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Sunday. Make the most of Saturday because Sunday looks pretty filthy.
Thank you. Good evening and welcome to BBC Look
North. The headlines tonight. Demands for flood protection for the
land that grows our food. I think the Environment Agency and
politicians need to take it seriously. The biggest fall in
unemployment for 15 years ` the Government says thousands more are
in work in this area. Short taxi trips for council staff
labelled an absurd waste of money. With three Yorkshire B voted
among the best in the world, we find out what makes a good one. That
detailed forecast comes up in 15 minutes.
Farmland in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire should be protected from
flooding in the same way as homes ` that's according to local farmers
who believe food security should be given higher priority. The
Government has said that protecting houses will come first when flood
defences are repaired and improved. But experts have told BBC Look North
that the salt water which flooded onto fields in December could have
caused long`term damage. With more, here's Linsey Smith. This was Paul
Martinson's land in Yokefleet last month. Lying beneath the salt water,
winter crops he thought would perish. But as he takes soil samples
today, there are positive signs. I think the winter crops will
survive, it's just the effects of the salt and total progress through
spring. But they look fine the moment. But experts at Bishop Burton
College say salt can cause untold damage. We have simulated salt water
flooding here. We have topped it up with saltwater, which caused this to
disburse. The structure is ruined. Your crops do not grow. How many
years can it affect it? It could be five years or even longer.
That's a concern because over 15,000 people are employed on the land in
East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The country's larder, it produces 30% of
the nation's vegetables and salads. Which is why some argue it should be
given a higher priority in flood plans. There is more the Environment
Agency could do to help farmers would flood defences. It is a
two`way stream. It needs to be caught about. The Environment Agency
told as they do not decide where defences out bills. That is based on
a points scoring system set down by the government. It's something on
Bruce Rowle's mind. He watched salt water saturate 450 acres of his
family farm in South Ferriby. The tide was three feet higher than in
1953. They were the most damaging floods in history and killed 300
people. It had less effect. Flood defences have been improved in that
time, but the messages, we have to keep improving them because these
events happen. It will be some time before salt as return their results.
In the meantime ` farmers are hoping this was a freak event ` rather than
a taste of things to come. I asked and Macintosh what the priorities
should be. The Labour government and in 2005 and made sure that life,
people and property at the first line of funding. It is clearly
unacceptable if we lose that tracks of land to tidal coastal surges in
this way. I suppose the question is, is their money there to protect
fields and land and defend them from the saltwater? I think we have to
look at new sources of funding, possibly insurance companies. Is it
not a government job? Every single department has to look at its
budget. What we are looking to do is factor in partnership funding. There
is a possibility of farm funds under the new budget. There are a number
of funds we can look to. A lot of this land is very close to the
scene. Maybe we can afford to do anything. I look at food security
and take it very seriously. If we are going to lose farmland to the
same, obviously the landowner must be compensated. I believe we should
become more self`sufficient. Our self`sufficiency needs to be
increased. I take the loss of food production through these floods very
seriously. We are not going to be out of the Jews food if we do not
have fields and plan to do it on. `` we are not going to be able to
produce food. I believe there is a way we can work with farmers to make
sure if they repeatedly lose land, there has to be some form of
compensation for them. I believe there are new funds we could look
out for that purpose. Another story we will continue to follow.
A young mother from Hull who had post`natal depression when she
killed her five`week`old baby should have been offered more help for her
condition, a report has found. Natasha Sultan, on the right, was
given a three`year supervision order for infanticide. A serious case
review by the Hull Safeguarding Children Board, found the death
could not have been prevented or predicted but extra support for
post`natal depression would have been beneficial.
The number of people out of work has fallen again. The latest figures
from the Government show that thousands more people are in work in
the Yorkshire and Humber Region and also in the East Midlands which
includes Lincolnshire. Tim Iredale has been looking at the figures.
The latest figures show the largest quarterly fall in unemployment since
1997. The jobless total in the Yorkshire and Humber region fell by
8,000 to 235,00. Meanwhile, unemployment in the East Midlands
region ` which covers Lincolnshire ` fell by 28,000 to 149,000. The
Employment Minister says that means fewer job`seekers in our area are
having to get on their bikes to look for work elsewhere. They should not
have to leave the area. Employment has gone up, so it shows there are
opportunities. There is work across a spectrum of jobs.
With an unemployment rate of 6.4% the East Midlands is below the
national average of 7.1%, but the Yorkshire and Humber region still
has a unemployment rate of 8.4% and there are pockets of our area where
the jobless total remains stubbornly high, such as East Hull. There's not
many available jobs in the area. A lot of people have applied and there
are no vacancies. I think they're right jobs available. I think a lot
of people are stalking the benefits trap. I think a lot of people are
brought up to think that sometimes it is easier to stay at home and get
benefits, but they're right jobs if people are willing to put themselves
out. `` there are jobs. All the main political parties have
welcomed today's news. However, senior Labour figures have expressed
concern that unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber isn't
falling as fast as other regions in the South.
Since last October, we've been following these four ` Teri, Stefan,
Josh and Jess ` who're all hoping to find employment. Gemma Dawson has
been to find out if the New Year has brought new opportunities.
It's a new term, and Jess is back in class. We're playing a game adding
numbers together and testing children's mental arithmetic. As
part of her traineeship she has been helping out at this primary school
for the last few months. I have realised I want to work with
children of an older age, but I may start working with children younger
and then work my way up, because there are not many teaching
assistant jobs available. At college, Jess and Josh are preparing
for work. Josh is studying for a skills exam next week and is hopeful
he will be able to find a job soon. I'm feeling slightly more confident.
There's a new Tesco, so there will be loads of jobs opening up there. I
have heard that many other places are starting recruitment. Stefan is
continuing computer training in Lincoln. He has been out of work for
17 years due to his epilepsy. He was hoping to launch his own literary
company next month, but has just discovered he is not eligible for a
government scheme which offers money and support to people starting their
own business. It makes it harder. Not impossible, and just makes it
that much harder. The difference would be, you would have that safety
net. In Bridlington, Teri is packing. She has lived in the resort
most of her life, but after four years looking for work, she is
moving to Doncaster. Brid has really got me down. The fact that I've been
running around trying to find work, and I think doing this move to
Doncaster is going to be a hell of a lot better all`round. So the New
Year is bringing new challenges for these four people, all hoping they
will soon find employment. I've been talking to the Labour MP
for Hull East Karl Turrner if he welcomed the latest figures which
show that Unemployment is down. We would welcome any drop in
unemployment. However, I think this mask the reality of what is
happening in places like Hull. This is the biggest fall in unemployment
since 1997. That shows the coalition has got it right. Peter, in Hull
East, the number has gone down 27 cents last month. I welcome that
works I want to know what the judge that, if indeed they are. People
coming off benefits does not necessarily mean they are rigged
full`time employment. The reality is people on zero our contract, people
who are underemployed. Do you agree with M The Who so that young people
must be prepared to lower their ambitions and take jobs in coffee
shops and they want to get on in life? I think people in my area are
lucky to get anywhere. People are desperate for employment. If that is
available, I welcome that but I want proper jobs, not zero our contract
jobs of part`time jobs. We saw that lad in the film who is excited at
the prospect of a job in Tesco in Lincoln. She is saying many people
think these jobs are beneath them and don't want to do them. How about
is the evidence for that. Certainly not my experience. People I see on a
regular basis at desperate for proper work. What they don't want
and cannot afford to do is have a zero our contract were their
employer is taxing them and expecting them to turn up in an
afternoon, work two hours then travel fans. She has also said young
Britons are less prepared in the world of like the migrant and need
to learn the basics like turning up on time. Our young people let
themselves down? I doubt whether there is any evidence. It might be
headlined travelling. It proves how out of touch this government is.
They are complacent on this issue. There is a cost of living prices
they need to address. It's in my area are ?1600 a year worse off as a
result of the government policy. Women in my area and ?1900 a year
worse off. You the governments are not in touch and they leave to
address it. Thank you. We want your thoughts on this story.
What are your experiences of the employment situation at the moment.
Is Esther McVeigh right when she says young people should be prepared
to set their sights lower to get into the jobs market or is it the
case that the jobs simply aren't there?
Still ahead tonight: Rugby returns ` Hull's super league teams prepare,
with more than a dozen new players. Nice clouds at Middleton on the
Wolds taken by Nelly Naylor. Oh, yes.
Thank you for that. You were putting me off then. Margaret wants to know
what has happened to Keely Donovan. She is lying on a beach in
Australia, presumably trying to get a tan like yours. She will be back.
I am working this Friday. She will be back next week. We will look at
the headlines for tomorrow. Short, sharp bursts of heavy rain around
nine o'clock in the morning. That will be out of the way and skies
will brighten up from the West. That was the weather fronts that brought
the rent from overnight. As it's looks like it will be a fairly
straightforward night across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and
Norfolk. There will be a few showers pushing in from the west. Watch out
for icy patches on untreated surfaces. Roundabout dawn, it will
be dry. A very short active weather front. It will last about an hour or
two. The afternoon looks quite nice. Sunshine with one or two
showers. Highs of six Celsius. Unsettled outlook Friday.
Potentially heavy rain later on Sunday.
I would love to stay and chat but good night.
It's a journey of just 500 feet but it's cost local tax payers ?42,000.
Lincolnshire County Council has spent the money on taxis shuttling
workers to a call centre from a parking area to a nearby call centre
because of safety concerns. But it's been called an absurd waste of
public money. Sarah Corker reports. An early morning taxi picks up
council workers in Lincoln today. Nothing unusual there you might
think. But their journey to the office is just one tenth of a mile.
It's because some staff say the short walk is unsafe in the winter.
It is intimidating. There are people who come up behind you, you can see
they are, on bikes. People have been mugged around here. It is a
dangerous, intimidating place. It can get very dark, especially around
this area. It is not particularly safe, especially for young ladies.
Employees are shuttled 524 feet from the Spa Road car park over the river
to a call centre. A service costing ?7,000 a year ` that's been running
for six years. Others who use this area, like the rowing club, told me
it's a waste of money at a time of council cuts.
And the shuttle runs between November and March, morning and
night. Maybe they should improve the public transport facilities. I don't
know. They are making cuts everywhere else but they are
ferrying staff unnecessarily. The problem is, pedestrians are not
supposed to use as bridge. There is no footpad. It is a 20 minute walk
along an unlit route by the river. The council said it has a duty of
care to make sure its employees get to work safely. How can you justify
spending less money on taxes when the council has to make savings of
?39 million? We do understand that. It was not a decision we made
lightly. We looked at lots of options. The difficulty we have is
that everyone is different shifts, so they do not all come to work
together or leave work together. We had to look at a cost effective way
of getting people to. ?? new line As the light fades ` the evening taxi
arrives. But there's not much demand for it tonight. The council is
looking for a cheaper alternative until improvements to the roads are
planned. There could be up to 14 new players
on the pitch when Hull FC welcome neighbours Hull Kingston Rovers to
the KC stadium on Sunday for a pre`season friendly. You Both teams
have recruited heavily in the winter hoping to improve their fortunes.
Here's our sports reporter Simon Clark. See when Hull FC and Hull
Kingston Rovers meet this week in a friendly, fans will be introduced to
a number of new players. They have both built extensively. Key signings
include: we had a few friendlies last year.
We are missing one with Sean Gleeson. We will play whoever
performs the best will be there. We are carrying a decent sized squad
this weekend. When they say Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC are
neighbours, it is quite literally true. When come to the league
campaign and to this friendly match at the weekend, will they be close
together far apart? Peter Stevenson was once a leading Everton player
until serious injury robbed of his career. He has graduated as a
journalist. Who better to offer an objective view of the Derby? Is the
body needs to get prepared for that sort of contact. New blokes have
never experienced it. Whoever wins on Sunday, don't read too much into
it because there is a long way to go until now and the end of the super
league. The annual pantomime performed by
BBC staff in the region looks set to reach a fundraising milestone of
?100,000. His This year, people from BBC Look North and BBC Radio
Humberside donned wigs and glitter for Mother Goose, their 12th festive
production. All the money raised from ticket sales and donations over
the years has been given to local charities and Children in Need.
A bed and breakfast just over the East Yorkshire border has been named
the second best in the world. First place went to a B in Dorset in the
Travellers' Choice awards by the website, Trip Advisor. But what
makes a B so special and do we have the competition in the East
Riding to rival it? Simon Spark has been finding out. So here we are in
Filey, North Yorkshire looking at the second best Bed Breakfast in
the world, apparently. You'd hardly know, except for the peppering of
five star awards outside, and its perfectly presented frontage. I
don't think we need to plug it more than that. If this has got world
attention now, we need to capitalise. So come on, East
Yorkshire. Pull your socks. But first we need to know how and for
that market research in nearby Bridlington. We can be better. What
would make the world's best bed and breakfast? A good breakfast. A
comfortable bed. Value for money in this day and age. Good food and good
bets. The attitude of people who own it and how clean it is. When we put
all these ingredients together we think we've found a suitable
sparring partner for Filey. The Wolds village in Bainton. This is
the main staircase. We have been put forward to the finals for visit
Britain. It means we are in consideration for one of the top B
and bees. I will take you to the Gothic Victorian room. For a long
time, North Yorkshire has been the destination. We I think we have
proved we are perhaps the best in the walls and we need to go on to be
the best in the world. So the gloves are off. Watch out, Filey!
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The biggest fall in unemployment for more than 15 years.
Tests to see if tidal floods have seriously contaminated some of the
most productive farm land in this area.
I believe we should become more self`sufficient. I'd take the loss
of food production through these recent floods very seriously indeed.
And Macintosh. The weather tomorrow: big response on the subject of jobs.
John says, I am not on job`seekers but the agency I am with have only
give me one day was of work this week, and that does not pay the
rent. Steve says, I think people are happy to be on the dole. I was made
redundant today at one o'clock and by four o'clock I had got a new job.
Jordan says, I am 17 and will take any job because I am not going to
achieve my ambition is due to the lack of jobs available here in Hull.
Thank you for those. We read and listen to them. Good night.
We all have hopes and fears for the future
and for the lives our children and grandchildren will lead.
I want to build a Britain where everyone feels secure,
so our long-term economic plan is building a stronger,
more competitive economy and securing our country's future.