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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight, a pensioner's agonising wait for an ambulance.
Pat Lindsay was in severe pain for five hours. She says it was the
longest night of her life. If this is to pay for parents and
their luxuries, it is most definitely appropriate there is a
cap. Plus the wrong kind of rubbish.
How contaminated loads ruin our recycling efforts. And could Kevin
Phillips helped fire the Foxes into the Premier league?
This would be my fifth out of the championship into the Premier league
and another fantastic chapter in my career. But there is a long way to
go. Good evening. Welcome to Friday's
programme. First tonight, it was a low priority case but it left an
East Midlands woman waiting for an ambulance in agony, for hours.
Pat Lindsay says her five hour wait for an ambulance was the longest and
most painful night of her life. Bosses have defended the service
saying there were emergencies to deal with but have apologised for
the distress. How is your knee? A bit better. Much
of Pat's pain has gone but the memory of waiting for an ambulance
this week will take longer to fade. I've never had pain like that. I've
had children, a gall bladder, operations but never anything like
that. Vinnie went like a football. She was literally in tears with
pain. According to the amulet service, it took five hours for a
crew to get her home. I thought they have forgotten about us. It is
difficult to believe that this is what happens. I felt like it had
been days. I know it wasn't but that's what it felt like to be, laid
here. An act of hours GP on Monday night visited and requested the
ambulance. The head of the service told me they were very busy in the
early hours of Tuesday. We are very sorry that Mrs Lindsay had the
experience she did with us. Clearly, in this case, her call was
categorised as what is called a GP urgent case, which means an ample
and will be dispatched within four hours. It was not classed as a
life`threatening emergency. At that time, we were dealing with a lot of
life`threatening emergencies. Ever since the downgrading of the
accident and emergency unit at Newark, there has been huge
sensitivity over how long ambulances take to get to patients. The major a
and E units are all more than 20 miles away. Lincoln County,
Kingsmill Hospital and the Queens medical in Nottingham. I know there
are a lot of people trying to improve health care in this part of
the East Midlands but I don't see it getting any better. In fact, I see
it getting worse. She spent three nights at Kingsmill. Tests were
inconclusive. Rob's here now. We keep hearing
about delays when will things get better.
There is huge pressure on the Ambulance Service to improve
response times. The care, when Pat got it, she said was superb. It was
just the weight. The service has been called to a high risk summit
and at NHS England to demonstrate what improvements it is putting in
place. They are putting more staff into the control room to prioritise
calls better. Last year, they promised a dash a sell`off of
ambulance stations. Has that happened?
The Chief Executive has told East Midlands today that that is on hold
still. They may scale back some of those proposals, we don't know yet.
They are not expecting to hit their response times, their annual target,
the end of this year. But she insists that things are improving.
It is work in progress. Two major landmarks in Leicester will soon be
disappearing. The City Council's headquarters on
New Walk will be demolished later this year with 1,100 staff being
relocated. Elsewhere in the city, work to pull down the Belgrave
Flyover will start as soon as next month.
Take a good look because these two towering office blocks right in the
heart of our bustling city will soon be coming down. At the moment, they
are home to Leicester City Council but this 1970s development has been
labelled structurally unsound. It means finding a new home for 1100
council workers and it will leave this prime plot of land completely
empty. I think they should replace those buildings with a leisure
complex which holds concerts and things like that. Certainly, good
quality office accommodation and also something to support the
evening economy, like restaurants and so on. I would like to see
something more green and anything has got to be better than this. Work
to demolish the towers will start this summer. Whether they are
brought down floor by floor or destroyed in one big explosion,
Leicester City mayor admits it will not be cheap. We are talking about
the cost of summer between 3.5 main pounds and formally hands. That is a
significant sum but it is investment. Its investment in an
important site in the city and it is one that will bring many times that
time `` amount of investments which will bring jobs to our economy.
Demolition will start as soon as next month. It is up to residents to
decide if they want the short option, a nine week option, or with
less disruption to traffic, work that will go on for 14 weeks. There
is a warning, both options involve noisy demolition up until midnight.
The idea though, to link the Golden mile back`up with the rest of the
city. Coming up: in sport, an exclusive
interview with Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi.
And your weekend weather with Anna. If you have outdoor plans this
weekend, I can tell you when this rain is set to arrive. But I also
have good news. The sun is set to shine. I will tell you when, later.
Next tonight: it's been revealed that more than a thousand households
in the East Midlands were claiming more than ?500 a week in benefits
before a government cap was introduced.
Opinion polls reveal that the benefit cap is the most popular
policy ever devised. Sarah Teale joins us in the studio with more.
The government introduced the benefit cap last July to try to
encourage people back to work and to cut the welfare bill. It means
couples, with or without children, and lone parent households are
limited to a maximum claim of ?500 a week in benefits. And single people
with no children can receive a maximum of ?350. More than 33,000
households have been affected by the benefits cap. And new figures reveal
that a total of 1,278 households in the East Midlands have seen their
benefits cut because of the policy. According to a survey three quarters
of the public support the benefit cap. With 70% saying people affected
should find jobs, work more hours or move to a cheaper property. So is a
maximum of ?500 a week the right way forward? I asked people in
Nottingham what they thought. That is more than I get a week and I have
to pay all of my bills out of that. So, yes, sad `` ?500 seems a lot to
me. That would work fine in London but the further north you go, it
doesn't make sense. Do you think ?500 a week is enough to live on?
No, I don't think it is. Not in Great Britain no more. It needs to
be more than that. My concern is about ?800. It's difficult for
people to exist on benefits. That's my experience as a social worker in
the past. There has to be a cap because there has to be some
reality. To have a blanket approach is going to be wrong because that
will be detrimental to some families. If it is to pay for
parents and their luxuries, it is most definitely appropriate that
there is a cap. Unfortunately, we all have to do without our
luxuries. If we work full time, which I do, and I know lots of my
friends do, but I've have moments where have not been able to afford
things and something 's got to give. I think it is considering when you
see families who've got everything and have done nothing to win it. ``
slightly disconcerting. So that's some of the views of the
public. What about the politicians? We can hear now from Iain Duncan
Smith at the launch of the cap last July. And then from Nottingham North
MP Graham Allen who says he doesn't think it's fair at all.
People on welfare, who are not in work, apart from exemptions such as
those who are disabled, they should actually not be earning more than
average earnings netted out after tax. That's fair to taxpayers, who
are themselves often struggling. I don't think this is fair at all. It
is trying to scapegoat a section of the community. It's a tiny number of
people. Most people on benefits are either benefits or the disabled.
It's estimated that the policy is saving taxpayers ?2 million a week.
And by the time of next year's General Election that could add up
to savings of ?225 million. There's been major travel disruption
today, on both the roads and rail. One of the busiest roads in the
region, the A453, had to be shut for several hours this afternoon after a
section of gas main was damaged in Clifton. Meanwhile trains to and
from London were suspended this morning after damage to overhead
power cables. Some trains are now running but East Midlands Trains
says a full service won't resume until tomorrow.
The country's first ever secure college for young criminals is to be
built in Leicestershire. Ministers say the ?85 million fortified school
will open next to the Glen Parva Youth Offenders Institution in three
years time. It'll cater for more than 300 boys aged between 12 and
17, using education to try to cut re`offending. Prison reform
campaigners say the money would be better spent supporting teenagers in
the community. A man who groomed teenage boys
online before abusing them, has been jailed for 15 years. Derby Crown
Court heard 24`year`old Nicholas Geddes contacted a 13`year`old from
Long Eaton via social websites. He later met him at a hotel and abused
him. Another of his victims was a 15`year`old from the same town.
Geddes, from Ellesmere Port also faced charges relating to four other
boys. Business leaders in the region today
warned that an increase in the minimum wage to ?7 an hour could
cost jobs. The government's looking at an increase after getting a
report from the Low Pay Commission. But a senior councillor who's paying
his staff what's called the living wage says higher pay would boost the
economy. Michael runs a hospitality company
in Nottingham. It employs 7000 staff on the minimum wage. He says a
potential increase from ?6 31 to ?7 an hour is too much, too soon and
would hurt businesses like his. What we would have to do with any
increase in cost is passed that on to our customers which in turn could
mean that customers are going to look up the prices and go elsewhere.
The Chancellor, seen here on a visit to a Derbyshire company last year,
says he would be in favour of an above inflation rise in the minimum
wage, saying the economy can now afford it. In Leicester, the City
Council is already paying 1100 members of staff what is called the
living wage. It is ?7 and 65 per hour. This council says small
businesses can now import `` afford an increase. It recognises the
rising cost of living. It would increase morale and I'm confident it
would be accused `` boost to the local economy. It has to be balanced
against the need to protect employment as well. The more
expensive we make labour the fewer jobs we are able to provide. The low
pay commission is due to make a recommendation on this year 's
increase in the next few weeks. It needs government approval and would
come into effect in October. Three armed robbers who threatened
staff at a Nottinghamshire DIY store with nights have been jailed for a
total of 25 years. It happened at this store last July. The masked men
forced their way inside before demanding cash from the safe. Today,
the men from Mansfield were given jail sentences of between six and
nine years. Police say they had inflicted on measurable step ``
stress on the staff. A teaching union is calling for more
cash for Nottingham schools after the Government described several of
them as failing. Six secondary schools, including three academies,
were placed in special measures by Ofted last month. At an Education
Conference in the city this week ministers compared them unfavourably
with those in London. Now the NASUWT says local schools should be given
the same funding as those in the capital.
Nearly a fifth of all the recyclable household rubbish in one of our
cities can't be processed, because it's contaminated. Officers in
Nottingham say the reason's simple, people are putting the wrong things
in their bins. By contrast, Derby and Leicester
councils have much more successful recycling rates. James Roberson's
been looking at the dos and don'ts of recycling.
Mountains of waste, rivers of it and best practice demands that nowadays,
councils try to recycle as much of it as they can. While Nottingham
City Council tackles its recyclable waste as seriously as any other
council, it is finding it has having a recurring problem. People keep
putting their recycling in plastic bags. If they take that to the bin,
they will split that bang... They could help us. This simple mistake
plus contamination of recycling with things like nappies, foil and crisp
packets actually means complete loads of waste cannot be recycled.
Currently, of all Nottingham pass mark waste, 18% is not being
processed. It is higher than what I would like it to be at this present
time. Meanwhile, it is bin day in Leicester. The crews and lorries are
identified picking up household rubbish, both recyclable and
general. All the waste that people put in the black beans goes to our
Ballmer facility that measures up the material, takes out any metals,
con possible material and can also take out some plastics. We recover
as much as possible from the material that people actively
recycle but also that they put in the black bin. Unlike Nottingham,
Leicester's recycling contamination rate is only 2%. Even in Derby, it
is only 4%. Paradoxically, Leicester does want recycling in bags, special
transparent ones. We get very few problems with trans`` contamination
because the crews can see into the bag and if there are any problems,
they leave it and put them the door a note saying why it was not OK. The
scheme is being promoted by Leicester's one`man recycler, Adrian
Ablett. Several projects have been run to help people understand what
can and cannot be recycled. Nottingham also once a education
campaign in March. We will probably target it around the four worst
postcodes for contamination. There is nothing rubbish about the
sport tonight. Quite the opposite. First that exclusive interview with
Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi. His message is not to worry.
He says he knows it is mid January but fans should not worry because he
is trying to bring in players this month, up to three and the situation
in terms of signings will becoming clearer in the next few weeks. In
the last few hours he's been talking to Natalie Jackson.
You say you want the third star for Forest. What are your ambitions in
this January transfer window? I just had a meeting with the manager
regarding what he needed. For example, players. He told me about
some players we are discussing together. Hopefully, they be within
the week or less, things would be clear for everybody. How many
players would you like in this window and how negotiations going?
Well, maybe two or three. Maybe one. I don't know. Are you in the middle
of negotiations now for a striker? We are negotiating with many
players, not only strikers. Midfielders, right backs, strikers.
To be honest, the manager has told me about which players he needs.
Afterwards, we can do something about it. If it is one player, will
it be a striker? My opinion, if I am one of the fans, I sign a striker.
But to be honest, I keep this until the end because this is not about my
opinion, it's the manager's opinion. Maybe we share things but
in the end, it is going to be his call, not mine. This is his team and
he knows what is needed for the team. This is the most important
thing. He said in a week that you agreed a deal for Jack Hobbs. What
is the length of his contract and what are the details of that deal?
Actually, we have a deal until the end of the season. We are working on
it right now. We are going to work hard to keep Jack Hobbs with us. We
working on his agent. At the moment, we have him until the end of the
season. Have you paid a fee to keep him until the end of the season.
Yes. We've discussed it, me and the owner. Blackburn tomorrow. Will you
be here? I don't think so... Of course I'm going to be here. Silly
question. We will have more from that chat on
Monday. Leicester City meanwhile have
confirmed that Fulham have made a bid for talented youngster Liam
Moore but say the player is simply not for sale. The championship high
flyers face Leeds tomorrow and hoping to make his debut veteran
striker Kevin Phillips. Here's Angela with our guide to his career
in numbers. Clipped into Phillips! E has done it
again! Kevin Phillips... The headlines are written again. He has
been there and done it. He is as keen now as when he first started. I
look forward to coming into training and I still have the buzz and
excitement. His plan to retire at the end of the season... This would
be my fifth out of the championship into the Premier league and it would
be another fantastic chapter in my career. There's a long way to go. A
wealth of experience, always able to score goals when they count... Many
clubs came calling but it was Leicester who landed him. This was
the place I wanted to be. I know the manager and assistant very well for
my time at West Bromwich. And obviously the club are flying in the
championship. For me, it was a no`brainer. First, he has to make
his debut and be warned, don't get between this man and the game he
loves. I cannot wait to stop talking to you and get on the training
pitch. Hint! I'm only joking. Yeah, I still got the appetite. It's all I
know and Wednesday was great for me, my first training session for two
weeks. It was like being a kid again. That told Angela!
Derby, who we featured yesterday, have a tough home game with Brighton
as they try and pull out of a mini slump. Midfielder Craig Forsyth says
everyone needs to remember how far the Rams have come lately. I don't
think many people would have said we would be where we are now. We've got
to look at it as a positive and make sure we continue to be the and stay
there until the end of the season. And there's a long interview with
Rams Head Coach Steve McClaren on the BBC East Midlands Today Facebook
Page. Have a watch and give us a like.
Some really good news for Notts County fans. Young midfielder Jack
Grealish, who's made a real impact at Meadow Lane, will be staying till
the end of the season. His loan from Aston Villa has been extended. The
Magpies are off to Stevenage in League One, while Mansfield head to
Portsmouth in League Two. Follow those games, and everything
happening in the Championship, on your BBC Local Radio Station. I'm
going to leave you with the rest of the sport. Starting with rugby and a
key weekend for the Leicester Tigers. They play Ulster in the
European Cup at Welford Road tomorrow night in front of a sell
out crowd. The reason this game is crucial for
the Tigers is because the winner will earn a home quarterfinal. A
home tie is significant because the big teams in Europe are really
difficult to beat. Clermont have not lost at home for 72 games. It shows
how strong the French are on home soil. If we have to go away, we will
give it our best shot but it always makes it a little bit more
difficult. Nick Buckland and Penny Coombs have won their first ever
major championship medal. They were third after Wednesday's short dance
at the European figure state `` Skating Championships in Budapest
and took bronze. Their score was a new personal best. This is a huge
boost as they approach next month's Winter Olympics. This, to keep
himself in this his masters. One stunning piece of play saw Mark
Selby Q2 this year's semifinals. An amazing shot who beat John Higgins
by six frames to five. He will now face Shaun Murphy. There have been
times when I've been negative. Towards the end, at one stage, I
looked like getting beaten so I thought if ever I get a chance, I
was good to. He certainly did that. Just one game this weekend for
Nottingham has `` Panthers. Well done to Nick and Penny for that
bronze. Fantastic. The weather is not looking great,
for tomorrow anyway. But things will improve on Sunday. There will even
be a little bit of sunshine. Let's look at what we can expect over the
weekend. There is going to rain first thing tomorrow morning. Once
that clears, behind it we stay cloudy and it will be thick enough
to produce some rain. Rain pushes through Saturday night and we are in
for quite a promising day on Sunday. Feeling more like winter should do
on Sunday. Great for getting out and about with a camera. This is a view
towards Underwood. Thanks for e`mailing in to us. The pressure is
in charge and we have fairly light winds through the night. That may
allow some fog to form first thing. This rain will push up tomorrow.
Here we are at a moment `` the moment, one or two showers around.
They will die out through the next hour or so. Then we have some clear
spells around first thing. That will allow temperatures to drop quickly
early on. Maybe some mist and fog forming over the Peak District. As
we go towards the early hours, cloud will feeding and rain will arrive
from the south. That will help temperatures to recover. They will
be around four degrees by first thing tomorrow morning. On Saturday,
that rain pushes away to the north. Behind it, that cloud will stay with
us. There will be some drier weather and high temperatures of eight
degrees. Saturday night, we start to see the rain from the West push
through so quite a wet spell of weather. It clears away behind it.
Colder air comes into play. There will be a lot of sunshine around on
Sunday itself. Highs of six but freezing fog is something to watch
out for on Monday morning. That is the day for a barbecue!
That's about it from us. Have a great weekend. Goodbye.