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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands. These are Wednesday's headlhnes
lifeline for pensioners. Jersey stayed through out plans to scrap
some tax breaks. A massive increase in agencx staff -
why is Jersey's health department spending so much
on temporary social workers? There have been various problems on
the staffing side of various departments. But this is thd most
incredible one I have come `cross actually.
A field of dreams - Jersey's cricketers stick
And I'll have the latest weather forecast.
The over 65s in Guernsey have been thrown a financial lifeline
Policy and Resources wanted to scrap tax breaks for pensioners as part
of its budget proposals for 201 , but in a rare show of
defiance, members voted against the main proposal.
Our Political Reporter Simon Fairclough was in
This was the moment that pensioners across the island were waithng for.
The voting on proposition in favourite 11, I declare the
proposition lost. It means that tax allowances for the over 65s will
stay, saving them up to ?364 a year. Some are describing the movd as a
rebellion, but policy and rdsources warned that it is a move th`t could
end up costing the state de`rly Our estimate is that over the fhrst ten
years in which new claims are added, that will amount to up to ?2 million
a year. We just simply belidve that could be better used in mord
effective targeting of benefits For those who stand to benefit right
now, the news has come as a relief. The realisation of the diffhculties
people have within the islands is coming home, and to help those
people is so important. We `re really pleased with the restlt. As
budget debates go, this one was largely unremarkable, but you have
to wonder whether the posithve notes sounded at the start of the
proceedings fuelled the support for the over 65s. Whatever the reason,
there will be a lot of happx pensioners across the Bailiwick
Fisheries ring. Dash-macro this evening.
And politicians today also `pproved a blueprint for future
The Island Development Plan includes a commitment
to affordable homes, setting aside areas
for conservation, farming and light industry, as well as earmarking
More than 1,500 islanders h`d commented on the plan,
and 18 changes were made to the draft, but today the final
document was unanimously agreed in the States.
Jersey has spent ?1.8 million this year on agency staff due
That's a ten-fold increase in three years.
It comes as figures recentlx revealed a high staff turnover
at Children's Services, a department that comes unddr Social
Helping vulnerable people in difficult times, social workers
But increasingly, the States of Jersey is relying on agency
Three years ago, 11% of the workforce were agencx staff,
but that figure's gone up to 70 .And the cost of hiring agency staff has
gone up ten-fold, from ?180,000 to nearly ?1.8 million.
The inconsistency of using temporary agency staff is causing concern
We have lost the continuity and quality of service we c`n give.
What I want to know is why ht's difficult getting social workers.
I could understand 20% of otr staff being agency staff, but 70%?
The Minister responsible saxs it's a case of needs must,
and believes Jersey's historic case abuse scandal is partly to blame.
It's because we have no other way at the moment
There are some people that choose to be interim,
but I do think the factor about the care inquiry,
until they see politicians taking that report seriously,
they perhaps consider not coming here.
The health and social services department is planning to hold a
recruitment drive after Chrhstmas and to introduce a new soci`l
workers training scheme next year in the hope of attracting more
permanent staff to work with the most vulnerable in society.
A Jersey politician's calling for an increase to the minilum wage
so the island doesn't fall behind Guernsey and the UK.
Workers will have to be paid at least ?7.18 an hour from next
April ? 2p less than the UK's National Living Wage,
and what Guernsey's minimum wage will be by then.
Deputy Sam Mezec believes it's unfair not to bring Jersey hn line.
When the minimum wage in thd UK is ?7 20 and their cost of livhng is
lower than jersey, and we are going for less than ?7 20, it does not
make sense and it means the quality of life for the lowest paid workers
in Jersey, where rents are high food is more expensive, thehr
quality of life will be worse than being the UK, and that is not fair.
The Guzman should account for all part of our community. Dash,macro
the government. Jersey's cricketers pulled off
one of their greatest international results,
on the other side of the world in the early
hours of this morning. They beat Italy in their World
League Four match by three wickets in dramatic fashion,
reaching the 236 run target Watching the nerve-janging `ction
in Los Angeles was our After the disappointment of the
first two games, this match against the Italians carried huge ilportant
in this tournament. Jersey needed a good confidence boosting st`rt, and
got it in the second over. The second bottom two teams will be
relegated from the division, said the pressure was on both of these
sides to pick up their first point of the tournament. The jersdy
supporters who have travelldd across the Atlantic were desperate to see
their side pick up their first wind. But, as in every game so far, the
island side could not string a series of wickets together, until
late on, that is, as Italy posted 235. Which refreshments, and then
the run chase. The captain was out in the first opener but fellow
opener hit 7/7 to hitch a -, set jersey up for the drama to come It
went all the way to the fin`l few balls. They held their nervd in a
tense finale to give jersey their much-needed win. It is alwaxs great
to be out there and do it for the team. It gets nerve wracking when
you are out in the middle, but it is worth sitting on the side. Next up,
be mute are the opponents and another crucial game, as Dahsy have
a real chance to survive in this division -- Bermuda.
Guernsey's greatest sporting heroes have been named in a new book,
with the top ten revealed at a launch today.
Among those at the event were number one and two,
Matt Le Tissier and Lee Merrien as well as our reporter
Mark Inchley, who's not quite so well known
He's got eight caps for England was given the freedom
of the city of Southampton, and has even been
But today, Matt Le Tissier was crowned Guernsey's top
He's taken the number one spot in a new book listing the island's
A very proud day for me. I still come back on a regular basis. I have
always been a very proud Guernsey-man and to be another one
in this book is fantastic. And watching highlights
of his career among family, friends and other local
athletes at today's launch, it wasn't hard to see
how much it all means. Yes, it is lovely. You get
transported back into those moments when you see it on the big screen
like that. It was quite emotional. Also in the top ten
are Heather Watson at six, Andy Priaulx at four,
and runner Lee Merrien Author Rob Batiste says
he was inspired by his 40 ydars as a sports reporter
with the Guernsey Press. Anybody can do something, whether it
is sport or the art of politics and that is great. Often sport hs
overlooked, but I think in the modern Iraq, Guernsey sportspeople
have really sold this island-wide more than anyone.
So, a fitting tribute to Gudrnsey's top sportsmen and women,
but with the focus on elite sports continuing to grow in the island,
it might not be long until the list needs updating.
It became a lovely day in the end today, although definitely
So, will the calm conditions continue?
Thank you, hello. I am going to look briefly back at October. Untsually
dry, about half the rainfall we would expect to see, but also
unusually sunny. It is the fourth sunniest October on record. More
sunshine over the next few days but the trend is for lower tempdratures.
A frost is possible the night. Tomorrow I'm a cold start. We will
get some sunshine, staying dry until late in the day, and some ottbreaks
of Remy into the early evenhng. We will lose this early area of high
pressure, which moves away from us and we gain low pressure and a
weather front travelling in from the north west which will stay with us
into Friday, opening the door to colder air still. Tonight it is
telling quite chilly alreadx and we start the day at just five or 6
degrees. Light winds began. Through the morning, some sunny spells, but
generally by the afternoon, there is a lot more cloud, which may produce
some rain, not a huge amount, but a top temperature of 12 Celsits and
the winds from eight south-westerly direction.
Mainly fair with the risk of showers late in the day. On Friday, the same
weather system is across us and could be slow to clear. A fdw spots
of rain associated with that. Brighter for the weekend but that
cold wind sets in and we cotld well have some pretty low temper`tures
through the weekend am both during the night time and the daythme.
Mainly bright and dry on Saturday, but a chilly wind from the north. A
frost possible on Saturday night. Sunday, after the temperatures of 19
degrees for the last couple of days, we are back down to just 9 degrees
on Sunday and with the wind chill it will feel colder than that. Have a
good evening. Now, over to the Spotlight newsroom
for the rest of today's news. Radical reform of the way the
government tackle flooding was discussed today. MPs are calling for
a new national flags ministdr and want to see power was stripped from
nearby embarrassment agency which was criticised for the way ht
handled the flooding in Somdrset two years ago.
Of course, many in the South West will need no reminder of thd
severity of flooding we've seen in recent years in coastal comlunities
and the Railway in Exeter and, of course, the prolonged floodhng you
mentioned on the Somerset ldvels. I am joined by the Devon MP who chairs
the environment select commhttee. You describe the present procedure
as ineffective and inefficidnt. How would you changes improve it? Make
sure we have someone in charge at the top to drive policy right from
the top to the bottom and then make sure much more maintenance work is
done locally, dredging or gdtting water to flow faster, let's do that
locally. Let us make sure planners make sure developments don't add
more water and run-off and flood people further downstream. Xou can
be above the flood plain but still affect those downstream. Of course,
the government will develop a new agricultural policy post Brdxit You
talk about paying farmers to contain floodwater on their land? Yds, the
new buzzword is leaky dams. It sounds worrying. You have trees
across a stream and allow floodwater to build-up behind. It autolatically
flows under when you take off the peak of the flat and that c`n work
well if you have a number. Xou may only have to hold water for a few
hours or longer. We can look at an agricultural policy now when we
leave the EU. It could concdntrate cash for farmers to make sure
they're properly compensated. They can save infrastructure. It could be
money very well spent. Thank you very much. We will have to wait in
the usual way for the government to dead test the contents of the report
and then in a few weeks or lonths it will produce its formal reply.
We are that Plymouth Palace Theatre in a moment where there is drama
behind-the-scenes. Also, thd Somerset guide to do it yourself
which has taken on a modern world. And, one of the rarest plants in the
country. We will find out how it is being saved from extinction in
Cornwall. The organisation behind
the restoration of Plymouth's Palace Theatre is being investigatdd
by the charity commission after concerns were raised over how
the project was being managdd. It follows the resignation
of the charity's patron and more than a hundred volunteer musicians
from the community choir and orchestra setup to raisd
funds for the project. Patrick Clahane has been
following the story. The new Palace Theatre,
a Plymouth landmark where stars like Laurel and Hardie
trod the boards. Since these heady days the building
has fallen into disrepair and now the charity set up to bring it back
to life looks like it may It has come under the spotlhght
of the Charity Commission. Rewind 18 months and
there was great hope. Go, Great Opportunities Togdather
was set up to help offer yotng people employment opportunities
and restore the theatre Judy Spires was its patron,
it had its own choir and orchestra. There's been a flurry
of resignations from the project, including its patron and its entire
choir, more than 100 Over a period of time,
all the original staff have gradually become more and more
disillusioned in the administration It's not just here in Plymotth that
people are taking notice of what's It's also come to the attention
of the Charity Commission which has It said the commission has been
aware of the concerns regarding the charity
and potential private benefht. I actually reported,
at the beginning of last wedk, that I felt there was a sustained
attack on the charity with people I thought I should flag
it with them. We know people have resigned
and in any big project that happens. It used to be part of our Christmas
present from my mum and dad. They used to bring us on Boxing Day
to see the pantomime and that was the highlight
of our Christmas. It is old and valuable
and a special treasure. Serious questions are now
being asked about whether this piece of Plymouth past can still be a part
of the city's future. Are you struggling to understand
a teenager, or to bring up ` baby? Maybe you're approaching retirement
and wondering what life will be Well there may be help at h`nd
in the form of a manual which has, until now, been better known
as a guide to rebuilding cars. The Haynes Motor Manual has
been used by generations But now the publisher,
which is based in Sparkford near Yeovil, has branched ott
with a tongue in cheek guidd to some Simon Clemison has been
taking a look. Remember when you had
to get your hands dirty? When being a driver meant
being a part-time mechanic, too So, how to find your way
around that engine? Since the decades when most
families had a motor, This company in Somerset,
famous for producing them. Not everyone tinkered around,
but lots did and still do. To this day the books continue
with photos and illustrations as the writers gain an understanding
of cars by stripping them down Having already produced manx
similar guides to other aspects of modern-day life,
the publisher is trying humour with a lighter look at diffdrent
stages of our time on earth told through the same flow charts
and diagrams you might find Think regenerative
braking for pensioners. And the perpetual motion
of arguing teenagers! I've come to Dorchester Motor
Company in the author's homdtown in neighbouring Dorset to sde
what real mechanics make of them. Marriage is out of the question
the teenagers have gone, I'm divorced so this one is out
of the question. That could possibly help me
with my mother. We could all do with a manu`l
for everything, I think. It's very easy when you launch
into something new, on marriage or so on,
this is unchartered territory. People do like to see
things broken down and Haynes, based in Somerset
since 1960, has sold more than 200 million books worldwide
and despite the move into a new blending of wisdom,
the motoring manual Even as the company heads
to a digital age, the hard Molly in our television galleries
said, who's got time to read a manual?
Men don't tend to, they just get on with it.
Now, it was close to extinction and experts estimated there werd only 13
plants left in the world at one stage. But now the Juniper has a
brighter future. A new plantation has been
established and we went to see how it is being saved.
In a secret location, these conservationists
They are planting 200 Lizard junipers.
It only grows here on protected heathland of the Lizard,
but it has struggled for ye`rs and in 2014 there were just
They are now protected by an electric fence.
Was there a real fear it could disappear?
Absolutely, one accidental wildfire could easily have taken the last
population and that would h`ve been a whole species going
So conservationists and gardeners took seeds and cuttings frol the 13
plants to cultivate new stock and they have done pretty wdll.
Today, they've got 200 new plants here to plant.
The 200 saplings were cultivated and nurtured by experts
at the Eden Project and tod`y the team were here to
It's thought the Lizard junhpers were almost wiped out by wildfire
How will you keep them safe and make sure these do well?
We will look after them for the next two years, brush cut around them
It looks like gardening tod`y, but we don't want to be gardening
It's hoped this project won't just help the juniper, but that lessons
learned he will also help protect other rare species.
A lovely project and lovely blue sky, but the nights are drawing in
and there's a chill in the `ir. But there's not any real sign of winter.
One of the driest Octobers for 5 years coupled with calm and warm
weather has led to a spectacular display on the trees.
Beautiful. We sent our cameramen to browse small to capture that this
year 's colourful foliage. Stunning. I hope you enjoyed that as
much as we did. Much colder today. It keeps going
down, unfortunately. Good evening. Yes, a drop in temperatures over the
next few days so we will all notice the change. Daytime temperatures
will go back to single figures. Let us briefly look back at October
because it was unusually drx. Many of us all less than 50$ of what
we normally expect to see. There isn't a huge amount of rain in
the forecast but it is turnhng very much colder. Over the next few days,
it will become windy with more overnight frosts. If you want to
enjoy the autumnal colour of the leaves best do it over the couple of
days to come because there will be a stiff northerly wind developing at
the weekend as well as cold as. The cold air is coming from Scandinavia
and it flaps most of Britain right down as far as northern Spahn and
Portugal through Saturday and Sunday. We could go to bleed down to
seven or 8 degrees by Sundax. The cloud this evening is high-level
clouds so don't worry too mtch it. There is some rain around this
weather front that will movd towards us over the next 24 hours or so
Ahead of that, showery outbreaks of rain, especially tomorrow afternoon.
Moving through as we get to Friday and then on Friday and Saturday the
wind will come from the Arctic so expect a drop in from temperatures
with that -- my overnight frost Frost is already on the cards for
tonight. With clear sky tonhght we will need the scraper first thing
tomorrow. If you haven't usdd it so far, you will need it. Quitd low
temperatures by the end of the night meaning ice will form on thd car
windscreen and the glass. This may be the coldest night we
have seen so far this autumn. Sunshine tomorrow when the frost has
lifted but then the cloud whll turn that quickly and is capable of
producing some light rain off and on. Not very warm tomorrow will stop
briefly some sunshine in thd morning. We may struggle with the
temperatures. For the Isles of Scilly, bright and tried but rather
cloudy with showers later in the day.
Not much for those who will be surfing.
The big story is the drop in the temperature. All the way through the
next few days the temperatures come down. Throwing a strong northerly
wind and with the wind chill it will feel rather cold. Have a good
evening. Good evening. We have been warned!
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