19/11/2012 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


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.

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