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Good evening. It was dubbed 'bedroom tax' by
critics ` benefit changes ddsigned to encourage council tenants judged
to have some spare rooms to move to smaller homes. But a BBC
investigation shows changes to housing benefits have failed to
achieve that in many parts of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. In the
South Kesteven district council in Lincolnshire, only 23 households
actually relocated. That's just over 2% of those affected by the benefit
changes. In Hull, the figurd is 162 households, which is just over %.
But it has been more successful in the East Riding. 204 households have
moved out ` almost 17%. The national average is 6%. Jake Zuckerm`n
reports. The spare room subsidy, known to its
critics as the bedroom tax. A policy, says the government,
designed to move benefit cl`imants with more bedrooms than thex need
into smaller accommodation lore suited to their requirements. But
evidence suggests it's failhng in that aim, and driving tenants into
arrears. Anne Lawton suffers from mental health problems. Changes to
the benefits system meant she had to downsize from a two to a ond bedroom
flat. She was lucky enough to find somewhere to move to, but in the
meantime, she's been left htndreds of pounds in debt. I am still in
arrears. I go to the soup khtchen. I am struggling and I am sellhng
stuff. I haven't really got stuff to sell now, so how am I going to pay
back the rent? In North Lincolnshire, 40% of those `ffected
by the so`called bedroom tax are in arrears, the highest rate in the
region. `` 48%. In Lincoln, where the council are subsidising it, it
is just over 7%, while in Htll, more than 20% are in arrears. In Hull,
they have refurbished more than 70 small flats to meet the dem`nd for
one bed accommodation. I have been here for two months and I al now
delighted to get a one`bedroom place. It took a lot of strdss off
me. In Northeast Lincolnshire, Shoreline Housing Partnershhp says
its tenants now owe ?155,000 in total. We provide as much stpport as
we can, but the responsibilhty does ultimately fall to the tenant to
pay. Regrettably, in a circtmstance when the tenant can't pay, we have
little option other than to take action to encourage them to do so.
But the Government rejects accusations that the policy is not
working. Tens of thousands `re already able to move out of
overcrowded homes. We had a ridiculous situation where the
taxpayer was subsidising rooms that people did not need at a tile when
we had a real shortage of housing. I am 100% behind this policy. It is
working. 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 are going to pay.
It's billed as one of Yorkshire s biggest arts festivals: A
celebration of the 100 days of countdown to the start of the Tour
de France. Events are being held across the county but only ` handful
are in East Yorkshire and only two have been given any funding.
Tonight, the organisers havd denied the area has been overlooked as
Sarah Walton reports. A dance display to mark 100 until
the Tour de France comes to the region. This event in Rippon last
night kicked off a festival running up to the start of the race
involving arts and cultural events across the region. And it whll
involve things like this. This video artwork will be displayed at the
Ferens Art Gallery in Hull from May with the help of an ?8,000 grant
from the festival organisers Welcome To Yorkshire. I hope that the effect
will be beneficial in that people, whilst in the area, will be
attracted to come to Hull and see our wonderful museums and dhsplays
at the gallery. Now, when the Tour comes to Yorkshire in July, none of
the stages will be in the E`st of the county. But organisers say the
whole region will benefit from thousands of visitors, bringing ?100
million to the local economx. This is the brochure setting out all the
events taking place for the festival. In the opening it says it
will be 'spanning the countx', engaging the widest possibld
audience. But turn to the m`p, and just three of the 47 events listed
are in East Yorkshire or Hull. More events are being added but only two
have been given any funding. There were 28 applications, including Hull
Truck's performance of A Taste Of Honey. It was rejected. He
transforms into a show dog! This play is part of the Heads Up
Festival in Hull, also listdd 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 like it wasn't worth it. I think we got the feelhng that
most of the funding for the big projects would go to companhes that
deliver projects around the Leeds and Harrogate area, although it
might be a conduit for people in Europe to going to that part of the
world, which wouldn't necessarily be a stop off point for people going to
the race. It was always cle`r in the road shows that there were different
strands to the festival and that, very clearly, it was not just about
having the events happening where the route is going, although there
was one very specific strand for that. The organisers still want
groups from East Yorkshire to get involved, and more events whll be
added to the festival. Sarah Walton, BBC Look North, Hull.
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 will be reformdd in
2016 at its new location at RAF Marham in Norfolk.
Hull FC have turned around last weekend's home defeat with ` victory
over Salford at the KC. The Black and Whites were dominant throughout.
The final score was Hull FC 30` Salford Red. Hull Kingston Rovers
will face Wakefield at home on Sunday. There will be commentary on
BBC Radio Humberside from 3:00pm. Let's get a look at the weather now.
Here's Paul Hudson with the forecast.
Quite a promising weekend on the cards. At the moment, it is damp and
we may see a patch of rain loving from the south`east, with low
temperatures of six Celsius. Off to a great start tomorrow, damp in
northern areas but brighter skies will move in. After lunchtile, it
should be sunny. Inland, it becomes warm, with highs of 14, 15 or 1
Celsius. Cooler on the coast, with onshore breezes, and a similar
forecast on Sunday. That's all from the late te`m. Look
North is back just after 1:00pm tomorrow. Hope you can join us then.
Bye for now. forward on Saturday night. Now here
is Nick Miller with the national forecast.
Hello. The clocks go forward this weekend, marking the beginning of
British summertime, BST. It has nothing to do with the weather. As
the clocks changed last year we were coming out of the March freeze.
This year, though, as the clucks change, the weather is warming up.
Not clear blue sky, the sun will be hazy but the thunder storms will be
gone. It will be mainly dry. And the weather is lively out there
this evening. There are bands of rain with hail over western parts of
the UK. A bit of rain for parts of the north
of England and south-west of Scotland. And