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The Health Secretary acknowledges that patients are facing "completely

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unacceptable" delays at hospitals in England.

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But Jeremy Hunt says the NHS is not alone in dealing with growing

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patient numbers. It is wrong to suggest to people

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that these profound challenges such as the ones we face of an ageing

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population other ones with a silver bullet where you can solve that

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problem overnight. The BBC has spent the week

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highlighting some of We'll be speaking to our Health

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Editor about what's been uncovered. Also, many areas in England and

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Wales could face above inflation council tax rises.

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A US appeals court rejects President Trump's attempt

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to re-instate a ban on travellers from seven mainly Muslim countries.

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We have a situation where the security of our country is at stake

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and it is a very, very serious situation so we look forward, as I

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just said, to receiving them in court.

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A firm of London plumbers loses legal battle over whether to give

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freelance plumbers the same rights as full-time staff.

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And England prepare to take on Wales this weekend.

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And coming up in the sport, the Russian athlete stripped of her gold

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medal and banned for doping. Good afternoon and welcome

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to the BBC News at One. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt,

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says it's "completely unacceptable" that some patients in England

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are waiting up to 13 hours in A Figures show that waiting times

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in casualty units are worse Mr Hunt says he does

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have an improvement plan, but admits it will take time,

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and says there's no silver bullet. NHS England figures this winter show

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the worst waiting time performance in A E units since records began

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more than a decade ago. Jeremy Hunt paid tribute to the work of stuff

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but said the problems of high patient demand were not unique to

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the NHS and all leading health systems or grappling with the

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challenge. He said there was no silver bullet. I think it is wrong

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to suggest to people that these profound challenges such as we face

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with an ageing population are ones where there is a silver bullet so

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you can solve the problem overnight. We have a very good plan, it has the

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support of the NHS and it will take time to deliver. Asked about BBC

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coverage this week of patients enduring long waits in A E and an

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elderly woman spending six months in hospital because no care place was

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available he said he did not want to make excuses and these problems were

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completely unacceptable. It is incredibly frustrating for me, doing

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this job because I want NHS care to be the safest and the best in the

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world, and that kind of care is completely unacceptable, no one

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would want it for members of their own family. But it is

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happening in a hospital rated good, so what can you do about it? What

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you need to recognise is that overall there are positive things as

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well as negative things and there is huge commitment in the NHS to sort

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out those negative things and the particular pressure point we have is

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A E. What we need to do is find ways of treating people with complex

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conditions, older people with dementia, treating them at home or

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in the community. And that is the big direction of change we have

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embarked on. There have been cuts to social care funding under your

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government, has that not created the problem? No. On social care the

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Prime Minister has been very clear, we recognise the precious, we know

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there is a problem with sustainability in the system and

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that needs to be addressed and we will do

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that. More money in the budget? That is for the Chancellor and the Prime

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Minister. Look at what the Prime Minister said this week, this is an

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area where there is pressure and we need a long-term sustainable

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solution and not a quick fix. Although Labour has accused the

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government of losing control of the NHS this winter, patients paying the

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price as targets missed. Sir Robert Francis who headed the Staf

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fordshire inquiries as the NHS is in an existential crisis and pressures

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continued there could be a repeat of the mid Staffordshire care on the

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NHS and even the Health Secretary says there are some unacceptable

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problems. Your assessment of what we have learned? On one level, Rita, we

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have learned from images we showed of patients in Hugh is with me now.

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We have spent the week reporting on the NHS and even the Health

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Secretary says there are some unacceptable problems. Your

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assessment of what we have learned? On one level, Rita, we have learned

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from images we showed of patients happening because of the real

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difficulties hospital says even with staff working flat out. The other

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thing we have had this week 's important data. We learned yesterday

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that it was the worst waiting for hours, mothers sitting on floors

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with babies, in some hospitals there is a strain which the Health

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Secretary has admitted is quite unacceptable. I suspect Blackburn is

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not alone. We've had a lot of reports from around the country of

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this kind of thing happening because of the real difficulties hospital

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says even with staff working flat out. The other thing we have had

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this week is important data. We learned yesterday that it was the

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worst A E England hospitals since records began in 2004. A leaked

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document revealed to the BBC that January would be even worse. Today

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we've learned that the number of operations cancelled by NHS England

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at the last minute, a very traumatic experience for patients, was at a

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high last year. So the performance figures show that the NHS is really

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struggling at the moment. There's a debate that's also been going on,

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we've had figures on the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggesting that

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although NHS spending has gone up in Britain it will tail England

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hospitals since records began in 2004. A leaked document revealed to

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the BBC that January would be even worse. Today we've learned that the

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number of operations cancelled by NHS England at the last minute, a

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very traumatic experience for patients, was at a high last year.

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So the performance figures show that the NHS is really struggling at the

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moment. There's a debate that's also been going on, we've had figures

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from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggesting that although NHS

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spending has gone up in Britain it will so there's a lot of pressure on

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the government to put more money into health, and accusations it has

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been underfunded in England, equally it could be more efficient, more

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needs to be done with the resources that have been pledged. The debate

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goes on. Is there likely to be more money? You had Jeremy Hunt say they

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are looking hard at social care because the problem in England is

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that the funding has been cut over the last seven years, even as NHS

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funding has gone so that house if you like head back on the NHS

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because of shortcomings in social care. He made it clear work was

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going on. When I ask about the budget he said it was up to the

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Chancellor and Prime Minister. In other words he's making his pitch to

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say to Downing Street that this needs urgent attention. I think work

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is going on there, what happens in the budget, will have to wait and

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see. Hugh, thank you can see all the you can see all the

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A federal appeals court in the United States has refused

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to reinstate Donald Trump's ban on travellers from seven

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The controversial immigration reform was suspended last week,

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when a judge in Seattle issued a temporary order.

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But the President appears determined to continue the legal battle,

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saying on Twitter: "See you in court.

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"The security of our nation is at stake!".

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Od the office upon which I'm about to enter...

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As his controversial pick for Attorney General was sworn in,

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Donald Trump hailed a new era of justice in America.

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Former Senator Jeff Sessions, now the US' top law enforcement officer,

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I'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical

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Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.

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Donald Trump's sudden ban on visitors from seven mainly Muslim

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nations caused chaos at airports and sparked protests across the US.

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Then, last week, a district judge in Seattle granted a stay,

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and now a San Francisco-based appeals court has backed that stay,

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citing, amongst other things, the fact that nobody from those

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seven nations has actually carried out an attack on the US.

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The decision infuriated Donald Trump.

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"See you in court," he wrote, "The security of our

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Prompting the leader of one of the states leading

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the court challenge, Washington governor Jay Inslee,

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to reply, "Mr President, we just saw you in court,

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The president is nonetheless convinced he will win.

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It's a political decision, we're going to see them in court

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So you believe the judge has made...

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We have a situation where the security of our country

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is at stake, and it's a very, very serious situation so I look

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forward, as I just said, to seeing them in court.

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We are a nation of laws, and as I've said, as we have said,

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from day one, those laws apply to everybody in our country.

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And that includes the President of the United States.

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An appeal to the highest court in the land, the US

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But that could put the decision in the hands of a court that's

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currently evenly divided, and a tied decision would leave

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Mr Trump maintains his ban is necessary in order to protect

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the US from the threat of terrorism, but it may yet be proven

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And, until he has his day in court, refugees from around the world

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and citizens of those seven Muslim nations can continue

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on the BBC say a man and a woman have died in a house fire in the

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south of the city, firefighters were called there at 2:30am police in

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Manchester say a man and a woman have died in a house fire in the

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south of the city, firefighters were called at 2:30 the children aged

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between ten and 17 are being treated for injuries, another man is in a

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serious condition, police 's handling of the arrival of

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unaccompanied child refugees from an investigation to establish the cause

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of the blaze. Campaigners are at the High Court to challenge the

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government 's handling of the arrival of unaccompanied child

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refugees from scheme. Council tax rises could hit many households in

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England and Wales according to new research.

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The Local Government Information Unit

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says that 94% of council leaders and senior officials

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questioned said they would be forced to put up taxes and increase

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Some households will face rises of up to five-percent,

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Our correspondent Judith Moritz reports.

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From rubbish collections to road resurfacing, local councils are

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responsible for the nitty-gritty of community life. The pressure their

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finances are under is well known is that it is not surprising that the

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majority of them want to take measures to bring in more money. But

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now some councils are warning that things are so desperate, they simply

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cannot make ends meet. We are really at a crisis point now. Councils have

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already cut all the mice to have things and they are down to the bare

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bones, the statutory services they have to deliver, adult social care,

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looking after elderly people, protecting vulnerable people,

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keeping the streets clean, collecting referees. There is a real

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chance in the next two to three years we will see councils not able

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to meet those obligations and that would be a tragedy for the

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communities they serve. Survey of local councils in England and Wales

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was carried out, 131 responded, 94% of them say they will be forced to

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increase council tax by more than 1.5% next year. 42% say the cuts

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they make will be evident to the public and 80% say they will add an

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extra charge for social care. In Salford the authority is considering

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raising Mixu's council tax together with its charge for social care by a

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total of just under 5%. Lisa Stone has been a Salford councillor for

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six years and says it is becoming impossible to balance the books. We

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were able to freeze council tax for six years but we had to put it up

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last year and will be looking to put it up again this year unfortunately.

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Do you remember things being as bad? No, this is the worst it's ever been

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because every year you have to make more cuts on top of those you've

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made in previous years. Five councils, not named, planned to go

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to the polls to increase bills significantly but have decided not

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to after a 15% rise was controversially dropped by Surrey

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council this week. But all of the councils surveyed had one thing in

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co not one of them said that it was able to reduce council not one of

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them said that it was able to reduce next year. -- one thing in are

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facing an Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt acknowledges that hospitals are

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facing we look forward to another weekend of fierce but friendly

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rivalry in the six Nations tournament in rugby union treasures.

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And in the sport, in Cardiff as we look forward to another weekend of

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fierce but friendly rivalry in the six Nations tournament in rugby

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union. One change to the side that beat Ireland as one change to the

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side that beat None of the UK's fleet of attack

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submarines is currently Seven nuclear-powered vessels,

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including three new Astute-class submarines, which cost more

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than ?1 billion each, and four Trafalgar-class

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boats are all currently Normally at least one

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of these boats is deployed. A Royal Navy spokesman said

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they wouldn't comment on specific Our diplomatic correspondent

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James Landale reports. They're known as hunter killers,

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the attack submarines armed with torpedoes and Cruise missiles

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that the Royal Navy uses to project Normally, at least one

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is always at sea on active duty, but it's now emerged that none

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is currently deployed on operations. If none of them are operational,

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it is very serious. The submarines are needed

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for our security vis-a-vis Russia, who at the moment

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is sabre rattling. They are good to ease tension

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because they are so capable, and the Russians know that,

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and they can give us They are very important

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in the Middle East, around around the Persian Gulf

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and areas like that. Their intelligence

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capability is quite There are currently seven Royal Navy

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attack submarines in Four are ageing

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Trafalgar-class boats They are to be withdrawn

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from service from next year. The other three, the

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Astute class, are the Four more are due to

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enter service by 2024. The BBC understands that the Navy's

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struggling to maintain the Trafalgar submarines,

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and the bigger Astute class have One submarine has been repaired

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after colliding with a merchant vessel off

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Gibraltar last year. And HMS Astute is understood to be

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at sea, but only to conduct The Ministry of

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Defence said it would not comment on specific

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submarine operations, but said the Royal Navy continues

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to meet all of its operational tasking, deploying

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globally on operations, and An MoD source insisted

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that there were attack submarines that were operationally capable

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and ready, but where they might be was clearly

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sensitive operational information But not having one on active

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operations will raise fresh questions about the effectiveness

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of Britain's naval fleet. ScottishPower has become the latest

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of the Big Six energy companies to raise its prices. It is increasing

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the price of electricity by 11% and gas by nearly 5%. British Gas has

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said it is freezing prices until August. Simon Gumpert is here with

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me now. Last week, we had npower raising its prices, now this. What

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is going on? People would say competition is going on. On the one

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hand, you have ScottishPower raising prices for more than 1 million

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customers, so bad news for them. On the other hand, you have British Gas

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extending its price freeze, which was supposed to be over the winter,

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up until March, and it has been extended until August, benefiting 5

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million customers, a lot of whom had been worried about speculation in

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the press of a very significant increase in the standard tariff.

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This affects the standard tariffs, which tend to move up and down, not

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the millions of customers on fixed-rate tariffs, who continue

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with what they have. What is going on in the background,? They have

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said that their costs work-out slightly higher, so they may have

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more wriggle room. There is always pressure on British Gas, because it

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is the biggest player and there result was an outcry when it moves,

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so maybe that is why it has held back. Maybe it has been better at

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securing future stocks of gas. They might have done well on that score.

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In any case, it is a relief to British Gas customers. There is

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still -- there are still, though, some suppliers who have not

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announced what they are going to do. What can we expect from them? There

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are six bigger suppliers. Npower last week said it would bring in a

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big price increase. EDF has said electricity will go up next month,

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and now we have ScottishPower. The other three, British Gas says it

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will be frozen until August, but aeon and SSE have also had a price

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freeze in place over the winter. What about them? We wait to hear.

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SSE tell me that there are price freeze will be in place until at

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least April. At least - maybe a little bit of hope there for its

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customers. Simon, thank you. The London firm Pimlico Plumbers has

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lost its challenge over the employment status

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of a former worker. The Court of Appeal upheld

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the ruling that it has to offer workers, hired on an ad-hoc basis,

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the same holiday and pensions The head of the company had said

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the employee involved had wanted Our industry correspondent,

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John Moylan, reports. Is Pimlico Plumbers is one of

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London's best-known firms. It is claimed that plumbers here can earn

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more than ?100,000 a year, but they are all self-employed, so they don't

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have the raw it's -- the rights enjoyed by employees. When Gary

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Smith went to a tribunal, it found that his employment status was the

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same as that of a worker. He was classed as a worker because he

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provided a personal service to Pimlico Plumbers. They controlled

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him. He had to wear the uniform, to drive their fan, and he was tightly

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controlled by Pimlico Plumbers. Self-employment has soared in recent

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years, with many people juggling several insecure jobs, what some

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call the gig economy. Tribunal 's have ruled against high-profile

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businesses, including Uber and city sprint. The Government has launched

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a review of modern working practices. The founder of Pimlico

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Plumbers said that Mr Smith wanted to have his cake and eat it. This is

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an historic case. This was a contract we had with Gary six years

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ago, on a self-employed basis, absolute by England revenue, -- the

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Inland Revenue and employment lawyers. He had the benefit of being

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self-employed. Six years down the line, you had a heart attack and

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wanted the benefits of being an employee. This is the highest court

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yet to tackle this complicated issue of employment status, but it will

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not be the last. There are a number of cases pending and more about to

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be launched, which looks set to challenge firms over how they treat

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people in the so-called gig economy. John Moylan, BBC News.

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Hundreds of Wales had beached themselves in New Zealand. They

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ended up high and dried as the tired fell -- whales. A warning - some

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viewers might find images in this storing district -- in this story

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distressing. A tragedy rarely seen on such an enormous scale New

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Zealand's shores. Hundreds of volunteers poured water on the

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survivors while waiting for the high tide. This large part of pilot

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whales washed Ashour. Rescuers were forced to put their efforts of until

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Friday morning, but by then, almost three quarters of the pod had

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already died. This is the largest mass grounding we have recorded.

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Logistically, it is a massive undertaking. Of the more than 400

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whales that beached themselves, now just over 100 are alive. Some had

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successfully refloated on the high tide, but most were quickly stuck

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again as the tide ebbed. Many hands still don't make light work. The

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huge task is far from over. There are people from all over the world

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have heard about this. We brought three hitchhikers over who said they

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wanted to come and do anything they could. It is good. It is fine, it is

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good to be here to help. It is the largest whale stranding since 1985,

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when 350 were stranded in Auckland. Wales also -- whales often get

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stranded here. Volunteers will continue to work through the night,

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keeping the surviving whales as comfortable as possible before

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another attempt to refloat them tomorrow.

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It's another weekend of fierce rivalry, intense pressure

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and big expectations in the Six Nations tournament.

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England take on Wales tomorrow, and if England win,

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they will be just three games away from breaking the world record

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for the most unbeaten Test matches - a title currently held

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Italy take on Ireland, and Scotland play France on Sunday.

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Our sports correspondent, Joe Wilson, reports.

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The prospect is enough to warm the coldest of weekends. Both teams won

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their opening matches in Asia's tournament, neither at their best.

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England in particular know they need to improve a great deal after

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scraping past brands. They have won their last 15 matches, so why would

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they be nervous about this game? I think, quite simply, because we are

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in Cardiff. Their coach wondered this week

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why England have seemed 2013 has a lot to do with it,

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when a buoyant England team sank The current coach says

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it's just another city. Yes, but in Cardiff,

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it's named after the Welsh captain - The game does mean a lot

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to a lot of people. We are able to share that,

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and hopefully we can We are very fortunate

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to have a stadium that is suitable and

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adds to the occasion. Cardiff stage-manages sensationally

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- lights, fire, music. England's Eddie Jones suggests

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he is preparing for what he calls What are the shenanigans

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you are prepared for? Oh, I don't know, but they are

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a cunning lot, the Welsh, aren't They've got goats,

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daffodils, they got Mischievous, friendly rivalry,

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that's what the Six Nations should It is an outlet for passion,

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and that's exactly why England have decided

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that here in Cardiff, the roof should be open

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for Allowing all that Welsh noise

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to escape into the sky. Everyone in professional sport

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is trying to find an edge. That's Gareth Southgate

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at England training this week, as in the England

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football manager. Fresh ideas are always

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being sought in sport. Fresh faces too, like England

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fly-half George Ford. He took a break from

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training this week I think, as a player,

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if you learn to embrace it, and learn

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to be excited about it, I think that's the best

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way to approach it. You look back on it in a few

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years or whenever, if you look back and feel

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you didn't enjoy it, After their scintillating

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victory over Ireland last weekend, Scotland

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suddenly look like the team to After that defeat in it before

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Ireland, they are under pressure to win tomorrow against Italy. You

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wouldn't expect them to lose again, but if it were predictable, it

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wouldn't be the Six Nations. title at London 2012,

:27:45.:27:46.

has been found guilty of doping by the Court

:27:47.:27:51.

of Arbitration for Sport. Savinova will now be stripped

:27:52.:27:56.

of all her titles won between 2010 and 2013,

:27:57.:27:59.

including her Olympic gold. Caster Semenya, who finished second

:28:00.:28:07.

in 2012, and British athlete Jenny Meadowsm, who finished in

:28:08.:28:15.

bronze behind Savinova at the 2010 European Championships, both stand

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to have their medals upgraded. The Hollywood film star

:28:19.:28:20.

George Clooney and his wife Amal are expecting twins,

:28:21.:28:23.

with reports suggesting that they The news was confirmed

:28:24.:28:25.

by Clooney's fellow actor and close friend Matt Damon,

:28:26.:28:27.

who said he was "thrilled for the pair" and that they were

:28:28.:28:30.

going to be "awesome parents." Congratulations are in order for

:28:31.:28:43.

George and Amal loony. The news was broken by Entertainment Tonight. It

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has been confirmed that the 55-year-old superstar and his very

:28:50.:28:54.

accomplished attorney wife are expecting twins. At 55, George

:28:55.:28:58.

Clooney has hung back a bit before taking on fatherhood, but his good

:28:59.:29:01.

friend Matt Damon has no doubts about how to did he will be to his

:29:02.:29:05.

new role. He's a good man, incredibly smart. He is a loving,

:29:06.:29:10.

funny guy. He is married to a spectacular woman, who is going to

:29:11.:29:17.

be an amazing mother. And you know, you know, again, those kids are just

:29:18.:29:22.

incredibly lucky. They are going to be... They are all going to be fine.

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George Clooney's marries just over two years ago finally took him off

:29:27.:29:33.

the list of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors. And today's news

:29:34.:29:38.

has brought congratulations. In a little echo Beyonce's famous photo

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posted to announce that she was expecting twins, Ellen DeGeneres

:29:44.:29:48.

posted this version of the famous picture. Amal loony, a human rights

:29:49.:29:59.

lawyer, has worked on cases including Julian Assange Wikileaks

:30:00.:30:02.

and the campaign to return the Elgin marbles to Greece. She's also the

:30:03.:30:06.

president of the Cluny foundation for justice. Her twins are expected

:30:07.:30:10.

in June. The demands and pressures of raising a family now to add to

:30:11.:30:17.

her and her husband's already full public life.

:30:18.:30:22.

It is a bleak picture for most of us, lots of damp and dismal weather.

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Good spells of sunshine in Scotland. Speckled wintry showers coming in in

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the afternoon and into the evening. This picture captures everything.

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Wintry showers of rain, sleet and snow over eastern areas, the best of

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the brightness in the West. Brightness in the South West of

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England and North and West Wales. Elsewhere, cloud will be thick and

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it will be a dismal, cold feeling day. The best of brighter weather

:31:11.:31:22.

will be across north and west of Scotland, some of it getting into

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Northern Ireland as well. Temperatures between two and five

:31:28.:31:33.

Celsius. Overnight, showers pouring from the East, mainly affecting the

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coast. Sleet and snow inland. Accumulations through central and

:31:42.:31:44.

eastern parts. Don't be surprised to wake up tomorrow to a modest

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covering of snow, certainly over high ground. A cold night with frost

:31:48.:31:55.

and ice in the West. There will be further wintry showers this weekend,

:31:56.:31:59.

and it will be cold because of the wind. Snow will be confined to the

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hills over the weekend. This feature pushing in across the country will

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bring more organised showers on Saturday, and then noticed this

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squeezing isobars on Sunday. It will be really cold and raw. Later in the

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day, it looks like the snow will retreat to the higher ground. Brain

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on lower levels. It will be a cold day, temperatures below single

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figures. The wind will be a feature on Sunday. Temperatures may be up,

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but it won't feel like that because of the strength of the wind. Heading

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into next week, we start seeing these orange colours migrating up

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from the south. Temperatures will just about make double figures in

:32:58.:32:59.

one or two places. A reminder of our main

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story this lunchtime: The Health Secretary acknowledges

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that patients are facing "completely unacceptable" delays at hospitals

:33:04.:33:05.

in England. I think it's wrong to suggest the

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people that these profound challenges, such as we face with an

:33:18.:33:22.

ageing population, are ones where there is a silver bullet that you

:33:23.:33:26.

can solve the problem with overnight.

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That's all from the BBC News at One, so it's goodbye from me.

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