire brought down an Israeli
warplanes. The first time in decades
its combat aircraft was shot down by
enemy fire. Today, and Iran's
Foreign Minister took the stage, he
did not mention the Israeli by name.
You were the audience for it
Then he fired
back with barbs of his own.
uses aggression as a policy. Against
its neighbours. And once somebody,
the Syrians have the guts to dine
one of the planes, it is his -- it
is as if a disaster has happened.
This disaster marks a dangerous new
turn in Syria's destructive
conflict. Tensions have been
multiplying in recent weeks. Russia,
United States and Turkey all have
their own forces the ground, all
fighting on different front lines.
Even before this dramatic war of
words, this year 's security
conference was overshadowed by fears
there could be an all-out war in the
Middle East, drawing in powerful
players like Israel and Iran. Nobody
wants to see a confrontation but the
risks are clearly great and growing.
Survivors of Wednesday's shooting
at a Florida school are organising
a national march on Washington
to demand tighter restrictions
on gun ownership.
They say they're determined
that the shooting will be a turning
point in the US national
debate on guns.
14 students and three members
of staff were killed in the attack.
It was carried out by a 19-year-old
using a semi-automatic rifle
he'd bought legally.
Two cars drove into a pedestrianised
part of Leeds city centre today
during an attempted robbery.
One was used to ram the front
of a shop, believed to be part
of an attempt to steal
No-one was injured in the attack,
which was filmed by passers-by.
The suspects, wearing balaclavas,
did not manage to break
into the premises and drove
off shortly afterwards.
The Home Office has said it can't
issue a medical cannabis licence
for a six-year-old epileptic chid,
despite calls from his family
and a group of MPs.
Alfie Dingley, who's
from Warwickshire, regularly
suffers violent seizures.
A cannabis-based treatment
he received in the Netherlands
improved his condition,
but it's illegal in the UK.
Charlotte Gallagher has the story.
Six-year-old Alfie Dingley has
a rare form of epilepsy and suffers
up to 30 violent seizures every day.
To go through that once
would be traumatising,
but we're going through it sometimes
every 7-10 days, and it's just
Last September, the family moved
to the Netherlands so Alfie could be
prescribed medical cannabis oil.
His parents say he went 24 days
without having a seizure.
They've now moved back to the UK,
but cannabis oil is illegal
in Britain, so they want
the Home Secretary Amber Rudd
to give Alfie a license to use it.
It's thought this drug works
with nerve receptors in the brain to
help control seizures.
But the Home Office
has ruled it out.
A group of MPs want
the Home Secretary to make
an exception for Alfie.
If we can find a way for her around
the regulations that exist,
and we believe that we can,
she can issue a license to make sure
that Alfie can get this medicine.
Alfie's family have vowed
to continue their battle,
saying you've got to fight
for your kids and we want to know
that we've done everything we can.
Charlotte Gallagher, BBC News.
With all the sport,
here's Ollie Foster
at the BBC Sport Centre.
Tottenham are the form team in the
Premier League and just a few days
ago drew against Juventus in the
Champions League, but today, in the
last 16 of the FA Cup, they were
held by the lowest ranked team left
in the competition, Rochdale. Holly
Hamilton reports. The life of a
Spurs fan, after the intensity of
Touraine and the wonder of Wembley,
the backdrop for their FA Cup fifth
round was Rochdale. By the did not
rule out the red carpet for the
meeting, they didn't rule out
rule out the red carpet for the
meeting, they didn't rule out a
brand-new pitch. The hosts were out
of the blocks quickly, the first
real chance from the captain, easily
gathered by the Spurs keeper.
Rochdale's top goal-scorer would not
miss the opportunity of getting a
goal against the Premier League
giants. 1-0! Putting his side 1-0 up
before half-time. After the break
Lucas Morrish showed we Spurs were
willing to part with £25 million for
him. He levelled the score line. A
draw would mean a replay but don't
let that ticket to Wembley yet. Step
up, who else, Harry Kane. The
Premier League's top goal-scorer
gave the visitors a few moments of
relief that this was not the end of
Rochdale's journey. With seconds
o'clock, Steven Davis scored the
equaliser. Would you believe it?
What was until a few days ago a
field of mud, today is a field of
field of mud, today is a field of
dreams. England's cricketers have
finished their T20 tri-series with a
win against New Zealand but it
wasn't enough for them to reach
Wednesday's final against Australia.
It was a thriller in Hamilton as
they won by two runs but they needed
a bigger margin of victory. They
came close but there were no medals
won for the British team in South
Korea today, although Lizzy Yarnold
did receive her skeleton goal. From
Pyeongchang, here's our Sports
Correspondent Andy Swiss.
From a dry ski slope in Sheffield
to an Olympic final.
James Woods has long made
the extraordinary seem effortless,
and once again how he rose
to the occasion, as he tricked,
flipped and leapt his way
right into contention.
COMMENTATOR: What's he got for us?
You can hear what the
crowd think of that.
What a run by James Woods!
He came here with such
high hopes for a medal,
will that be enough?
It seemed it might be.
Second place for Woodsy...
And with just a few left to go
he was still in bronze,
before America's Nick Goepper
snatched away his medal.
It's a game of perfection,
and it's not just that,
you've got to go above
and beyond technical difficulty.
That was insane.
Meanwhile, it's emerged speed skater
Elise Christie suffered soft tissue
damage in her crash yesterday.
Her boyfriend posted this...
With her next event on Tuesday,
it's a race against time.
But for others,
there was celebration.
Lizzy Yarnold receiving her
skeleton gold medal.
Her historic success, she told me,
was still sinking in.
It was a big goal four years ago
to try and be the first
British Winter Olympian
to retain my title.
It was scary to say it,
but now it's rolling off
the tongue a bit more.
I'm just so proud that it
all came together.
And with team-mate Laura Deas
collecting her bronze,
a picture-perfect podium
for British sport.
Andy Swiss, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
Day ten starts in the next hour or
so, skating, sliding and skiing
across the BBC of course but the BBC
Sport website will guide you through
The best of British film-making
talent has been honoured
at the Baftas this evening,
with many of the stars
using the spotlight to highlight
the sexual harassment scandal
which has gripped the industry
in recent months.
The big winner of the night
was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri, which won in five
categories, while Gary Oldman
was named best actor for his
portrayal of Winston Churchill
in Darkest Hour.
Here's our arts editor,
This report contains flash
The Baftas 2018, part
awards ceremony. Part platform for
protest. The drag -- black dress
code represents a stand against
harassment and inequality the
workplace. Definitely a different
field this year, people are coming
to celebrate film-making at its
finest but this is a more sombre,
serious mood with the Time's Up
campaign and it changes the
emphasis, tonight is not just a case
of who will win what but who will
say what? Who will capture the
spirit of these times in the way
Oprah Winfrey did at the Golden
Globes? The answer was a winner of
the leading actress award, Francis
McDormand, they give a mischievous,
potent acceptance speech.
I have a
little trouble with compliance!
But I want you to know that I stand
in full solidarity with my sisters
tonight in black. And I also want to
say that I appreciate how well
organised act of civil disobedience.
Power to the people.
She won for
playing Mildred Hayes, are furious
straight talking mother in Three
Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
I started a database, everyone is
born, stick him on it and as soon as
he did something wrong,
cross-reference, make sure it was a
match and then kill him.
American set British film was a big
winner with five Baftas including
Best Supporting Actor for Sam
Rockwell. Best original screenplay
for the London born Irish writer and
director, Martin McDonagh.
top award- Best film. What most
proud of with this film in this
Time's Up year is this is a film
about a woman who refuses to take it
any more, and she has always refused
to take any.
Then the leading actor,
complete with a dig at the Oscars.
And the winner is... Francis
McDormand... Just kidding! The Bafta
goes to Gary Oldman.
Gary Oldman one
for his portrayal of Winston
Churchill in Darkest Hour.
cannot reason with a tiger when your
head is in its mouth!
I am so
grateful for this incredible honour.
Thank you. Allison Janney got Best
Supporting Actress as the
hard-bitten mother in the biopic, by
How old are you?
She is a
soft four. TMO Del Toro won best
director for The Shape of Water on
what was a slightly disappointing
night for this hotly tipped movie.
Maybe it will be a different story
at the Oscars in a fortnight.
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