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It's almost 6:30, you're watching East Midlands Today.


Tonight: cash-strapped health chiefs agree to the rationing


A man is found guilty of the brutal killing of this 17-year-old


grandfather. And letting the catastrophic injuries. Plus, casual


labour, zero hours and the data economy, this is the future of work.


And the lure of swimming in water that is a bone chilling minus three.


I never think of them is freezing temperatures, I'd say not as warm as


we would like. Good evening and welcome


to Thursday's programme with Dominic Heale


and me, Anne Davies. First tonight, the financial


pressures on the NHS have now led to fertility treatment


being withdrawn from some The age criteria are being tightened


up and couples hoping to become parents will be turned away


in an effort to save money. Today, health officials


in North Nottinghamshire delivered a decision that will help them meet


a stiff savings target, but will also mean some people


will not have their dream NHS funding for IVF varies


depending on where you live. It is already rationed


everywhere, but how that is Here in the East Midlands,


couples get a single funded cycle of To get it, they have


to meet strict criteria. The woman has to be between 18


and 42, have a body mass index under 30, and must not have smoked for 28


days before treatment. And couples must have


no previous children. But it costs ?300,000


a year in just this The bodies that fund health services


here say that is just too much, because they need to save ?20


million to balance the books. Hence today's report,


and a decision many women fear could rob them forever


of the chance for a child. The decision has been made tonight,


and a reporter was at the meeting. The decision they came up with was a


bit of prize. It was a bit of a surprise. Health bosses from share


would and other clinical commissioning groups, and also


Hatfield and Mansfield CCG 's came together this afternoon to discuss


the findings of a public consultation and also expect


recommendations. One of the ideas put forward was to scrap the


service, which was not supported by the public. They've decided to


further reduce the age limit for women and also to put a limit on men


to 40. Earlier I spoke to a doctor who is chief operating officer here


about this decision. It has been an extremely difficult and sensitive


decision. We believe we have come to a sensible compromise based on the


strength of public feeling, and there were mixed views, and some


strong views. We believe that this is an appropriate compromise. Those


couples who are no longer eligible, the women who are 35 and over, this


will be devastating. What you say to them? It is a sensitive and


difficult decision. At the moment, one cycle is funded. People do


already pay for their own cycles of IVF for various different reasons.


That not uncommon. What you say to those couples who perhaps cannot


afford IVF treatment, not even one cycle, who are 35 and above and


still have the chance of conceiving? Unfortunately we recognise that this


is very difficult. It is very unfortunate for some people, and we


are sorry about that. You will a ?150,000. The original plan was to


save the hundred thousand pounds if you can't entirely. Will this make


any impact? It is only part of the savings that we need to make. We


have to look at everything the area of spending and prioritise it on the


things we think are likely to get the best chances of successful


people, and that is a very difficult decision and there are going to be


inevitably different views. She told me that this new decision won't


affect those who are already undergoing treatment. We should know


tomorrow a sense of the timetable around this. There will be a review


after one year. In that room this afternoon it was clear that the


people there understood how emotive this would be, but they say that the


?20 million of funding... Budget cuts that need to be made, this was


a decision they had to make. Melgart thank you.


A Derby man's facing a life sentence tonight,


after being found guilty of the murder of a


Satnam Singh was found fatally wounded lying on a city street.


His injuries were so severe, detectives thought he'd


Giles Taylor was at Nottingham Crown Court.


Relief this afternoon for the family and friends of Satnam Singh.


Almost 18 months after the 74-year-old was


found fatally injured on a Derby Street, his attacker


4:30 in the morning, every morning, he would


From my point of view, I'm just pleased that we've


Satnam Singh had been on his way to the temple on Princes Street


where he worked as a volunteer when he was


He suffered a fractured skull and 41 fractured ribs.


The injuries were so bad, at first detectives thought he'd been


These CCTV images show the 30-year-old attacker's car


in the area on the morning of the attack.


He was the son of Satnam Singh's former daughter-in-law, and it


is thought the motive was due to a family dispute, but he denied


involvement from the start and chose not to give evidence in court.


This has been complex, one of the most


difficult cases that I've been involved in.


It required the coming together of forensic strategy, CCTV,


collision investigation, scene reconstruction, and all these


different elements have come together to get us where we are.


It took the jury around five hours to reach a unanimous verdict. The


attacker will be back in court tomorrow where he will face a life


sentence in prison. A social worker has told an inquest


into the death of a seven-year-old girl that she was deceived


by the child's aunt when she approved her as a suitable


guardian and that she will always Shanay Walker died in 2014


in Nottingham from a brain injury. Her aunt and grandmother have both


been jailed for cruelty to Shanay who was found to have more


than 50 injuries. It took just four


weeks for an initial assessment to be made


that it was safe to move


Shanay Walker out of foster care and into the guardianship


of her aunt. At the time, the


seven-year-old behaviour an extended family to help,


and that she had several years experience as a carer


for people with dementia. Christine Baker told the inquest


that she talked to the talk and cake every box


and was very convincing. She said she was taken in,


and fully accepts that. The coroner asked her,


how many times they had met before her initial


assessment and Mrs Baker But there had been 16 meetings later


before the trial placement began. The inquest heard that


the aunttold social workers about her own violent


and abusive childhood. She'd experienced violence


from her own mother who was also She was jailed on five


counts of cruelty. The coroner asked Christine Baker if


the decision to grant guardianship Mrs Baker replied,


on reflection I should have done a more robust assessment, and I


should have explored the family She said, I took too many things


at face value and I'm really sorry The coroner then asked


if Shanay Walker's placement with family instead of foster carers had


been influenced by financial Christine Baker replied, no,


adding later that money had never came above the interests


of the child. The court heard that


Shanay Walker had said she wanted to return


to living with her mother as soon


as she had overcome her depression. Council tax in Derby


is going to increase Despite the rise, Derby


City Council's Cabinet proposed an extra ?14 million


of cuts to services last night, The authority says


the increase includes the 3% the Government says it needs


to charge to meet the rising A 13-year-old girl from


Derby has gone missing. Amber Rose Henaire-Roberts was last


seen at 5pm yesterday evening at an address


on Chester Green in the city. She was wearing a black jacket


and trainers when she went missing. Health inspectors discovered these


cockroaches at an Saturday 4th of February in a Leicestershire


restaurant. The council says it will be closed and tell is for


environmental health team are satisfied that the health of this


condition no longer exists. We'll have a longer report on this and


later news. Still to come: have you ever been


tempted to swim a mile in water But we'll be meeting


a man who's done it. Plus, going back in time to bring


back the shoppers. The ?1 million makeover for this Mansfield Street.


And any weather, bestowed Tahir, but but we're not having a drop of snow.


The man who's leading a Government review of the way we work has been


Matthew Taylor's been in Nottingham to hear growing concerns over


He's focussing on rural industries, factories, and what's known


That's where people who are self-employed get casual


Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.


Remember the times when you kid goats that at least you're getting


job for life? These days it is much more, located. Many people wrote


Lyle on labour agencies. And eggs and flows. They are often


self-employed and don't get holiday sick pay. The Government is


concerned that some cattle contracts are being used exploit people. And


done it for a little while and it's not fair. Cannot many other choices


out there and it is not fair on these types of people. People have


families and breadth to pay. They are scared of being homeless. That


is purely the reason why they take theirs. They had been taken


advantage of. Here at this call centre, people are ringing this


advice line in tears. This man is leading a national review. I'm


worried about the fact they are people who don't know what their


rights are. Why are people being exploited? What can we do about it?


The rules can be quite complicated and people often make mistakes


accidentally. I want to help people have a stronger voice. These are


human beings and they can feel very vulnerable in the workplace. Buckley


protecting workers mean more red tape? A question for 300 years


Midlands employers at this business conference. There are problems, it's


important they are highlighted and dealt with. But we need to recognise


that businesses and employers and why the wide-out Judy, it's an


interest to have something that works. Who set this is about? I


honestly don't know. Remember this? Sports direct director being


interviewed by MPs. It was accusations that agency employees


were being exploited. Mrs one case I've had like many of vulnerable


workers. One of the things we are concerned about those people who


work in these particular ways, Swinney not have the same kinds of


rights that an ordinary employee would have. Matthew Taylor is now


touring the country to investigate modern employment practices, but the


Government says his review should create an economy that works for


oral batter lovers and not just a privileged few.


The number of people claiming sick pay and incapacity benefit


in the East Midlands is at its highest level


The latest figures show there are 176,000


That accounts for 6% of the adult population and is just below


According to the think-tank IPPR, just under half of those claiming


in the East Midlands have a mental health condition.


Almost ?1 million has been awarded to a Nottinghamshire


town to improve one of its best-known streets.


But the idea is not to modernise the area in Mansfield,


but to try to recreate its historic heyday.


A rather striking 120-year-old listed building here in the centre


His tenet had a more down to earth name. Now they want to get that


19th-century feeling again. If you're looking above, it has a


fantastic facade. At street level it is a bit of a mess. It is about time


that the whole fabric of the building was dealt with. This


four-year programme is a fantastic opportunity to do that. This plan is


thanks to just under ?1 million from the Heritage lottery fund. Backing


for a retro regeneration. This cheat is already a conservation area, but


the idea is to go even further by recreating some of these shops


original 19th-century features. The hope is that by going back in time,


it'll bring the shoppers back will stop but how fallible ?1 million at


ago? It doesn't go far, but what we're going to do is take the shop


frontage is back to the original historic views, which is exciting


for the town. It will hopefully attract new businesses did area but


it will also change the outdated reputation of Mansfield. I've lived


here all my life and estate when I was... This was the seed used,, the


shops were lovely. You come up now and every time you do, there is


another shop gone. I think it will be a good idea because it's ready


for something doing. It's getting run down. I want to see what


Mansfield could be and was in the past. It looks tired and debated the


moment. It's quite ironic that we are looking to the history of


Mansfield to improve it for the future. Honouring the older will


also involve the town 's younger planners, school and college


students to be has to carry out research and come up with designs.


If things go to plan, this makeover could start next year.


How much do you spend each week and what do you spend it on?


The official figures are out today that reveal our spending


Here are some of the things revealed by today's family spending data


from the Office for National Statistics.


The average East Midlands household spends ?513.80 a week.


People who rent their homes pay on average ?114.70 a week.


People buying their home pay more - the average weekly cost


79 per cent of us are car or van owners.


34 per cent of households own two cars or more.


84 per cent of us now pay out each week for the internet.


93 per cent of East Midlands households now


Out of everything we spend, 11 per cent of it goes on food.


Housing (13 per cent), transport (14 per cent) and recreation (13)


Alcohol and cigarettes account for only two per cent.


on drink and tobacco than the national average.


Women spend nearly twice as much each week (?7.20) as men


(?4) on what the ONS calls "outer garments."


Generally, we're pretty average except in one area.


When it comes to spending on TVs, videos and computers,


our region has the highest weekly spend of all.


And perhaps it's because we love our screens so much,


we have the lowest spend in Britain on eating out at


Perhaps we're all too busy watching cookery programmes


These figures are so detailed, they even know how much we spend


on jam and marmalade every week - 30p if you're interested.


Earlier I asked Robynne Davies from the ONS why we need


There are a few reasons why we collect this data.


One of the reasons is it feeds into some of our


broader economic measures, such as GDP and inflation.


Another reason is that it is used by policyholders to


understand what people are spending their money


on and where in the UK they are doing that.


It is also a great source of social history, so


we have been collecting the data in one form or another since the end


What does that say about people in the East Midlands?


What we see is average weekly spending is ?514 a week.


That is pretty similar to the UK average.


We've seen that households have spent slightly more


on mobile phones, but slightly less on things like going out to


restaurants and cafes, takeaway meals and snack food.


Does this say anything about people, we believe


that things are getting more expensive, does it show up that we


are tightening our belts and may be spending less?


We're talking about April 2015 to March 2016, and


this is where inflation was very low and we entered a period


So in the East Midlands, we're pretty average.


Yes, pretty close to the UK average, though


we do spend more on pets and pet food than the UK.


That is good to know things like that.


I wonder if Colin spent it all allows on clothes. Coming up,...


Coming up the open water swimmer braving the very very cold.


But we start with Leicester City, and manager Claudio Ranieri saying


this weekend's FA Cup tie is a genuine chance for fringe


players to stake a claim for the first team.


The Foxes are on an appalling run of five Premier League defeats.


And now face Millwall in the Cup, Seville in Europe and then Liverpool


Our aim is to be safe at the end, and the girl is the Premier League.


Against Derby we played other players, and I want to give another


opportunity to show how they are good.


Staying in Leicester now, which is more than Tigers'


Centre Maxime Mermoz is doing - he's signed for Newcastle Falcons.


The French international only joined Leicester two weeks ago and scored


a try on his debut at the weekend, but, to be fair, was only ever


And another exit - World Number One snooker player


Mark Selby has crashed out of the Welsh Open at


Now, I know the weather's gone all mild, but I'm willing to bet


you still wouldn't go for a swim in a lake.


Well, earlier this week, when it was properly bitter,


Adam Walker from Newarkdefied all logic by swimming a whole


mile in water as cold as minus three degrees.


And that's only preparation for a much MUCH colder challenge.


this is always my nervous part. Adam Walker knows no pain. If you think


de-icing the car in a money makes your fingers go blue, try this out


for size. It is 8am and he's wearing nothing but his trunks to take a dip


in this lake. Wide? Good question. Something about ice swimming, it's a


massive challenge, an extreme challenge, but it's such a mental


game and I'm all about that. Seeing how capable I am. I never think of


them as freezing temperatures just not as warm as I would like. I keep


my body up simultaneously so I think about being warm, I think about


being relaxed. And respect the water but I don't fear it. That's key.


Last week, Adam swung a mile in freezing waters in Dublin. Now he's


straight back into action on a very chilly day, because his next mission


is even more extreme. One mile in a high Arctic. The first thing is you


can't feel your feet, as soon as you put them in, they go numb. You got


to go up to the neck, and everything is significantly cold. Getting the


face end, that's the first thing, very sensitive. Then all you want to


do is left up, and for about four minutes you've got to keep your face


down and not be tempted to lift up. If I can keep it down, suddenly I


get a warm glow as the blood is heating up my core. Then I feel


comfortable after that. Green after becoming the first British man to


swim across the seven toughest oceans last year, Adam has turned


his attention to ice swimming. Getting anyone is bad enough, but


look how tough getting out again is. His skin is red raw, and even


talking is a struggle. What we're trying to do now... I got about five


minutes before the after drop comes. That is where the cold light is


mixing with the warm blood. In the blood is try to heat up my vital


organs and it has gone away from your hands and feet. 93,500 people


regularly swim out in the ocean in 2015, nearly double the number of


the year before. For Adam, now is the time to get one before he takes


his audacious Arctic challenge this year.


Got that you had him on the survey, could you? Yes, she showed us his


jellyfish. He swam along with sharks, think that is a walk in the


park by comparison. A trifle warmer here


today than the Arctic. Let's catch up on the weather. It will be really


quite cloudy as the mood was the weekend. There is a brightness in


the form of spring flowers. Snowdrops sent an bike feel from


nothing. We've got some daffodils from Derbyshire was not do keep


sending these end. At ago the next few days, it will be larger cloudy


with the few bright intervals, but those will be for the luckier of us.


I kept as a stony double figures, somehow outbreak some rain though


largely through the night. This evening and overnight, plenty of


cloud, outbreaks of rain has we move through tonight, it will become


increasingly light into the early hours. Cabbage is still quite mild,


and overnight low of around five or six Celsius. Some hill fog as well


as you move into the early hours, cloudy and a mild start for


tomorrow. I don't think we will see any frost. One of two patches of


drizzle but that will clear out any afternoon. It could easily dry with


plenty of cloud, just the chance of seeing the light brighter interval.


Tebbit is reaching a maximum of 11 Celsius, not much of a breeze.


Saturday, largely dry, plenty of cloud, we could say a few bright


intervals, but I think they will be scarce. Averages at a maximum of 11


Celsius. Because he's rain as we move into Sunday, a similar story,


cloudy and mild. The luckier I was beginning to see a writer intervals


building into the picture, so it is a cloudy picture of the next few


days. Sigh that first chart wasn't meant to pop up. Quite cloudy and


mild as he moved was the weekend. It looks very sunny in Spain. It was


worth seeing a pressure chart. That it from ours. See you at the late


news. Two challenges await you today,


and our genre is Landscape. The conditions are a wee bit


challenging. I've really got to


convince the judges It's colourful -


but it was meant to be muted.