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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:


The controversial training programme for young people that


costs thousands, but managers say it is saving taxpayers money.


gives you a lot of confidence to go out there and apply for different


jobs that you may be thought you couldn't do in the past.


Worried about the future. Families of disabled and elderly people in


Lincolnshire wait to find out if day centres could be saved from


closure. Uncertainty for more than 300 staff


as the electrical giant Comet considers closing its call centre


in Hull. Three generations of musicians


prepare to take perform in the biggest show on the planet. The


opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.


Temperature levels today have been close to record levels for February.


It was a project launched in a blaze of glory, hailed as a new way


of getting young, unemployed people back into work. And today, three


years after the start of the controversial CatZero scheme,


organisers claim it has had a remarkable impact. It costs �3,000


to put someone through the CatZero scheme. But managers say the number


of youngsters who are now in work, education or training as a direct


result of it has saved taxpayers millions. In a moment, I will be


talking to the patron of CatZero, Alan Johnson, to ask him if it has


been worth the money. First, this report.


It is a project that has split public opinion and divided


politicians. CatZero takes unemployed young people and teaches


them to sail this �500,000 yacht, amongst other things. The idea is


to motivate and inspire them. After months of unemployment, this man


joined the scheme five months ago. He says it is beginning to change


her sly. It is fun. It helps to get back into working as part of a team.


It is a good thing to be on. So and so the scheme was launched, 416


teenagers have taken part in the project. Of those, 285 now have


jobs or have read -- restarted training Norwich occasion. These


success stories claimed to have saved the taxpayer �60 million.


Even the Prime Minister has questioned its ideology. If this


extravagance had been published at the time for all to see online, the


people who made this crazy decision would have had to justify it or


scrap it. Three years on, those behind the project believe this has


changed. New financial backing is being sought. But will it provide


value for money and satisfy tax payers? Any project like that will


do the local economy a lot of good. But you're just not getting what


you should be getting out of something so expensive. Do you use


the money on better things? And undecided. And confident with our


results and the support from our partners. This man is one of the


69% who have been on the scheme and been successful. He now has a full-


time job with a telecoms company. It did you confidence to apply for


it jobs that you thought you might not have been able to do in the


past. Posture were on the course, you gain qualifications. These


students are selling themselves like never before to find a job.


Hull MP Alan Johnson is the patron of CatZero, and joins me now from a


special event being held by the charity tonight. Isn't this scheme


so preserving the few lucky ones and may be ignoring the wider


issues in this in a vacuum mac -- in this area? We have a problem


here with young people not getting training. We heard some stories


today about those involved. One youngster who spent his life in


care. These kids have a lack of seaweed -- self-esteem and


confidence. All the traditional methods which cost taxpayers money


have failed. Let's look at some of the figures. 69% have gone into it


education or training. That leaves a lot of unsuccessful people. Is


that value for money? Government would consider this to


be one of the best value for money schemes we have ever had. The usual


drop-out rate is something like 16%. CatZero's target was to get 50%


back into education, employment or training. The fact they have had


almost 70% is extraordinary. I want to bring Iain Duncan Smith here to


look at this. This chairman said that we make these people ready for


work. When we were teenagers, there were not schemes to get as ready


for work. Plenty of these -- plenty of the people in our region had to


be ready for works themselves. There were difficult jobs for


people of Europe age. The jobs you can access without qualifications


now are far less. They're getting less all the time. It is estimated


there will only be 600,000 jobs you can access without qualifications


in eight years' time. Everyone agrees that these schemes are


important. We have found a blueprint here. Briefly, much of


the funding is running out. If this scheme was so great, wouldn't the


Government come forward to run it across the country? They may be.


That is why am asking Iain Duncan Smith to come here to look at it.


Already, this scheme has won at two national awards. I believe the


private sector will contribute even more now they have seen the success.


Do get in touch with us on this. Do you think this is the right


approach to getting some of our young people into work of training?


Or is it spending too much money on too few? Maybe you have seen first


hand how it can work? In a moment:


Hailed as a wonder drug to help you stop smoking, but one East


Yorkshire man is campaigning for more clarity of the medicine's


possible side effects. 31 day care centres in Lincolnshire


could be saved from closure. The county council says it plans to


keep the buildings open, but only if it can find private businesses


to come in and run the service on its behalf. And that has left the


families of disabled and elderly people worried about the upheaval


that change could cause. This man is returning home from his


day centre that he visits five times a week. He has severe


epilepsy and learning difficulties. His family are worried that if his


day centre is run by different staff, it will set him back.


knows the current staff and has wonderful things there. He is


worried things will not be the same. That would devastate them if he is


pit in a chair and just told to sit there. These private companies


promise the earth and then it disappears. The recommendation to


keep day centres like this one Open comes after hundreds of people


campaigned to save them. There are 31 day centres like this one across


Lincolnshire. There used by almost 700 people. The county council is


no longer going to pay to run them itself. Instead, it will give cash


directly to elderly and disabled people to spend on the services


they want. If those services happen to be at day centres like these, it


says it will find private businesses are groups to run them


for it. Four that vast majority of these services, we already have


people saying they want to carry on these services. There is our


handful where no one has come forward yet. But we're working on


that. This is very early days. The hand full could still close if no


one comes forward. We will work with people who use those services.


The ease proposals need to get approval from councillors next


month. But this family worry whether their day centre will stay


just the way it is. And BBC Lincolnshire will be having


a special hold to account debate on the issue of care provision and so-


called personal budgets tomorrow morning between 9am and 11am.


More than 300 jobs are under threat tonight after Comet announced it is


considering closing its Hull-based call centre. The electrical


Bristol. All the affected staff have been told. Our correspondent


has this. It is 2008 and Comet's call centre


in Hull is part of an electrical giant celebrating its 75 birthday.


Four years on and this call centre is threatened with complete closure,


jeopardising 316 jobs. Clearly, this is not good news. Comet had


been struggling for a while. But they have started a consultation


process here and in Bristol. We will continue to work with them.


They started and the City so we have had at many regular meetings


with them. We will do all we can to help support them and hopefully


keep their jobs here. The company blames a tough economic climate. In


six months last year, they announced losses of �22 million and


were sold for just �2 in November. Now managers must chose whether to


save the Bristol site or Hull one. The electronics sector has been


under huge pressure for many years. Obviously the kind of things that


consumers are cutting back on other big-ticket items that stores like


Comet are known for. White goods and televisions. Comet has suffered


because they are a major player in those categories. The consultation


will run for three months. But almost 80 years after Comet was


launched in Hull, its presence in the city could be diminished.


Behind these stores over the next few months, there will be lots of


conversations as to how these jobs can be saved. That could even be


staff relocating to Bristol. With 80 people chasing every vacancy in


this city at the moment, there is no more daunting time to be made


redundant. The family of a grandmother and her


six-year-old grandson who both drowned in a pond in Lincolnshire


has described their deaths as leaving a hole in our lives which


can never be filled. Dawn Mullany, who was 71 and from Castle Bytham,


and six-year-old Laurence Mills were found at Holywell near


Stamford last week. Today, the inquest into their deaths was


opened and adjourned. Our reporter was there and he joins me now. What


happened this morning? Well, this was a very brief


preliminary heat -- hearing and lasted five minutes. The coroner


heard that Laurence Mills had been staying overnight with his


grandmother. His family raised the alarm after they were unable to


contact her. They finally found her car near the pond in Holly Wells.


Both the bodies were discovered in the pond. A post-mortem confirmed


that both had drowned. Their family The coroner adjourned the inquest


until a later date and took the opportunity to convey his sympathy


There's been a rise in exclusion rates in North Lincolnshire schools.


Eight pupils were expelled in the 2009, 2010 school year. This rose


to 77 pupils expelled in the 2010, 2011 year.


A local charities calling for the Holy Trinity Church -- the Holy


Trinity parish church in Hull to be converted to a minster. It is


believed it would attract more visitors to the area.


Ministers are under renewed pressure to fund an upgrade of the


A63 rd in Hull. The Transport Minister has promised to consider


the proposal after it was raised by Karl Turner.


Thank you for watching. Still to come: Imagine all the way


to the Olympic opening ceremony. -- marching all the way to the


Olympic opening ceremony. And from temperatures of -16 to


temperatures better than the Mediterranean. How people in


Lincolnshire are coping with the weather. Also coming up, some


serious gloating and smug faces in a moment. Before we get to him,


Good evening. Were what a lovely day, Peter!


I got in there first and beat you to it.


Under the radio, you said you would admit that I got it right!


Yes, make a note of the date in your diary because it will not


happen again! Let's have a blow to us how high


the as temperatures have been. -- let's have a gloat as to how high


those temperatures have been. There will be a little patchy rain among


the middle of the day tomorrow. The conditions look quite nice for the


weekend. A dry weekend. You can see on the satellite picture that


Lincolnshire and much of East Yorkshire played up nicely.


Lincolnshire, -- Lincolnshire's has had a lie in's share of sunshine.


Variable amounts of cloud and not dropping below nine of 10 Celsius.


Nine is 48 Fahrenheit. In Hull, 11 degrees tonight. A dry start to the


day. Possibly quite bright at times around the Wash, but cloud will


thicken from the north-west. NIE's end to the day. A breezy day a game.


Temperatures not as high as today, but we are looking at around 12 or


possibly 13 Celsius. It is looking This is a day to remember. Accurate


forecast and serious gloating! I am not want to gloat.


See you tomorrow. Some of her that as a wonder drug,


but others claim it is dangerous. Lea Margeson from East Yorkshire


says taking Champix caused him to have seizures. He has convinced the


DVLA that the drug was behind is fit, and has just got his driving


licence back. The drug companies say there is no reliable evidence


it causes adverse reactions. Lea is calling for more research into is


possible side-effects. There have been times when Lea


Margeson wondered whether he would ever work again. The sudden onset


of seizures made his driving job impossible. He has convinced the


DVLA that his figures were likely to have been caused by Champix,


taken to help him stop smoking. kept on fighting and fighting.


Eventually, the DVLA took the evidence and made the right


decision. Pfizer, the manufactures, listed range of side-effects


associated with the drug, but Segers are not among them. Lea's


neurologist from Hull Royal The Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle


has raised concerns about the drug with a health tsar thrush -- with


the Health Secretary. It does say that the drug can cause seizures in


certain circumstances. But there are thousands of smokers who are


used Champix without problems. There is no doubt that Champix can


be an effective tool. Early trials showed that 44 % of smokers had


quit by the end of it well we cause, compared to around 30 % for the


drugs. It prevents the reward feelings of inhaling smoke. Pfizer


has issued a statement, saying it takes the safety of all his


medicine seriously, and that there is no reliable scientific evidence


to demonstrate that Champix causes adverse effects. 100,000 people in


the UK die every year due to smoking. The European medicines


agency has concluded that the benefits of Champix outweigh its


risks. Lea and many others are not convinced.


Hull City equalled a 104-year-old record last night after their


goalless draw with Brighton. It is now six games since their last


conceded. Despite efforts from Cameron Stuart and Aaron McLean,


the score means that the Tigers at two points off the play-off places.


A big response to our story about Lincolnshire Police signing a deal


with private security firm G4S to run one of its stations. The


contract was announced yesterday, and will include a new purpose-


built police station that will be run by the private firm. Just a few


And two Fall of theirs. Three generations of a family from


Spalding will be performing in front of their biggest audience yet


at the opening and closing ceremony of the Olympics. Around a billion


people are expected to watch the events. Among the performers will


be the Brights. Practising for the biggest gig of


their lives. Five members of the Spalding Marching Ambassadors will


perform at the opening and closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in


London. There was a global audience of a billion for the Beijing


Olympics opening ceremony, and the same number is expected to watch


London 2012. So no pressure, then! Is is an adventure. It is exciting.


I have always wanted to be involved with something big. I have always


wanted to be involved with one of these big bands you see in America.


I think this will be even better than that. Jim is not the anyone in


his family vault. His daughter Catherine and grandson Tristan will


join him. That is three generations of the same family. You can count


over imagine the grand scale of how it will be. Exactly how it will be,


you cannot imagine. It is unbelievable. The miners will Bay,


I do not know! -- the noise will be, I do not know. Let's not forget the


other band members with a part to play on the beat Gayle -- on the


big day. I am really excited to do it. By M excited, but nervous,


because they do not know what we are doing yet. They really do not


know what they will be doing. But in auditions, they had to Drome,


dance and even do some drama. One thing is for sure. London has there


not to live up to have. In May, rehearsals for the big event will


begin in earnest. For now, it is back to basics in Spalding.


Fantastic stories. Could look to the Spalding Marching Ambassadors.


As we heard LEA, today has been one of the warmest February days for 14


years. We reached highs of 18 Celsius. That would have been felt


in Holbeach a Lincolnshire, where less than a fortnight ago, it was a


call this place in the country, recorded overnight temperature of -


Just a few days ago, our weather was cold. And then all of a sudden,


like someone had flicked a switch, the sun is up. Less than two weeks


ago, Holbeach was recorded as the coldest place in the country, with


temperatures of -16 degrees. I would have been in my attic head


gear and thermal plants. Today, temperatures could reach as high as


18 degrees. That is like -- that is equivalent to make temperatures.


Such a dramatic change was the talk of the town on Holbeach's market


day. Warmer today! It is. Working with globes, thick globes, your


hands were still cold. Today, no jacket. It is a very warm. I had to


take my cut-off. When I get home, I will sit on my deckchair and drink


a glass of champagne. It is beautiful today. Make the most of


it. In the surrounding fields, it when the daffodils could thrive


again. But some had Friday bit too early. These daffodils were


flowering nicely, but then we had the extreme frost, which has


damaged the crop. I have never seen this before. Within less than two


weeks, we have had a Betty Ford degree Celsius difference, and that


is pretty remarkable. -- a 34 degrees Celsius difference. Today's


temperature of 18 degrees is 10 degrees higher than it should be,


so do not expected to last too long. Let's have a recap of the headlines.


Abbey s announces losses of nearly �800 million, the same amount it


has paid out in bonuses. The controversial training programme


for young people which managers claim has saved millions. Cloudy


start with patchy rain. It will get back to through the afternoon.


Response coming him on the scheme we were talking about earlier.


Somebody from Christopher's -- something from Christopher's mother.


She said, it was a godsend for him. It was worth every penny. John says,


you said that when we were young, there were no schemes to make us


work ready. There was, it was called school. Graeme said, if it


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