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Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka. That is all from the BBC News at
six. On BBC One we join the news teams where you are.
Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: claims
that controversial housing benefit changes are leaving tenants with
growing debts. We need to make some tough decisions in the nine months
to come. It will lead to some infections and an increase in
homelessness. `` elections. `` even sections.
The long walk home ` why the road into one Lincolnshire village will
be closed at Christmas. We'll show you how your Children in Need
donations have helped East Yorkshire youngsters. And we bring you all the
fun of the field. We are having a party.
Tomorrow will be mostly dry low cloud will increase through the day.
It was designed to free up homes for larger families and save money but
now councils in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire say changes to the
housing benefit system are pushing tenants into financial crisis. Since
April people claiming the benefit have been charged for every spare
bedroom prompting critics to call it the bedroom tax. The government
insists the changes are working but the Labour party want it scrapped.
Now in North Lincolnshire it's claimed there's a shortage of
smaller properties and in Hull almost 2,000 people have fallen
behind with their rent. Sarah Corker reports. Thousands of people living
in council houses that are too big for them ` and getting housing
benefit to pay for it. The government's solution ` tenants
either downsize or are charged for each spare room. Critics call it the
bedroom tax. There is a shortage of smaller homes. The council has
recently renovated around 60 of these bedsits to help rid the man.
`` meet demand. It is a financial crisis for individuals. The council
is doing everything it can but there are limits to what we can achieve
without sufficient numbers. In East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire `
research shows since April, more tenants have fallen behind in rent.
The highest figure is in North East Lincolnshire ` 69% of those affected
by the policy are in rent arrears. In Hull ` 64%. Boston ` just over
half are in debt. I first met Maria in February ` she lives alone in
this three bed house in Hull. She's charged for her two spare rooms and
is now ten weeks behind in rent. I would pay around ?9 every week rent.
That has now jumped to ?36. I am falling more and more behind. We
have 400,000 people in over crowded accommodation...
The government says it needs to free up larger houses ` like Maria's `
for families stuck on a waiting list. I would ask the opposition to
work with local authorities. To actually help constituents downsize
so they can live within their means. In Scunthorpe many tenants do want
to move but can't. While they are waiting they have to pay. Other
people might be waiting, housed in temporary accommodation. Everybody
ends up paying more money. It will lead to an increase in homelessness.
An emergency fund is helping those most in need but the government says
the taypayer can no longer afford to pay for spare bedrooms.
Earlier I spoke to Robert Oxley from the TaxPayers Alliance and asked him
if the majority of people backed the government's plans to remove the
spare room subsidy. When you put neutral questions to the public they
back reforms to welfare. They back the principles. They know that
council houses at a precious resource and that many people should
not have a spare room. But in north`east Lincolnshire 69% of
people are in arrears. That implies the policy not working. Councils are
not using discretionary payments correctly. More needs to be done to
make sure that people are downsizing. There is a huge waiting
list of people in overcrowded situations. So you're pointing the
finger at the councils rather than the government? For years we have
politicians claiming that they know how many homes people need and
arcing planning laws getting in the way. `` arcane. But now there is a
chance to make sure people adding more appropriate accommodation. The
housing is simply not there. 70 people chasing every 31`bedroom flat
in Hull alone. `` Beverly `` every free one`bedroom flat. Should the
government ploughed on? They need to recognise this is only half a step
to solving the problem. Planning rules continue to get in the way.
Thank you. We want to hear from you on this
story. Get in touch. Coming up: Most of Lincolnshire's
threatened libraries could be saved from closure.
It's just over a month until Christmas but how would you feel if
your house was almost cut off for the whole festive period? Residents
of a Lincolnshire village say they are furious about being 'marooned'
by engineering works. Network Rail say they need to carry out the works
on the railway line which runs through Saxilby. Closing a level
crossing in the village will cut off those who live on West Bank for two
weeks. It's because plans to build a temporary road fell through. Simon
Spark has the story. West Bank is a dead end street. It's only vehicle
access into the centre of Saxilby is over this crossing. But Network Rail
will need to keep the crossing closed for a huge amount of new
signalling works, which will cut people off for the entire Christmas
period. They are a large corporate company who think they can run
roughshod over ordinary people. Why inconvenience all of us like this?
Over the Christmas period? It is appalling. When these gates close
for two weeks on the 20th December, a shuttle bus will bring residents
to this point. They'll then need to walk down this path to get another
shuttle bus on the other side. But this is why elderly residents are
concerned, in many places the path is thin and the weather will be
wintry and unpredictable. But this is the route they'll need to travel
with all their Christmas goods. Well this is where that footpath ends and
it's from here that they'll be collected by another shuttle bus to
take in them into the centre of the village to collect their cars. Joyce
and Bert are the oldest residents, both in their 80s. Until a fortnight
ago, we understood that there was going to be a road round out. Then
they have said, there is not. They have lead us astray. And now we are
fascinating, really. But some can see the positive side. Times like
this remind you were the community. This is a community project.
This work was originally planned for the summer but had to be deferred
because the route was being used for rail diversions necessitated by the
spoil heap slip at Hatfield colliery. Unfortunately the next
time this essential work could be planned was Christmas.
But for many residents here it's the worst possible time.
A 23`year`old man has been released on bail and another released with no
further action after they were arrested on suspicion of death by
dangerous driving on Wednesday night. Fifteen year old Koen Allwood
was hit by a car while crossing Dam Road in Barton Upon Humber. He'd
just broadcast his first internet radio show. A 15`year`old girl who
was with him is in Hull Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.
A ?100 million plan has been announced for a new stadium, 500
homes, a shopping park and part of a relief road in Boston. It was
revealed as directors at Boston United said they want to move the
club to a new site off the A16 in the south of the town. The lease on
the current ground expires in 2018. Just over four years away. The clock
is ticking. We need to move. The current ground is unsustainable. It
is great, but it is old and needs a lot of work.
A 20`year`old man from Scunthorpe has been jailed for attacking and
robbing his grandmother. The woman who is in her eighties was found
sitting outside her house in Scunthorpe in July with serious head
injuries. Her grandson ` Jason Mace ` pleaded guilty to the attack.
Today at Grimsby Crown Court he was jailed for seven years.
A Canadian company will return to the East Yorkshire village of
Walkington in the New Year, to conduct further tests for oil.
Rathlin Energy previously erected a drilling rig at the site in their
search for fossil fuels. It was understood their explorations had
finished. But they need further laboratory samples before deciding
whether it's commercially viable. Almost all of Lincolnshire's
libraries that were threatened with closure could remain open. The
county council had proposed closing 30 community libraries but says
volunteers have come forward to run twenty four of them. `` 24. And it's
extending a deadline to allow bids for the other six. Jake Zuckerman is
in our Lincoln newsroom now ` Jake, what has the county council said?
The county council says it's still finalising plans, but it hopes all
of the libraries could stay open. Although it does still need to find
?2 million of savings. The council says that community groups have now
come forward to run nearly all of its libraries ` that's similar to
the way Saxilby library is run already. That's manned by volunteers
to keep it open. If the community had not come forward, we would be a
very different situation. I grateful and encouraged that not only will
they potentially have community library, it could be a hub for other
services also. When the council announced it might
have to close libraries, there were protests, and people signed
petitions against the plans. The group trying to save Lincolnshire's
libraries has said that it wants professional librarians rather than
volunteers working in libraries. Today, those against the closures
say the council hasn't listened to what people wanted in the
consultation. The opinion of the people is that they are angry and
upset about the situation. They want a professionally run the library,
the second option was a community run the library with volunteers.
Third was a mobile library. But it came out very strongly that they
wanted a professional library, not volunteer run.
The county council says more than half of the 280 threatened mobile
libraries also look close to being saved. A final decision on the
future of the library service as a whole, will be made next month.
Still ahead tonight: Some of the unusual things you've been doing to
raise money for Children in Need And now the weather.
The fundraising continues. Join me later.
Keep your pictures coming. This was taken by James Mason. And artistic
picture of the sky. As we head to this evening it is
going to stay fine and dry. Again, tomorrow it stays dry with sunny
spells. Cloud will increase. Today has not been that bad. Some decent
spells of sunshine and temperatures getting up to a roundabout the 11
Celsius. Some spot will see Falkirk forming. Especially to the south. ``
fog. Under the cloud, about six Celsius. Tomorrow morning, the sun
will rise at 7:29am. Here are the high water times. There could well
be some patchy fog. Particularly across more southern areas. The best
of the bright and sunny spells will be throughout the morning.
Particularly in East Yorks. Thick cloud could produce dazzle. But most
of us will stay dry. Temperatures reaching 11 Celsius but it will be
cloudy so it will not feel that pleasant. The next couple of days,
going into Sunday, a weak front producing rain and basil. `` dazzle.
`` drizzle. I choose day, highs of just five Celsius. `` by Tuesday.
People across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have been busy raising
money for BBC's Children in Need. People across East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire have been busy Last year, this area collected ?300,000,
and today's events culminate in a huge Pudsey Party which has just
started at Sirius Academy in Hull. Let's go live there now and talk to
our reporter Caroline Bilton. Caroline, what's going on there
tonight? Welcome. We are having all the fun
here. We have a coconut shy. Take a look. Doing everything to raise
money. We have got plenty of people with money and that there are
pockets. `` money in their pockets. Let's take a look at some of the
things you have been up to throughout the region. You have not
let us down. We will see more later in the programme. Every penny raised
goes to charity. One project in Bedlington are doing their bit to
take children off the streets. Halloween may be long gone but it is
all about making happy memories for his children. They all regularly
visit this centre which runs craft classes and Child centred activities
for youngsters from impoverished backgrounds. It keeps them off the
streets. Gives them something to do. You never know who is hanging about
the part. It is very important to my little boy. They enjoy it. The
children love what of the centre has to offer. You can go and do stuff.
Quizzes. I like the arts and crafts sessions. And the Friday sessions,
we do fun stuff. Painting and stuff. I have been on the computer. It is
really good? Yes. I am bored if I don't come. The charity has gone
from strength to strength. All the equipment repurchase, the sessions
we run, none of it would be possible without the money. We really rely on
it to help further the project. The sessions are enjoyed by everyone. I
love my job. I don't mind getting up for it in the morning. Nobody can
argue with that. That is just one charity that has
benefited from BBC Children In Need. We will see more of what you have
been doing later in the programme. We are having a great time. We are
having a party. Doing lots to raise money. Take a look at this. ?25,000.
What have you done to raise that money? Through our making a
difference locally fund. Selling special goods in the store. That is
what it is all about. We have got all the fun going on here tonight. I
will be broadcasting live throughout the evening. I hope you can stay
with us. We will do our bit. Back to you.
If you are going along, enjoy. If you're watching, 7:30pm on BBC One.
A report on the first anniversary of Police and Crime Commissioners has
praised the Lincolnshire and Humberside PCC's for their work. The
study says Humberside's Matthew Grove and Lincolnshire's Alan
Hardwick were some of the best for being transparent and for the way
they've spent public money. Mr Grove was named as second best Police and
Crime Commissioner in the country. It ranges through to information on
what is being spent, what the office spends, what contracts they are
awarding. If Humberside and the PCC were a football club, they would be
competing for a European place, and have a shot at the title.
Thank you to all of those who got in contact with us yesterday after we
heard from the Commissioner for the Humberside Police area, Matthew
Grove. Here are some of the messages:
supporters going to the FA Cup replay on Tuesday are being asked to
use coaches to travel to the game. There were 12 arrests at the derby
match last weekend. In football this weekend Scunthorpe United can move
in to the automatic promotion places in League Two with a win against
Accrington. You can hear full commentary of that game on BBC Radio
Humberside's FM frequency. Grimsby Town's trip to Tamworth is on medium
wave and digital radio. BBC Radio Lincolnshire will have full
commentary of Lincoln City's match at Forest Green. Their spot
programme is on air from 2pm. All day our cameras have been out
across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to see what you have
been doing to raise money for Children in Need. Here are some of
the highlights. It's been really good to take
photos. There is a red velvet chocolate cake
that has my name on it. We have been following a route
across Yorkshire. We are selling cake we made at our
house. Really, really exciting. Everything we're doing is all about
children in need. Ordinarily people out on the streets
having a good time. That is what it is all about.
It has been busier than last year. The local total should be higher.
One e`mail says, we had a sponsored spell, and cake bake. Thank you to
everybody fundraising. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. Protesters surround the Prime Minister's
motorcade as he makes a controversial visit to Sri Lanka for
the Commonwealth Conference. There are claims that tenants are facing
debts and homelessness because of changes to housing benefit.
Tomorrow's weather, the best of the brightness will be early on. Cloudy
with a chance of rain. Top temperatures, mild, 10 Celsius.
The bedroom tax. A big response. We says my mother is unable to move
home because the children have moved out. She cannot afford gasoline at
visitor. It is a disgrace. The council could not care less. Steve
said he was offered a two bedroom flat. I is single person, if I
turned it down I would have lost my position on the waiting list.
Another viewer, there is no system of benefits for me, just taxes. No
sympathy. Lucy says, why should I subsidise others? Many people say
that. Mark says, for too long people are holding onto their council homes
after the family moved out. Pay for it with a premium. Good night.