05/02/2014 East Midlands Today


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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good

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evening. 100 former police officers have won

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a landmark age discrimination case. They were all made to retire from

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the Nottinghamshire force because they'd served more than 30 years.

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But today an employment tribunal agreed that they'd been unfairly

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dismissed. Now the force is expecting a big compensation bill.

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Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, has been following

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today's developments. These job losses were all about

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cutting the salary bill. Nottinghamshire Police had to make

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substantial savings, but under the current laws police officers cannot

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be made redundant. So indeed a power was used to allow officers to be

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retired after 30 years' service, but only if it is in the interests of

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effectiveness and efficiency. It was argued this was age discrimination.

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I said at the time I regretted losing people with 30 years' loyal

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service, but it was based upon making the right decisions to

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balance the books and to allow the force to reshape to give a better

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service. It was a huge missed day, wasn't it?

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The decision was based upon good legal advice, and it was taken to

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solve significant problems. Some officers struggled to find work. The

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police pension is a good pension, but we pay into it for years and

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years and 0 but we pay into it for years and

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years and we only take what we are entitled to, but for many of us it

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was about the injustice of the decision. This could be a huge blow

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for a force already struggling to balance its budget. It is expecting

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compensation claims of ?3.5 million, and the force is considering whether

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to appeal against today's decision. Next ` further education colleges

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across the East Midlands are facing deep spending cuts, the worst

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outside London. The Association of Colleges is warning that thousands

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of students in this region will be affected. This report from our

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political editor John Hess. In the East Midlands the number of

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18`year`old people attending college is higher than the national average.

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Over the next month the colleges will find out their funding for the

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next academic year. The Department for Education proposes a 17.5%

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spending cut from September. In the East Midlands colleges will lose

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?7.2 million in funding, and rightly affecting the courses of just over

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9,500 students. Further education colleges give

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young people the skills they need for the future, and we need a better

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skilled workforce, so I think the Government will think again about

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these cuts. Even the further education Minister

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has described the cuts as regrettable. In 2012, 2013 pupils

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were funded for 450 hours, and we raised that a 540 hours.

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The Government says funding for immediate 0

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The Government says funding for immediate school 0

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The Government says funding for immediate school leavers remains its

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priority, but for older students this has become a lesson in deficit

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reduction. Still with education ` a Leicester

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secondary school has been accused of an act of betrayal after choosing to

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become an academy. Governors at Rushey Mead voted by eleven to three

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to take the school out of council control. It will still be state

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funded, but with more freedom over its spending, its curriculum, the

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length of terms and staff pay and conditions. 0

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length of terms and staff pay and conditions. The National Union of

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Teachers says it won't benefit pupils, and predicts some staff will

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now leave. I don't think there will be 0

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now leave. I don't think there will be any 0

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now leave. I don't think there will be any significant changes by

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becoming an Academy, but we do think it is in the best interests of our

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dumb people, will enable us to have better financial sustainability, and

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will help us support local schools through 0

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will help us support local schools through sponsorship. Cashback young

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people. `` young people.

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The Derby train maker Bombardier could find out tomorrow if it's won

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a new ?1 billion pound contract. The deal would see hundreds of

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carriages built for London's new Crossrail line. Bombardier's up

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against Spanish firm CAF and Hitachi of Japan. Unions say it's vital

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Bombardier doesn't miss out this time, after failing to win the

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Thameslink contract in 2011. Hackney cab drivers near Nottingham

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station claim they're being unfairly targeted by The City Council.

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The local authority is planning to use 0

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The local authority is planning to use CCTV to 0

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The local authority is planning to use CCTV to enforce parking rules on

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Station Street. It says it's responding to complaints about some

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cab drivers not staying in the designated rank, and parking on

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double yellow lines. Drivers say their parking area isn't big enough,

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but the council has said it's recently extended the taxi rank on

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the street. The East Midlands has some of the

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highest levels of obesity in England, according to statistics

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published today. In three of its counties, an average of two thirds

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of the population are now officially classed as overweight or obese.

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Here's our health correspondent Rob Sissons.

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Here is how the land lies. 60 ascent of people in Lincolnshire are

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reckoned to be overweight or obese. Over in Derbyshire, it is 67%, in

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Nottinghamshire, 66%. I have come to meet one woman who

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battled with weight for years. She ended 0 0 0

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battled with weight for years. She ended up 21 stone and going abroad

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to pay for a gastric band. I felt unhappy, I shied away from social

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gatherings. Reflect on and on paying ?3800 for a gastric band, she says

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it has been worth it. She is down seven stone to 14. She was refused

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NHS funding. Operations for obesity are not 0

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NHS funding. Operations for obesity are not good news, that is the fact

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of the matter. You want to avoid them if at all possible.

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So we want services in place that will avoid people having to go into

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surgery. I people `` I wish people could have spent a day in my old

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body. Sport now, and Nottingham Forest are

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into the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in nine years.

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They 0 0 for the first time in nine years.

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They beat 0 for the first time in nine years.

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They beat Preston 2`0. They will play Nigel Clough's Sheffield United

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in the next round. And that's your news. So, it's

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goodbye from me, but with the weather, here's Charlie.

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We have a rather unsettled night. It is coming down a little bit on what

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we saw it today, but a couple of hours ago that was a wind gust of 50

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mph or so at East Midlands airport. Still quite breezy into those early

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hours. Tomorrow notice all this rain creeping towards us. Make the most

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of this when it is drier and brighter. As we go into the middle

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of the afternoon the rain will arrive, could 0

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of the afternoon the rain will arrive, could leave us with

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localised flooding and standing water.

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I will leave you with the outlook for the coming few days.

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As you have just heard, the little respite between one storm system

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