19/02/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


19/02/2014

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Good evening. The government says it's considering extending the

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motorway from London into Lincolnshire. It's refused to

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formally commit to the plan to extend the M11 from Cambridge but

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says it's one of a number of ideas being discussed for the next round

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of funding in six years' time. Simon Spark reports from Spalding.

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Lincolnshire's roads as we know them now. Many single carriageway, slowed

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by many lorries. No wonder that even the slightest possibility of

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extending the M11 into Lincolnshire has got people talking. It's bad

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enough on the rows right now without there being more lorries. Good idea,

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get down to London quicker! At the moment, the M11 runs from London to

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Cambridge. Extending it could see it running through Lincolnshire all the

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way to the Humber Bridge. This is only one idea with their proposed

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plans at present. But an extension is being considered as part of the

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next round of road funding beginning in 2020. The Department for

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Transport say they are currently working closely with local

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authorities and enterprise partnerships to study the challenges

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that exist across the road network. The first stages of these strategies

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will be published in 2014 with further details announced in 2015.

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Many think a motorway could have huge advantages, taking articulated

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lorries off the single carriageways. Others feel it would boost tourism,

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giving easy access to the east coast. Others say it would rip

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through the natural beauty of our rural county, something Lincolnshire

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has managed to preserve for so long. At this logistics forum in

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Spalding, where hauliers were meeting to discuss the problems of

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the road network, the benefits outweighed the consequences. With a

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new road infrastructure around and the volume of the calls we have

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going to this area, it would be a huge benefit. At the moment we are

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one of the areas that are saturated with produce companies. We have a

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huge number of lorries coming both in and out of South Holland at the

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moment, so anything to bring dual carriageways or even a motorway, as

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we are talking about in this instance, would be a huge benefit.

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Whether its many people want or not, it would be the backing of the

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County Council, which it doesn't have. It would be countryside people

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would be driving through. That is not good value for money. It would

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take another 10`year is before a motorway would be reality, with

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plenty of time for debate before then.

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Inspectors say there have been improvements at a hospital trust

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which was placed under special measures last July. The Care Quality

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Commission says standards are better at Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole

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hospitals. But the increased scrutiny from the government into

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the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Trust will continue.

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Petrol stations have reported a rise in the number of people stealing

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petrol and diesel from forecourts. Police say two van drivers are

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thought to be responsible for nearly 30 cases of fuel theft in the East

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Riding since the beginning of the year. Two men have so far been

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arrested and bailed but officers are looking for more.

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Unemployment has fallen across the country, but for thousands of older

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people in our area, the hunt to find work goes on. One job seeker in his

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50s says the government must do more to help people, his age and over,

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back into work. Gemma Dawson has been taking a closer look at the

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figures. The national fall in unemployment is

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echoed in our area. In Yorkshire and the Humber, 240,000 people are now

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out of work, that is a fall of 8,000 on the previous three months. In the

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East Midlands, which includes Lincolnshire, 162,000 people are

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unemployed, which is a drop of 4,000. While the figures show that

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more people are in work, for many, the struggle to find a job

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continues. He has spent hours improving his

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computer skills and has travelled to see a business advisor to help him

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set up his own bitter row each company but this man is hoping this

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job is fair in Lincoln will help him find part`time employment. I may go

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home and think that was a waste of time. On the other hand, I might get

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something positive out of it. I just spoke to one person, he said, yes,

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I'd like to employ you, but you are a bit too old. Stefan is in his 50s

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and he used to work in a hotel, and before that, as a care assistant,

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but he has been out of work for 17 years due to his epilepsy. He was

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declared fit for work more than a year ago so now needs to find a job.

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I always did say I could work. I am as capable of doing most jobs as

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anybody. Office work, factory work, but there needs to be more help with

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opening doors, getting into opportunities, maybe more help

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getting work experience, qualifications. I also feel there

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needs to be a little bit more hands`on training. Here, he gets the

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chance to get his points to the Lincoln MP. As the MP, I facilitated

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the jobs that because I want to put people together, people out of work

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with companies that are advertising. But some people say

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they are still struggling to find work. Either the positions I am

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looking at require experience of qualifications I haven't got, or

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they are looking for people without any qualifications. It's not easy to

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find work when you are older if the young ones are not getting the

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jobs. How are we going to get a job at nearly 60? As opposed the thing I

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would say that you could take heart from is the fact that employment

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rates for the over 50s have increased, the fact more people now

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have got into work, and that unemployment is falling. But for

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Stefan, his search for work continues.

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The Prime Minister says today's figures show the economy is moving

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forward but critics say that many of these jobs are low paid and

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part`time and, as we have seen, not everyone is finding it easy to get a

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job. Time to get the weather now with

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Keeley. After a pleasant day today, it is

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going to become more unsubtle Dover night, which is the theme for

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tomorrow as well. It is becoming breezy out there, becoming dusty as

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a band of rain pushes eastwards. The main band of rain moves away, so we

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have drizzly conditions. It is a mild night. It is windy as well. The

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winds continue tomorrow. Further spells of rain through the morning

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tending to turn showery in nature but we will see a good deal of dry

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and bright weather, with some showers heavy and thundery. The

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temperatures reflect the morning temperatures, tending to drop off

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into single figures through the afternoon.

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That's all from the late team. Newsnight is on BBC Two now. The

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latest on the truce in the Ukraine. We're back in the morning just after

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6:25am. Goodbye for now. Friday, a fine day. For the weekend,

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here is the BBC National weather. We have got rain and wind in the

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forecast, but the good news is that it is not severe. Over the next 24

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hours, some of us will get rain and the winds will be strengthening Not

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stormy at this stage. This is the satellite picture, you can see the

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low pressure in the North Atlantic shunting weather fronts in our

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direction. It has been raining heavily in parts of western

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Scotland. Tonight, the rain will be splashing its way across the UK The

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wind will be freshening as well particularly across western areas.

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Very breezy in land. Most of the rainfall will be across western

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parts of Scotland, maybe the hills of Wales, into the south-west. The

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further east you are, the least amount of rain will fall. A very

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mild night, seven, eight or nine degrees. After a cloudy and wet

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start tomorrow, the wind will blow

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