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The Bank of England cuts its growth forecast for the UK economy


The Governor was also downbeat about wage growth


As the consequences of sterling's fall have shown up in the shops


and squeezed their real incomes, they cut back on spending,


A senior judges condemns as disgraceful the lack of support


services for young people with mental health problems,


and says the state could have blood on its hands.


Mental health patients are waiting up to three years to be


discharged from hospital, even when they're medically fit to leave.


I used to see other people leaving before me and I'd be like, yeah,


but I've been ready a long time and I'm more equipped,


Five weeks into a bin strike that's left rubbish piling up


on the streets of Birmingham, we meet the volunteers taking


Feeling the heat - emergency measures are put in place,


as temperatures hit record levels in many parts of Europe.


Aiming to be a roaring success - England's women are ready


to take on the host nation in their Euro 2017 semifinal.


And coming up in the sport on BBC News:


Former boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has


It means a rematch with Anthony Joshua won't happen.


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.


The Bank of England has downgraded the UK growth forecast


for this year and next, warning that the economy


Its Monetary Policy Committee has also downgraded its forecasts for


The Bank has left interest rates unchanged at 0.25%.


Our correspondent Simon Gompertz reports.


For more than eight years, the guardian of our financial system,


the Bank of England, has been trying to spur on the economy like keeping


interest rates at record lows in providing banks with cheap money to


lend out. One day, that will have to end, but this is not that day. The


anxious wait in financial markets for the monthly 12 o'clock


announcement from the bank. Its base interest rate, which influences how


the rates we may move, to stay down at 0.25%. Two out of eight on its


rate-setting committee voted for a rise, fewer than last time. Low


interest rates are decided to keep people confident, spending and


borrowing, but the bank is now worried about that level of


worrying, so Johnston would rate it and cool it slightly, so so far they


have had strong words and warnings, but they haven't raised interest


rates to try and hold the household in its steps. What the Bank of


England is watching out for when it decides how to raise interest rates


is whether there is a shopping spree, whether borrowing is taking


off, whether wages are increasing fast. So far, it's not now, not yet.


What we do have our new forecasts from the bank on how the economy is


likely to develop from here. And the bank's less optimistic. In its


previous forecast in May, it said total UK production would grow this


year by 1.9%. That has been revised down to 1.7. Rate at which prices


are rising, inflation, it sees as peaking at 3% in October, before


falling to two point vessel crew falling to 2.6% in a year. Today's


report is sifted through for signs of how the governor, Mark Carney,


and his team think we are doing in the wake of the financial crisis and


with the uncertainties of Brexit. Financial markets, particularly


sterling, marked down the UK's relish and prospects quickly.


Household through Brexit related uncertainties initially but, more


recently, as the consequences of the fall in sterling have shown up in


the shops and squeezed real incomes, they have cut back on spending,


slowing the economy. Will be UK being good enough shape to withstand


a rise in interest rates from the bank in a few months next year? Some


say that's what we have to be ready for. In truth, nobody knows.


One of Britain's most senior judges has said the state will have blood


on its hands if a suicidal teenage girl is released from custody


Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division


in England and Wales, was giving judgment in the case


of a vulnerable 17-year-old, who has tried to kill herself


Our home affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw, joins me now.


When you read the entirety of what the judge had to say, it is


extremely strong language. So James Munby is known for his forthright


views but, given that, this judgment is extraordinary, a damning


indictment, really, of the care system, especially for adolescents


who need mental health provision. This is a girl who has been in


custody for almost six months. She has some serious mental health


problems and is, in effect, being nursed in the room without any items


of furniture, because she's tried to kill herself so many times, and


there is a concern expressed by experts and doctors that, if she


leaves without supervision, she'll try to kill herself within 24 to 48


hours. According to doctors, what she needs, is long-term therapeutic


care in an adolescent centre, but no place has been found. The only unit


that has been identified as a six month waiting list. The judge is


clearly exasperated at that, and he has said today in his ruling, I feel


shame and embarrassment that I can do no more for this girl. He says,


we have blood on our hands if no suitable place is found and she is


able to attempt suicide. He talks about the well-known scandal, the


disgraceful and shaming lack of proper provision in what he says is


one of the richest countries in the world. Danny Shaw.


Mental health patients across the UK are spending years stranded in acute


A BBC Freedom of Information request reveals that some people are waiting


more than three years to be discharged from hospital,


even though they are medically fit to leave.


NHS England says it is investing in providing alternatives


Our social affairs correspondent, Michael Buchanan, reports.


She proudly shows me around a supported


accommodation complex that she shares with five others.


The 32-year-old, who suffers from a personality disorder and


schizophrenia, has spent almost half her life


I think we could do with some more pictures on the wall.


She moved in here last year, months later than she should have done,


due to arguments between health and social care agencies over who


I used to see other people leaving before me and I'd be


like, "Yeah, but I've been ready a long time and I'm more equipped",


Many psychiatric patients will recognise


We have discovered that at least five


patients waited more than three years to be discharged.


More than 200 spent six months longer in hospital


The complex where Toni lives is provided by a


national charity, who say there simply aren't enough similar units


Often people are in a revolving door of


hospital placement and then a failed community placement, because that


So by providing a very comprehensive,


quite intensive package of support, we hope to be able to break


Delayed discharges are a problem across the NHS.


But this research shows mental health


patients are suffering excessive waits.


Spending longer than necessary in one of these units can


slow a patient's recovery and prevent others from getting a bed.


This psychiatrist, who often struggles to move her patient's from


hospital, says investing in community services is crucial.


Not all admissions can be avoided or should be avoided.


But certainly there are a number when you have


really good community service crisis resolution that will not need to go


And obviously, most people, for the most part, would


Toni says she will soon move from here


into a small bungalow in the complex.


A further step in rebuilding her life.


NHS England say they are increasingly providing


alternatives to hospital admissions, but too many patients are still


spending too long in psychiatric units.


Four men from the West Midlands who plotted a terrorist attack


on British police and military targets have been jailed for life.


The men, from Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent,


were told by Mr Justice Globe that they were dangerous offenders


who had a long-standing, radical violent ideology.


Our correspondent Nick Beake is at the Old Bailey.


Tell us more about what happened in court. These men were caught in a


joint operation between MI5 and West Midlands Police, who had set up a


fake career company in Birmingham. And they managed to get two of the


men to be recruited as drivers. When they were trying to bug one of the


vehicles, they found a bag of weapons, a partially constructed


pipe bomb and also a meat cleaver with a word on its meaning


non-believer that had been scratched on the side of the blade. The judge


said he believed an attack was imminent and it would have led to


lots of casualties. Three of these men called themselves the Three


Musketeers, and they had previously been jailed...




TERRIBLE PROBLEM WITH THE LINE. We will try to talk to him later in


the programme. For now, will turn our attention is to one of other


main stories. The cladding on more than 200


buildings in England have now failed fire safety tests,


implemented in the wake In the second round of large scale


tests ordered by the government, more than 100 high rise blocks


failed to meet current regulations. Our home affairs correspondent, Tom


Symonds, has joined me. Some shocking results, it would seem. The


government is taking the same cladding that was used at the


Grenfell Tower and testing it by setting fire to it with different


types of insulation, the bit behind the cladding. In the first two


tests, those tests had to be stopped in seven or eight minutes because


the flames got so high at the top of the test rig that it was a safety


hazard. This test should last 40 minutes. The government says that


shows that it should not have been on any of these blocks. And this


morning I spoke to serve Ken night, the man cheering the advice panel,


and he said that probably this type of cladding would have to be


removed, and that is something that landlords are now considering. He


said there was no evidence so far that that sort of cladding had ever


been given this test before, despite the fact that building regulations


say, if it is used on tall buildings, there has to be a study


as to whether it's safe. I asked him earlier in the interview, did he


feel the fire safety profession that failed?


I think we've all failed in the sense that people have


lost their lives so tragically and dramatically and that is why


It's in my DNA to be into fire safety and fire protection.


I feel we have recognised what now needs to be done in so many ways


including listening to public inquiries and listening


There are public enquiries, a public enquiry going on, a police


investigation, the panel is giving advice to the government and, in the


last week, a review of the building regulations to see whether they


should change. He said there is likely to be significant change.


In advance of their Euro 2017 semifinal tonight,


the England women's captain, Steph Houghton, says the Netherlands


will be the ones under pressure, with all expectations


The Lionesses are the highest ranked side left in the tournament


following their 1-0 victory against France on Sunday,


Our Sports Correspondent Katie Gornall is in Enschede.


You join me by the fan park, which is starting to get busier, but I


think we can expect it to be packed later. There have been huge crowds


following the Netherlands throughout the tournament and they are


expecting about 30,000 tonight. This is a confident side, full of belief.


They can call on the tournament's top scorer, Jodie Taylor, who is in


the form of her life. Her goals have powered England to


the semifinals. Jodie Taylor has scored five at the Euros, no team


has been able to stop her. As relaxed off the pitch as she is


bearing down on goal, Taylor knows the prize for the top scorer of the


tournament is in reach. It would be awesome. Ask any forward and


everyone wants to score goals. The main priority Tommy is for the team


to win gold. I'd love us for us to win the Euros. -- the main priority


to me. Was that your first touch? Pretty much. The 31-year-old is


making up for lost time there was a moment where I thought it might not


work out for that I'm quite proud of sticking at it and the hard work


I've put in. It feels like it's paying off. The England players now


have all the tools they need to go the distance. If you freeze your


body you'll recover quicker! Record investment has allowed Mark


Sampson's site to become fitter and better prepared than ever, but


expectations are at an all-time high. With Germany, the holders,


already out, England may never have a better chance of winning their


first major tournament, but they will not underestimate the


Netherlands, who will have a sell-out crowd behind them for the


semifinal in Enschede. Like England, the Dutch have won all their games


and conceded just one goal. They have showcased their pace and flair


in attack. It feels so good to make it to the semifinals. We see how


much we fight for each other, how much energy we put into the game, so


it's working for us so far. We have to show it again. Visiting fans can


expect to be vastly outnumbered when they arrived here later. The city of


Enschede is preparing a welcome and, with the final also taking place


here on Sunday, England aim to overstate it.


England will be without their first choice goalkeeper Karen Bardsley,


who broke her leg in the quarterfinal. And Jill Scott is


suspended. That is at least two changes Mark Sampson will have to


make. But he does have depth. They are the highest placed team left in


the competition and they have said they don't want to go home just yet.


Thank you, Katie. Katie Gornall. The Bank of England cuts its growth


forecast for the UK economy, The Governor was also


downbeat about wage growth He's expected to sign a contract


that will see him earn three quarters of a


million pounds a week. Brazilian forward Neymar's expected


to earn 40 million a year at Paris St-Germain,


with a world record The deal is thought to be worth


just under 200 million. For five weeks, rubbish has been


piling up on the streets of Birmingham because of a dispute


between the council Now volunteers have started clearing


the streets of rubbish themselves. Refuse workers in Birmingham have


been taking strike action in a dispute with the City Council


over increasing the number of days worked, and it


will continue until September. Our Midlands Correspondent,


Seema Kotecha, reports. Piles of rubbish outside homes


and shops in Birmingham. The smell of rotting


food and human waste is no stranger to some parts


of the city since bin workers went on strike


five weeks ago. They say it's over


conditions and pay cuts. Each day they strike


for three hours. And at this florist,


it is causing alarm. It is unsightly and it is


unhealthy for anybody. We have got rats around.


We have got foxes around. And every day it is a question


of re-bagging stuff and just sorting stuff and making


sure that it is as tidy as we We pay for this service


quarterly, in advance, For them to just not do it


and ignore us is just very bad. This pile of rubbish is sat next


to a Chinese restaurant. And this weather


means the rotten food inside is getting wet and therefore


it is smelling a lot worse. Now people who live here are taking


action by cleaning it up themselves. The whole purpose of this is to


encourage everybody else to stop relying on the council,


roll up your sleeves. And if you can't do it, get in touch


with us and we'll happily come out and clear


the rubbish for you. It's absolutely disgraceful and


disgusting that in the 21st century in Britain, in 2017, we're living


in like fourth world conditions. The council says it


wants bin workers to work a shorter five-day week rather


than doing four long days. Bin workers say that


means less money In a statement the council


says: They have now collected about half


of the rubbish, but that leaves And if there isn't


a resolution soon, the A surgeon jailed for 15 years


after carrying out needless breast operations has had his


sentence increased. Ian Paterson, who left victims


scarred and disfigured, was handed the prison term in May


following a trial at Our Health Editor, Hugh Pym,


is at the Court of Appeal. The court has increased his sentence


then? That is right. The Court of appeal judges, in their sewing up


after the hearing this morning, made it clear there was no precedent for


this, a doctor carrying out these acts, wounding with intent in 17


different cases involving ten different patients as victims. There


were many more patients are affected by Ian Paterson's actions. The


criminal case involved the injuries and the huge damage he caused to ten


victims. What they said was the original trial judge at Nottingham


Crown Court had basically got the legality is right in his analysis of


the sentencing, but he hadn't reflected the fact there were 17 of


these very, very serious offences. They felt and said a sentence of 20


years was more appropriate than 15. Afterwards, the solicitor general,


who had brought the case on behalf of the government asking for a


higher sentence, said it was a substantial increase. He felt


justice had been seen to be done. Some of Paterson's victims were


there and indicated there were more content with the sentence of 20


years than the original one. Hugh Pym, thanks.


Children from the poorest families in England can be two years


behind their more affluent classmates by the time


That's the conclusion from the Education Policy Institute,


and is based on data from all state schools.


The Department for Education says the attainment gap has narrowed


Finding the solution - this Imperial College London


summer school is all about raising aspirations.


So I kind of felt I wanted to go to university.


My teachers and my peers especially have been encouraging,


saying that I'm good enough and that I can do it.


I don't think anyone should have external influences on


I think everyone should have an equal chance.


I don't think anyone should be left behind,


Today's report works out that for some


disadvantaged kids, the attainment gap has closed slightly


But when it comes to the very poorest children, it's a


At the end of primary school they are on average


But by the time they take their GCSEs, the gap


That figure is slightly worse than a decade ago.


And there are huge regional variations.


The attainment gap is generally smaller in London,


but larger in areas like the East Midlands and the North.


We can speculate that funding would be a


factor in certain parts of the country.


We know that aspirations are quite important, and cultural


So I think all of these things, and more, we'll be


Disadvantaged children are more likely to earn


less in future and suffer bad health.


Put simply, it leads to wasted potential.


As a head teacher, it's really disappointing to read


this report and see how little progress has been made.


If we had the right funding, the right support


for children and their families, it would make such a difference.


The Department of Education says that


through the Pupil Premium there is an injection of over


?2 billion this year for disadvantaged pupils,


as well as money to help young people in so-called social


Of course, the task of making sure that every pupil reaches their


full potential is a complicated science.


But worryingly, today's report says that if the current rate


of change continues, it will take a staggering 50 years


Italian naval ships are being deployed in Libya's territorial


waters to try to stop migrants crossing the mediterranean


The Italian government have also imposed new rules on charities


which have been helping rescue thousands of people trying


to make the dangerous crossing in flimsy boats.


The Italian Navy used to play a key role rescuing those caught in stormy


seas. But now its mission is to enter Libyan territorial waters to


help the Libyan coast guard spot migrant boats as they set sail, and


stop them going any further. The abrupt change of mission was given


the go-ahead by the Italian parliament. Most politicians clearly


wanting an end to the crisis. The goal of the Italian government is to


stem the flow, bring it close to zero and basically tweak the Turkey


deal and adapted to the situation in Libya but get the same result, which


is to bring a flow which is in the hundreds of thousands, to close to


zero. Almost 100,000 migrants have reached Italy so far this year.


Other EU countries were supposed to have taken many of them. But it has


not happened. So large numbers are applying for asylum here, putting


the government under pressure with elections looming next year. Now the


Italian Navy's sophisticated radar will enable the Libyan coast guard


to stop many migrant boats before they leave Libyan territorial


waters. And send them back to Libya. That is sparking alarm amongst human


rights organisations. There is no system to claim asylum. There is


automatic detention of irregular migrants in centres where people are


systematically abused, and it is completely on clear how the Italian


government think that these people would be protected after the --


disembarking Libya with the key assistance of the Italian


government. Italy is also imposing restrictions on boats used by


charities to rescued migrants. It is feared fewer ships will now be in


the key areas, and already this year more than 2000 migrants have


drowned. Richard Galpin, BBC News. We will take a look at the wrong


weather prospects in the few minutes.


While it might feel like autumn in many parts of the UK,


hugh swathes of Europe are in meltdown.


Health warnings are in place as a record-breaking heatwave


is sweeping the continent, from Romania to Portugal.


Today in Rome it's 42 degrees celsius.


Southern Europe is sweltering. The swimming pools may be full but many


rivers and reservoirs have been emptied by drought. Minnows --


millions of people are struggling to stay cool on a continent getting


hotter. Normally across southern Europe temperatures are generally


between 28 and 30 degrees. Those temperatures are around ten to 15


Celsius above average at the moment. Very high. And the persistence of


the heatwave is causing problems across the region. There is no


relief at night either. In the south of France it is 31 degrees. That is


at all half past ten. This constant heat has consequences. Wildfires


have become a growing problem across Europe. This one is in Croatia,


where more than 150 people battled through the night to protect those


living nearby. Climate change means problems like this are likely to get


worse. Southern European climate is variable year-on-year but the


evidence would suggest that what we are seeing here is out of the


ordinary, and perhaps evidence that these extreme temperatures,


heatwaves, are becoming more extreme and Dalton were frequent. 2003 saw


the hottest European temperatures in 500 years. Its impact was


devastating. It caused the biggest fall in agricultural output in a


century and tens of thousands of deaths, most of them in France. That


is something else we may have to be ready for. If left unchecked, it


estimated the rising global temperatures could cause 40% more


heat related deaths in Britain by the end of the century, more than


18,000 a year. But in Central and southern Europe, those deaths could


double to more than 173,000 each year. For those on the beach at


Weston-Super-Mare today, a little bit of sunshine might have been


welcome. Europe's heatwave is not expected to reach -- reach the UK


this week at least. But climate change means we could all be in for


some unwelcome weather in the years to come. Richard Lister, BBC News.


We're used to eye-watering amounts of money in football,


but it's about to hit new levels when this man, Neymar,


completes his move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain,


for what's expected to be a world record ?198 million.


We were going to go straight to Paris and find out more about that


but I'm afraid we have lost the line. We will see what we can do.


But crucially, we will also talk about the weather now.


It is really stifling across much of the Mediterranean.


You can see the deep red colours from Portugal into Greece and the


Balkans. Cooler, fresher conditions. Temperatures below the average in


the north of Europe. The heatwave focuses around the central


Mediterranean, around Italy. Deep red colours towards the Balkans and


parts of Spain. We're looking at 41 degrees in Florence. The mid 40s in


southern parts of Italy. Dangerous heat. Back home, low pressure still


with us. Wet and windy in places. Plenty of showers macro in England


and Wales. Quite a focus in the north-east of England. For Scotland,


the centre of this area of low pressure, light winds. The showers


will be heavy and slow moving. If you catch one it will be with you


for quite a while and could lead to problems on the road. Standing water


as well. Temperatures nothing special. Northern Ireland, showers.


England and Wales they will be rattling through on strong wind.


Winds strong enough to bring down the odd brands on the South West


Coast. This evening the winds ease. They continue to do overnight. Drier


for many. Showers and light rain pushing into parts of Scotland.


Temperatures similar to recent nights. Into Friday, I think central


and southern part of the country not doing too badly. Longer, drier


spells. Fewer showers. Sunshine as well. For the northern half of the


country, plenty of showers. It should feel a few degrees cooler


than today. For the south-east, 2324 degrees. On the flip side, a touch


warmer. Our area of low pressure eventually get a move on into the no


confidence. We see this area of low pressure. This will be a big player


in our weather next week, calming things down. For Saturday, a few


showers. The odd heavy one for England and Wales. Sunny spells in


between. Feeling on the cool side. For Sunday, ridge of high pressure


making things quieter for England and Wales. A weather front pushing


into Northern Ireland and western Scotland. The weekend, Saturday,


sunshine and showers. For Sunday, for many, dry with winds.


It will feel quite pleasant as well. Thank you very much. A reminder of


the main story. The Bank of England has cut its growth forecast for the


UK economy and has left interest rates the same. The governor of the


bank was also downbeat about wage growth and its impact on families.


That is all. It is goodbye from me. On BBC One we join the news teams or