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These are Tuesday's headlinds. it. Now on BBC One we
Multi-million pound consult`nts for Jersey's government -
Womack is big costs to the public purse that perhaps on some occasions
could be avoided. From a ?15 million deficit
to balancing the books. Guernsey's financial fortunds
appear to be turning. the award-winning classes
for people with dementia. And after the 1819 breeze over the
last couple of days, quite ` big change come the weekend with a big
temperature drop. I will have all the details later in the programme.
I will have all the details later in the programme.
Next tonight, millions of pounds could have been saved by Jersey s
government if it had thought twice about hiring consultants.
The auditor's report also stggests the States isn't getting value
for money from experts and hsn't checking its homegrown talent
Big projects - like the new police station, changes to passports
and future hospital need expert help but it comes at a cost -
3.9 million spent last year on consultants alone
and I haven't seen evidence to suggest to enough research
was done to see if the resotrces and skills already existed
In the four years between 2011 and 2015 the States spent almost
The Chief Minister's department spent ?1.6 million
Health and Social services spent ?2 million.
The biggest spender was Infrastructure -
10 and a half million for projects including replacing the Bellozanne
When we're spending multio lillion pounds of taxpayers money its vital
we get the project right so the time spent with those consultants
who have the expertise is vhtal to deliver on time and on btdget
But according to the Audit office, it's not all been money well spent.
There isn't always the need to bring in a consultant.
An example today the environment minister asked about the public
states are hiding people without checking if civil servants have the
same skills. Many thousands of pounds will be spent on an hnspector
or consultants to look at an issue, it has already been discussdd by the
department, and the Departmdnt has the skill set to adjudicate. (
suggested that millions of pounds could have been saved at a time of
austerity. The Chief ministdr declined an interview and the BBC
was told the states are not in the position to respond.
Guernsey's States will return tomorrow as they try to thr`sh
out the island's budget for the next year.
Today's debate began with ndws that what had looked like a bleak
financial outlook six months ago, is looking considerably
Our Political Reporter, Simon Fairclough has been
A financial picture that's looking brighter now
Initial fears that Guernsey could fall some ?15 million
into the red have been proved wrong,
mainly thanks to increased property sales and cutbacks
All of that is contributing to a much improved position for 20 6,
and it could even be that wd have a balance for 2016 which,
considering that we were looking at nearly 15 million in Jund
The news put the States on a positive footing
Responsible, fair, progressive and realistic.
The words use by Deputy Gavhn St Pier to describe the 2017 btdget.
And it looks as if Deputy St Piers largely going to get
things his own way - with an amendment placed thhs
morning to look at the posshbility of introducing motor tax narrowly
defeated and another propos`l to introduce some form of t`x
Attempts were made to fly the flag for pensioners, by keeping
a higher personal tax allowance for the over 65's.
The cost of living is higher for elderly islanders in Gudrnsey -
They do spend more on heating, they do spend more on medic`l
services, they do spend mord on house maintenance hat thdy can no
longer do themselves - and if we're not going to rdcognise
that, then what sort of society are we becoming?
It's hoped the 2017 budget will continue to keep Guernsey
on the right financial path for the next year.
Simon Fairclough, BBC Channel Islands News, Guernsey.
Jersey's government has dechded not to introduce a new voting
States Members felt that two systems ranking candidates in order
of preference on the ballot paper would be too complicated.
But as Lucy Bickerton reports, members of the public thought
It would be much worse in sxnc stand a better way of choosing people who
because at the moment I don't think because at the moment I don't think
the states represent the people The government may not
think it's a good idea - but these people in St Helidr today
wanted to see change. It might give a better picttre of
how people want to vote and how the candidate they are going to vote for
might stand a better chance than just first past the post. It allows
you to vote for someone you wouldn't normally vote for because it would
almost feel like a wasted vote. But what exactly was
the government voting on? Alternative Voting and Single
Transferable Voting see people rank their chosen candidates
in order of preference. If no candidate receives a certain
percentage of first choice votes - then second choices are considered -
and so on. Some believe it's fairer -
and could see different Crucially you would get less wasted
votes, people would not havd to vote tactically and they would sde some
getting elected and the -- that getting elected and the -- that
would be a much more common phenomenon on, so you would have
more enthusiasm for politics and greater representation.
But, critics argue that AV `nd STV can be misunderstood by votdrs.
But, despite much enthusiasl for change - when voters go
to cast their vote in the ftture, they'll be choosing just
Now, a sense of well-being, less pain and more confidence -
those are some of the benefhts reported by people with
dementia after they joined a Jersey swimming group.
The Splash Chat project combines therapy with conversation -
and it's been such a success, that it's won a major award.
These may be small strokes but this swimming group havd
People living with dementia and their carers spend 30 mhnutes
We've had feedback telling ts about how the group has bendfitted
physical health so people h`ve reported walking better,
reduced levels in pain, sleeping better, but overriding has
been the mental health improvements there's been observed levels
of increased happiness in pdople we have a lot of fun,
but a sense of well being so people are getting put socialising.
And that "living well" is pleasing the Jersey Alzheimer's Association.
Once the 'Splash' is over, the group go for a 'chat' and this
As a charity we're really campaigning for a dementia friendly
community and what that means is a community that accepts
and is inclusive for people with dementia so the fact that we're
using two community areas Aquasplash and then The bar
is a real true sense of that dementia friendly community.
Diana and Craig have been coming since July,
Craig's swimming has now improved and they are both
We used to swim a lot and lhke most people you bring up your falily
You come for the chat and the couples Coffey afterwards. The
Coffey encourages you, doesn't it? The Coffey encourages
you, doesn't it? And with the accolades heapdd
upon this award-winning swilming group, hopefully more smiles will be
created in future. Alderney's President
has been re-elected, Stuart Trought was the only name
on the ballot paper by the time Mr Trought - who has been
President of the States will enter his third
term in December. Sport now and Jersey's
cricketers hope to boost their chances of staying
in World League Four this evening. They're up against Italy
in their third match of the tournament in Los Angeles,
with both sides trying to gdt Our sports editor Tim Pryor sent
this report from California. Jersey's cricketers have re`d the
Hollywood script just yet, just a mile up the road. And opening-day
defeat to Oman by six wickets. It was followed a day later, again a
six wickets defeat, this tile against Denmark. Now jersey have a
big game against Italy next as the battle to survive in this dhvision.
And we will bring you the l`test result in the 1013 years. Whether
now and it definitely feels like it has been the mildest Novembdr day
that I can remember but how the next few days looking?
You're quite right, we have had some pretty good temperatures today.
Yesterday we got to 90 degrdes and I think we have had a similar sort of
day today. Perhaps not quitd warm. Tomorrow it is definitely going to
feel colder, quite misty conditions and perhaps we will get somd
sunshine. 18 degrees today `nd by Sunday we are back down with a bump
to just 10 degrees and I thhnk we will notice that big drop in the
territories. The reason for the changes the high pressure is
beginning to move away from us, not apparent for the next 24 hotrs or so
with a week whether from coling in around the head of that are` of high
pressure producing a few sphts of gristle in the morning but then in
any of high pressure as he loved into Thursday and Friday, sort of
split in half. One sits in the Atlantic and the other moves into
the eastern part of France between the two and open support for the
study of low pressure to brhng a northerly wind across as and that
goes -- that will be under way to Friday and Saturday. The first
weather front is break across the more central part of Britain,
already introducing more mohsture so misty in places. But denied the
cloud will be thick enough to produce a few spots of light rain
and drizzle but for the gardeners and drizzle but for the gardeners
and growers not really a grdy deal of rain it has to be said. 810
degrees the minimum temperature Tomorrow morning the layer of cloud
will clear and it could takd until mid-morning till it is gone. The
more in the way of sunshine and the rest of the date dry with stnny
spells but for all of us temperatures at about 12 or 13
degrees. Here are the times of high water, said Helier is 7:31al and St
Peter Port 7:44am. The coastal waters forecast the winds whll be in
north easterly three. We st`y much colder for the rest of the week
somewhat persistent rain for a time on Friday, blustery winds of cold
That said from BBC Channel Hslands That said from BBC Channel Hslands
news, I am back with the he`dlines at eight and 10:30pm for thd late
news. In the meantime here hs Justin and Victoria.
in the best fish and chip rdstaurant category.
How would you feel if gener`l waste was collected only once a fortnight?
There are fears that if these plans go ahead in Plymouth,
it will lead to more rubbish in the street and more flythpping.
The Conservative administration say those concerns are unfounded
as the service will be modernised with bins and cleansing teals
It's bin day in this part of Plymouth but these rounds probably
And some people think that plans to get rid of these weekly
It's going to be a bit tough because the bins
The only problem I can find is that it makes a mess in the
We have been sheds, but it would still smell.
Obviously, you would stack the bin bags are up,
It's just going to create more problems,
like, rats in the area. It's going to create bad smdlls
Councils will vote on the ndw scheme in the next week.
It will mean we cycle bulls being picked up one week
According to the woman in charge of bringing
the same, there were similar concerns when they introducdd it
For the first few months, people are unsure and that's
where we just need to make sure that we are working
We think this is the right step to take to get Plymouth
in the right place, to incrdase recycling and make
The project aims to save ?750,000 per year.
main goal is to make the city more green.
Currently, Plymouth's recycling rate is 33%, way below the
Here in Plymouth, people rely heavily
Areas such as this absolutely depend on it.
Cutting it will mean more w`ste out in the streets, more fly-tipping,
less hygiene, and that's something nobody wants.
Meanwhile, the Conservatives running the council
They're putting out leaflets against this,
Don't put out leaflets that are against it.
Come and work with others to see what you
want for your area, work for your local people and gdt better
Most English councils are further down
the road than Plymouth when it comes to fortnightly collections.
Threequarters already do it and some,
like East Devon, are rolling out three weekly collection.
We're going to jail in a molent - in fact you could go too with plans
a day at the races as Exeter hosts its biggest horse race of the year.
It's not often that Bodmin Loor is the warmest place
in the country, but that happened today.
All the details later in the programme.
The Environment Agency says many farmers are adding to flood risks
because they're not doing enough to care for the soil.
It says almost forty per cent of sites they have tested
across the region have problems with the earth
becoming too compressed, forcing rainwater onto
Our Environment Correspondent Adrian Campbell has been to
This is a familiar sight during a typical Southwest winter.
Water running off a muddy fheld straight onto a nearby road.
It's something the Environmdnt Agency says farmers
Richard Smith is one of the agencies soil experts.
It is a popular crop with f`rmers but one which involves the
use of heavy farming machindry, even when the soil is wet.
That can compact the soil, causing water to run off.
What we've got here is comp`ct soil and there's no air in
the soil. Very little air.
And, as a result, water hits the top and
It's difficult for it to soak into the soil.
and you will see how dense it is.
This kind of soil is hard for the roots of crops to pdnetrate,
meaning farmers often have to rely on more fertiliser to help dstablish
This is what they are growing in the field here.
This is what we're going to use to demonstrate the problem.
If I pour this, the water, see how quickly it flows over the
That could be going downstrdam, down the valley and
flooding someone's home, couldn't it?
It certainly could be running out the gateway
Ultimately, yes, it could go into people's houses.
We do the same here on this loose and bit, OK.
This crumbly, healthy soil is what farmers want.
The National farmers union says it's helping them to
We do know that from some of the sensitive
farming events that over 96$ of those that have attended have
looked to make changes as a result of what
they've learned, particularly with crops like maize.
The Environment Agency acknowledges the importance
of maize but says it must bd carefully managed to protect
Now fans of the series Poldark will know that,
when he's not breaking hearts, the hero Ross spends
a lot of time getting on the wrong side of the law.
Hence a large number of scenes, like this one,
take place inside Cornwall's most notorious prison -
I wish you justice, if there's any to be found.
Which there ain't. As we both know.
So luck it must be. For us both then.
Well, now, just like Ross, you could have the chance
of an extended stay at the real Bodmin Gaol.
The historic building has bden bought by a Russian businessman
Jane Chandler's been for a look around.
In opposing, ominous, an inviting. This was the county jail of Cornwall
for many years. It's thick `nd it was housed 200 prisoners. Now there
are plans to create 65 guest rooms in the prison cells. The lower two
floors will be transformed hnto a new museum attraction and the upper
three floors will be part of a 5 room hotel. I arrived on a wet day
and walked into this space. It just captivates you, really. It's a
cathedral like space but for prisoners so it has a strange, eerie
feel. It's an amazing space. A vision of how the jail could thrive
in the modern world came during a family visit by a Russian
businessman. It inspired hil to buy it. He wants to preserve history and
for guests to enjoy it. At last there is somebody around thhs with
the will and the gumption to preserve history. If all gods
according to plan, it could be open within five years. Better book now.
Jane Chandler reporting frol Bodmin jail.
Many of us will remember a teacher from school -
someone who influenced us, and sometimes we remember them,
But a head teacher from Devon has been hailed as one of
Jane English picked up a prdstigious Pearson teaching award
at a ceremony in London, after 34 years at Paignton Community
Scott Bingham went along to find out why she's dedicated her carder
The winner, from Paignton community and sports academy...
As soon is they said Paignton, I knew instantly
that I had won. I mean, I was so excited.
It was just such a privilege and a pleasure.
After last week's glittering ceremony, Jane English
where it all began as a PE teacher
She proudly showed me some of those achievements, including the
If you ask me about what do I think of most when I
think of the achievements we've made, it's the young people.
I can go walking in the supermarket,
or in the town of and somebody will tap
me on the shoulder and say,
"I just need to speak to you for a minute."
I just need to tell you and I feel wonderful stories of young people
Ad one of those young peopld is Hugh Maynard, now a
Jane English has taught three generations of some
local families and staff, p`rents and pupils are rightly proud of her
She's not like other headteachers who just sit in an
You can actually see her and she's walking
around and she's really friendly to people.
I haven't seen many teachers that have been at one school for so
long and how much determination and passion she is put into one school,
I can honestly say, I've enjoyed every single d`y.
Jane plans to retire next E`ster but won't quit education
She hopes to continue her work overseas with the British
What lovely tributes from the pupils. Obviously very proud of
their headteacher and rightly so. It's Exeter's biggest horse race
of the year and today the Haldon Gold Cup produced
a finish to match its status. A 10/1 outsider beat the favourite
by the narrowest of margins. That was good news for
the bookies but also for those We sent Hamish Marshall to sample
Gold Cup day at Exeter. All roads lead to the races.
And trying to beat the bookhe. This is the most prize monex
for any fixture all year. Obviously, as you can see, we get
plenty of people to come and enjoy it as well
so it's a great day for us. As the form's assessed,
there's a big question, It's a lovely day.
Always good racing up here. So, yes.
Looking forward to it. You've got your race card there
what do you think? I think Resolution Bay
will win this today. Backing him with a decent alount
of money? I may be.
We'll have to see. I better not say as
the wife might hear. And others were backing a previous
winner of the top This is the one they are
putting their faith in. Dodging Bullets was in great form
two seasons ago, not so much last season, will it be able
to repay the faith Just over a lap of a track
saw Dodging Bullets finished third, two others fought
out a titanic battle for first place Not a lot.
About 25 quid, or so. I thought it wouldn't be
out of the first three. And it was a first big win
for Sir Valentino's I wasn't too confident when I passed
the line but Richard said well done, I thought he'd h`ve more
experience than I but... Yeah.
It's tough. No matter how confident you are
It's always tough. I think Hamish was tipping Dodging
Bullets. I hope you didn't put any money on it. A lovely day today
Not often that Cornwall gets the highest temperature of anywhere in
the country but it did todax. Unusual to CDs temperatures on the
first day of November. Sadlx, it's the last time we're going to CDs
figures for some time. Colddr air is heading our way. By the timd we get
to Sunday, back down with a bump. Just nine degrees. We've got an area
of low pressure developing over the next 24 hours, or so. Tomorrow, a
cold start. A touch of Frost but mostly fine weather. The ch`nge is
being brought about by this weather front. It sinks steadily sotth
tonight. Moving steadily into northern France. All the whhle,
followed by colder air. Pretty good until the next weather systdm
arrives. It brings them patchy rain. By the time we get to Fridax, we've
got an area of low pressure across the British Isles and colder air
will follow for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday, colder air for
all abuzz and quite blusterx conditions. There's that laxer of
cloud in more detail continting its journey southwards. A lot of low
cloud and misty conditions for a time. The last three hours before
light in the morning we see the cloud clear and where we get that
clear sky, it means temperatures will quickly tumbled to between one
and three degrees, cold enotgh for some frost to form. Tomorrow,
certainly a day when we will need a jumper. Quite a drop in
temperatures. A top figure of just 11-12 Celsius. For the Isles of
Scilly, bright and dry but feeling colder. Not much for our surfers.
We are back to normal by thd end of the week and into the weekend.
Northerly winds and temperatures between ten and 12 Celsius. Have a
good week. Thanks for your d-mails on bin collections. Many of you
saying fortnightly collections aren't a problem. We will sde you
later this evening in the l`te bulletin. Until then, good night.