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to be lower than average. Make sure you pack your jumpers if you are
going away. This is East Midlands Today, with
Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale. We have seen the country 's biggest
drop in wages. We are questioning the sustainability of any recovery.
Plus Royal Crown Derby halts production to protect jobs. As the
refugee crisis in Iraq continues to shock the world, we hear the views
of Kurdish families here. In sport, this is what it is all about for a
Leicester City this season. We are with the Premier League trophy.
First tonight, what is happening to our pay packets?
Earlier this week, we had great economic news in this region
when the latest jobs figures showed we had had the biggest drop
in the unemployment rate of any region in the UK over the last year.
But other official figures show something else, too.
In the same period, the East Midlands saw by far the biggest
We are now, on average, ?36 pounds a week worse off than
Our Political Editor John Hess has been examining whether the
What ordinary people supposed to believe about the state of the East
Midlands economy. It had the biggest rate unemployment dropped. The best
figures we have other ones produced by the Office of National
Statistics. The reliable surveys rather than employment records. What
do they reveal? In our region, we had the best news and jobs, we also
had the worst news on P. Average earnings in the last quarter stood
at ?491. One year ago, that figure was ?527, a drop of ?36. No other
region has seen such a drop. This will add fuel to the argument for
those who see the new jobs being created are not as well`paid as
those have lost. We have seen the sharp drop and it seems to be the
likes of zero hours contracts are lowly paid jobs. We are looking for
sustainability. The fight people worse off before this recovery
came, we cannot sustain recovery on that. More runs a cleaning firm on
the outskirts of Nottingham and pays his stuff the minimum wage. I have
to keep my wages they really are, because it gives me some sort of
confidence. If I increase wages, it would put more pressure on myself in
the business. Our people in content with squeezed pay packets? There has
been a pay freeze for about four years. We have been offered the
percentage next year, but it is not enough. Obviously, as I for that, I
will say yes. But he seems to say the same. It is a low wage currently
that does not seem as if it will get any better. When will we start
rising? The vast majority of single will be awarded pay rises up at
least in line with inflation rises and some larger. Will impatience
over pay dominate the political agenda?
Is there then a simple correlation here?
It is probably more complex than that.
It might be that lower levels of pay do encourage employers to
That looks like a simple enough equation that would explain this big
fall in both pay and in the unemployment rate, but on the other
hand, it might be that employers in this region at this particular
moment in time need people at the lower end of the pay scales, not
In this area, there are a lot of jobs, which tend to be in the likes
of lower paid and industries. Is the issue of pay likely to cause
increasing political difficulties? I think it will. We have heard
arguments about the economic revival. The council will be joining
with unions to complain about zero hours contracts and low pay.
One of our best known pottery companies is halting production,
Workers at Royal Crown Derby have voted in favour of plans
which will see the factory close for three weeks from Monday.
The firm is also asking for voluntary redundancies.
A proud industry which has been part of Derby for hundreds of years. The
demand for some products has fallen. Since 2009, workers have been only
40 B contract. For three weeks on Monday, the production line will
come to a halt. The union advised the workers to back this plan. They
are hopeful this will protect the jobs in the long term. When the
four`day week in 2012, the company said they were determined to get
everyone back on to full`time work. But the unknown looking for
voluntary redundancies. We had an overwhelming vote on acceptance of
this. This demonstrates that our employees are on board. We do a lot
of work behind the scenes to ensure that people are fully informed and
that the are on board with us understand the challenges. We
understand taking these measures are no will ensure the future of the
company. The company is the only porcelain company country to have
survived for 250 years. They are hoping that the changes will ensure
that production will continue for years to come.
Still to come, the return of the Foxes to football's top flight.
Add 529 years since the King of England died here in battle,
hundreds of people are preparing to reunite the Battle of Bosworth.
Plus, I was going to see all quiet on the weather front. However, come
Sunday, we may be battling the wind. Police
in Nottingham have been granted more time to question three people about
the death of a seven`year`old girl. Shanay Walker's body was found
at a house Two women and a man were arrested
on suspicion of murder yesterday. Police now have a further 12 hours
to continue questioning them. Shanay's aunt Kay`Ann
Morris has already been A medical student from Derbyshire
who was killed in Borneo is to be Neil Dalton, from Ambergate, was on
a hospital work placement in Kuching Newcastle University is honouring
him with a posthumous MBBS, along with fellow student
Aiden Brunger, who was also killed. Tests are to be held
on wind turbines in Derby, after it was found they could affect
radar at East Midlands Airport. The turbines
at Spondon were built early this year for Severn Trent Water,
but were put on standstill in June, However, this week they started
moving again, ahead of new tests. The firm says it is working with
the airport and hopes new radar Iraq is back in the headlines and
so is the question of Britain's possible military involvement
in the crisis there. Today, the UK government said it
would consider arming the Kurds The announcement came as the Kurdish
community here protested against the continuing violence
in their homeland. They gathered in Nottingham to
condemn the actions of the group As the statue of playing Clough
looks on, the Kurdish community comes together to make a stand
against the slaughter in their homeland. The United Nations see
thousands of people have been driven out of northern Iraq by the
self`styled Islamic State. This is making me so sad. Every night I am
crying. I am playing for my people. Do you still know people rear,
friends and family? Yes, I know people who are on the front line.
Altogether, 25 of my relatives are no fighting. Last week, my brother
was injured. The protesters here welcome the help of Britain. We are
grateful that the British government is coming along to help us. It is
really worrying because you need to wake up in the morning and check
which city is under threat, you need to make sure, are they OK, have they
got away. It is very unsettling to be here and watch this. Many people
want an independent country for the cards out with Iraq.
New plans for 300 homes on a disused theme park
Waystone Development wants to build the houses, a retirement village
and leisure facilities on the site of American Adventure,
but the local parish council is concerned about access and traffic.
In May, the scheme was rejected by Amber Valley Borough Council
for being "too vague" about the housing types.
It will consider the new proposals later this year.
Drivers using the A453 will be switched to a new
The route between the M1 and Nottingham is currently
From 8pm on Wednesday, the existing road will be closed between West
And then on Thursday, vehicles will start using
A World War One memorial window has been commissioned for Southwell
This design, by the artist Nicholas Mynheer, has been chosen.
It shows combatants from both sides of the war seeking common ground.
To a much more ancient conflict now and a battle considered one of the
It left a Plantagenet king dead and heralded the dawn
We are talking, of course, about the Battle of Bosworth
This weekend, 529 years on, hundreds of people will re`enact it.
The annual event has long attracted thousands of visitors, but
organisers say this year's event could be one of their biggest, all
The weapons are nearly ready. We will be hitting each other as hard
as possible. Bosworth battlefield is about to welcome visitors in their
thousands. We have traders all the far far side, so there will be a
wide range of goods. There will be jousting over here, there will be to
battle re`enactment over the weekend. The re`enactment is
traditionally seen hundreds of people taking part. This group has
driven all the way from Germany. I am interested in the study and it
has been a great lot of fun fighting with people. Unfortunately, my side
is going to lose, but that is OK! They are wanting to give the public
are more accurate impression of what the battle was actually like.
Cannons, swords, axes, firearms banging into each other, a lot of
screaming. This year 's re`enactment could be the biggest since the 500th
anniversary back in 1985. Interest in the battle has soared since the
remains of Richard III refined and Leicester. You have got a big battle
tomorrow, do you fancy your chances? Of course. I think the loyalty of
most of my group are secured. It will be no problem at all. History
tells us is confidence may be a bit misplaced, but at least he is not
facing 500 years under the car park. An East Midlands charity is getting
into the furniture business Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland
has received so many desks, tables, sofas
and chairs that they have opened They say charity begins at home, but
this one helps to furnish homes and businesses. Faced with funding
cuts, age UK in the region have been forced to look at new streams of
income. We were trying to look at ways to generate a lot of stock that
we could sell on. We could then plough this back into the charity.
The offer a range of services which are often a lifeline for older
people. They are hoping this will be safeguarded by the new venture. The
needed to change. We know of a respite support for older people. We
help people who are no longer able to look after themselves over any
more and to help with these centres. The goods on offer could make a big
difference for new companies starting up. For new businesses,
funding is often very tight. People can get the likes of furniture for
their officer very good prices. The rear house on Saint Georges Street
opens to the public tomorrow. Tonight, only once place to
be here at Leicester City. The Premier League trophy is here,
a reminder than we are only hours way now for their first season back
in the top flight for a decade. For many of the players this season,
this is their big break, a chance for
the first time to play in arguably But for striker David Nugent,
it mean much more than that, as Natalie Jackson reports on his
big season back in the big time. Last season, he was the best striker
in the division. David Nugent scored 20 goals as Leicester won the title.
On the eve of the new season, he still feels he has a point to prove.
He has played for England, won the FA Cup, but he has unfinished
business in the top division. Portsmouth arrowhead. A great strike
from David Nugent. I do not think I got a good enough
shot with Portsmouth in the Premier division and I am determined to take
the most of it now. No 29, he feels this is the biggest season of his
career. He plans to shore with Leicester that he is good enough
with Leicester to score goals in the top flight. I definitely got the
pleasure of when I was a lot younger. There was a lot talked
about me when I was at Portsmouth, with the likes of England. But I
want to prove I can play at the very top level. His manager says he has
scored over 50 goals for the club in scored over 50 goals for the club in
three seasons. I am ready. The fans have been excellent and they will
get right behind as this season. They will be our 12th man and help
us get as high as possible in the league. He is itching to walk out
tomorrow against another top`flight team. I have been out of the top
five for four years, so it is great to get back into the Premier League.
There is a huge buzz about the place. Everton are the visitors
tomorrow. We will get the few predictions. 2`1 to Leicester. I
agree, 2`1 Leicester. 1` nil to Leicester. The viewer, consensus
that Leicester are definitely going to win.
So, those Leicester fans are out the picture as far as Forest
and Derby are concerned, which will focus their rivalry even
Both have their eyes on this, the Championship trophy, and both
believe they have a chance of lifting it, just like Leicester did.
Kirsty Edwards has been in both camps this week.
Just a quick look at the other fixtures, with both Notts
County and Mansfield having their first home games this weekend.
At Notts County, there will be a moment?s silence
Two wins out of two. The goals scored and none conceded. Whatever
of the teams you support, it has been so far so good at the start of
the season. For me, the attitude has been very
good. They are very honest. I just hope that during the season we will
get better and better. If you are doing well, it is going to be a good
environment to work on, when everyone is pulling together. We
want to just continue on alert. A good start for both, but no one
happy to be involved in the Forest captain. This will be an emotional
return after his name months out for a knee injury. I was very humbled
with the reception I got. I have been here a long time and it is one
of the best receptions I have heard since I have been here at the club.
They go to Bolton tomorrow, Paul Darby play at Sheffield Wednesday.
We want to make sure we stay in the game and after 1012 games, we are
right up there. We want to go in there with the well and winning
mentality. We are going there to win the game. There are tough
challenges, but that is how we wanted. We have set ourselves a
number of goals and we want to make sure we are ready to do what is
required of the season. Two big rivals with big ambitions. Both are
expected to be in the mix for promotion, although it is early
days, the signs are good. Just a quick look at
the other fixtures, with both Notts County and Mansfield having their
first home games this weekend. At Notts County,
there will be a moment?s silence and a minute?s applause for former
vice chairman John Mounteney, There will also be a book
of condolence. With that in mind,
I would just like to apologise on behalf of all of us for showing
the wrong pictures last night, Two county championship games
on today. Leicestershire and title chasing
Nottinghamshire both playing. Catch up with day one scorecards and
reports on the BBC Sport website. Return of Leicester to the Premier
League. Let us talk to a couple of ambassadors from the club. Alan,
what does this mean for the club? It means everything. You can see their
reaction. We have not in the beam in the top division for a decade. The
place is absolutely buzzing. They have even brought the trophy for us.
Maybe that is being a bit optimistic. I remember seeing him
when he arrived. Of clubs which have been promoted, they probably have a
better chance than most. Back in the day, they got the likes of Peter
Shilton and David Nash. But we had many great players in that period.
In 1996, I was much more worried about Martin O'Neill said, with a
got regard to relegation. They are very much like this one. They are a
very young side. But they have been building up nicely. In 2003, Mickey
Adams went the opposite way, it was not a young team, it was full of old
stalwarts. I do not remember last week, never mind ten years ago. The
average age of that side was over factory. They certainly have not get
that this time. How do you feel about the new season? Very
optimistic. I think the manager has the players with them. We have got a
good team from last season and have added a few, so I think we will have
a good season. We shall see and we shall follow Leicester during the
course of this season. Two county championship games
on today. Leicestershire and title chasing
Nottinghamshire both playing. Catch up with day one scorecards and
reports on the BBC Sport website. Just before the weather,
there is a story this week that seems to have really captured
people's imaginations. These two Lancasters,
flying together over the region One is ours,
from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the other has come over
from Canada, so they can tour We've put some video of them
in action in our skies So, if you want to see those planes
again ` and hear those Merlin There is also some great air`to`air
footage on our page, so fill Looking scary words as the lady to
my left, but not very good news. Well, but of a mixed picture. If you
are getting out and about, it does not look too bad. It will be a
largely dry weekend by the day, with the few showers on Sunday. But it
will become increasingly windy. For now, we had a largely dry day, but
we have had some heavy rainfall pushing through during the past
hour, particularly in Nottinghamshire. More heavy showers
coming in the rest of the evening. They will die out overnight
tonight. A tiny, with clear spells. In the towns and cities, a low of 13
Celsius. A decent start to Saturday, with plenty of sunshine in
the morning. It will come increasingly cloudy during the
course of the day. The odd shower in the afternoon. But it will stay dry
for most, with high temperatures of 19 Celsius. Saturday into Sunday, we
have a cold front coming from the north and that will bring patchy
light rain on Sunday morning. Behind it is when things start to change
low pressure on the North Sea is going to bring in cold arctic gear,
unusual for this time of the year. It will feel fresher and cool on
Sunday. Sunday does look like it will be a largely dry day again,
with just the odd shower. I am leaving there is the chance of snow
in Scotland! You are joking!