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


investigation reveals changes to housing benefit haven't freed up


larger homes and have left some in rent arrears.


Still in arrears. I go to the kitchen, and I'm struggling and


selling stuff. A controversial series about life on


benefits ` calls to stop another national network filming in Hull.


It's actually not just going to hear people's feelings. It's going to


cripple the whole area business`wise, and it's going to


make it worse. A call for more arts groups to join


in a 100 day cultural festival for Yorkshire.


And the obesity epidemic in dogs ` why too many treats are making our


pets too fat. And some very promising weather for


the weekend. Join me for the forecast in 15 minutes.


Good evening. When they were introduced a year


ago, changes to housing benefits were supposed to encourage people to


move to more suitable homes. But a BBC investigation shows the changes


have failed to achieve that in many parts of East Yorkshire and


Lincolnshire. Ministers said cutting benefits to families who had a spare


room would free up under occupied homes. But in South Kesteven


District Council in Lincolnshire, only twenty three households


actually relocated. That's just over two percent of those affected by the


benefit changes. In Hull, the figure is one hundred and sixty two


households, which is just over three per cent. But it has been more


successful in the East Riding. 204 households have moved out ` almost


seventeen percent. The national average is 6%. Jake Zuckerman has


been looking at the impact of the policy critics have dubbed "the


bedroom tax". The spare room subsidy, known to its


critics as the bedroom tax. A policy, says the government,


designed to move benefit claimants with more bedrooms than they need


into smaller accommodation more suited to their requirements. But


evidence suggests it's failing in that aim, and driving tennants into


arrears. Anne Lawton suffers from mental health problems. Changes to


the benefits system meant she had to downsize from a two` to a


one`bedroom flat. She was lucky enough to find somewhere to move to,


but in the meantime, she's been left hundreds of pounds in debt. I'm


still in arrears. I go to the soup kitchen, and I'm struggling, and


selling stuff. I did have stuff to sell, but I haven't really got stuff


to sell now. How am I going to pay back the rent? In North


Lincolnshire, 48% of those affected by the so`called bedroom tax are in


arrears, the highest rate in our region. In Lincoln, where the City


Council is subsidising those affected, that figure is just over


7%. In Hull, more than 20% are in arrears. In Hull, they've


refurbished more than 70 small flats to try and meet the demand for


one`bed accommodation. Been here two months, and it is so great to get a


one`bedroom place. It took a lot of stress of me. In North East


Lincolnshire, Shoreline Housing Association says its tenants now owe


?155,000 in total. We provide as much support with partners as we


can, but ultimately, the responsibility does all to be tenant


to pay, and regrettably in sick instances where the tenant can't or


won't pay, we have little option other than to take some form of


action to try to encourage them to pay. But the government rejects


accusations that the policy isn't working. If you are the taxpayer,


paying for people to be on housing benefits, many of those cannot have


spare bedrooms in their house, so how could they be paying for other


people do have that? So as I said, you have to look at this from the


full 360 degrees. Whatever the government's intentions, in East


Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, thousands of people like Anne are


now in arrears, many with no idea how they're going to pay.


I'm joined by the Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness Graham


Stuart, who's a supporter of the changes to housing benefit. Good


evening. Thank you for coming in. Do you accept the changes haven't


actually work the macro absolutely not. I found your piece remarkable,


and the introduction inaccurate. 6% of people in the first 11 months a


fact that have moved out. That is 30,000 homes which were being used


by people who didn't need the space. They are now being enjoyed by


families previously in overcrowded accommodation. Just in the first 11


months. It is triumphant. It is also saving the taxpayer. It doesn't


sound it. Not when you listen to your piece, when the BBC lines of


this research. You should go and research the people in London, the


left`wing orientation of the corporation. It seems ever more


present. Go and ask hundreds and thousands of people in overcrowded


housing what they think. Ask the thousand families who are living in


a house that can meet their needs, rather than picking on and


suggesting as you did in your introduction, a falsehood, that it


wasn't leaning to people moving out. It is leading to that. It is


doing the right thing. It is saving money. I will ask people at home


what they think in the moment. Let's read an e`mail from Arthur. He says


the bedroom tax is ill thought out, unworkable and divisive policy. That


is an e`mail from a viewer. Well, I am not surprised if you keep


paddling the entire false those that have happened this evening. The


truth is, 30,000 people already are able to move out of overcrowded


housing into these homes. You had the ridiculous situation where the


taxpayer was subsidising rooms which people didn't need at a time when we


had a real shortage of housing. This policy is working. I am 100% behind


it, and I am just disappointed that the BBC both nationally and locally


should give such a totally biased view of the fact. 30,000 people


rehoused in the first ten months. It is a triumph. One more question.


Jake reports a lady has made the move but still owes rent and a


former home, and is now having to sell family heirlooms to get the


money together. What is your message to her? Well, I say again, if you


look at the amount of arrears, your viewers, having listened to your


introduction, would they think they have gone up or down? Do you know


what they did in the last quarter of last year? They went down, an


average of 4.1% to 3.9%. The whole picture painted by opponents of


this, the left leading media and the Labour Party, is false, and arrears


are down, and the number of people in homes who desperately need them


is up. It is working. We need to have confidence. I am going to stop


you there. Thank you for coming in. Some people have been debating this


on our Facebook page. Stephen tells us: "we moved last year because of


this bedroom tax after extensive adaptations for my disability. Now


all the work has to be done again." Let us know what you think. Have you


been affected by the changes? The details are on the screen.


In a moment: A bright future ` how the announcements made by Siemens


could bring more investment to the area.


There's anger in Hull that the city could soon be featured in a


television programme about life on benefits. Channel five says it's


chosen to feature Hull as one of several locations in the UK. There


are fears it could tarnish Hull's reputation so soon after a wave of


good news. Caroline Bilton reports. It's been a week where Hull has been


basking in good news. The city seems to be riding on a wave of


positivity. But for one television programme maker, it's not the


positive news they want to focus on. Channel five has chosen to feature


Hull as part of programme about life on benefits.


Scunthorpe has already been there. It featured in a Channel four


programme last year called Skint, which was criticised by some for its


negative portrayal of the area. It makes people look like scroungers.


At the Goodwin Community College in Hull this morning, where youngsters


are given training to help them back into employment, there was real


anger that the city could be featured for all the wrong reasons.


We just got the City of Culture, which was hard to get, and we won


it, and we were grateful. Now, they are going to make whole look like on


Benefits Street. Would You Come To Hull? No. It's Not Just Going To


Hurt People's Feelings, It Is Going To Cripple The Whole Area


Business`wise And Make It Worse. They Aren't Interested In Coming To


A City Like All That, Despite Decades Of Economic Woes, Has Pulled


Itself Up Eyes Bootstraps. They Are Just Not Interested In That. They


Are Not Interested In Hearing About Us As A Community, Because It


Doesn't Sell Advertising. That Is Why They Are Making It.


It's Touched The Nerve Of Local Politicians Too. Can I Just Express


My Dismay That Channel Five seem to be proposing to do a further


documentary about people living in benefits in the north, and have


chosen Hull? I wonder if we could have a debate on responsible


documentary making. Channel five says they are "in the process of


filming a show in Hull on the topic of benefits and employment. It will


feature as one of several locations in the UK within a series." It's a


city that does have high levels of deprivation and unemployment, but at


the moment, Hull is in the spotlight for all the right reasons and many


people here want to keep it that way.


Caroline's in Hull this evening. We've had national TV programmes


featuring Scunthorpe and Grimsby recently. Why do Channel five want


to come to Hull? Yes, Hull does have a lot to smile


about but there is no getting away from the fact that Hull is the fifth


most deprived city in the UK and to a television producer in London this


would make Hull an ideal place to feature. And let's face it, they're


unlikely to come here to the marina, for example, and show Hull's good


bits. However, they've chosen the wrong time to do this. There's a


real pride in this city now that wasn't perhaps here ten years ago


and people want to protect that. For the first time, people in Hull now


have something to throw back at the critics. Will a programme of this


nature tarnish Hull's current reputation? Will it dent that pride?


I don't think so. Well, let's throw that one open. Another story we'd


like your thoughts on. Will any good come out of people in Hull taking


part or will it hinder the image? Do you think it will harm the city? Or


have these programmes been done already and no one will notice? If


you want to be in touch, the text number is 81333.


Police are trying to find the parents of a little boy who was


found wandering on a street in Lincoln. They say the boy is


believed to be about two or three and was wearing red slippers.


Officers think he may be Eastern European and they want anyone who


knows him to come forward. The Environment Agency has met with


organisations from East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire to discuss


what lessons can be learnt from recent flooding. More than a


thousand homes were damaged along the Humber during last December's


tidal surge. One resident from Burringham near Scunthorpe, who's


still living with her neighbour, hopes action will be taken. The


defence needs to be done along the river bank. I think that's the main


thing. I hope we have learned our lessons and will do the work that


needs to be done. It is a lot of heartbreak.


Organisers of a cultural festival marking a hundred days until the


start of the Tour De France say they need more groups to come forward to


be part of the comes to Yorkshire. Events are being held across the


county but just a handful are here in East Yorkshire, and only two were


granted any of the funding set aside for the project. Tonight, the


organisers have denied that East Yorkshire and Hull have been


overlooked, and they want more groups to come forward to be part of


the celebrations. A dance display to mark 100 days


since the Tour de France will come to the reason. This event last night


kicked up a festival running up to the start of the race, involving


arts and cultural events across the region. It will involve things like


this. This video artwork will be displayed at an art gallery in Hull


from me, with help from an ?8,000 grant from the festival organisers


Welcome To Yorkshire. I hope the effect of the wider festival will be


very beneficial, and that people while they are in this area, will be


attracted to come to Hull and see the wonderful museums and other


displays that we have here at the gallery. When the tour comes to


Yorkshire in July, none of the stages will be in the East of the


county. But organisers say the Hull region will benefit from thousands


of visitors bringing ?100 million to the local economy. This is the


brochure setting out events that will be part of the 100 days of art


and culture. In the opening, it says it will span the county, engaging


the widest possible audience. Flip through to the map in the middle,


and you can see that the 47 events, only three are listed as being in


East Yorkshire or in Hull. More are being added, but of those, only to


have been successful in getting any funding there were 28 applications,


including a performance of A Taste Of Honey, which was rejected. He


transforms into a show dog. This play is part of a festival in Hull,


also listed as one of the tour's cultural events. But the organisers


say they didn't even apply for funding, because they were made to


feel it was not worth it. We got the feeling that most of the funding for


the big projects would go to those in the leaves and Harrogate area,


and that East Yorkshire, while it might be a conduit for people from


Europe to that part of the world, it would not necessarily be a stop off


point for people going to enjoy the race. Welcome To Yorkshire says it


held road shows all across the region, inviting all types of


applications. It was always clear that there were different strands to


the festival, and that very clearly, it was not just about having events


happening where the root of the race is going, although there was one


specific strand for that. But everything else was about high


quality work, imagination, vision. The organisers are still one groups


from East Yorkshire to get involved, and more events will be added to the


festival. Still ahead tonight: Hull City say


their goalkeeper will miss the rest of the season after this collision


at West Ham. And why our unhealthy eating habits


could be making our pets too fat. We love to get your photos.


Tonight's was taken by Vic Barnes. It is Wootton in North Lincolnshire.


Thank you very much for that. We will have another picture on Monday.


Good evening. How are you? Very well. I understand your weather show


is one`year`old this weekend. Somebody in broadcasting said they


didn't think it would last many weeks. Me, actually. Me as well! We


have cloud spot is on this weekend, and you are a special guest, Peter.


I know, this is a downhill part of my career, appearing on the weather


show. Stevie Wonder and Bryan Adams, as well. What else do you want on a


weekend? Let's look at the next 24 hours. Very promising. British


summer Time starts on Sunday morning, and there will be some very


pleasant sunshine developing. Inland, it will become warm, chilly


along the coast. Drier air comes from the continent over the next 24


hours. That will mean the weekend is looking very promising. It has not


been a bad day, actually, better than we thought across parts of


Lincolnshire. There has still been a keen easterly breeze. A lot of cloud


further north. That will come and go overnight. There might be a bit


patchy rain from the south`east for a time later. Clear spells


redeveloped, a bit of low cloud further north, misty nurse in places


where the lowest temperatures are down to six Celsius or 43


Fahrenheit. The sun will rise in the morning at around 5:43am. Whole


Victoria Dock at four minutes past five in the morning. A grey starting


places. Patchy fog and mist will clear, turning Sunny quite quickly


across The Wash. Sunshine pushes northwards. By lunchtime or shortly


afterwards, much of our area will be bright, with good deal of sunshine.


Let's look at the top afternoon temperatures. A cool breeze along


the coast. Highs of just nine Celsius. Inland, 12 or 13. Further


west, 16 or possibly 17 inborn. That is 63 Fahrenheit. Sunday looks good


too. A grey starting places, the sun comes out, and temperatures in


western parts again are 15 or 16 degrees. Get your shorts out. That


is a kiss of death, if you mention that. Six o'clock on Monday on radio


Lincolnshire and six o'clock on Saturday. You're going head`to`head


with the man from the Cloud Appreciation Society. That is not a


joke, as well. Have a good weekend. One of the key figures behind


bringing the Siemens Green Port to Hull says it's just the beginning of


more investment and jobs. The energy company announced this week that it


was investing hundreds of millions of pounds in the Humber.


more investment and jobs. The energy company announced this week that And


there's now a huge sense of optimism for the future. Here's our Business


Correspondent Paul Murphy. It has been a momentous week in


Hull. The ?310 million investment by Siemens will mean more than 1000


wind turbine jobs are created into factories on the Humber. And it is


claimed that is only the beginning. Optimism breeds success, so I think


the scale in terms of the offshore wind side of things will be very


big, and we haven't seen what will come from that. I am confident the


announcements we have had today will be followed by others in the future


which will support that, but also putting Hull very truly on the map


in respect of being a city where things are happening. This was a


last big industry here, employing thousands. It collapsed after


political argument over fishing grounds. The trawlers used to come


in there. For former trawler men like Ken, news a big investment lift


his spirits. It is brilliant news. This town is going to be buzzing


again, like it was in the 60s, 70s and 80s, with the fishing industry.


This could be as big as that, if not bigger. In the wake of the old


maritime industry here, a new one is emerging. Siemens is, according to


one local MP, the biggest fish that Hull has ever landed. And the


challenge now for communities all around the Humber is to make the


most of the hand they have been dealt. We should never lose sight of


the importance of the Humber. It has always been very successful. The


decline of the fishing fleet and the industry hit Hull very hard, but we


have actually always been very successful in maximising our key


asset, which is the Humber. The first judge could be advertised


soon. Construction work on the new factories will begin within months.


The end of a very successful week for the Humber area.


And there'll be an in`depth look at Siemens coming to the Humber on this


weekend's Sunday Politics. That's from 11:15 on BBC One.


The RAF's "Dambuster" squadron, which used to be based in


Lincolnshire, has been disbanded as its Tornado aircraft are withdrawn


from service. A special ceremony took place today at the famous 617


Squadron's most recent base, Lossiemouth in Scotland. It'll be


reformed in 2016 at its new location at RAF Marham in Norfolk.


A few minutes ago, I told you about a little boy who had been found


wandering in the streets of LinkedIn. The police have just told


us that his father has contacted them, and they have now been


reunited. Now, it is a rare but serious


injury, and a collision with an opponent on Wednesday night has left


Hull City's goalkeeper in hospital for at least another week. Alan


McGregor suffered kidney damage during the game against West Ham


United and will probably miss the rest of the season including the FA


Cup semifinal at Wembley. More from our sports reporter Simon Clark.


This was the incident which robbed Hull City of Allan McGregor for the


rest of this campaign. The impact bought West Ham a penalty and


McGregor a red card, but it's the impact on his health that most


concerns manager Steve Bruce. I went to see him yesterday in the high


dependency unit in London in hospital. He is in a lot of pain,


and we obviously hope he is going to come through it. We expect him to be


in hospital for the best part of the week. The lads send him their best


wishes, and hope him a speedy recovery, but it does not sound good


for him. But equally, I think if the referee had seen the handball


before, I don't big it would have got to that stage. The Tigers could


make changes looking for the magic formula that will give them their


10th win following win number nine at home to West Bromwich last week.


Former player Kevin Kilburn and things despite this setback, the


Tigers are separate vintage year. Steve Bruce knows exactly what is


needed to stay in the league. He has the live area size of various


clubs. I think this will be his defining moment, especially as a


Hull manager. It will be a defining moment when he finally achieves


safety. Today is the last day for its season`ticket holders to vote on


proposals for a name change. They will continue this campaign without


their rock at the back, but in Stephen Harper, they have a more


than capable deputy as they had for Stoke City looking for something to


secure their Premier league future. BBC Radio Humberside will have full


commentary of Hull City's trip to Stoke City tomorrow, you will be


able to hear that on their FM frequency. Build`up starts at 1:30.


Scunthorpe United's match at home to Wycombe Wanderers will be on their


AM from 3:00. Wycombe Wanderers will be on their


AM from And Grimsby Town's trip to Hereford United will be on digital


and online. On BBC Radio Lincolnshire, there will be full


commentary of Lincoln City's game at Tamworth with build up from two.


Lincolnshire, there will be full commentary of Lincoln If you're a


rugby league fan, the build up to Hull FC's home game against Salford


is on BBC Radio Humberside now. And on Sunday, there will be


commentary of Hull Kingston Rovers' home match against Wakefield. Enjoy


your football and rugby league. It seems dogs are becoming fat


because of our unhealthy eating habits. More than half of pet owners


in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire admit to feeding their dogs high fat


treats. A national charity says it's leading to an obesity epidemic.


Leanne Brown has been to meet one dog on a diet.


It's weigh`in day for Zed the border collie, who's got a bit of a sweet


tooth. He weighs 45.8 kilograms today. We used to have a neighbour


that used to sit out in the garden with a cup of tea and biscuits and


cakes and vest that and the other, and he used to go and demolish them.


Zed weighs around seven stone ` that's twice the average border


collie. But he's not alone. Dogs across the country are being fed


left over take`aways, biscuits, chips and even booze. 51% of owners


in Yorkshire and the Humber give their dogs fatty treats. In the East


Midlands, it's 54%. But Scotland tops the lardy league table, with


72% feeding their dogs unhealthy snacks. The pet charity PDSA says


owners simply don't realise they are causing any harm. A lot of pet


owners think they are making their pets happy by giving them their


food. What they don't seem to realise is, the health problems it


can have. It can cause diabetes, it can cause arthritis, and heart


disease. They are actually killing their pets with kindness by giving


them these extra foods. The charity have today launched this video to


get the message across. And to show what their pet fit club has done for


Ruby the Jack Russell. But it's going to be a difficult task for


Chris and Zed. Because of my disability, I'm becoming more and


more it mobilised. So as much as I would like to, I can't go out as


much. He's hoping chasing a ball will get rid of some of the bulge.


The time is five minutes to seven. Let's get a recap of the national


and regional headlines. There's a new surge area for the


missing Malaysians light, and for the first time, spotter planes


flying debris. A BBC investigation reveals changes to housing benefit


haven't freed up larger homes, and that there are some in rent


arrears. A grey starting places, spells of


sunshine by afternoon. Temperatures tomorrow getting up to around 16


Celsius, or 61 Fahrenheit. We were discussing housing benefit


there. Jenny says, my flat is too small for my girls and me, but I


would never want to force someone out of their home and face financial


hardship. I live on my own in a two`bedroom house. Not moving


because my grandkids might want to come and stay. Peter, the MP, needs


to get into the real world. There are many people who would like to


move, but there aren't enough suitable houses for them. I think


arrears accrued after applying to downsize and should be scrapped.


After all, it is not the tenant's fault there is nowhere to move to.


Thank you for watching. Have a good weekend. I will see one


Monday. Good night.


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