22/01/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Sunday. Make the most of Saturday because Sunday looks pretty filthy.

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Thank you. Good evening and welcome to BBC Look

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North. The headlines tonight. Demands for flood protection for the

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land that grows our food. I think the Environment Agency and

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politicians need to take it seriously. The biggest fall in

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unemployment for 15 years ` the Government says thousands more are

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in work in this area. Short taxi trips for council staff

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labelled an absurd waste of money. With three Yorkshire B voted

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among the best in the world, we find out what makes a good one. That

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detailed forecast comes up in 15 minutes.

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Farmland in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire should be protected from

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flooding in the same way as homes ` that's according to local farmers

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who believe food security should be given higher priority. The

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Government has said that protecting houses will come first when flood

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defences are repaired and improved. But experts have told BBC Look North

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that the salt water which flooded onto fields in December could have

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caused long`term damage. With more, here's Linsey Smith. This was Paul

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Martinson's land in Yokefleet last month. Lying beneath the salt water,

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winter crops he thought would perish. But as he takes soil samples

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today, there are positive signs. I think the winter crops will

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survive, it's just the effects of the salt and total progress through

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spring. But they look fine the moment. But experts at Bishop Burton

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College say salt can cause untold damage. We have simulated salt water

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flooding here. We have topped it up with saltwater, which caused this to

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disburse. The structure is ruined. Your crops do not grow. How many

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years can it affect it? It could be five years or even longer.

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That's a concern because over 15,000 people are employed on the land in

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East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The country's larder, it produces 30% of

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the nation's vegetables and salads. Which is why some argue it should be

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given a higher priority in flood plans. There is more the Environment

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Agency could do to help farmers would flood defences. It is a

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two`way stream. It needs to be caught about. The Environment Agency

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told as they do not decide where defences out bills. That is based on

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a points scoring system set down by the government. It's something on

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Bruce Rowle's mind. He watched salt water saturate 450 acres of his

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family farm in South Ferriby. The tide was three feet higher than in

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1953. They were the most damaging floods in history and killed 300

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people. It had less effect. Flood defences have been improved in that

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time, but the messages, we have to keep improving them because these

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events happen. It will be some time before salt as return their results.

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In the meantime ` farmers are hoping this was a freak event ` rather than

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a taste of things to come. I asked and Macintosh what the priorities

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should be. The Labour government and in 2005 and made sure that life,

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people and property at the first line of funding. It is clearly

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unacceptable if we lose that tracks of land to tidal coastal surges in

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this way. I suppose the question is, is their money there to protect

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fields and land and defend them from the saltwater? I think we have to

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look at new sources of funding, possibly insurance companies. Is it

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not a government job? Every single department has to look at its

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budget. What we are looking to do is factor in partnership funding. There

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is a possibility of farm funds under the new budget. There are a number

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of funds we can look to. A lot of this land is very close to the

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scene. Maybe we can afford to do anything. I look at food security

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and take it very seriously. If we are going to lose farmland to the

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same, obviously the landowner must be compensated. I believe we should

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become more self`sufficient. Our self`sufficiency needs to be

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increased. I take the loss of food production through these floods very

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seriously. We are not going to be out of the Jews food if we do not

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have fields and plan to do it on. `` we are not going to be able to

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produce food. I believe there is a way we can work with farmers to make

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sure if they repeatedly lose land, there has to be some form of

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compensation for them. I believe there are new funds we could look

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out for that purpose. Another story we will continue to follow.

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A young mother from Hull who had post`natal depression when she

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killed her five`week`old baby should have been offered more help for her

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condition, a report has found. Natasha Sultan, on the right, was

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given a three`year supervision order for infanticide. A serious case

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review by the Hull Safeguarding Children Board, found the death

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could not have been prevented or predicted but extra support for

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post`natal depression would have been beneficial.

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The number of people out of work has fallen again. The latest figures

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from the Government show that thousands more people are in work in

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the Yorkshire and Humber Region and also in the East Midlands which

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includes Lincolnshire. Tim Iredale has been looking at the figures.

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The latest figures show the largest quarterly fall in unemployment since

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1997. The jobless total in the Yorkshire and Humber region fell by

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8,000 to 235,00. Meanwhile, unemployment in the East Midlands

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region ` which covers Lincolnshire ` fell by 28,000 to 149,000. The

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Employment Minister says that means fewer job`seekers in our area are

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having to get on their bikes to look for work elsewhere. They should not

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have to leave the area. Employment has gone up, so it shows there are

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opportunities. There is work across a spectrum of jobs.

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With an unemployment rate of 6.4% the East Midlands is below the

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national average of 7.1%, but the Yorkshire and Humber region still

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has a unemployment rate of 8.4% and there are pockets of our area where

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the jobless total remains stubbornly high, such as East Hull. There's not

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many available jobs in the area. A lot of people have applied and there

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are no vacancies. I think they're right jobs available. I think a lot

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of people are stalking the benefits trap. I think a lot of people are

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brought up to think that sometimes it is easier to stay at home and get

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benefits, but they're right jobs if people are willing to put themselves

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out. `` there are jobs. All the main political parties have

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welcomed today's news. However, senior Labour figures have expressed

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concern that unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber isn't

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falling as fast as other regions in the South.

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Since last October, we've been following these four ` Teri, Stefan,

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Josh and Jess ` who're all hoping to find employment. Gemma Dawson has

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been to find out if the New Year has brought new opportunities.

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It's a new term, and Jess is back in class. We're playing a game adding

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numbers together and testing children's mental arithmetic. As

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part of her traineeship she has been helping out at this primary school

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for the last few months. I have realised I want to work with

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children of an older age, but I may start working with children younger

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and then work my way up, because there are not many teaching

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assistant jobs available. At college, Jess and Josh are preparing

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for work. Josh is studying for a skills exam next week and is hopeful

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he will be able to find a job soon. I'm feeling slightly more confident.

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There's a new Tesco, so there will be loads of jobs opening up there. I

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have heard that many other places are starting recruitment. Stefan is

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continuing computer training in Lincoln. He has been out of work for

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17 years due to his epilepsy. He was hoping to launch his own literary

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company next month, but has just discovered he is not eligible for a

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government scheme which offers money and support to people starting their

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own business. It makes it harder. Not impossible, and just makes it

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that much harder. The difference would be, you would have that safety

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net. In Bridlington, Teri is packing. She has lived in the resort

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most of her life, but after four years looking for work, she is

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moving to Doncaster. Brid has really got me down. The fact that I've been

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running around trying to find work, and I think doing this move to

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Doncaster is going to be a hell of a lot better all`round. So the New

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Year is bringing new challenges for these four people, all hoping they

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will soon find employment. I've been talking to the Labour MP

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for Hull East Karl Turrner if he welcomed the latest figures which

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show that Unemployment is down. We would welcome any drop in

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unemployment. However, I think this mask the reality of what is

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happening in places like Hull. This is the biggest fall in unemployment

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since 1997. That shows the coalition has got it right. Peter, in Hull

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East, the number has gone down 27 cents last month. I welcome that

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works I want to know what the judge that, if indeed they are. People

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coming off benefits does not necessarily mean they are rigged

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full`time employment. The reality is people on zero our contract, people

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who are underemployed. Do you agree with M The Who so that young people

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must be prepared to lower their ambitions and take jobs in coffee

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shops and they want to get on in life? I think people in my area are

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lucky to get anywhere. People are desperate for employment. If that is

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available, I welcome that but I want proper jobs, not zero our contract

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jobs of part`time jobs. We saw that lad in the film who is excited at

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the prospect of a job in Tesco in Lincoln. She is saying many people

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think these jobs are beneath them and don't want to do them. How about

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is the evidence for that. Certainly not my experience. People I see on a

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regular basis at desperate for proper work. What they don't want

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and cannot afford to do is have a zero our contract were their

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employer is taxing them and expecting them to turn up in an

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afternoon, work two hours then travel fans. She has also said young

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Britons are less prepared in the world of like the migrant and need

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to learn the basics like turning up on time. Our young people let

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themselves down? I doubt whether there is any evidence. It might be

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headlined travelling. It proves how out of touch this government is.

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They are complacent on this issue. There is a cost of living prices

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they need to address. It's in my area are ?1600 a year worse off as a

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result of the government policy. Women in my area and ?1900 a year

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worse off. You the governments are not in touch and they leave to

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address it. Thank you. We want your thoughts on this story.

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What are your experiences of the employment situation at the moment.

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Is Esther McVeigh right when she says young people should be prepared

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to set their sights lower to get into the jobs market or is it the

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case that the jobs simply aren't there?

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Still ahead tonight: Rugby returns ` Hull's super league teams prepare,

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with more than a dozen new players. Nice clouds at Middleton on the

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Wolds taken by Nelly Naylor. Oh, yes.

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Thank you for that. You were putting me off then. Margaret wants to know

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what has happened to Keely Donovan. She is lying on a beach in

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Australia, presumably trying to get a tan like yours. She will be back.

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I am working this Friday. She will be back next week. We will look at

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the headlines for tomorrow. Short, sharp bursts of heavy rain around

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nine o'clock in the morning. That will be out of the way and skies

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will brighten up from the West. That was the weather fronts that brought

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the rent from overnight. As it's looks like it will be a fairly

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straightforward night across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and

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Norfolk. There will be a few showers pushing in from the west. Watch out

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for icy patches on untreated surfaces. Roundabout dawn, it will

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be dry. A very short active weather front. It will last about an hour or

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two. The afternoon looks quite nice. Sunshine with one or two

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showers. Highs of six Celsius. Unsettled outlook Friday.

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Potentially heavy rain later on Sunday.

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I would love to stay and chat but good night.

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It's a journey of just 500 feet but it's cost local tax payers ?42,000.

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Lincolnshire County Council has spent the money on taxis shuttling

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workers to a call centre from a parking area to a nearby call centre

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because of safety concerns. But it's been called an absurd waste of

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public money. Sarah Corker reports. An early morning taxi picks up

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council workers in Lincoln today. Nothing unusual there you might

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think. But their journey to the office is just one tenth of a mile.

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It's because some staff say the short walk is unsafe in the winter.

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It is intimidating. There are people who come up behind you, you can see

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they are, on bikes. People have been mugged around here. It is a

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dangerous, intimidating place. It can get very dark, especially around

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this area. It is not particularly safe, especially for young ladies.

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Employees are shuttled 524 feet from the Spa Road car park over the river

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to a call centre. A service costing ?7,000 a year ` that's been running

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for six years. Others who use this area, like the rowing club, told me

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it's a waste of money at a time of council cuts.

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And the shuttle runs between November and March, morning and

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night. Maybe they should improve the public transport facilities. I don't

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know. They are making cuts everywhere else but they are

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ferrying staff unnecessarily. The problem is, pedestrians are not

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supposed to use as bridge. There is no footpad. It is a 20 minute walk

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along an unlit route by the river. The council said it has a duty of

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care to make sure its employees get to work safely. How can you justify

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spending less money on taxes when the council has to make savings of

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?39 million? We do understand that. It was not a decision we made

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lightly. We looked at lots of options. The difficulty we have is

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that everyone is different shifts, so they do not all come to work

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together or leave work together. We had to look at a cost effective way

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of getting people to. ?? new line As the light fades ` the evening taxi

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arrives. But there's not much demand for it tonight. The council is

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looking for a cheaper alternative until improvements to the roads are

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planned. There could be up to 14 new players

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on the pitch when Hull FC welcome neighbours Hull Kingston Rovers to

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the KC stadium on Sunday for a pre`season friendly. You Both teams

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have recruited heavily in the winter hoping to improve their fortunes.

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Here's our sports reporter Simon Clark. See when Hull FC and Hull

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Kingston Rovers meet this week in a friendly, fans will be introduced to

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a number of new players. They have both built extensively. Key signings

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include: we had a few friendlies last year.

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We are missing one with Sean Gleeson. We will play whoever

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performs the best will be there. We are carrying a decent sized squad

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this weekend. When they say Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC are

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neighbours, it is quite literally true. When come to the league

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campaign and to this friendly match at the weekend, will they be close

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together far apart? Peter Stevenson was once a leading Everton player

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until serious injury robbed of his career. He has graduated as a

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journalist. Who better to offer an objective view of the Derby? Is the

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body needs to get prepared for that sort of contact. New blokes have

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never experienced it. Whoever wins on Sunday, don't read too much into

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it because there is a long way to go until now and the end of the super

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league. The annual pantomime performed by

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BBC staff in the region looks set to reach a fundraising milestone of

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?100,000. His This year, people from BBC Look North and BBC Radio

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Humberside donned wigs and glitter for Mother Goose, their 12th festive

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production. All the money raised from ticket sales and donations over

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the years has been given to local charities and Children in Need.

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A bed and breakfast just over the East Yorkshire border has been named

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the second best in the world. First place went to a B in Dorset in the

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Travellers' Choice awards by the website, Trip Advisor. But what

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makes a B so special and do we have the competition in the East

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Riding to rival it? Simon Spark has been finding out. So here we are in

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Filey, North Yorkshire looking at the second best Bed Breakfast in

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the world, apparently. You'd hardly know, except for the peppering of

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five star awards outside, and its perfectly presented frontage. I

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don't think we need to plug it more than that. If this has got world

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attention now, we need to capitalise. So come on, East

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Yorkshire. Pull your socks. But first we need to know how and for

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that market research in nearby Bridlington. We can be better. What

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would make the world's best bed and breakfast? A good breakfast. A

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comfortable bed. Value for money in this day and age. Good food and good

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bets. The attitude of people who own it and how clean it is. When we put

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all these ingredients together we think we've found a suitable

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sparring partner for Filey. The Wolds village in Bainton. This is

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the main staircase. We have been put forward to the finals for visit

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Britain. It means we are in consideration for one of the top B

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and bees. I will take you to the Gothic Victorian room. For a long

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time, North Yorkshire has been the destination. We I think we have

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proved we are perhaps the best in the walls and we need to go on to be

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the best in the world. So the gloves are off. Watch out, Filey!

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It is not just East Yorkshire but Lincolnshire as well. If you have a

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story you think we Let's get a recap of the national and regional

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headlines. Should know about, let others know.

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The biggest fall in unemployment for more than 15 years.

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Tests to see if tidal floods have seriously contaminated some of the

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most productive farm land in this area.

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I believe we should become more self`sufficient. I'd take the loss

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of food production through these recent floods very seriously indeed.

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And Macintosh. The weather tomorrow: big response on the subject of jobs.

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John says, I am not on job`seekers but the agency I am with have only

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give me one day was of work this week, and that does not pay the

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rent. Steve says, I think people are happy to be on the dole. I was made

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redundant today at one o'clock and by four o'clock I had got a new job.

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Jordan says, I am 17 and will take any job because I am not going to

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achieve my ambition is due to the lack of jobs available here in Hull.

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Thank you for those. We read and listen to them. Good night.

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We all have hopes and fears for the future

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and for the lives our children and grandchildren will lead.

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I want to build a Britain where everyone feels secure,

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so our long-term economic plan is building a stronger,

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more competitive economy and securing our country's future.

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