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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good
evening. 100 former police officers have won
a landmark age discrimination case. They were all made to retire from
the Nottinghamshire force because they'd served more than 30 years.
But today an employment tribunal agreed that they'd been unfairly
dismissed. Now the force is expecting a big compensation bill.
Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, has been following
today's developments. These job losses were all about
cutting the salary bill. Nottinghamshire Police had to make
substantial savings, but under the current laws police officers cannot
be made redundant. So indeed a power was used to allow officers to be
retired after 30 years' service, but only if it is in the interests of
effectiveness and efficiency. It was argued this was age discrimination.
I said at the time I regretted losing people with 30 years' loyal
service, but it was based upon making the right decisions to
balance the books and to allow the force to reshape to give a better
service. It was a huge missed day, wasn't it?
The decision was based upon good legal advice, and it was taken to
solve significant problems. Some officers struggled to find work. The
police pension is a good pension, but we pay into it for years and
years and 0 but we pay into it for years and
years and we only take what we are entitled to, but for many of us it
was about the injustice of the decision. This could be a huge blow
for a force already struggling to balance its budget. It is expecting
compensation claims of ?3.5 million, and the force is considering whether
to appeal against today's decision. Next ` further education colleges
across the East Midlands are facing deep spending cuts, the worst
outside London. The Association of Colleges is warning that thousands
of students in this region will be affected. This report from our
political editor John Hess. In the East Midlands the number of
18`year`old people attending college is higher than the national average.
Over the next month the colleges will find out their funding for the
next academic year. The Department for Education proposes a 17.5%
spending cut from September. In the East Midlands colleges will lose
?7.2 million in funding, and rightly affecting the courses of just over
9,500 students. Further education colleges give
young people the skills they need for the future, and we need a better
skilled workforce, so I think the Government will think again about
these cuts. Even the further education Minister
has described the cuts as regrettable. In 2012, 2013 pupils
were funded for 450 hours, and we raised that a 540 hours.
The Government says funding for immediate 0
The Government says funding for immediate school 0
The Government says funding for immediate school leavers remains its
priority, but for older students this has become a lesson in deficit
reduction. Still with education ` a Leicester
secondary school has been accused of an act of betrayal after choosing to
become an academy. Governors at Rushey Mead voted by eleven to three
to take the school out of council control. It will still be state
funded, but with more freedom over its spending, its curriculum, the
length of terms and staff pay and conditions. 0
length of terms and staff pay and conditions. The National Union of
Teachers says it won't benefit pupils, and predicts some staff will
now leave. I don't think there will be 0
now leave. I don't think there will be any 0
now leave. I don't think there will be any significant changes by
becoming an Academy, but we do think it is in the best interests of our
dumb people, will enable us to have better financial sustainability, and
will help us support local schools through 0
will help us support local schools through sponsorship. Cashback young
people. `` young people.
The Derby train maker Bombardier could find out tomorrow if it's won
a new ?1 billion pound contract. The deal would see hundreds of
carriages built for London's new Crossrail line. Bombardier's up
against Spanish firm CAF and Hitachi of Japan. Unions say it's vital
Bombardier doesn't miss out this time, after failing to win the
Thameslink contract in 2011. Hackney cab drivers near Nottingham
station claim they're being unfairly targeted by The City Council.
The local authority is planning to use 0
The local authority is planning to use CCTV to 0
The local authority is planning to use CCTV to enforce parking rules on
Station Street. It says it's responding to complaints about some
cab drivers not staying in the designated rank, and parking on
double yellow lines. Drivers say their parking area isn't big enough,
but the council has said it's recently extended the taxi rank on
the street. The East Midlands has some of the
highest levels of obesity in England, according to statistics
published today. In three of its counties, an average of two thirds
of the population are now officially classed as overweight or obese.
Here's our health correspondent Rob Sissons.
Here is how the land lies. 60 ascent of people in Lincolnshire are
reckoned to be overweight or obese. Over in Derbyshire, it is 67%, in
Nottinghamshire, 66%. I have come to meet one woman who
battled with weight for years. She ended 0 0 0
battled with weight for years. She ended up 21 stone and going abroad
to pay for a gastric band. I felt unhappy, I shied away from social
gatherings. Reflect on and on paying ?3800 for a gastric band, she says
it has been worth it. She is down seven stone to 14. She was refused
NHS funding. Operations for obesity are not 0
NHS funding. Operations for obesity are not good news, that is the fact
of the matter. You want to avoid them if at all possible.
So we want services in place that will avoid people having to go into
surgery. I people `` I wish people could have spent a day in my old
body. Sport now, and Nottingham Forest are
into the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in nine years.
They 0 0 for the first time in nine years.
They beat 0 for the first time in nine years.
They beat Preston 2`0. They will play Nigel Clough's Sheffield United
in the next round. And that's your news. So, it's
goodbye from me, but with the weather, here's Charlie.
We have a rather unsettled night. It is coming down a little bit on what
we saw it today, but a couple of hours ago that was a wind gust of 50
mph or so at East Midlands airport. Still quite breezy into those early
hours. Tomorrow notice all this rain creeping towards us. Make the most
of this when it is drier and brighter. As we go into the middle
of the afternoon the rain will arrive, could 0
of the afternoon the rain will arrive, could leave us with
localised flooding and standing water.
I will leave you with the outlook for the coming few days.
As you have just heard, the little respite between one storm system