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Olympic legacy is on a knife edge. Teachers say youngsters like these
are not getting the sporting chances they deserve because of cuts to
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the programme here in the West. Some teachers have claimed that the
legacy of the Olympic Games is on a life-support machine. Our young
people like these being shortchanged by sports provision at school?
We have to good sports as guests who are on the opposite debate -- the
opposite side of the debate. Looking at the reaction to the
Public Accounts Committee about the spending cuts, Adi squeezing it dry?
There is inevitably going to be a squeeze on the budgets and we are
going to find ways of helping them transform the way they deliver their
services. We have got examples already the country of councils who
have worked more efficiently by sharing back offices and linking
health services with adult social care. They are being able to deliver
better services for less money so there are ways of dealing with the
problem but it is tough. Do you buy into that? Of course making things
more efficient is but on the front line, things like teaching English
as a foreign language, are the things that are being cut. It isn't
just cuts, isn't it, local authorities are also going to the
wall. Some local councils are in every guilty and we provide
additional support to them. But it is worth reflecting that there is �2
million worth of council tax that is currently not collected. At the
councils could just collect the tax that they are entitled to, things
would improve. But I do not want to deny that things are tough. Tanks
for the moment. Everybody agrees we should tackle world hunger but how?
Campaigners demanding change have been out in London as well as pistol
and stride. They say that what happens here matters.
It is not the sort of classroom she is used to. This bar schoolteacher
has recently been to Tanzania and was shocked that so many have so
little to each. To eat. Some of them are surviving on a bowl
of rice a day. They are not growing properly. It is time that we said
that the world can provide enough food and wine in eight people should
not go to bed hungry. Among the concerns is the land being diverted
to promote biofuels. They are growing this plant which can be used
to fuel engines. What happens here will give an
indication of the government's stands. This site is lined up to
become a big biofuels plant. Bringing in crops imported from the
developing world. It was approved on appeal after initially being
rejected by Bristol City Council. The government subsidy which
biofuels get is more significant. Something that is wrong. It is a
great shame that we have got this development is taking place in
Avonmouth but in terms of government policy, we ought to make it
financially unattractive to any energy producer in Britain to source
biofuels. The attended this briefing for MPs. Britain contrasts with
countries like Holland and Germany which have cut money for biofuels.
The government subsidises things which seem rain on a piece of paper
but on further inspection isn't as rain as it first seems. It destroys
communities and contributes to deforestation. That is not what you
want to be supporting. Lindsay Atkin has taken her campaign to Downing
Street. If we really want to feed the world, they say, the government
must change its attitude to biofuels. It seems that it has
turned into a bit of a shambles. This is something that looks like
and sounds like it should be a good idea but when you look into it it is
not. I am behind the campaign that is for supporting starving children.
One in eight people will go to bed hungry tonight. It is too late
though, isn't it? How a back the clock on the biofuels industry?
think we will have to but let's remember that not all biofuel is
bad. Last year there was 50,000 tonnes of biofuel was Burns and only
250 tonnes was from virgin oil and not palm oil and the majority was
from waste oil. Unless we have got a mechanism that shows that we have
truly sustainable crops, in other words that you're not denying people
food, that you replace what has been taken away in terms of wetland, that
we are not using palm oil that destroys the rainforest, then it
should be getting the various support that is on offer. The local
council rejected the proposal and was overruled by the government but
it seems they were right all along. The issue is what fuel is used. If
they were using waste fuel nobody would say the planning was wrong.
The EU are already working on a more sustainable policy for what is
acceptable and what is not and our government is working hard on that.
We have got the irony of the big companies actually lecturing the
government. I know and I think it is as strawberry -- it is extraordinary
that government overruled the local council. This fuel is going to take
away land for cute -- for food for hungry children. The issue as the
type of fuel that is being used. us look to the future. F so much
money has been invested in this, weather we from here? -- where do we
go from here? It can be done and the other thing we should take into
account as the cost of transportation and the greenhouse
gases. But your own colleagues both said they were against it. The three
of us are in agreement and it is extraordinary that this has been
allied to happen and I hope that the G8 are going to take a stand.
planning application is a separate matter. We will leave it there.
The Olympic legacy is on a life-support machine according to
teachers who claim that the government has failed to deliver on
the promises. Cuts in funding will mean schools can provide good
physical education opportunities. The Games captured the imagination
of a generation, at the time at least. But London 2012 wasn't all
about winning medals. The politicians said the Games were also
about this. Inspiring young people to take part in sport. Here at
Springfield School, many of the children have been excluded from
other mainstream schools. They use sport to teach the children and the
children love it. But the principal says the Olympic legacy is hanging
in the balance. 2012 was a special year but because there is no
national framework, I am concerned that there will be pockets where the
legacy is happening but it would take place elsewhere. The thing I am
really fighting to get recognised is that sport is at solidly fundamental
to a old's development. government cut funding for sports
development. Nothing has really come from that brilliant atmosphere that
we had last summer and it is really dependent on the schools themselves.
That is a view shared by this sailing regatta in Bristol. State
educated children sailing competitively but the first time in
the South West. But that's no thanks to the government, according to its
organiser. And fortunately they have failed our children in terms of
billing the purse strings at the wrong time. The Education Secretary
Michael Gove has also promised more money for primary schools to improve
sport. What does the legacy have to be driven by money and central
government? Here they know a thing or two about
sporting success. They have Olympic gold medallists as former pupils.
They say that the success is down to teachers being prepared to go the
extra mile. It is about finding opportunities to train and play.
Olympic rings are still proudly on display as the youngsters gather
ahead of the Games. I think my most important focus is that people are
enjoying it. If in a few years time the situation is the same then that
is a problem. We may not know what it any legacy has been left until
the Games in Brazil in 2016. It has all gone terribly flat
according to those teachers. Where as the legacy? First of all, the
legacy is not just about sports, it is about business and so on. If you
link sports clubs with schools, you give young children and opportunity
to find a sport that they are really interested in. That is having a real
benefit. We have invested �150 million more in schools sports.
There is fabulous work being done locally and we are putting in �70
million to give additional training for primary school teachers. And yet
people are saying that nothing is happening here and we have to do it
for ourselves. I know someone who got new equipment for the school and
that helped people get into sport but now it is not being replaced.
She has to get on a bus to go to a playing field because playing fields
are no longer available. The money is actually not there and that means
that I Jessica Ennis of the future is having to get on a bus to go and
play somewhere. We have a medal winning Paralympians with us. What
can you tell us about the legacy? is amazing the kind of reception
people like me get in schools. What I relies is that if we can inspire
these people know, if we can get them involved now, they are more
likely to stick with it. When I was a student, the school was what got
me involved in sport. If it wasn't for my teacher, I wouldn't be here
now. What about this great promise from the government of all the money
being spent, I use saying anything come from that? I think it is early
days and we cannot tell what is happening. It does seem to me that
we have done not a bad job. If you look at previous cities that hosted
the Games, some of them like Beijing are still not utilising their
stadiums. That is not the case in London. And they had gets four years
to come. -- they had debt for many years. They have been given a stash
of extra money and a clear requirement that they have to work
with young people. We are saying that enthusiasm in the sports
clubs. I was one of the first to criticise the government and they
have reversed the decision and funding is no there. The Labour
government, who got the Olympics to Britain, showed the value and the
benefit of the government investing. The government investing in the
Olympics meant that we had thousands of new jobs. They were all over the
country. You are listening to politicians talking away. We hear
all these figures being bandied about about how much it cost. Was it
worth it? Absolutely. Maybe I'm biased! I was one of the people
benefiting most from that expenditure but it was an amazing
experience. The Paralympics were almost more for a full because
people weren't expecting it to be so good. In many ways what happened was
that people just couldn't turn off their televisions. It was powerful
memories as well as a lot of money spent.
Let us have a look at the other political stories happening around
the West. Just 143 Labour activists have
chosen who could be the Bristol South MP for decades to come. Karin
Smyth will contest the safest seat in the West and Dawn Primarolo will
stand down after the next election. 25,000 more jobs are to be created
in the south-west after lobbying from energy firms. Plans to call up
to 100,000 badgers have been shelved.
The policy to tackle bovine TB hasn't been backed by scientists.
The ayes to the left - 250, the noes to the right - 299. Jack Lopresti
has announced he is battling bowel cancer. He is having chemotherapy
and doctors are aiming for a complete cure by the autumn.
I would suggest you are probably a great exponent of the women- only
shortlist. Is it fair? Is it fair that we have a minority of women and
the House of Commons? That is not something I want to see. And all
women shortlist is the thing that we need to get more women in politics.
There are only 127 MPs -- women MPs and that is a disgrace and there are
not enough ethnic minorities. The Liberal Democrats have a scheme to
bring in different people and to the constituency shortlists. I am not in
favour of all women shortlists but I am in favour of positive
discrimination. There are plenty of open shortlists and for centuries
women have been kept out of the House of Commons for many reasons.
There are many good women candidates. I was proud to be
selected and I don't think anybody said it wasn't there that I want.
am not going to say good luck but I think it is really important that we
have more women, disabled, black and ethnic minorities candidates. But
I'm not sure as single restricted shortlist is the way to do it.
is all we have time for so thank you for joining us.