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After years of a pay cap or pay
freeze, the Government gives pay
rises to over a million NHS staff.
Over the next three years, wages
will increase between 6.5% and 29%.
It's nice for us to be recognised
for all that hard work.
But obviously, it doesn't detract
away from the last few
years, where we actually
haven't had anything.
Now it's up to staff
to agree to the deal.
We'll be looking at the detail
of what's on offer.
This summer's World Cup -
the Foreign Secretary compares
Russia's staging of it to Hitler
hosting the Olympics.
The academic at the centre
of the row over harvesting personal
Facebook data tells the BBC he's
been made a scapegoat.
The new scanner that,
for the first time, can track
within the brain a person's
movements as they happen.
And coming up on BBC News:
Scotland scuppered by the rain.
They failed to qualify for next
year's Cricket World Cup -
after they were beaten
by the West Indies and the weather.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
More than a million NHS workers
can expect pay rises,
if they agree to a deal struck
between most unions and ministers.
It follows a pay cap imposed
for the last five years
and a pay freeze before that.
The deal will see wages increase
between 6.5% and 29% over
the next three years -
with the exception of doctors,
dentists and senior leaders.
The biggest rises will go to those
on the lowest end of the scale -
cleaners, porters and catering staff
- who will see an immediate
£2,000 added to their pay
packets this year.
The salary increases
are expected to cost around
£4 billion, but won't come out
of the NHS budget.
They will come from
the Treasury instead.
Our political editor,
Laura Kuenssberg, reports.
Porters. Paramedics. Nurses who care
for millions of patients. The staff
who keep the NHS going finally to
have a bigger pay rise.
It is nice
for us to be recognised for all that
hard work. But obviously, it doesn't
detract away from the last few years
where we actually haven't had
Most of us live on eight
The future will look
better and brighter. I have two
young children and having this pay
rise will help with childcare and
things like that, I will be able to
do more things.
For five years,
there have been calls to do just
that. Aside from automatic rises,
the limit on public sector pay
increases of 1% meant wages fell
behind. And the election left the
Tories in no doubt about the
So... Today's agreement on
a new pay deal reflects public
appreciation but just how much they
have done and continue to do. Rarely
has a pay raise been so
well-deserved for NHS staff who have
never worked harder.
nosebleed it with the Prime Minister
for a pay rise on national
television, she was told there was
no magic monetary -- when a nurse
pleaded with. So can he tell us how
this pay rise will be paid for? Has
the Prime Minister's horticultural
skills grown said monetary?
will come from the Treasury to start
with, not existing health budgets,
so the big unions are on board.
has not solved the problem is, it is
a start and we would expect to be
the start menu process that
recognises the hard work of our
nurses and people who work in our
health service, that recognises the
value and that we value those people
for what we do.
Staff still have to
approve the deal and with inflation,
it might not make the difference.
think the devil is in the detail and
other members that might yesterday
were going through the details and
could not see how this was going to
claw back years of pay cuts.
for NHS staff in England, these
rises cannot come fast enough.
Remember, limits on pay have been in
place for years. Part of the
Conservatives efforts to balance the
nation's box. But public money will
still be tight. This is an easing of
the squeeze, not the end. Scotland
and Wales are likely to follow the
Westminster move. And it adds volume
to calls for rises in other parts of
the public sector. Money around here
is still tight, but the cap no
The Foreign Secretary has compared
Russia's staging of the World Cup
this summer to Hitler hosting
the Olympics in Nazi Germany.
Boris Johnson also says
that he is "deeply concerned"
about how British fans may be
treated at the World Cup.
Our diplomatic correspondent,
James Landale, reports.
In Salisbury, the investigation into
the nerve agent attack on Sergei
Skripal and his daughter continued
as the diplomatic row between
Britain and Russia threatens to
damage sporting relations as well.
This summer, England's football team
will travel to Russia for the World
Cup companies by thousands of
British bands and the Government is
worried about their safety.
watching it very, very closely. At
the moment, we are not inclined
actively to dissuade people from
going because we want to hear from
the Russians what steps they are
going to take to look after our
So far, he said, only 24,000
British bands had applied for
tickets, far fewer than normal.
numbers are well down, but that does
not mean we are not deeply concerned
about how they may be treated.
great day dawns with the arrival of
the Olympic flame at the end of its
2,000 mile journey from Greece.
said Vladimir Putin would use the
World Cup in the same way Hitler
used the Berlin Olympics, to gloss
over what the MP called a brutal and
corrupt regime. The Foreign
Secretary did not disagree.
the comparison with the 1936 is
certainly right. And I
certainly right. And I think it is a
prospect to think of Putin glorying
in the sporting event.
senior officials summoned foreign
diplomats for an extraordinary
briefing to suggest that Britain
itself had orchestrated the attack
authorities are either unable to
ensure protection from such a
terrorist act on their territory or
they themselves directly or
indirectly are not accusing anyone,
have directed this attack against a
My name is Emma
Nottingham and I am from the British
You cannot see her, but the
British diplomat gave as good as she
Sergei Skripal and his
daughter, Yulia, or poisoned with a
military grade Novichok nerve agent
of a type developed by Russia in
what we see as an attempted
assassination attempt. The UK
concluded it was highly likely that
Russia was responsible.
It is now
clear the nerve agent used in
Salisbury is poisoning Britain's
relations with Russia as well. With
no letup in the war of words.
An academic who created an app
which harvested data from 50 million
Facebook users says he has been
made "a scapegoat".
Dr Aleksandr Kogan has told the BBC
he didn't know his work for the data
company Cambridge Analytica in 2014
violated Facebook's policies.
Cambridge Analytica is accused
of gathering data from millions
of people without their knowledge.
Here's our business
editor, Simon Jack.
The pressure on Mark Zuckerberg is
growing to give his version of how
the personal data of 50 million
Facebook users ended up with a
consultancy that worked on the
successful election campaign of
Donald Trump and was secretly filmed
boasting of their influence.
The Cambridge academic who came up
with the original app says he is
stunned by the controversy.
our wildest dreams did we think
anything we did would be used in the
Donald Trump campaign. This is 2014.
Well before anybody would think Mr
Trump would be a serious candidate.
So at the time, I didn't know who
their clients were going to be and I
did not know the specific case. I
did know it was going to be used for
political purposes but beyond that,
yes, it was well above my pay grade.
I should have asked! Although he did
sign an undertaking that is
migratory was from research only and
would never be used for commercial
purposes. The implication and
aligning the story is democracy has
somehow been undermined and that
drew a political response today.
allegations are clearly very
concerning and it is absolutely
right that they should be
investigated, it is right that the
Information Commissioner is doing
exactly that, because people need to
have confidence in how their
personal data is being used.
much are we, as consumers, to blame
for surrendering the facts of our
The conservation we should be
having is, what happens to our data,
how much are we comfortable to
share, who with, and what we think
about how that is done? So this
feels to me like a real light bulb
moment where people are
understanding that it is not just
clicking like on Facebook, you are
giving data away.
So far, this
scandal has cost Facebook, whose
London headquarters there, $50
billion in market value and untold
reputational damage. The Chief
Executive Mark Zuckerberg has been
silent and he will speak tonight in
college for new, but how much
responsibility could he and should
he take for the misuse of his own
customers data? Cambridge Analytica
have always denied they used the
harvested data in the Trump campaign
and deny any wrongdoing. Mark
Zuckerberg will need a better
statement than that.
We can talk to our economics editor,
Kamal Ahmed, in Brussels.
But first, let's go to our media
editor, Amol Rajan,
who's in San Francisco,
where Facebook has its headquarters.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of
Facebook, he's going to break his
silence about the scandal, what is
he likely to say?
It is about time
too because the silence from
Zuckerberg and chief operating
officer Sheryl Sandberg has been
deafening. We do not know for
certain he will speak today and
there is still doubt about that, we
don't know when and how he will
speak. He has put long posts on his
Facebook page in the past, it could
be that or video post. If as we
expect he does speak today, he will
have three key messages. The first,
it will be his account of what
happened. There are people at the
company who feel they are getting
the blame for the misdeeds of
individuals and companies who may
have misled them. Interesting to
hear what Zuckerberg has to say
about that. He is also going to
acknowledge public concern around
the world about data, companies
growing very powerful by holding
large amounts of data and he will
talk about that directly and try and
reassure Facebook's huge global
unity of 2 billion users that he
takes his responsibilities towards
them very seriously. But he has
multiple audiences, the staff here
who look to him as a deity who want
reassurance. The lawmakers and
regulators in Washington and Europe
who have their claws out and want a
piece of Facebook. And the members
of the public around the world who
are increasingly concerned. I
suspect it would be easier for him
to persuade staff than it is for him
to persuade the public that he takes
their concerns over data seriously.
And, Kamal in Brussels,
the other issue that has dogged
the big social media companies
is the amount of tax
they pay - or do not pay.
And the EU tightening
the rules on that today.
Absolutely. I think digital
companies like Facebook, like
Google, have had two controversies.
One on data and the other on tax.
Today, the European Commission said
it wanted to completely terror
attacks rules it came up with a
really stock figure. Traditional
businesses operating across Europe
pay and effective tax rate of 23%,
companies like Google and Facebook,
their active tax rate is 9.5%. It
has been a controversy for many
years, the European Commission's
proposals today say they want to
start taxing the activity based on
advertising revenues, the number of
users these companies have across
Europe. The companies themselves say
they paid the majority of their tax
in America, where they invented the
products we all use so eagerly. Will
it happen? Aim to beat the
Commissioner who put forward the
proposals and he said he wanted
agreement across the EU 28 by the
end of the year. Will the UK be
involved? The Treasury has said it
wants, its preferred option is a
revenue tax. This could be as
significant a moment on tax as the
organ is on data for Facebook
From Brussels and San
Francisco, thank you.
With six people stabbed to death
this past week in London,
a senior police officer has told BBC
News the big rise in knife crime
isn't causing the outrage it should.
He fears it's because many victims
are from the black community that
not enough is being done.
Our special correspondent,
Lucy Manning, has been speaking
to the family of one victim.
Seven days, six murders,
all by knives.
Police in East London
investigate another last night.
Knives now being used too
often, killing too many.
Just a few miles away,
this bedroom was full of life,
but that life is gone.
They are parents who lost
their son last month.
Now it's empty.
Nothing is here.
He died for nothing.
When I come into this room,
Hasan's smell comes in my nose.
Everywhere, it has that smell.
Hasan's mother, Amina,
can now only stroke his picture.
Everyone is lost too much, Hasan.
A lot of people loved him.
He was handsome.
He was very honest.
And he was 19 years old.
He had a plan for the future.
Hasan was a student,
when he was stabbed.
It's two minutes that
changed Hasan's life,
my life, my family's life.
Stay where you are!
5am., West London, police
burst through the doors.
Officers are stepping up trying
to stop knives being used,
but admit they haven't been able
to stop knife crime rising.
Knuckle-dusters and drugs
are removed from the house
and a sword is recovered.
There has been a significant
increase of knife crime and that's
what we are tackling and have been
tackling over the last year or so.
So it's gone up, and I think we
should all be concerned about that.
26 people murdered by knives
in London so far this year,
including six teenagers,
prompting this frank admission.
I do fear sometimes that
because the majority of those that
are injured or killed are coming
from certain communities -
and very often, the black
communities in London -
it doesn't get the sense
of collective outrage that it ought
to do and really get everyone
to a place where we all are doing
everything we can to prevent
this from happening.
The BBC's obtained the latest
provisional NHS figures for England,
showing more than 4,000 stabbing
victims treated in the ten months
until the end of January this year.
That's 520 more people and a 14%
increase on the same
period the year before.
London hospitals like Barts,
Imperial and King's College
treated the most.
213 were treated in Birmingham, 181
in Manchester and 133 in Liverpool.
What would you like to see
the police and the Government doing
to stop so much knife crime?
They're not doing good enough.
This is a serious problem, honestly.
There's a lot of people that
are dying that's 17 years old,
18 years old, 20 years old.
They're dying for nothing.
After the stabbings,
the flowers, but they don't
last, and everyone -
but the families - move on.
I don't want anyone
else hurt any more.
I don't want...
any mothers and fathers
crying any more.
Lucy Manning, BBC News.
Our top story this evening...
After years of having their pay
capped, millions of NHS staff
in England are set for a pay rise
of at least 6.5%.
And still to come, could you live
without plastic, as the concern
grows of the trip to the
environment, a family ties to break
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News,
Manchester City Women
resume their hunt for the one major
trophy they've never won.
The opening leg of their
Champions League quarterfinal
is tonight, against Linkoping.
Scientists in Nottingham have
invented a new type of brain scanner
which for the first time allows
patients to move
while being scanned.
It shows exactly which part
of the brain are responsible
for movements as they take place.
The researchers believe it has
the potential to revolutionise
the field of brain imaging
of children and patients
with movement disorders.
Fergus Walsh reports.
scanners are big, bulky...
OK, if you could keep still.
...And to get a good image,
patients mustn't move in them.
This device, which looks like a prop
from a budget sci-fi movie
or Phantom of the Opera,
is in fact the latest
thing in brain scanning.
Because you can do this
whilst wearing it -
play bat and ball, or even drink
a cup of tea.
The scanner records the magnetic
field produced by brain activity,
and can show precisely
where in the brain these movements
are being controlled.
So, nobody's ever been able
to do this before...
The area of the brain shown in blue
is where wrist and arm movements
are controlled whilst playing
bat and ball.
I think in terms of mapping brain
activity, brain function,
this represents a step change.
Neuroscientists will be able
to envisage a whole new world
of experiments where we try and work
out what the brain's doing,
but whilst a person is behaving
naturally, is moving around.
This is the conventional
Recording magnetic fields
from the brain is usually done
with huge scanners called MEG.
You have to keep perfectly still.
The wearable MEG will be especially
helpful in scanning children.
So, children with epilepsy,
this technology is going to be
And the reason is that doctors can
now scan these children
as they're moving around,
and that's never been done before.
And it will make it easier to scan
people with movement
disorders like Parkinson's.
It was here at Nottingham University
in the early 70s that MRI
was first developed.
Now, this wearable MEG system has
the potential to open a whole
new field of brain scanning.
The research, in the journal Nature,
should lead to new discoveries
about the brain, and there
is so much still to learn.
Fergus Walsh, BBC News, Nottingham.
The TV presenter Ant McPartlin
has been charged with
drink-driving and will appear
at Wimbledon Magistrates'
Court next month.
He was arrested after an accident
involving three vehicles
in London on Sunday.
Leila Nathoo joins me in now.
What more can you tell us?
say, it comes after eight collision
on Sunday. Ant McPartlin was driving
his Mini and there was a collision
with two other cars. He was arrested
after failing a roadside
breathalyser, he has been
interviewed by police and charged
with drink-driving. If he is found
guilty, he could face six months in
prison, a driving ban and a fine. We
know he is taking time out from his
TV commitments. His long-time
co-presenter and friend Dec, say the
two remaining episodes of Saturday
Night Takeaway will go ahead without
him. What the future holds will
clearly depend on what happened in
court. Ant McPartlin is due to
appear at Wimbledon magistrates
Tributes have been paid
to the Red Arrows engineer who died
in a crash on Anglesey on Tuesday.
Corporal Jonathan Bayliss's
colleagues described him
as a "generous, kind and caring man
who could always be relied upon".
The pilot of the aircraft,
David Stark was injured
in the accident.
The Archbishop of Canterbury says
three weeks of revelations of child
abuse by clergy have made him
ashamed of the Church of England.
Justin Welby has been giving
evidence at the independent inquiry
into child sexual abuse.
Here's our religion
editor Martin Bashir.
Nestled along the south
coast, Chichester is one
of the Church of England's
most picturesque diocese.
It's also been the setting
for a multitude of child abusers,
and there have been dozens
of convictions, including
Canon Gordon Rideout,
Father Robert Coles,
the Reverend Jonathan Graves,
Bishop Peter Ball.
Nursing a heavy cold,
the Archbishop of Canterbury arrived
to give evidence after almost three
weeks focused on the Church
of England, where the inquiry heard
that cover-ups were commonplace,
evidence was burned, and priests
routinely abused their power.
I swear by Almighty God...
I swear by Almighty God...
Answering questions for almost
three hours, Counsel
to the Inquiry Fiona Scolding asked
the Archbishop what he'd
learned from the process.
He appeared to choke back tears.
I've learned to be ashamed
again of the Church.
Phil Johnson was abused by a priest
in the Diocese of Chichester.
What's also been shown up
through his evidence,
and the evidence throughout
the inquiry, is just how little
power that he actually has.
And, you know, he can
use his authority and influence
to try and affect change,
but can't actually direct it.
This is not how Justin Welby
would have chosen to mark the fifth
anniversary of his installation.
But he assured the inquiry that
safeguarding remained a priority.
Martin Bashir, BBC News.
We keep on hearing about the rising
concern about plastic -
today a major study has warned
that the quantity of plastic
in the world's seas will treble
in a decade unless we use
or throw away less of it.
In the first of a three-part series,
we've set one family
from Bristol a challenge -
to see if they can live without
single-use plastic for ten days.
Jon Kay has been to visit them.
So, what's for tea in
the Evans household tonight?
Plastic, and plastic, and plastic.
And more plastic.
Liz, Andy and their girls
want to live with less of this.
Plastic, plastic, plastic...
They're going to try
living without single-use
plastic for ten days.
We're up for it but...
I can't see how you can do it,
as a modern family.
The bottles of lemonade
that we like.
Tomorrow is bin day.
We're doing well at recycling.
But where does it go from us?
They were inspired by
watching Blue Planet 2.
It will take years,
and years, and years.
It will probably still be that
same bottle when you're
Mummy and Daddy's age.
Shower gel, for Chloe.
Shower gel for Ella.
Shampoo for the puppy.
Going plastic free...
Is going to mean some big changes.
We're just plastic weirdos!
I don't think you are weird.
I think this is pretty
typical of most households.
Yeah, but when you start to think
about it, that's when you realise
how reliant on it we are.
We make our own toothpaste.
How do you do that?
To get some tips, they've come
to meet the Williams family,
who have been living without plastic
for two years.
We are so used to being told
we need a spray for this,
a bottle for that...
They use bars of shampoo,
They have a little wooden
stick in the middle.
Even special earbuds.
Just keeps anything fresh.
And waxed paper
instead of clingfilm.
I work on a fairly tight budget.
Liz wants reassurances won't break
the bank when they try doing it.
We think it's probably
a bit cheaper, don't we?
We haven't done a complete
comparison, but our gut feeling
is that it's cheaper.
So windscreen wash now is water,
a little bit of detergent, vinegar,
and it works a treat.
But will the Evanses
grind their coffee instead of buying
pods, and use a strainer,
rather than tea bags
I think it's brilliant.
You're quite blown away by this?
Yes, I am.
Well, there's the fruit and veg.
Tomorrow, we'll follow
their ten day challenge.
I've got a stinking cold.
And it's not easy.
I've just been up to the chemist.
Everything is packaged
in blinkin' plastic!
Jon Kay, BBC News, Bristol.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Tomasz Schafernaker.
We are going to be frost free
tonight, which will make a nice
change to what we have been
experiencing for such a long time
We will feel a big difference
tomorrow morning. Most will be frost
free. There will inevitably be one
two spots that will be freezing, the
towns and cities will be mild. The
area is coming from southern climes,
weather systems in the Atlantic.
That means we will see whether
chopping and changing over the next
few days, pretty much business as
usual for this time of the year.
There was a plume of milder air
which will be in place across the UK
tonight and tomorrow. This is what
we have in the forecast tomorrow.
Some clear spells around, not
necessarily here in Scotland. Quite
damp here. Despite the clear skies,
temperatures are not going to get
low at all. If you look at 5am on
Thursday, they will be hovering
around six or 7 degrees. That is in
the morning. When you step out of
the front door, on your way to work,
it will feel pleasant. If the sun is
out, a beautiful star to a lovely
spring day. Through the course of
the afternoon, the weather will
admittedly go downhill in western
parts. The cloud will increase.
South-westerly wind. With that comes
milder air. Despite the rain, 10
degrees in Belfast in the afternoon.
The Western Isles of Scotland get
rain. The best of the weather will
be across England and Wales. Eastern
and southern areas getting up to 12
or even 13 degrees. On Friday, the
weather changes a little bit. The
wind is swinging more from a
north-westerly direction. A little
bit cooler. Even wintry showers
across the hills of Scotland.
Temperatures will range from eight
in the North, to about 12 in the