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Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka. That is all from the BBC News at

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six. On BBC One we join the news teams where you are.

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

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that controversial housing benefit changes are leaving tenants with

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growing debts. We need to make some tough decisions in the nine months

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to come. It will lead to some infections and an increase in

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homelessness. `` elections. `` even sections.

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The long walk home ` why the road into one Lincolnshire village will

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be closed at Christmas. We'll show you how your Children in Need

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donations have helped East Yorkshire youngsters. And we bring you all the

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fun of the field. We are having a party.

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Tomorrow will be mostly dry low cloud will increase through the day.

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It was designed to free up homes for larger families and save money but

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now councils in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire say changes to the

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housing benefit system are pushing tenants into financial crisis. Since

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April people claiming the benefit have been charged for every spare

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bedroom prompting critics to call it the bedroom tax. The government

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insists the changes are working but the Labour party want it scrapped.

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Now in North Lincolnshire it's claimed there's a shortage of

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smaller properties and in Hull almost 2,000 people have fallen

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behind with their rent. Sarah Corker reports. Thousands of people living

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in council houses that are too big for them ` and getting housing

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benefit to pay for it. The government's solution ` tenants

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either downsize or are charged for each spare room. Critics call it the

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bedroom tax. There is a shortage of smaller homes. The council has

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recently renovated around 60 of these bedsits to help rid the man.

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`` meet demand. It is a financial crisis for individuals. The council

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is doing everything it can but there are limits to what we can achieve

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without sufficient numbers. In East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire `

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research shows since April, more tenants have fallen behind in rent.

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The highest figure is in North East Lincolnshire ` 69% of those affected

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by the policy are in rent arrears. In Hull ` 64%. Boston ` just over

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half are in debt. I first met Maria in February ` she lives alone in

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this three bed house in Hull. She's charged for her two spare rooms and

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is now ten weeks behind in rent. I would pay around ?9 every week rent.

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That has now jumped to ?36. I am falling more and more behind. We

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have 400,000 people in over crowded accommodation...

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The government says it needs to free up larger houses ` like Maria's `

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for families stuck on a waiting list. I would ask the opposition to

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work with local authorities. To actually help constituents downsize

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so they can live within their means. In Scunthorpe many tenants do want

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to move but can't. While they are waiting they have to pay. Other

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people might be waiting, housed in temporary accommodation. Everybody

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ends up paying more money. It will lead to an increase in homelessness.

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An emergency fund is helping those most in need but the government says

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the taypayer can no longer afford to pay for spare bedrooms.

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Earlier I spoke to Robert Oxley from the TaxPayers Alliance and asked him

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if the majority of people backed the government's plans to remove the

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spare room subsidy. When you put neutral questions to the public they

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back reforms to welfare. They back the principles. They know that

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council houses at a precious resource and that many people should

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not have a spare room. But in north`east Lincolnshire 69% of

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people are in arrears. That implies the policy not working. Councils are

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not using discretionary payments correctly. More needs to be done to

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make sure that people are downsizing. There is a huge waiting

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list of people in overcrowded situations. So you're pointing the

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finger at the councils rather than the government? For years we have

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politicians claiming that they know how many homes people need and

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arcing planning laws getting in the way. `` arcane. But now there is a

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chance to make sure people adding more appropriate accommodation. The

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housing is simply not there. 70 people chasing every 31`bedroom flat

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in Hull alone. `` Beverly `` every free one`bedroom flat. Should the

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government ploughed on? They need to recognise this is only half a step

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to solving the problem. Planning rules continue to get in the way.

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Thank you. We want to hear from you on this

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story. Get in touch. Coming up: Most of Lincolnshire's

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threatened libraries could be saved from closure.

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It's just over a month until Christmas but how would you feel if

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your house was almost cut off for the whole festive period? Residents

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of a Lincolnshire village say they are furious about being 'marooned'

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by engineering works. Network Rail say they need to carry out the works

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on the railway line which runs through Saxilby. Closing a level

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crossing in the village will cut off those who live on West Bank for two

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weeks. It's because plans to build a temporary road fell through. Simon

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Spark has the story. West Bank is a dead end street. It's only vehicle

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access into the centre of Saxilby is over this crossing. But Network Rail

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will need to keep the crossing closed for a huge amount of new

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signalling works, which will cut people off for the entire Christmas

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period. They are a large corporate company who think they can run

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roughshod over ordinary people. Why inconvenience all of us like this?

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Over the Christmas period? It is appalling. When these gates close

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for two weeks on the 20th December, a shuttle bus will bring residents

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to this point. They'll then need to walk down this path to get another

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shuttle bus on the other side. But this is why elderly residents are

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concerned, in many places the path is thin and the weather will be

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wintry and unpredictable. But this is the route they'll need to travel

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with all their Christmas goods. Well this is where that footpath ends and

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it's from here that they'll be collected by another shuttle bus to

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take in them into the centre of the village to collect their cars. Joyce

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and Bert are the oldest residents, both in their 80s. Until a fortnight

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ago, we understood that there was going to be a road round out. Then

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they have said, there is not. They have lead us astray. And now we are

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fascinating, really. But some can see the positive side. Times like

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this remind you were the community. This is a community project.

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This work was originally planned for the summer but had to be deferred

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because the route was being used for rail diversions necessitated by the

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spoil heap slip at Hatfield colliery. Unfortunately the next

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time this essential work could be planned was Christmas.

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But for many residents here it's the worst possible time.

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A 23`year`old man has been released on bail and another released with no

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further action after they were arrested on suspicion of death by

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dangerous driving on Wednesday night. Fifteen year old Koen Allwood

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was hit by a car while crossing Dam Road in Barton Upon Humber. He'd

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just broadcast his first internet radio show. A 15`year`old girl who

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was with him is in Hull Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

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A ?100 million plan has been announced for a new stadium, 500

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homes, a shopping park and part of a relief road in Boston. It was

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revealed as directors at Boston United said they want to move the

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club to a new site off the A16 in the south of the town. The lease on

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the current ground expires in 2018. Just over four years away. The clock

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is ticking. We need to move. The current ground is unsustainable. It

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is great, but it is old and needs a lot of work.

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A 20`year`old man from Scunthorpe has been jailed for attacking and

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robbing his grandmother. The woman who is in her eighties was found

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sitting outside her house in Scunthorpe in July with serious head

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injuries. Her grandson ` Jason Mace ` pleaded guilty to the attack.

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Today at Grimsby Crown Court he was jailed for seven years.

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A Canadian company will return to the East Yorkshire village of

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Walkington in the New Year, to conduct further tests for oil.

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Rathlin Energy previously erected a drilling rig at the site in their

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search for fossil fuels. It was understood their explorations had

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finished. But they need further laboratory samples before deciding

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whether it's commercially viable. Almost all of Lincolnshire's

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libraries that were threatened with closure could remain open. The

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county council had proposed closing 30 community libraries but says

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volunteers have come forward to run twenty four of them. `` 24. And it's

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extending a deadline to allow bids for the other six. Jake Zuckerman is

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in our Lincoln newsroom now ` Jake, what has the county council said?

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The county council says it's still finalising plans, but it hopes all

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of the libraries could stay open. Although it does still need to find

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?2 million of savings. The council says that community groups have now

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come forward to run nearly all of its libraries ` that's similar to

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the way Saxilby library is run already. That's manned by volunteers

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to keep it open. If the community had not come forward, we would be a

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very different situation. I grateful and encouraged that not only will

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they potentially have community library, it could be a hub for other

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services also. When the council announced it might

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have to close libraries, there were protests, and people signed

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petitions against the plans. The group trying to save Lincolnshire's

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libraries has said that it wants professional librarians rather than

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volunteers working in libraries. Today, those against the closures

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say the council hasn't listened to what people wanted in the

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consultation. The opinion of the people is that they are angry and

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upset about the situation. They want a professionally run the library,

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the second option was a community run the library with volunteers.

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Third was a mobile library. But it came out very strongly that they

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wanted a professional library, not volunteer run.

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The county council says more than half of the 280 threatened mobile

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libraries also look close to being saved. A final decision on the

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future of the library service as a whole, will be made next month.

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Still ahead tonight: Some of the unusual things you've been doing to

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raise money for Children in Need And now the weather.

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The fundraising continues. Join me later.

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Keep your pictures coming. This was taken by James Mason. And artistic

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picture of the sky. As we head to this evening it is

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going to stay fine and dry. Again, tomorrow it stays dry with sunny

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spells. Cloud will increase. Today has not been that bad. Some decent

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spells of sunshine and temperatures getting up to a roundabout the 11

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Celsius. Some spot will see Falkirk forming. Especially to the south. ``

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fog. Under the cloud, about six Celsius. Tomorrow morning, the sun

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will rise at 7:29am. Here are the high water times. There could well

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be some patchy fog. Particularly across more southern areas. The best

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of the bright and sunny spells will be throughout the morning.

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Particularly in East Yorks. Thick cloud could produce dazzle. But most

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of us will stay dry. Temperatures reaching 11 Celsius but it will be

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cloudy so it will not feel that pleasant. The next couple of days,

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going into Sunday, a weak front producing rain and basil. `` dazzle.

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`` drizzle. I choose day, highs of just five Celsius. `` by Tuesday.

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People across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have been busy raising

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money for BBC's Children in Need. People across East Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire have been busy Last year, this area collected ?300,000,

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and today's events culminate in a huge Pudsey Party which has just

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started at Sirius Academy in Hull. Let's go live there now and talk to

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our reporter Caroline Bilton. Caroline, what's going on there

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tonight? Welcome. We are having all the fun

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here. We have a coconut shy. Take a look. Doing everything to raise

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money. We have got plenty of people with money and that there are

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pockets. `` money in their pockets. Let's take a look at some of the

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things you have been up to throughout the region. You have not

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let us down. We will see more later in the programme. Every penny raised

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goes to charity. One project in Bedlington are doing their bit to

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take children off the streets. Halloween may be long gone but it is

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all about making happy memories for his children. They all regularly

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visit this centre which runs craft classes and Child centred activities

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for youngsters from impoverished backgrounds. It keeps them off the

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streets. Gives them something to do. You never know who is hanging about

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the part. It is very important to my little boy. They enjoy it. The

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children love what of the centre has to offer. You can go and do stuff.

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Quizzes. I like the arts and crafts sessions. And the Friday sessions,

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we do fun stuff. Painting and stuff. I have been on the computer. It is

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really good? Yes. I am bored if I don't come. The charity has gone

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from strength to strength. All the equipment repurchase, the sessions

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we run, none of it would be possible without the money. We really rely on

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it to help further the project. The sessions are enjoyed by everyone. I

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love my job. I don't mind getting up for it in the morning. Nobody can

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argue with that. That is just one charity that has

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benefited from BBC Children In Need. We will see more of what you have

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been doing later in the programme. We are having a great time. We are

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having a party. Doing lots to raise money. Take a look at this. ?25,000.

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What have you done to raise that money? Through our making a

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difference locally fund. Selling special goods in the store. That is

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what it is all about. We have got all the fun going on here tonight. I

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will be broadcasting live throughout the evening. I hope you can stay

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with us. We will do our bit. Back to you.

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If you are going along, enjoy. If you're watching, 7:30pm on BBC One.

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A report on the first anniversary of Police and Crime Commissioners has

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praised the Lincolnshire and Humberside PCC's for their work. The

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study says Humberside's Matthew Grove and Lincolnshire's Alan

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Hardwick were some of the best for being transparent and for the way

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they've spent public money. Mr Grove was named as second best Police and

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Crime Commissioner in the country. It ranges through to information on

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what is being spent, what the office spends, what contracts they are

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awarding. If Humberside and the PCC were a football club, they would be

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competing for a European place, and have a shot at the title.

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Thank you to all of those who got in contact with us yesterday after we

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heard from the Commissioner for the Humberside Police area, Matthew

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Grove. Here are some of the messages:

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supporters going to the FA Cup replay on Tuesday are being asked to

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use coaches to travel to the game. There were 12 arrests at the derby

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match last weekend. In football this weekend Scunthorpe United can move

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in to the automatic promotion places in League Two with a win against

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Accrington. You can hear full commentary of that game on BBC Radio

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Humberside's FM frequency. Grimsby Town's trip to Tamworth is on medium

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wave and digital radio. BBC Radio Lincolnshire will have full

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commentary of Lincoln City's match at Forest Green. Their spot

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programme is on air from 2pm. All day our cameras have been out

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across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to see what you have

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been doing to raise money for Children in Need. Here are some of

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the highlights. It's been really good to take

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photos. There is a red velvet chocolate cake

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that has my name on it. We have been following a route

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across Yorkshire. We are selling cake we made at our

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house. Really, really exciting. Everything we're doing is all about

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children in need. Ordinarily people out on the streets

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having a good time. That is what it is all about.

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It has been busier than last year. The local total should be higher.

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One e`mail says, we had a sponsored spell, and cake bake. Thank you to

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everybody fundraising. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines. Protesters surround the Prime Minister's

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motorcade as he makes a controversial visit to Sri Lanka for

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the Commonwealth Conference. There are claims that tenants are facing

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debts and homelessness because of changes to housing benefit.

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Tomorrow's weather, the best of the brightness will be early on. Cloudy

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with a chance of rain. Top temperatures, mild, 10 Celsius.

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The bedroom tax. A big response. We says my mother is unable to move

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home because the children have moved out. She cannot afford gasoline at

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visitor. It is a disgrace. The council could not care less. Steve

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said he was offered a two bedroom flat. I is single person, if I

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turned it down I would have lost my position on the waiting list.

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Another viewer, there is no system of benefits for me, just taxes. No

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sympathy. Lucy says, why should I subsidise others? Many people say

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that. Mark says, for too long people are holding onto their council homes

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after the family moved out. Pay for it with a premium. Good night.

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