What does the future hold for disabled workers facing redundancy with the closure of Remploy factories? And what the Dales National Park boundary changes mean for locals.
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Good evening and welcome to Inside Out with me, Tony Foster. Here is
what on the chauffeur used tonight. -- here is what is on the show.
Taking to the streets to protest, but what is fuelling the tension?
We investigate immigration in one town. The government let people
come in willy-nilly. We need somebody to come in and say, there
is a problem with migration, we can't cope with the amount.
Struggling on my own with two kids, it's not fair. Facing redundancy -
what does the future hold for thousands of disabled workers?
And the Yorkshire takeover, as the Dales National Park expands into
Cumbria. How do you feel about somewhere
that is not in Yorkshire being part Now, we already live in one of the
most crowded countries in Europe. But this year saw record levels of
immigration into the UK. The population of Boston in
Lincolnshire is one of the fastest And some say there are already too
many people for the scarce jobs, as well as demands on services and
housing. Benjamin Zephaniah's been to see how the town's coping with
the influx. This country has been sold down the
river. Yesterday, hundreds turned out in
Boston to demonstrate against the presence of thousands of their
fellow residents. How's that come about?
British jobs for British workers. In some parts of Lincolnshire it is
hard to find any British people doing British jobs, but can you
blame immigrant workers? We have been flooded with migrants,
lack of jobs, lack of housing. They were invited into the country when
nothing was prepared. I want to achieve something in my
life. The police force does not have the complexities to deal with
the migrant population being here. Please listen to us.
To outsiders, Boston might seem like a sleepy unremarkable
Lincolnshire town. But it's found itself at the centre of a national
debate on the thorny issue of immigration.
I live about 20 minutes from here and when I first moved here, I came
to this very spot and listened. I couldn't hear an English voice.
Some people who've lived in Lincolnshire all their lives feel
it's a place unrecognisable from the one they grew up in.
There've always been migrants workers in this area, be they from
Yorkshire, Ireland, Africa, Portugal and now the EU accession
states. They all come together under the flag of Lincolnshire.
At this farm, there hasn't been local worker doing these jobs for
at least a decade. Take Laura Berezniovaite, for instance. She
came here from Lithuania five years ago. She's worked her way up from
the hard graft of vegetable picking in the fields to managing teams of
workers. I was cutting cauliflower, broccoli,
patting him, weeding, daffodil picking, loads of different jobs.
And because I was working very hard and I am proud of myself because of
that, I achieved something more and I am a supervisor at the moment.
Dean Everitt was unemployed for several years and blames the UK's
open door policy which allowed immigrants like Laura into the
country. Four I have to look at my kids' futures. They want jobs and
homes. The immigrants are looking for the same thing I am looking for.
The problem is that local people just want to certain kinds of jobs.
I rubbish. I have been trying to get into the company I work for now
for five months. I sent CVs and got knocked back. I am working there
foreign agency getting paid less than the migrants. I was speaking
to a Polish guy at work and said, what made you come to England? He
said, the money. He is earning double what he would be back home.
He said when he came to England he was quite happy to learn the
language, there were very few Polish people here, but within five
years it was a boom and it was full of Polish people. Now he struggled
to learn the language like he was doing because he doesn't have to.
Dean's become a figurehead for those who say Boston has been
flooded with economic migrants. He's challenged those in authority
to address the issue through a Facebook protest page. He says he's
backed by thousands of people. He's already cancelled one protest
march after police and council expressed their concern about
public order. Tonight, Dean's asking people to vote on whether to
resurrect the idea. At the minute. I am going to let
the council air their views and let the people decide whether to March.
-- apprehensive at the minute. on the extreme right and the
extreme Left seem to want to use a Boston as a battleground. A range
of industries here and elsewhere would suffer. Now...
Can we listen to everybody's point of view first? We have to do this
right. All those in favour of marching, hands up. Everybody
against. But when it comes to the vote it's
soon clear that it hasn't been thought through. There should have
been a ballot box. And Dean isn't in any mood to accept the criticism
for the poor organisation. Meanwhile, the votes are being
counted and Dean, now somewhat calmer, announces the results.
not sure if it is the right decision but there are 66 votes
against the march and 64 votes for the march. I would like to thank
you once again for turning up. So, no march then, for now, but not
everyone's happy about that. We want the town back.
The latest Census shows Boston's population rose from 55,800 to
64,600 - an increase of 15.8%. That's a double the average growth
in population for England and Wales. But some claim the true figure is
much higher. If you have heard some of the
evidence over the last three months you have disagreed with...
Because of the tensions caused by the rapid increase in population,
the council convened a series of public meetings to hear evidence
from those affected by immigration. Then Boston waited for the final
report into what could be done. At a Polish owned cafe in the
centre of Boston I met the local MP, who has a very different
perspective on immigration. What do you say to people who say
that immigrants take our jobs, houses and resources? There is no
evidence for that. Particularly in the agricultural and horticultural
areas, local people have not done the work in the fields for 30 or 40
years. That is not to say that there are not tensions in the
system, because there are. And those tensions have been
increased by the perception that crime and anti-social behaviour
have risen because of the new influx. This tragedy was the most
extreme example. And a legal distillery in the
centre of Boston, but the production of black-market alcohol
has left five men dead and another fighting for his life. -- and the
legal distillery. -- illegal. There is no evidence to suggest
that there is a disproportionate amount of anti-social behaviour
being carried out by immigrants. The conclusions of the four-month
inquiry into the effects of population increase are being made
public today. And the simple truth is there's no magic wand.
It concludes that there is no one single answer. I could have told
them that. They have made 28 recommendations to be made at local,
national and European level. Dean Everitt has now read the report too
and is far from happy with its findings. As I did not want extra
funding for Migration, I wanted them to look at the problems and
deal were done. We have cut the march on hold and it looks like we
will be putting it back on. For. The moment the authorities hoped to
avoid has arrived. It was feared any protest against immigration
would attract far right sympathisers and the potential for
violence. But those fears proved unfounded as hundreds protested
peacefully. Martin Zagers, a Latvian worker,
has come to see what the protest is about.
Foreigners take these jobs, but, from the other have -- the other
side, I work in a factory or where we are the only Polish, at length
the aim a -- lad being, Lithuanian workers, because the English don't
want to be there. Because it is a hard job. -- Latvian.
This memorial commemorates the Pilgrim farmers who left Boston 400
years ago defined a new life abroad. It is ironic that these famous
migrants left the town that is now beset by new arrivals. I wonder
what they would make of it all. Still to come, we find out how
Yorkshire plans to take over Losing your job can be tough but
when you are disabled getting a new one can be even tougher.
The closure of Remploy factories across the North has left hundreds
of workers facing an uncertain future. For the past three months,
Inside Out has all three of them as they face redundancy. This is their
story. As a work force, they might be
condemned. But to the Remploy workers and their supporters the
message to the Government is clear. 13 of the 27 factories to close a
from the North of England, including Wigan, Dannatt -- Dharm
and Leeds. For many, the service has been the crucial part of their
world, a vital link to a productive and satisfying life. But no more.
n no idea what I'm going to do when I leave you. I'm really
disappointed at how they are treating disabled people. I feel
like we're being used as scapegoats. Really emotional. It is a really
sad today. The end of India. Set up to aid disabled men, the Remploy
factories teach new jobs. Men who otherwise would be forced to remain
idle, are now able to work. first Remploy factory was opened in
1945 as a sort of early version of help for euros. Earlier this year's
-- this year, 2000 workers worked in them. But the Government decided
that the factories are not cost- effective and half are being shut
down. One of the biggest factories to close within leans. 60 workers
will lose their jobs when it shuts their -- shuts its doors for the
last time this month. Office equipment has already been removed.
David Charles is one of those being made redundant. His father is a
Leeds United football legend. He suffered a stroke ten years ago and
feared he would never work again. thought to myself, I have got to do
something to get myself motivated again because with the illness, at
that time, had to recover. I will still have this for the rest of my
life, but you think to myself that I could do nothing was unbearable.
The work force in Leeds makes security tags for a larger
retailers as well as packaging and labelling or a food distributor.
They say they are busier than ever and cannot understand the decision
to close. We are inundated with work here. We're not just sitting
idle. We have had to turn away work. In County Durham, this couple is
also feeling the pinch. Chris, who is deaf and partially sighted, is
one of the people being made redundant at his factory.
TRANSLATION: My boss gave me a paper to read. It was all about the
redundancy and the reasons for being made redundant. But that was
all. It is a double blow for this couple. They worked -- they met
while working at Remploy and this year celebrated their 25th wedding
anniversary. Clare was forced to stop work because of ill-health in
2007. I just couldn't believe that after all the hard work, we as a
community had made Remploy it what it had become. Union
representatives feel the closures have not been properly thought out.
Some people are near retirement age and so need to face the fact that
we will not be doing anything as constructive with our lives. Those
people who were younger will have to look for work. The bottom line
is, once people are out of these factories and a year has gone by,
no one is going to care for them. They will just wash their hands of
it all. Despite protests, the factories have been falling silent
one by one. Stephen Rigby from Wigan is about to see 30 years'
service come to an end. Their reaction was of shock. We on news
that a lot of the factories would close, but we were still in shock
when the news came. There were quite a few that got really upset
or fiercely. A lot of people have worked there for many years. Some
of them for 30 years. We are a very tight-knit community. It is
Stephen's last week and he and his wife are trying to put the closer
to the back of their minds, or watching their son Adam play for
the local wheelchair rugby team. has been a very emotional week. The
factories are gearing up to close down. A lot of the machinery is
being packaged up ready for transport. A lot of the work has
disappeared. Basically, we're just saying our goodbyes. It is the
final day at Wigan. After 60 years, the factory is now shut. It means a
lot. Struggling on my own with two kits. It is unfair. I have made
lots of friends and the way they have treated us is that disgrace.
Just a really sad day. The end of in Europe. I cannot explain that
the emotions that have been going on all morning. We have been trying
to keep our chins up but nothing would ever prepare you for what has
happened today. It is like a bereavement. It is a similar scene
in Durham, where Chris and 40 other workers have just completed their
last shift. The Government insists keeping the factories open was not
a viable option and resources would be better spent helping disabled
people find jobs with mainstream employers. At the moment, there are
6.9 million people of working age and Remploy factories only accounts
for just over 2000 of them. And yet a 5th of the budget is going to
those. So we are seeing, how to be best spent that money to help all
those people? We can help people into mainstream work and a lot of
those disability organisations, a lot of disabled people, have all
said that they would like to work in mainstream employment. But back
in Wigan, Stephen's search for work has proved fruitless. Even though I
have a lot of skills behind me from Remploy, you cannot always take the
skills out into the outside world. I try and keep optimistic. I always
think that something will come along eventually. But each time I
get a rejection, that instils and my mind that this is going to get
harder and harder, especially with the climate as it is at the moment.
There are able bodied people who were struggling to find work as
well. It is such a bleak prospect that those preparing for their
final shifts in Leeds are only too well aware of the difficult bit to
the ace when the support they have relied on is withdrawn for good.
As you might expect, Yorkshire Dales are in Yorkshire. But with
the boundaries just about to expand, they are taking a bit of Cumbria as
well. Are the locals happy about this Yorkshire to go for?
Welcome to Skipton. This is a part of Yorkshire. This town has always
been known as the gateway to the Dales, but pretty soon things round
here could be changing. The Yorkshire Dales are a national
treasure. They do not to sudden changes round here. But the
National Park could expand out of Yorkshire to the north-west, into
the area in Cumbria. Does anyone in Skipton know anything about it?
Have you heard of the village? have not. Is that at last place?
Guess where it might be? Lancashire are? How Eddie Beale as a word that
is not in Yorkshire being part of the Dales National Park? I don't
know. Yorkshire has always been at the centre of the Yorkshire Dales
identity. So where is Crosby Ravensworth and why are the tales
set to expand their. I am finding out by taking a trip into Cumbria.
I will be seeing some beautiful countryside and finding out whether
the Yorkshire Dales will ever be the same again. The railway passes
through the heart of the Dales and takes us to where the new is part
of -- part of the National Park will be. More than 8 million
visitors a year come to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, an
area of outstanding beauty bounded by the M6 on one side and the one
on the other. My route takes me north to Kirkby Stephen. It is here
that there will be the biggest Expos expansion of the Dales, in
this area between here and the insects. We are talking about a
fantastic landscape and giving it the protection that it deserves for
the future, so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy this
fantastic environment in the same way that we do. They are not in
Yorkshire though, are it? Well at the moment, there is 11 % but that
is not in Yorkshire up and instead is in Cumbria. That is not unusual.
It is part of the United Kingdom, not in one county. Some people
would accuse you of empire-building. I am not interested in that but had
seen the accusation. It is all about looking at the quality of the
landscape and the opportunities there for tourism and spent taking
a very hard look at whether these areas should be included. There is
no doubt that this area preserves - - deserves protecting. It is
slightly off the tourist track. So where am I? We earn standing is
Cumbria. To the writer than he is late district, behind me the North
Pennines and in front of me the Yorkshire Dales. The proposals have
been drawn up by natural England, the agency advising the Government
on protecting the landscape. It says the changes are aimed at
giving greater protection to this stunning countryside. I am at and
nature reserve hidden beneath us settle to Carlisle line. Places
like best are already protected by national park status would give
them a higher public profile. have got this amazing writ. It has
a bleak grandeur about it. There is incredible wildlife in this part of
the world, ingesting industrial attack -- industrial archaeology
and the nature is just great. This has the biggest population in
England of one type of butterfly. There are crayfish in that river.
Lots of things are really rare and interesting. It is a fantastically
rich area. Why was it not part of the national park in the first
place? There is no doubt that this area is worth preserving, the
problem is that not everyone agrees that the National Park is the way
to do it. Nearby, other smaller changes to park boundaries are also
being planned. One area would go into the Lake District and another
near Bonn still would become part of the Dales. This man farms on the
eastern edge of the Lake District as well as representing Crosby
Ravensworth on the county council and is not a band of national parks.
I think there is a coherent case to say that we do run national parks.
The landscape already has tremendous protection through
ministerial and European lot. -- law. But the changes could help
tourism. This woman has at holiday business. Being part of a national
park might raise the profile the area. I know that we do not have an
obvious attraction here other than the countryside itself. We find
that once we get people here, or we get them back, and perhaps to label
it national park would help. This man has farmed in Crosby
Ravensworth all his life. grandfather built here in 1930 and
then my father took over from him and I have taken over from my
father. I have been here all this time. John's ritzier go deep and he
does not want to be dragged into Yorkshire. We're not in the
Yorkshire Dales, we are in Cumbria. That is not in Yorkshire. I cannot
see how there would be any benefit to us being in the Yorkshire Dales.
This is a traditional farming community and we're coming up to
one of the biggest days of the year, the Crosby Ravensworth show. John's
wife Linda is secretary of the show. She is also a keen competitor.
Today, she is making train breaks. People come and and say what a
lovely community and I'm very proud of all our exhibitors. It draws all
the villagers together for one event and hopefully a memorably for
everybody. Tailender, joining the deals would just be a new name.
has not spoiled and I cannot see how putting it end, giving it a
different label, is going to make it any different to what it is now.
It is the day before the show and the weather is not looking good.
The winds gathered strength and the field has not dried out. John and
Linda are doing their best. Hopefully, we are having to tweak
one or two things and moved a little bit of parking about, but
hopefully everything will go ahead as normal. But on the day of the
show the weather is even worse. Annie is working on the gate and
the numbers are down. It is a pity it is chilly. I have to jackets on.
It has been a long morning. -- two jackets. Livestock are a big
attraction. John helps judge the cattle. It is the one day appear
when their community is pooled together. Long it continued. It is
as big a part of village life as a livestock. In the baking tent, at
the results are in and Linda is celebrating. How Peking has come
third. But her coconut and cherries lice was a winner! Are you
surprised these did better than the others? I have one with them before
and I know goes down well with the judge's! This show and this
community has a feel all its own and is nothing to do with Yorkshire.
This is Cumberland wrestling. I do not think you'd see that in the
Yorkshire Dales! I have discovered that it is not just the landscape
here that is worth protecting, it is the way of life as well. The
really, the story is about identity. This is at tiny community based in
unspoiled countryside but it is tied to Cumbria and not Yorkshire.
That needs to be taken into account for the expansion pounds to be a
success. It does look like this area will become part of the Dales
National Park, but whether happens, I hope I come back soon.
Just before the go, there is an update for you enter our
investigation into said such a's conduct during the mining strike.
You will remember that we revealed that officers had been told what to
write in their statements. The force has asked the police watchdog
to get involved and be well as -- we will tell you what happens.
If you have a story you think we should be telling, get in touch. We
Inside Out with Toby Foster investigates the impact of immigration in Boston. Also when the Leeds Remploy factory closes at the end of the month what does the future hold for the workers. And with the boundaries of the Dales National Park likely to expand, Keeley Donovan discovers how locals feel about being taken over by Yorkshire.