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This is is East Midlands Today, with Dominic Heale and me, Kylie
Pentelow. Our top story tonight: More young people join the queue
for jobs. I will be reporting from the town with the unwanted
reputation of being the toughest in the country for young people to get
a job. Also, why at Leicester's elected
mayor is in line for a �44,000 pay rise.
Plus, while these guys are learning about literacy here, their mothers
are having their lessons next door. And why this stylish Stilton is
putting the Midas touch into meal Good evening and welcome to
Wednesday's programme. First tonight, there's been a steep rise
in the number of young people out of work here in the East Midlands.
But that headline doesn't tell the whole story. The latest jobs
figures suggest that our region is bucking the national trend, with no
increase in overall unemployment. Let's get more on this now from our
political Editor, John Hess, who's in Kirkby, in Ashfield, for us
tonight. I'm inside the offices of Connexions in Kirkby, in Ashfield.
This is where young adults can get advice on skills training, to help
get them into work. But this area of Nottinghamshire is also one of
the toughest areas in the country for young people to find a job.
The search for a job stars here. Amie and Ricky want to learn, so
they have come to this employment advice centre in Ashfield. I have
been looking for any job for about six months. Anything. Office work,
retail. With my sort of degree, the best sector would be the public
sector, but with budget cuts, it is even harder. There are now around
187,000 at people out of work in the East Midlands. The number of
young people is 34,000, up 16% on this time last year. Ashfield also
had one of the highest increases in youth on employment. That is why
Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, Liam Byrne, came to talk
to these young workers. Introduce another tax on the banks, to create
5,500 jobs, to get these people into work. If you are out of work,
the longer you are out and the less experience you have, it becomes a
vicious circle. Today, the Government responded by increasing
the number of places on apprenticeship schemes. If my
message to young people is that with the right help and support,
there are opportunities for you. We having work-experience scheme which
helps place people on to a work scheme. It helps them back into
work, off benefits quickly after leaving the scheme, often staying
with the same employer. That is the coalition hope. More intensive help
to get young people into the world of work.
So, John, what has the Government got in mind to get young people
into work? Well, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, today
announced a cash incentive of �1,500 to help small firms recruit
their first young apprentice. He reckons that might support up to
20,000 new apprenticeships next year. In return, the employers will
be required to offer training in maths and English up to GCSE
standard. This is quite surprising. Next tonight, the row over how much
we pay one of our elected mayors. Sir Peter Soulsby, the Mayor of
Leicester, could be in line for a �44,000 pay rise. It comes at a
time of major cutbacks in council services. From Leicester, Simon
Hare reports. Leicester City Council have been
due to hold a press briefing here at the Town Hall this afternoon to
explain changes to how much its elected mayor and others are paid.
But after this appeared in the local paper, that meeting was
cancelled. We have now seen a copy of the pay proposals for ourselves,
put forward by an independent panel. They say Peter Soulsby's salary
should rise from �56,000 a year to �100,000. The mayor is responsible
for 16,000 employees who have �1 billion a year in budget and look
after 300,000 people. On that basis, we believe that it is an
appropriate salary. All of the people of the city are being told
their services are going to be cut. We are in a very difficult
situation but this just shows we are not all in it together. Earlier
this year, Peter Soulsby talked to East Midlands today about his
salary. Will some of your -- that salary come to you? The commitment
time made during the election campaign and that I have repeated
made times since is that this is about making significant savings,
not just in the senior executive salary, but making sure their
savings go back to where they belong in frontline services. If
tonight, Peter Soulsby said the issue of his pay would now not be
discussed at a meeting of councillors next week. In order for
the new -- renumeration panel to explain their proposals further.
Still to come on the programme, Pearson at the King Power Stadium.
It was quite a long courtship. We'll be talking to the new manager
of Leicester City later. And we are waiting to see what the
sunshine will do. Find out more later.
Two weeks today will see the biggest strike this country has
seen since 1926. 3 million public sector workers are expected to walk
out over job cuts and changes to their pensions. The Government says
it's made concessions, and with talks still ongoing, the action is
premature and damaging. Meanwhile, at a rally in our region today, a
union leader put forward an alternative to David Cameron's cuts
strategy, as Quentin Rayner reports. As June strikes showed, the union's
argument about pension changes are well rehearsed. There is a public
sector workers will have to work longer, pay more and receive less.
A lunchtime rally in Nottingham was addressed by the leader of the
Public and Commercial Services Union, which has 14,000 members in
the East Midlands. He told them investment in jobs and services was
some ways of avoiding the cuts. alternative is that we have �123
billion of a voided and evaded tax in this country, usually from
corporations and rich people, and the Government should try to get
that tax in rather than cutting the living standards of hard-pressed
public sector workers. Between them, Ian Lawther and Wendy Turner have
20 years of experience. They have calculated how much Ian will lose.
I have to pay over �800 a year more and I will lose �2,600 a year more
and that is because of the switch from RPI to see p 5. How do you
feel about it? Absolutely horrified. It is theft. I cannot afford to
lose pay but if the strike goes ahead and if these cuts go ahead, I
will be losing a day's pay every day of my life.
A 46-year-old detective sergeant with Nottinghamshire Police has
been charged with rape. Trevor Gray is accused of raping a 43-year-old
woman while he was off duty. He was suspended in July and is on police
bail. He'll appear in court next Wednesday.
A man is in intensive care after being overcome by gas while mixing
chemicals. He was found unconscious at a house on Brighton Road, at
Alvaston, in Derby last night. People were moved from 12
neighbouring homes for two hours as a precaution. Enquiries are
continuing into the chemicals involved.
Police are advising residents near a factory fire to keep their
windows and doors shut. A factory on the Draycott rolled -- Draycott
road are alight. Children with disabilities who
repeatedly suffer chest infections are now being offered more support
at home. An award-winning project is helping 35 families across
Nottinghamshire. It's said to be saving the NHS money by reducing
emergency admissions. Our health correspondent, Rob Sissons, has
been to meet one mother at Aspley in Nottingham.
It is not a good day for Ethan. The three-year-old has complex health
needs and with a poor immune system, he is prone to infections. He has a
bad chest infection at the moment. These workers support mum. Now she
is also being helped by a specialist physiotherapist who has
trained her to use specialist kit. This machine uses positive pressure
to expand his Airways and takes a negative pressure. Previously,
Ethan was admitted to hospital repeatedly. Since this machine, he
has had no chest problems. Previously, his mother felt she was
passed from pillar to post. If it is just pressing a button to keep
him out of hospital, I am happy to do that. It is so much nicer for
families that they are kept out of hospital and are able to stay at
home. I high we get permanent funding to help this continue.
consultants are convinced that over nine months, the project has more
than paid for itself. Moira Flanigan has saved at least 80
call-outs or admissions, and if a child comes in for admission, it is
�2,500. Moira Flanigan also provides support and training for
carers who can provide respite care for the family is.
Next, the East Midlands tourism industry has been told that
offering a big discount during the Olympics could be a way to bring in
extra business. The suggestion came from the Secretary of State for
Culture, who was at Trent Bridge in Nottingham today for a meeting of
tourism bosses. Mike O'Sullivan reports.
The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, meeting hotelier's, businesses and
tourist organisations. The message - do not miss out on a Olympics
trade. The Culture Secretary came to Trowbridge to tell the tourism
industry how it could cash in. He said business would be boosted.
There is a recognition amongst leaders and the tourism industry
that next year is going to be different. It is a unique
opportunity and we have to grasp it. Times are tough but sometimes with
tough times, you get opportunities as well, and that is what 2012 will
be for us. These are some of the images from the East Midlands that
will be used in a huge advertising campaign. The idea of the 20.12 %
discount got a mixed reaction. discount will go really well.
Everyone can see what we are tangibly doing to support the
Olympics. Can we afford it all the around? No. But there is no
government subsidy to help out with the discount.
Next tonight, the mums returning to the classroom to learn English.
More than 25 different languages are spoken by children at
Greenfields Community School in Nottingham. For more than 80% of
them, English is their second language. But now they've learnt to
speak it, their parents are trying to catch up, as Jo Healey reports.
Today we are going to do about going to the doctor's...
English lessons. Not for the pupils, but for their parents. A very good
lesson and I practise more and more and very well. It is really good.
It is very hot oil. 80% of the children here are from ethnic
communities, speaking a range of 25 different languages. They are as
diverse as Polish, Punjabi and Portuguese. What do they think
about their mothers come into the classroom, too? I want her to know
what it means and if she tries something you, I would be really
proud of her. I feel really happy and proud of my mum. They can talk
English to the teachers and nobody has to translate it for them.
think it is a good idea because they can help their children with
their homework. The lessons are thanks to the communications
company and given by students from the University of Nottingham.
are a community school and we work as a family, so we are hoping that
with literacy lessons, the parents are further skill to help their
children at home. For three- quarters of the children here,
English is their second language. They get top marks for learning it.
Now what their parents have to do is catch up.
This is East Midlands Today. Still to come, cheese that costs �60 a
slice! Find out what makes this Only two days now until Children in
Need, and this year the money is needed more than ever, as charities
face cutbacks in funding. In Leicester, the money is helping
raise the confidence and self- esteem of children and young people
with visual impairments. VISTA Society for the Blind provides
activities during school holidays. Karen Winchester met up with the
group at a cookery class. How are we doing? Looking good. My
job is to provide activities for children during the school holidays.
Obviously, in turn time they are at school, so we provide opportunities
for them to take part in everyday activities, to boost their
confidence, their self-esteem and for them to have a fantastic time.
I have come with my son because he is visually-impaired. He really
enjoys the activities that are on offer for him here. How much fun is
it coming here? A lot! Why? Because I get to do new things I have not
done before. They help a lot with him. They help with his visual
impairment and everything. They treat him normally. Normal clubs
don't. He gets pushed out, as such, with him having his disability.
Here, he gets lots of helpful stop sometimes I think it takes you to
be involved in a group like this to realise the positive impact it has
on people's lives. Without the funding, it would not be here.
gives me an opportunity to do things I would not be able to do
otherwise on my own. We have done a few residential trips where we have
gone rock climbing and I think unless you are given the
opportunity, you don't really know what your potential is. And because
Joe has the opportunity, every time he needs every challenge with real
determination. I think the children I have seen this year, their
confidence has gone through the roof. Children that might not do
things normally like this. Their self-esteem and confidence has gone
really sky high and you can tell by them, you know, when you ask them
if they have had a great time, then they have.
Your money well spent, by the look of it.
Time for sport, and it's taken three weeks, but finally Leicester
City have their man. Yes, today Nigel Pearson said it
was good to be back at Leicester City. After a year and-a-half away
as the boss at Hull, he returned to Leicester this morning to manage
the club he says he has a big affinity with. He believes with the
new Thai owners in charge, the Leicester job is a unique
opportunity, and he said it felt a bit like coming home.
Back in the corridors when Nigel Pearson achieved real success, a
year-and-a-half ago, the old regime at Leicester let peers and go
easily. The new owners have found it hard to get him back. When we
started the process of looking for a new manager, not only were we
looking for somebody with championship experience, and
somebody with immense strength of character and would motivate and
lead the players. And this man... We found it was Nigel and we are
really so happy to welcome him back to Leicester City. But it has taken
12 days of intense negotiations to seal a deal with Hull. It has felt
longer. I will be perfectly honest. But it is good to be back now. So I
am glad it has been resolved. the press conference, he was all
smiles as he talked about the challenge ahead. It is something I
didn't expect, to be honest, but there are considerable changes but
higher and confident we can move forward quickly. In his two years
at Leicester, he steered the club took the lead one in 2009 before he
reached the championship play-offs. Perhaps he has unfinished business.
30 games left and we have got to do everything we can to make sure we
are in there with a fighting chance. A big day for fans. What is your
message to them? Get behind us and let's see if we can have another
exciting journey. Derby County Captain Shaun Barker
and midfielder Paul Green took important steps on the road to
recovery today. They both played in the Rams reserves game at Sheffield
United. Neither has featured this season because of long term injury.
Manager Nigel Clough thinks his side's injury problems have been a
big reason for their fluctuating form. The results come from having
that consistent team, which we have not been able to put out. We have
to get a settled goalkeeper and back four. If you can put the same
names down on the team sheet week- in, week-out, that helps.
Rugby, and Leicester Tigers legend Martin Johnson has quit as manager
of the England Rugby Union side. It follows the team's poor performance
at the World Cup in New Zealand. Johnson had spent three and-a-half
years in the job. Just to warn you, there is flash photography in what
you're about to see. At the end of it, we are disappointed with how...
How we lost in the World Cup, but it is a decision that I have come
to not quickly or easily, but I think it is the right decision at
this time. The Leicestershire and England
batsman James Taylor is expected to join not by the end of November. He
says a deal is 70% done. He made his debut in August and has a year
to run on his Leicestershire contract but the club has always
said they will not stand in his way. It is a very special night tomorrow.
The Sports Awards for the East Midlands. We have been revealing
the three finalists for 2011. Tonight, it is Kirsty Edwards
reporting. Steve quite simply makes his
committee a better place to be. on! I will make you do it! I know
you can! Young people here don't have to hang around on the streets.
They can come to his gym for free. It is amazing because they get us
out of the house and doing things. There are always people here and he
is always helping everybody improve themselves. There are a lot of
lessons to be learned and he is grateful stock over the years, he
has been an inspiration and motivator took thousands of people.
If loads of young people are always knocking at his door. Wear with
these kids be? What would they be getting up to if he wasn't here and
around. He inspires them. This is great! Come on! Steve has dedicated
his life to coaching for 25 years. I have always enjoyed sport an hour
putting something back. I just love seeing people improve. -- and I am
putting something back. 10 years ago he secured funding to turn an
old building into a sumo wrestlers gym. There is no reasons why you
cannot turn into a world champion in a sport. You are much better
than I was! A Stephen volunteers for around 40 hours a week
virtually every day of the week, even Christmas. -- Steve of
volunteers. Why does he do it? have asked myself a thousand times.
I think I love it! For good luck is Steve, and we will
find out the winner tomorrow at the Sports Awards. A glamourous
occasion! We are talking about that age a
Christmas dilemma - what you give to the person who has everything?
One Leicestershire dairy thinks it has come up with a sparkling
solution. His team has designed a cheese which will give mealtimes
that Midas touch. The Stilton is already being snatched up by the
rich and famous. He it is known as the king of cheeses.
This king has at Billingham. Perfect for pop stars or princesses
and this is cheese laced with gold. The reason we are doing this is
that it is our centenary year and we wanted to do something that was
very special that we could put all our pride and passion in, so we
came up with the most expensive still to and we could. We have had
a lot of interest, including from pop stars. So what makes this
expensive recipe? We start off with the White Stilton and we add a
double 23 carat gold. We then put in a cinnamon schnapps with gold
flakes running through it. We do not blend it in, we tip it in, and
we create a slice of cheese you can see being produced today. This is
the result. If a cheese 67 times more expensive than usual. A slice
of this will set you back �60. But will the people of Milton had
expensive tastes? It is very nice. Good. Soft and lovely. I am not so
impressed, to be honest. It is an interesting idea. We like Stilton,
red Leicester. This is brilliant. Can I have one more? I am greedy!
And it seems people do want this as the ultimate Christmas after an
accessory. The only problem with this gold is that it is not a long-
term investment. It might be gone by Boxing Day!
Don't say I never get you anything! Thank you very much indeed! I will
That is the best of I have had all day! We have had fairly cloudy
skies across the East Midlands and we have got some fairly thin cloud
which made the temperatures drop to quite chilly levels. The cloud
spreads in and we will have patchy rain overnight tonight. Look at
this gorgeous sunset captured by Pete in Leicestershire. Do send
your pictures into us. If we take a look, we can see a couple of
weather France working their way in from the West and the main bulk of
the rain is moving over Northern Ireland, parts of Wales and the
south-west of the UK. We were just a little part of patchy rain, just
drizzle, overnight. Temperatures are down to around six degrees.
Thursday starts on a cloudy and misty note, but we soon see these
breaks and hope is that these sunny spells will spread eastwards. For
temperatures, not bad, at around 13 degrees. As we head towards the
weekend, ever-closer now, Friday is looking like end of a dry day,
although this looks pretty cloudy, but hole is the cloud will break-up
with sunshine coming through. -- but the hope is. The weekend,
although quite cloudy, should bring some bright and sunny spells at