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More than a million NHS workers

in England are offered a pay rise

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of at least 6.5%

over the next three years

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It marks the end of tight pay

restrictions on NHS workers imposed

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for the past seven years -

the Health Secretary said the deal

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recognises that staff have

never worked harder.

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The agreement which NHS trade unions

have recommended to the members

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today is a something for something

deal which brings in profound

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changes in productivity in exchange

for significant rises in pay.

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Labour said the pay

rise was long overdue.

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We'll be asking whether this marks

the end of the wider cap

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on public sector pay.

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Also this lunchtime...

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The academic at the centre

of the row over the use of personal

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Facebook data says he's

been made a scapegoat.

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Plastic pollution -

the amount in the ocean is set

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to treble in ten years

unless action is taken,

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says a major new report.

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And nearly 40 years

after the last Papal visit -

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Pope Francis is going to

the Republic of Ireland in August.

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And coming up in the

sport on BBC News -

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Scotland are set a target of 190 94

victory over the West Indies and a

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place at next year's Cricket World

Cup.

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Good afternoon and welcome

to the BBC News at One.

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More than a million NHS staff

in England, including nurses,

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porters and paramedics,

have been offered a pay rise

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of at least 6.5% over

the next three years.

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The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

said the pay rise was recognition

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that staff have "never worked

harder" but Labour said

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it was long overdue.

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The plan will be funded

by four billion pounds

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of new money from the Treasury.

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Wage rises in the NHS have been

capped at 1% since 2013 -

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but given the forecasts

for inflation, the real terms

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increase over three years from this

deal is expected to be small.

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Our political correspondent

Iain Watson reports.

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For the past seven years, NHS staff

have had a pay cut or frozen. Health

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service unions have argued that the

members are chronically underpaid

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and NHS managers have been calling

for wage increases to improve

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recruitment and retention and void

staff shortages. The Treasury said

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it had found the cash to improve pay

rates without taking it from

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elsewhere in the NHS budget.

We

recognise the NHS is facing unique

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pressures. We see an increasing

demand for services. We have set

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aside that money in exchange for

making sure that we reform the way

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the NHS is working. An agreement is

being reached with the unions which

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is really positive.

Most staff have

been offered an average of 6.5% over

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the next three years, not covering

doctors and dentists, the least well

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off staff would get the highest

percentage increases, up to 29% over

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three years. Hospital porters and

cleaners, the lowest NHS pay band,

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could see salaries rise from around

£15,000 per year to more than

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£18,000 over three years. A £2000

increase in the coming year. Since

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lifting the pay gap for the police

and prison officers last autumn, the

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government has been under huge

political pressure to do the same

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for the NHS staff. This comes at a

price, the Health Secretary has had

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to guarantee to the Treasury that

the system of increments, automatic

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pay increase, will be reformed and

that the level of sickness among

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staff, rather than patients, will

come down. After months of

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negotiations, some unions signalled

strong support for the pay offer.

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Some NHS staff welcomed it more

cautiously.

I personally will do

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quite well out of this offer and

those on the lower banding will do

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quite well. But there are some

people who won't do as well. People

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I work with. I want everybody to get

a good offer today.

I'm happy. I'm

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sure it came too late though.

Others

are sceptical. The GMB union said

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that the average increase was below

the predicted rate of inflation and

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should be rejected.

Labour asked for

more detail. After eight years of 1%

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or a pay cap, the trade unions

appear to be quite happy with the

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settlement but we will look at the

Devils the detail and where the

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money is going to come from. Let's

see the detail on this one.

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Posterity isn't dead or on

life-support but the government

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recognises that pay in the NHS has

to recover to attract and keep staff

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who do vital work. -- austerity.

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In a moment -

we'll speak to our Assistant

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Political Editor Norman Smith

who is in Westminster

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but first lets talk to our

Health Correspondent Catherine Burns

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who is outside the headquarters

of the Unison union

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in Central London -

Catherine, how likely is it

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this offer will be accepted?

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That's the big question. That is

over to NHS staff. It is the start

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of the consultation which will go on

until the end of May and report back

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in June. That's when we find out

whether they have accepted it. If

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they have, they will see the money

in July pay packets backdated to

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April. If is a really big question.

The GMB union is not recommending it

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to its members. Other unions are

more positive. Some things will be

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attractive, progression through pay

grades. A newly qualified at the

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moment would take seven years to get

to the top grade, this would change

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to four years. The sides admit this

is a compromise and I asked the

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union Unison what they have

compromised on and the answer was

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money. They would have liked more

money. The employers would like this

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to be something that

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to be something that the could make

the NHS the most desirable employer.

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Norman, does this have wider

significance, does it mark the end

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for the public sector cap?

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I think it does. To our phrase John

Cleese, it is a dead parrot, it is

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no more, it is deceased. The rises

burst through the existing 1% per

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year limit, in some cases

spectacularly so. Also because of

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the way this is funded. Previously

when police officers and others got

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increases above 1%, they had to pay

for it themselves. This increase

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will not come from within existing

NHS budgets. It will come from the

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Treasury. Initially from Treasury

reserves. That comes with

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significant economic consequences

and the bill likely to be around £4

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billion, possibly even higher

because you can bet your bottom

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dollar the public sector workers

will be thinking, if NHS staff are

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getting that sort of money, we want

that sort of money, so there will be

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huge pressure on Mr Hammond to hand

over larger sums of money. What it

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tells us politically I think is that

not that austerity is over, there is

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still plenty out there, but that the

government has made a huge strategic

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decision to ease off on austerity.

The reason, a simple calculation

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that after eight years of pay

freezes, pay caps, people have

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simply had enough.

Thank you. And to

Catherine Burns as well.

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Well, following that news,

figures out this morning suggest

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the squeeze on household income

may be easing with wages

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growing at a rate

just below the rise in prices.

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Official statistics showed that

average wages grew by 2.6%

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in the three months to January.

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They come a day after

figures showing inflation

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falling back to 2.7%.

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Simon Gompertz reports.

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Even if your pay hasn't gone up

much, especially in the public

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sector, the average is increasing

faster. That's what's happening at

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this London business making beauty

products for people with sensitive

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skin, founded by Sarah Brown who has

been raising her staff's wages.

One

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of our biggest pressures is the

tightening in the jobs market which

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we are feeling. Wages are going up,

we are a living wage certified

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company, we have always paid more

than the national living wage --

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minimum wage and we think it is fair

because of the cost of living.

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Effectively, the buying power of our

pay has been shrinking but now wages

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are rising by 2.6% on average and

are now almost catching up with

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prices. And some people are doing

better.

We have made sure that we

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have increased the living wage and

the minimum wage and people on the

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lowest paid jobs has seen a 7%

increase above the rate of

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inflation.

There has been a rise in

the number of people out of work, of

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24,000, but the percentage of the

workforce without a job is down to

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4.3%, close to the lowest in years.

Here, they have taken on 16 people

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to help with demand, taking the

total to 48. That is matched over

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the UK as a whole.

The economy has

been quite resilient in the

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aftermath of the referendum and the

labour market is really prove that.

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The job market is holding up. If

people start to feel better off,

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then we should seek consumer

spending start to firm up across the

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economy. That was really a bit of a

weak point in the UK last year.

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There have been worrying signs, the

collapse of Crilly, shops and

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restaurants laying people off. So

far, help us come from other

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countries doing well and buying a

sports. -- buying our exports and

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giving a boost to jobs and pay.

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An academic who created

an app which harvested data

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from 50 million users says

he has been made "a scapegoat"

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for Facebook and the consultancy

Cambridge Analytica.

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Dr Aleksandr Kogan said he

had no idea the work he did

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for Cambridge Analytica

would be used for Donald Trump's

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election campaign.

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Facebook says Dr Kogan violated

the site's policies.

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Ben Ando reports.

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Worldwide it has 2 billion users. If

you are on Facebook and you probably

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are, it has information about how

old you are, who you are related to

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and how you might vote. If you were

one of 270,000 people who took part

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in a bazaar is to test, that app

collected data from you, your

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friends, their friends, to 50

million people for a company called

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Cambridge Analytica. This is that

company's boss Alexander Nix

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boasting two undercover reporters

that they use that data to send

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millions of targeted messages during

the US elections that got Donald

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Trump into the White House. A claim

that Facebook strongly denies. The

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app was created by Cambridge

University academic who designed it

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for research, not election rigging.

My view is that I am being used as a

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scapegoat by both Facebook and

Cambridge Analytica. We thought we

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were acting perfectly appropriately

and doing something that was

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perfectly normal.

Facebook says it's

been outrage about how it's been

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deceived but Cambridge Analytica

says it's done nothing wrong, it has

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suspended its CEO Alexander Nix and

said it has appointed a senior

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lawyer to carry out an

investigation. Analysts say online

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political campaigning is here to

stay.

Every UK party is campaigning

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online, buying adverts, profiling

the voters they want to reach. They

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are spending the money they need to

reach them. The nice thing for them,

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of these kind of advertising tools,

is that they can go back to people

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again and again with the same

messages to get them across.

If you

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don't want to join the trend of

deleting Facebook altogether, how do

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you keep your data secure?

You can

turn your cookies off, you can make

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yourself private, so you data isn't

given to the platforms. There are a

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number of steps you can take to be

forgotten.

United States senators

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are calling for Mark Zuckerberg to

appear before Congress.

They are

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breathtakingly powerful. They know

more about me than me, more about

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you than you.

Facebook says that the

controversial app would not be

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allowed now. It's believed that a

warrant is being sought to enter the

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offices of Cambridge Analytica to

search through their files and data.

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The Kremlin has accused the UK

of being unwilling to listen

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to Russia's view on the Salisbury

nerve agent attack -

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after the British ambassador

decided not to attend

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at the Russian Foreign Ministry

to discuss the incident.

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Richard Galpin is in Moscow.

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Does this mark a stepped-up

diplomatic response by Russia

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to the Skripal case?

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Yes, I think absolutely. A major

diplomatic offensive by Russia under

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way and the meeting taking place

here at the Russian Foreign Ministry

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is a big part of that. About an hour

ago we saw a large number of

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ambassadors streaming into the

building to hear the Russian point

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of view which is essentially that

Russia had nothing to do with the

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poisoning of the scree Powell Noren.

--

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they say there is only two

explanations that Britain is behind

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the attack or unable to prevent a

terrorist attack on its soil. The

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Kremlin repeating allegations that

it was Britain behind the nerve

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agent attack. The British ambassador

has not turned up to this meeting

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neither have the American German

ambassadors. That has also brought a

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rebuke from the Kremlin on Britain.

They say that although they have

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thrown out these accusations, they

are not willing to listen to the

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answers. One official saying that

because there is no dialogue between

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Moscow and London, this case is at a

dead-end. It does very much feel

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like the two sides are at

loggerheads and it's not clear where

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it can go from from here.

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The suspect in a wave

of bombings in the Texas

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state capital Austin has died

after he detonated a device

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while being chased by police.

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Two people were killed by parcel

bombs, after six separate attacks

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in the city this month.

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Gary O'Donoghue reports from Austin.

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Police closed in on the suspected

bomber in the early hours.

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Tracking him down to

a hotel north of Austin.

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While they waited for extra back-up,

he drove off and then pulled

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into a ditch at the side

of the road.

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As the police approached his car,

he set off a bomb.

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As members of the Austin Police

Department SWAT team

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approached the vehicle,

the suspect detonated

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a bomb inside the vehicle.

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Knocking one of our SWAT officers

back and one of our SWAT officers

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fired at the suspect as well.

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The suspect is deceased and has

significant injuries from a blast

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that occurred from detonating a bomb

inside his vehicle.

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CCTV in the past couple of days

appears to show the man police

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believe was the suspected bomber

dropping off a package

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at a FedEx office.

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Police have not named him, they say

he is a 24-year-old white man.

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Since the beginning of the month

there have been six separate bombs,

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five of which have exploded.

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Two men have died and half

a dozen people have

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suffered serious injuries.

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A number are still in hospital.

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Police still do not know the motive

for this bombing spree that

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has terrorised Austin

for the past three weeks.

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They are also telling the public

they do not know where the suspect

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has been for the past 24 hours.

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So there could still

be devices out there.

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Gary O'Donoghue, BBC

News, Austin, Texas.

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Our top story this lunchtime.

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More than a million NHS workers

in England are offered a pay

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rise of around 6% over

the next three years.

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Coming up - in need of a family -

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the campaign to place more Muslim

children with a Muslim household.

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Coming up in the sport,

jockey Ruby Walsh is ruled out

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of next month's Grand National

at Aintree following

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his fall at Cheltenham last week.

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The amount of plastic

in the ocean is set to treble

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within a decade unless action

is taken, a government

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report has warned.

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The Foresight Future of the Sea

study also highlights the threats

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of rising sea levels

and warming oceans.

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But it also predicts positive

opportunities for the UK to use

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new technologies to cash

in on the global "ocean economy."

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Here's our Environment

Analyst Roger Harrabin.

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The world is waking up to the menace

of plastic in the oceans.

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The report says the best solution

is to stop it getting

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to the sea in the first place.

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In the longer term better

biodegradable plastics could help.

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Plastic waste in the ocean

is expected to triple

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by 2025 the report says.

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And that is not all.

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We are also having

pollutions from farms,

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pesticides and fertilisers.

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From industry, even

from pharmaceuticals.

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The report says all these together

are combined to make a mighty

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problem for the oceans.

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But how did things get so bad?

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The report's authors say

it is a question of out

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of sight, out of mind.

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Only 0.05% of the open ocean

is properly explored.

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They say that must change.

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We have explored the planet,

we have mapped Venus,

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Mars and the Moon but we have not

mapped our own sea floor.

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It really is time to

have a mission to planet Ocean.

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And here is why.

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The seas are industrialising fast.

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The report predicts a doubling

of economic activity in the ocean

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with offshore wind leading the way.

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Deep sea mining is also set to boom.

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The report's authors warned that

laws to protect the open ocean

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are at risk of lagging behind firms

wanting to exploit it.

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There is a continuous process

of wanting to look for new things

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we can exploit in the oceans.

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And commerce is out there looking

for these things, it is exploring

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and that is happening faster

than we as scientists can

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really keep up with it.

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And my suspicion is the legislation

is also trying to keep

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up with it as well.

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This is the sort of thing at risk,

the extraordinary natural CO2 events

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that I dived to visit in Papua.

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Nature's Jacuzzi.

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But even if we ban mining on sites

like this the corals that live

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here will still face

other man-made threats.

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Carbon levels cause two things,

rising sea surface temperature

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which stresses corals out and can

cause large areas of them to die.

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And it also makes the water more

acidic and that slows down

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the growth rate of corals.

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So many threats to our precious

oceans, so much opportunity.

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Can mankind strike a balance?

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Roger Harrabin, BBC News.

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An error in calculating

the main sickness benefit -

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Employment and Support Allowance -

could cost the government more

0:20:490:20:57

than £800 million.

0:20:570:20:58

The National Audit Office says

the mistakes in how the government

0:20:580:21:01

applied changes have been known

about since 2013 -

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but that ministers only started

to address the issue last year.

0:21:030:21:06

Michael Buchanan reports.

0:21:060:21:07

Lucy Marsh lives at

home with her parents.

0:21:070:21:10

The 28-year-old has learning

disabilities and though

0:21:100:21:12

she does voluntary work,

she relies on benefits

0:21:120:21:14

for any income.

0:21:140:21:20

When she was moved from incapacity

benefit to Employment

0:21:200:21:22

and Support Allowance in 2013,

officials miscalculated

0:21:220:21:24

what she was due.

0:21:240:21:25

She has now been repaid

thousands of pounds.

0:21:250:21:29

Just in time for her to move

in to her first home.

0:21:290:21:37

What it means is that in monetary

terms, it is a payment

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of just short of £2000.

0:21:400:21:42

Which obviously would be very useful

to Lucy in the context

0:21:420:21:44

of her moving into this

new supported accommodation.

0:21:440:21:46

It will help quite substantially

with the furnishings

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and things for the new flat.

0:21:490:21:53

Many other claimants will get much

more money says today's report.

0:21:530:21:56

The average repayment

will be £5,000 per head.

0:21:560:22:02

Though some could get

as much as £20,000.

0:22:020:22:04

In total 70,000 people are due

a backdated payment.

0:22:040:22:12

The whole debacle could cost

the Department for Work and Pensions

0:22:150:22:18

as much as £830 million.

0:22:180:22:19

With repayments and

higher benefit awards.

0:22:190:22:21

Ministers say they are committed

to correcting the mistakes

0:22:210:22:23

and are aiming to repay everyone

affected by April of next year.

0:22:230:22:31

But while the errors started

in 2011 they'll only

0:22:360:22:39

backdate payments to 2014.

0:22:390:22:40

Claiming a court ruling

limits liability.

0:22:400:22:41

Welfare advisers are not impressed.

0:22:410:22:42

They were well aware

of the legislation before,

0:22:420:22:44

they had it in their own guidance.

0:22:440:22:46

They just failed to follow that.

0:22:460:22:48

And as a result some of the most

severely disabled people have lost

0:22:480:22:51

out on thousands of pounds

they will never get back.

0:22:510:22:53

For Lucy the repayment

will help as she moves on.

0:22:530:22:55

For other claimants who have been

underpaid for years,

0:22:550:22:58

their reduced budgets have

meant real hardships.

0:22:580:22:59

Michael Buchanan, BBC News.

0:22:590:23:02

A man has been

stabbed to death at

0:23:020:23:03

a shopping centre in east London.

0:23:030:23:06

The man who was believed

to be in his early 20s

0:23:060:23:09

was pronounced dead at the Stratford

Shopping Centre last night.

0:23:090:23:11

It brings the number

of fatal stabbings

0:23:110:23:13

in the capital this year to 26.

0:23:130:23:17

At least 29 people have been killed

in a suicide bombing

0:23:170:23:19

in the Afghan capital,

Kabul.

0:23:190:23:22

The bomber was apparently heading

towards a well-known shrine

0:23:220:23:24

where a large crowd had gathered

to mark the start of

0:23:240:23:26

the traditional New Year.

0:23:260:23:28

The Islamic State group said it

carried out the attack.

0:23:280:23:32

The Archbishop of Canterbury has

said the Church of England needs

0:23:320:23:35

new powers to protect

children from abuse.

0:23:350:23:38

Giving evidence at the Independent

Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse,

0:23:380:23:41

Justin Welby said church's powers

around safeguarding "probably

0:23:410:23:45

needed re-looking at".

0:23:450:23:47

Well our Religion Editor Martin

Bashir is at the inquiry.

0:23:470:23:53

Tell us more about what he had to

say.

This is the third week of focus

0:23:530:24:02

on the Anglican Church and the

dioceses of Chichester in

0:24:020:24:05

particular. It was chosen because of

the large number of default priest

0:24:050:24:08

who have been since the 1980s. The

Archbishop of Canterbury who has

0:24:080:24:14

been nursing a heavy cold, arrived

surrounded by a couple of bishops,

0:24:140:24:19

his head of communications and legal

counsel. He gave evidence about

0:24:190:24:24

11:15am and one of the most striking

moments was when he described the

0:24:240:24:28

experience of confronting survivors

of abuse.

To read the transcripts,

0:24:280:24:36

to meet survivors is horrifying to a

huge degree because you see this

0:24:360:24:42

extraordinary and atrocious

willingness to turn a blind eye. Two

0:24:420:24:46

things going very seriously wrong.

And entirely damaging human beings.

0:24:460:24:56

The enquiry is currently on a break

for lunch. The Archbishop has been

0:24:560:25:00

told he will be expected to give

another 30 minutes of evidence

0:25:000:25:04

inside following that, the head

Bishop of safeguarding, the lead in

0:25:040:25:12

the Church of England, Peter

Hancock, will then give evidence.

0:25:120:25:17

Muslim families in the UK

are being encouraged to come forward

0:25:170:25:20

to adopt and foster Muslim children.

0:25:200:25:21

Around 4,000 Muslim

children are in care

0:25:210:25:23

and the number is growing.

0:25:230:25:24

More than half of them are spending

time living in non-Muslim homes,

0:25:240:25:27

which experts say can cause

religious and cultural problems.

0:25:270:25:30

The BBC Asian Network's

Shabnam Mahmood has more.

0:25:300:25:36

Providing a much-needed home

for children who don't have one.

0:25:360:25:44

Sha and Shaheen Ali have been

fostering for over nine years.

0:25:460:25:48

Like them, most of the children

they have looked after are Muslims.

0:25:480:25:51

They can associate with

the culture and the identity.

0:25:510:25:55

They can feel comfortable

that they are getting halal food.

0:25:550:25:58

That they can be supported

with their Islamic

0:25:580:25:59

education and knowledge.

0:25:590:26:02

To have an environment

where they can pray.

0:26:020:26:05

They can interact with the family

and community during

0:26:050:26:07

festivals like Ramadan.

0:26:070:26:11

Issues like having halal food,

having an alcohol free house.

0:26:110:26:19

Even if they are not drinking,

some of them still feel uneasy

0:26:190:26:22

that the presence is there.

0:26:220:26:23

The importance of matching

children to the right

0:26:230:26:27

families is all too clear.

0:26:270:26:30

It is so important, the needs

of the child are really

0:26:300:26:32

central to the process.

0:26:320:26:34

If you have a Muslim child come

into care the vast array

0:26:340:26:37

of their needs be it the Muslim

faith, education, health,

0:26:370:26:39

it is so important they find a best

match for the foster carer to look

0:26:390:26:43

after that child.

0:26:430:26:46

Figures given to the BBC say

there are around 4500

0:26:460:26:49

Muslim children in care

and the number is growing.

0:26:490:26:54

More than half of them spent time

living in non- Muslim homes.

0:26:540:26:59

It is accepted by many that more

needs to be done to attract Muslim

0:26:590:27:02

carers to meet this demand.

0:27:020:27:06

The charity has identified

religious misconceptions

0:27:060:27:10

for the shortage of Muslim carers.

0:27:100:27:16

Their new guidelines are clear

about the Islamic position

0:27:160:27:18

on fostering and adoption.

0:27:180:27:22

We found the scholars agreed

that it can be obligatory

0:27:220:27:25

from an Islamic perspective to adopt

and foster given the dire need

0:27:250:27:28

of Muslim families to foster

and adopt in the UK.

0:27:280:27:30

With the number of Muslim

children in care increasing,

0:27:300:27:32

more families are needed so young

ones can be placed

0:27:320:27:37

in familiar religious

and cultural environments.

0:27:370:27:40

Shabnam Mahmood, BBC News.

0:27:400:27:44

Pope Francis has announced

he will visit Ireland in August -

0:27:440:27:47

the first papal visit to the country

for almost 40 years.

0:27:470:27:50

The pontiff's visit will

include celebrating mass

0:27:500:27:52

in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

0:27:520:27:53

Our Ireland Correspondent

Chris Page reports.

0:27:530:28:01

The official announcement of a much

anticipated papal visit. Irish

0:28:030:28:09

families were in Rome to hear Pope

Francis confirmed he was going to

0:28:090:28:14

their country as was lush Bishop of

Dublin. It is almost four years

0:28:140:28:18

since the last time a pub went to

Ireland.

On a hillside nearly 300

0:28:180:28:23

people...

In 1979 John Paul II drew

massive crowds on a tour which

0:28:230:28:31

featured some iconic moments for

Catholics.

Young people of Ireland,

0:28:310:28:35

I love you.

It was such a sense of

excitement and talking about it now

0:28:350:28:44

I can see the helicopter coming up

ahead and then I suppose is a large

0:28:440:28:48

group of young people to be affirmed

by the Pope with those beautiful

0:28:480:28:54

words.

Father Martin McGill was

amongst the throng 39 years ago and

0:28:540:28:59

has been reflecting on what the

event this year might mean.

A lot

0:28:590:29:02

has happened in 30 years, a sense of

maybe having to face up to a past

0:29:020:29:08

which at times we did not want to

do. But if we are going to get any

0:29:080:29:11

healing and experience any sense of

truth, we need to do that.

The

0:29:110:29:16

repetition of the Church has been

damaged by scandals about child sex

0:29:160:29:18

abuse. And it has been major social

change like the legalisation of

0:29:180:29:24

same-sex marriage in the Irish

Republic after a referendum in 2015.

0:29:240:29:30

The influence of the Catholic Church

in Ireland North and south has

0:29:300:29:32

diminished in recent years. But

churchgoing remains more popular

0:29:320:29:36

than in most other parts of Europe.

In west Belfast today parishioners

0:29:360:29:41

were delighted about the plans.

Absolutely fantastic, if there was

0:29:410:29:46

more people like him it would be a

better world to live in. I'm sure

0:29:460:29:51

everyone will turn out and welcome

them with open arms.

Pope Francis

0:29:510:29:56

will visit Dublin in late August for

two days. So far no news as to

0:29:560:29:59

whether he will travel north of the

Irish border. If he does it would be

0:29:590:30:03

the first ever able visit to

Northern Ireland.

0:30:030:30:09

Time for a look at the weather...

0:30:090:30:17

Get quite cold night and something

tells me we are not quite done with

0:30:200:30:24

winter yet as we had towards Easter,

it could turn cold again. For the

0:30:240:30:29

short term we have white fine

weather around across most of the

0:30:290:30:33

UK. The weather systems are out in

the Atlantic lining up and heading

0:30:330:30:40

in our direction. And with that

comes a bit of mild air but not

0:30:400:30:44

desperately mild but temperatures

still below par for the time of

0:30:440:30:48

year. But a lot better than third to

just a few days ago. So today bright

0:30:480:30:55

weather across England and Wales,

some rain around in the north-west.

0:30:550:31:00

That continues into this evening.

Maybe some showers for the Eastern

0:31:000:31:03

counties of England but on the whole

a dry evening and look how much

0:31:030:31:07

milder it is going to be this coming

night. Five, six, 7 degrees. So

0:31:070:31:13

tomorrow morning is going to feel a

lot different dub in fact when the

0:31:130:31:19

sunshine is out it will feel very

pleasant indeed. A fine start to the

0:31:190:31:24

day but once again all that cloud

moving in, this next weather front

0:31:240:31:32

approaching on Thursday afternoon.

Still 10 degrees in Belfast in spite

0:31:320:31:35

of that. And easily around 12

degrees across the South where the

0:31:350:31:41

sun comes out. The big picture, the

jet stream is powerful across the

0:31:410:31:48

Atlantic. And what we will see in

the next few days is low-pressure

0:31:480:31:55

riding the jet stream heading in our

direction. Most of the brain and

0:31:550:32:01

breeze will go across Scotland and

Northern Ireland, maybe even some

0:32:010:32:04

sleet and snow across the hills. But

to the South bright weather with

0:32:040:32:10

just a few showers. And that takes

us into the weekend, looking a

0:32:100:32:14

little bit mixed. Not guaranteeing

dry weather but we do expect a fair

0:32:140:32:19

bit of bright weather around. It is

going to be a bit cooler, just a

0:32:190:32:23

suggestion of the wind coming from

the north-west. Just about double

0:32:230:32:29

figures across southern areas. So to

summarise the weekend, not bad at

0:32:290:32:33

all. Mostly bright with just a bit

of rain from time to time.

0:32:330:32:40

all. Mostly bright with just a bit

of rain from time to time.

0:32:400:32:42

A reminder of our main

story this lunchtime...

0:32:420:32:45

More than a million NHS workers

in England are offered a pay rise

0:32:450:32:48

rise of around 6% over

the next three years.

0:32:480:32:56

The agreement which energised trade

unions have recommended for the

0:32:570:33:03

members is something for something

deal which brings in profound change

0:33:030:33:06

in productivity in exchange for

significant rises in pay.

0:33:060:33:12

That's all from

the BBC News at One -

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