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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being withdrawn from some The age criteria are being tightened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.