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The leader of the Prime Minister's own local council has told BBC
London that central government and not local town halls should pay
for social care by putting up income tax and not council tax.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is not alone,
another Tory-led authority Hillingdon agrees and it's Leader
is calling for a rethink on how social care is funded.
Our political correspondent, Karl Mercer, has the details.
Care being delivered on a daily basis to people with
dementia here in the Prime Minister's constituency.
This centre in Windsor and Maidenhead offers a
getaway for those with the condition and a break for those who care for
A way for people like Roy to keep connected.
I had some time when I had been ill, I wasn't taking part
This has helped to get me integrated back into local
This sort of care doesn't come cheap,
though, but is cheaper than people living full time in care homes.
We are stopping people going into care.
We are also stopping carers having the kind of breakdown where
they can't cope any more because they're
Just to do your shopping, just to do doctor's
appointments on your own, an
ability to do that, isn't there, if you think about it?
The fact that we are preventing people going to the
much more expensive, as you quite rightly said,
long-term care system, it's got to be saving people.
much more expensive, as you quite rightly said, --
long-term care system, it's got to be saving money.
It's this sort of care that is at the
centre of council tax rises across the country.
Here, they are raising theirs for the first time in seven
40% of the council's entire budget is spent on just 2500 local
But raising council tax isn't something
the local Conservative leader thinks he should have to do.
I don't think the appropriate place to fund growth
in this is at local Government level.
I think it has to be done at a national
level, so ultimately, it
has to come from national taxation, and potentially a change in the way
that people are contributing towards the cost of their own care.
Is that something you've said to your local
A few miles further into London, another Tory council leader,
but one who has frozen his council tax again this year.
He, too, though, thinks its central Government taxes that should be
The social care precept is not the only answer.
This is an income tax issue and should be
You wouldn't put two or three percent on council tax to fund a
local health issue, so why should you do it for adult social care?
Council leaders will be looking for answers and money from the
With more on this, our reporter Dan Freedman joins us
Dan, why are these councils lining up to speak out now?
Alex, you will remember the fiery exchanges in the Commons behind me
last weight. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were going toe to toe in the
chamber of social care, and the Prime Minister on the Government was
forced to deny they had done some sort of sweetheart deal with Surrey
County Council on trying to alleviate the cost of funding it.
The council say they will have to hike their own council tax by 15%.
In the end, they have done it by only just under 5%, not an
inconsiderable amount in these chastened times. You can see that
local authorities are starting to rattle their sabres on this. They
want the Government to come forward with more. It is no coincidence that
Philip Hammond will announce how much the Government might be
contributing towards that next month. Observers will keep a keen
eye on that ahead of elections in May. Thank you.
It is one of the largest commercial landlords in the country,
with thousands of small businesses under its arches.
But tonight Network Rail is embroiled in yet another row
about gentrification and hiking up rents.
Traders in London Fields say they'll be ruined by rent rises
Below the train line into London Liverpool Street
Inside, dozens of mostly independent businesses.
But their landlord, Network Rail, have put the rent up.
Like this family garage, which has been here for 30 years,
but the rent has gone from ?18,000 to ?45,000.
Lots of stress on the family because we are struggling
A few arches down, Hugo Ramos runs a cafe,
His rent has gone up from 100,000 to 350,000.
We are part of Hackney, we started the brewery in Hackney.
At arch 384, tough decisions are already being made.
This family business has been here for 15 years.
They supply products to nail bars across the country and Europe.
The cost of three arches before 2014 was ?56,000.
My father will give this business to me,
For me, ten years down the line, I don't know where we will be.
This is a sought-after area to live in, you can see that
through the construction of new apartments
Traders say they have added to the desirability of this area,
that if they are priced out, this community will lose its soul.
But it's not the first time Network Rail has faced
These were protests in Brixton last year and businesses are worried
In some areas, like London Fields, it's the rent going up,
but right across the capital, smaller firms are going to get
clobbered with a completely disproportionate rise
For now, this garage says it is determined to stay and serve
the customers they have served for three decades.
Biggin Hill Airport maybe more famous now for its air shows
but for two world wars it stood as the first line of defence
So how better to celebrate its centenary than ask a one
hundred year old former Spitfire pilot to take to the skies again.
Ray Roberts was that man and we sent Caroline Davies to meet him...
The steps to the plane may be less easy now,
Really looking forward to going up, it will take me back.
I can't do aerobatic or anything because I have two damaged legs,
Injured after bailing out of a Spitfire,
Ray spent the war delivering planes to airbases.
Today, he is returning to the skies alongside his fellow 100-year-olds.
It will stay in my memory for the rest of my life.
It's all to remember 100 years of Biggin Hill.
Most famous as a base during the Battle of Britain,
fighters at Biggin Hill claimed 1,400 enemy aircraft.
Being scrambled, going up meeting the Luftwaffe, into the fray, and
defending the country, that is what they did.
They were defending the southern approaches to London.
The RAF base closed in 1992, but World War II aircraft are still
Just a few metres away from the Biggin Hill runway
They are still kept here, maintained but also restored
The airbase is mainly used for private flights now, but the team
Don't now where I'm landing, but I know I'll get
There was a slight mist over the ground, it was never clear
The weather may change, but Biggin Hill remains.
At 100 years old, it's the base that holds a special place
That's it from me, so I'll wish you goodnight and hand you over
If your shoulders have been like this against the cold, you might
find next week more relaxing. There may be some bright, sunny spells.
High Wycombe was at two Celsius yesterday. Nine Celsius today. Now
we just have to get rid of the cold easterly wind. It is still blowing
overnight. Through the week, the wind moves to a south-westerly
direction, which will do wonders for the temperature and the feel of the
day. Clear skies continue tonight. Enough of a breeze to keep things
stirred up and temperatures hovering just above freezing, but locally
there could be one or two frost patches. It will be chilly first
thing tomorrow. A little sunshine. Perhaps we will lose it from the
South West as the day moves on. Temperatures between eight and 10
Celsius. On Wednesday, some sunny spells and one or two shelves. A
foggy start to Thursday, hopefully brightness later. You can see that
at the weekend it will be mild. Largely dry, perhaps a
at the weekend it will be mild. Largely dry, perhaps a wind -- windy
at Winter is not over, but it almost
felt like spring today. A beautiful day in some places, such as the West
Country. Some beautiful shots. A nice day in comparison to the
weekend for many, but not for all of us. Across the far north-east of
England and eastern Scotland, you are still shivering under the cloud.
Still some snow on the ground in Aberdeenshire. Even here, things
will turn milder. Not tonight, quite chilly out there, with temperatures
close to freezing in one or two spots. Some rain will turn up across