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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
She was facing eviction. How this 97-year-old won her long fight for
care home funding. The system stinks. The way they treat bit old
people is a disgrace. Told she would never walk after a
riding accident. Now Kate Hunter could be in the Paralympics.
The end of weekly bin collections for thousands of homes in East
Yorkshire. One man and hip -- one man had a piece of vice and I took
it away from his hand. The words of the Titanic officer
who sent the distress call four decades after his death.
There are more showers heading our way this weekend. I will have the
forecast. Good evening.
16 months ago, 97-year-old year Jessie Carter was told she would
have to leave her care home in Boston. Four months ago, she was
threatened with eviction. But now, after a long campaign, she has been
told by Lincolnshire County Council that it will pay for her to stay.
Previously, the authority had insisted that she could live in her
own home with support. Her family say Jessie's case shows that the
care of the elderly in this country is a disgrace. Vicky Johnson
reports. Desiderata cannot walk, nor can she
see or hear very well -- Jesse cattle. Lincoln Sir -- Lincolnshire
County Council had insisted she could live at home and look after
herself. I cannot get out of bed. I cannot get in bed. It has taken 16
months to persuade the authority to let her stay here in Boston, at
there will be care home, after she was admitted in 20th January 11 on
the advice of her doctor. The council has only now agreed to pay
her fees, much to the relief of her family. It was unbelievable.
success of the family came after they sought advice from Pauline
Fowler, whose law firm is seeing an increasing number of these kind of
dispute. We are seeing more of these cases where they are at 10
down, or have received funding for a while then it is withdrawn.
Because we're a big range care home had no firm contract with
Lincolnshire social services, -- will be a range, they are still
left with a bill. Many people are finding themselves with similar
problems. We have members who have thousands tidal been unpaid
residents bills, which is a worry for the care home and for the
family. Technically, it is their liability. Lincolnshire County
Council insists that Jessie was initially very healthy for her age.
They say the decision to fund haircare is because of her
deteriorating mobility. The system stings, in my opinion. The way they
are treating old FA Cup this country is a disgrace. Fought Jesse
and her family, this funding row has ended happily. But that will
not be the case for others. I'm joined now by Simon Bottery,
from the charity Independent Age, which offers help and advice to the
elderly and their families. This might be unusual, but what type of
issues does it highlight? This is a bit unusual, but it highlights some
really important problems. The first, as you refer to, is the
complexity of the system. Doctors and social workers do not
necessarily understand how the funding system works. For a family
member or the person themselves, you can imagine how difficult it is.
Councils are happy to make Very Severe savings, and this is at a
time when there are more all the people who need care and support.
Something has to give. We are seeing far too many examples of
that happening. The general thinking is, if you have no funds,
you will get a care home place and be catered for? Is that too
simplistic? I am afraid it is. Councils will have a maximum rate
they are prepared to pay, and they will often ask relatives to top
that up. There are lots of complications in the system. It is
incredibly important to get advice, and that you understand what your
rights are, and if necessary, take further advice from a charity like
Independent age or from a solicitor. What should be done? It will get
worse and worse as people live longer. Yes. The government has
promised a White Paper on this subject within the next month or so.
They have a report from the Dilnot Commission. That makes sensible
proposals. The government have that due to come out. We have to see
some serious action from the Government, before the system
really tipped over the edge. Good to talk to you. Thank you for that.
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts - and experience of this.
Have you had a problem getting funding for care? Who do you think
should be responsible for paying In a moment: Why a multi-million
pound redevelopment of this Lincolnshire landmark has stalled.
She was told she would never ride again, but now this Lincolnshire
teenager is aiming for a place on Britain's paralympic dressage team.
Kate Hunter, who's 17 and from Market Rasen, was left with life-
threatening injuries after a riding accident back in 2009. Three years
on, doctors say she's made remarkable progress. Phil Connell
has been to meet her. At 17, Kate Hunter has defied
medical odds. An extraordinary girl with an extraordinary story.
worst fear initially was that we just would not have our daughter
back. Would she ever wake up from the coma? No matter what has been
thrown at her, she has overcome it. It is three years since a riding
accident left Kate in Hull Royal Infirmary with life-threatening
injuries. She was in a coma for three weeks. Today, she has made
what doctors say is remarkable progress. Not just riding again,
but competing for a place on the Paralympic dressage team. It is the
best feeling in the world to know that I am one of the potential
Olympic people. It is amazing. get this far, she has made
astonishing progress. She has had to learn to walk and talk again.
is quite humbling to see how they actually deal with it. The riding
is a huge part of their lives. They are more mobile on the horse than
they can be on the ground. doctor said I would not ride again,
but I can. It is amazing. Cater wants to make her career with
horses. Incredible story. It's been revealed a Lincolnshire
headteacher resigned following a Government enquiry into financial
management at his school. Richard Gilliland suddenly quit his job as
chief executive at the Priory Federation of Academies almost two
weeks ago. Today, the Department for Education said the resignation
followed its investigation. A man's died after a fire at a
house in Scunthorpe. It happened on Cottage Beck Road. When fire crews
arrived, they found the body of man, believed to be aged 54, in the
bedroom. An investigation's revealed the fire started by a chip
pan left unattended. A Polish language newspaper which
covers parts of south Lincolnshire is expanding. Editors say it's
because of an increase in demand. The future of a failed shopping
centre built with public money is closer to being secured. South
Holland District Council agreed last night that Boston College
should be allowed to take over the Red Lion Quarter in Spalding.
A well-known Lincolnshire landmark will be transformed into shops,
offices and flats, despite the fact the district council is yet to buy
several vital pieces of land. It was exactly a year ago that
permission was given to redevelop Sleaford's huge bass Maltings site.
But work hasn't yet started. The building's seen as one of the most
important of its kind in the country, and there are fears that
if work doesn't start soon, it will fall into disrepair. Linsey Smith
reports. It's been hailed the most important
industrial building in Lincolnshire. Sleaford's Malting's were built in
1907 to process barley for beer. A new plan could see this derelict
site transformed into apartments, offices and cafe. It is a
significant building of some great scale. It has potential to bring
forward some economic benefits of its own. It can create over 500
jobs. Planning permission was granted
almost a year ago for this project. But various land owners have so far
been unwilling to sell land that's vital to the project. Including his
patch, that would link it to the town centre.
It's frustrating for those who desperately want to save this site.
It is important that we preserve this kind of site. It shows how
people worked. Other former industrial buildings
have been redeveloped successfully. In Gainsborough, Marshall's Yard
was the site of an ironworks, now it's a thriving shopping centre.
In Barton Upon Humber, the Ropewalk is a successful arts centre. Hull's
former fruit market and the surrounding streets are now home to
an entertainment venue and boutique style shops, and The University of
Lincoln's new engineering school was a disused railway building. The
plans were met by scepticism. anything, I do not think they will
do it. It would be nice. In the present financial climate, it
probably will not happen. If it will create jobs, it has to be a
good thing. Unemployment is on the increase. I can see why they will
not want to sell the land. North Kesteven District Council say �100
million of private investment would be allowed to slip away, so
eventually they will go down the compulsory purchase route for that
month. It will make sure the Maltings survived another 100 years.
Still ahead tonight: Why Hull could be a key battleground in May's
local elections. The Titanic officer from Hull who
sent out the distress call as the liner started to sink.
Fraisthorpe Beach taken by Muriel No relation, one can only assume!
Another picture tomorrow. Lisa Gallagher, eva.
A Good evening. My favourite e-mail today was, I
think we set was very cool about you in a wet suit. -- I think Lisa
was very cool about you. Cruel or accurate?
Do not tie anything! Today, we have seen plenty of
showers. It looks like tomorrow will be similar. We will see a
mixture of the sunny spells and showers. It is going to cool down
as we head through the weekend. You can see on a satellite picture
where the white clouds are, that is where the showers have been. Those
showers will continue in places as we go through the night. They will
not be as heavy or frequent as the ones during the day. Temperatures
depend on whether you see the showers. Where the skies are clear,
you could see a touch of ground frost. Tomorrow, a cloudy start for
Lincolnshire. The cloud will break up and we will see spells of
sunshine developing. The showers will become more frequent as we go
through the day. Between the showers, spells of sunshine. I do
not think the show was tomorrow will be as heavy or frequent as the
ones we have seen today. Temperatures struggling for the
time of year. Nine of 10 degrees. As we head into Saturday, wintry
showers continue to feed their way down the coast. They will spill in
and on Saturday. There may even be a little bit of snow at times.
Sunday will be the coldest day. It turns wet and windy for the start
In three weeks' time, thousands of us will be going to the polls to
vote in this years local elections. Political experts say Hull will be
a key battleground this year, after labour gained control of the city
from the Lib Dems last time around. Seats will also be contested in
Lincoln and North East Lincolnshire. Tim Iredale looks at the prospects
for the parties. This year sees voters in Hull,
Lincoln and North East Lincolnshire go to the polls. One-third of
council seats will be up for grabs. In Lincoln, Labour are defending a
slender majority of one seat. In Hull, Labour have a larger majority
of nine seats, after the party snatched the city from Liberal-
Democrat control last year. The BBC's political research editor
believes Hull will be a key battleground again. De-seed been
fought this year were last fought in 2008. Labour won seven seats and
the Lib Dems won 12. Last year, first time the Lib Dems have been
in government for 80 years, they want two seats, and Labour won 17.
If that is repeated, I am not saying it will be, it is clearly
going to be pretty horrific for the Lib Dems. It is also worth keeping
an eye on North East Lincolnshire, which is currently a hung council
with Labour the largest group. The main three parties are defending
four seats here. I asked people in Cleethorpes what issues will
influence their choice at the ballot box. The most important
issues are getting young people into work. That would help a lot of
our problems. Bringing the children to a beach, there is a lot of dog
dirt on the pavement. It would be nice to see that cleaned up. More
money for education. Some schools have not got enough places for the
children in their catchment. That is very unfair. If you are not
registered to vote, you have until next Wednesday, April 18th, to
register. Polling takes place on Thursday, May 3rd.
The BBC News website has more details on the local elections on
the Vote 2012 page. More than 7,000 homes in East
Yorkshire are to lose their weekly collections of non -recyclable
rubbish. The council has announced it's to trial fortnightly
collections of rubbish and recycling bins in some towns and
villages. The trial comes six months after the Government
announced it would encourage local councils to keep collections weekly.
Crispin Rolfe is in one of the areas which will be affected by
this. Crispin, why have they decided to change things? It comes
down partly to trends and party to the recycling aspects. Bolt of
councils are doing this kind of thing, where they alternate. The
Blue been is the recycling bin, picked up every month, but only
once. Compare that to the green game, which goes to landfill, and
that is picked up every week. They want to alternate between a two of
them. It is being trialled in 7,000 homes across the East Riding. Let
me tell you where. Cottingham, Brough, Keyingham, Little Driffield,
Swanland and Thorngumbald. There is a trial already in place in
Bridlington. They want to see this sort of push on a little bit,
because it brings into question how much they have to sent to landfill.
The other question is, whether people will buy into it. It is a
good idea because we are not filling our bins. We are putting a
lot more in our recycling bins. blue been get follow them the green
one, but the green on his collected every week. I think it is a good
idea. Probably a good idea to trial it. As long as they turned back if
it did not work. Why it has the council decided to do this trial
now? It comes down to finance. Compare
this empty blue been to this green one. It is fall. The council wants
to see this switched round. We are responding to the hundreds of
requests we have received from residents, to increase recycling.
So when does this that? Next Monday, 23rd April. What will be the
measure of success, will be an awful lot less waste in this sort
of been. Crispin, thank you. And this might
be a story you want to comment on as well.
And thanks for all your response on our story about plans for wind
turbines to be built close to a nature reserve near Deeping St
Nicholas. We had a huge amount of texts, tweets, emails and messages.
Hull City manager Nick Barmby says he'll sit down with the owners at
the end of the season to plot the future of the club. City's playing
targets depend on which division they will compete in. The Tigers
still have an outside chance of reaching the promotion play-offs
after Monday's 2-1 win against Middlesbrough. We will sit down and
say how much money we have got. I just want to concentrate on the
games we have left now. And on the players who are here at the minute.
When the Titanic began sinking, 100 years ago this weekend, it was a
man from Hull who sent out the distress call that helped save the
hundreds of survivors. Joseph Boxhall was the liner's fourth
officer. He worked out their location and ensured a ship came to
their rescue, as Anne-Marie Tasker's been finding out. I could
not hear any noise or see any damage. There was more man and a
piece of a ice, and I took it out of his hands full stop.
The voice of Joseph Boxhall, describing the moments before
Titanic's crew realised they faced disaster. He was the ship's fourth
officer and established the sinking ship's co-ordinates to ensure this
ship, the Carpathia, could rescue survivors. His cousin's grandson,
David Boxhall, lives in Cottingham near Hull. He remembers his family
being told how Joseph took women and children to safety. He used to
tell stories about getting away in the lifeboat. The main thing was,
these people were in the icy waters. Anybody who saw what was happening,
it must have been horrific. They are heroes, Rayleigh, to get those
people say. This is where Joseph Boxhall late, almost Bourne Avenue
in Hull. 100 years since the sake - - since the ship sank, there is
still a lot of interest in this house. People walk by and plant --
people walk by and point up at a house. We realise they are pointing
at the plaque. Next month, an exhibition opens
here at Hull's Maritime Museum about the Titanic, in which Joseph
Boxhall will feature. He is perhaps the most famous Hull person who was
on the shape. -- ship. He made sure an accurate location was sent out,
which reached the first rescue ship. This Sunday, many will remember the
1,500 who died onboard Titanic. But the Boxhall family will be
remembering the 700 saved, in part because of their ancestor. Amazing
story. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. There's a fragile ceasefire in
Syria for the first time after months of bloodshed.
A 97-year-old facing eviction wins her long fight for care home
funding from Lincolnshire County Council.
Response coming in on the subject of care homes and the funding of
those. Someone says, the current older generation where it all
airlines are so there should be looked after now. Someone else says,
what is wrong with families taking care of their relatives?
Why pay tax if you have to fight to be looked after? Linda says, the
minority who needed should get high quality care subsidised by the
state. High quality care should not just before the wealthy. Dyke says,