28/03/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


28/03/2014

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Good evening. It was dubbed 'bedroom tax' by

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critics ` benefit changes ddsigned to encourage council tenants judged

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to have some spare rooms to move to smaller homes. But a BBC

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investigation shows changes to housing benefits have failed to

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achieve that in many parts of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. In the

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South Kesteven district council in Lincolnshire, only 23 households

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actually relocated. That's just over 2% of those affected by the benefit

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changes. In Hull, the figurd is 162 households, which is just over %.

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But it has been more successful in the East Riding. 204 households have

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moved out ` almost 17%. The national average is 6%. Jake Zuckerm`n

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reports. The spare room subsidy, known to its

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

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designed to move benefit cl`imants with more bedrooms than thex need

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into smaller accommodation lore suited to their requirements. But

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evidence suggests it's failhng in that aim, and driving tenants into

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

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the benefits system meant she had to downsize from a two to a ond bedroom

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flat. She was lucky enough to find somewhere to move to, but in the

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meantime, she's been left htndreds of pounds in debt. I am still in

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arrears. I go to the soup khtchen. I am struggling and I am sellhng

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stuff. I haven't really got stuff to sell now, so how am I going to pay

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back the rent? In North Lincolnshire, 40% of those `ffected

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by the so`called bedroom tax are in arrears, the highest rate in the

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region. `` 48%. In Lincoln, where the council are subsidising it, it

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is just over 7%, while in Htll, more than 20% are in arrears. In Hull,

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they have refurbished more than 70 small flats to meet the dem`nd for

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one bed accommodation. I have been here for two months and I al now

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delighted to get a one`bedroom place. It took a lot of strdss off

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me. In Northeast Lincolnshire, Shoreline Housing Partnershhp says

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its tenants now owe ?155,000 in total. We provide as much stpport as

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we can, but the responsibilhty does ultimately fall to the tenant to

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pay. Regrettably, in a circtmstance when the tenant can't pay, we have

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little option other than to take action to encourage them to do so.

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But the Government rejects accusations that the policy is not

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working. Tens of thousands `re already able to move out of

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overcrowded homes. We had a ridiculous situation where the

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taxpayer was subsidising rooms that people did not need at a tile when

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we had a real shortage of housing. I am 100% behind this policy. It is

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working. Whatever the Government's intentions, in East Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire, thousands of people like Anne are now in arrears, many

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with no idea how they are going to pay.

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It's billed as one of Yorkshire s biggest arts festivals: A

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celebration of the 100 days of countdown to the start of the Tour

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de France. Events are being held across the county but only ` handful

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are in East Yorkshire and only two have been given any funding.

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Tonight, the organisers havd denied the area has been overlooked as

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Sarah Walton reports. A dance display to mark 100 until

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the Tour de France comes to the region. This event in Rippon last

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night kicked off a festival running up to the start of the race

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involving arts and cultural events across the region. And it whll

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involve things like this. This video artwork will be displayed at the

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Ferens Art Gallery in Hull from May with the help of an ?8,000 grant

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from the festival organisers Welcome To Yorkshire. I hope that the effect

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will be beneficial in that people, whilst in the area, will be

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attracted to come to Hull and see our wonderful museums and dhsplays

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at the gallery. Now, when the Tour comes to Yorkshire in July, none of

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the stages will be in the E`st of the county. But organisers say the

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whole region will benefit from thousands of visitors, bringing ?100

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million to the local economx. This is the brochure setting out all the

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events taking place for the festival. In the opening it says it

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will be 'spanning the countx', engaging the widest possibld

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audience. But turn to the m`p, and just three of the 47 events listed

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are in East Yorkshire or Hull. More events are being added but only two

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have been given any funding. There were 28 applications, including Hull

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Truck's performance of A Taste Of Honey. It was rejected. He

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transforms into a show dog! This play is part of the Heads Up

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Festival in Hull, also listdd as one of the Tour's cultural events. But

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the organisers say they didn't even apply for funding, because they were

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made to feel like it wasn't worth it. I think we got the feelhng that

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most of the funding for the big projects would go to companhes that

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deliver projects around the Leeds and Harrogate area, although it

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might be a conduit for people in Europe to going to that part of the

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world, which wouldn't necessarily be a stop off point for people going to

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the race. It was always cle`r in the road shows that there were different

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strands to the festival and that, very clearly, it was not just about

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having the events happening where the route is going, although there

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was one very specific strand for that. The organisers still want

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groups from East Yorkshire to get involved, and more events whll be

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added to the festival. Sarah Walton, BBC Look North, Hull.

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

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has been disbanded as its Tornado aircraft are withdrawn from service.

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A special ceremony took place today at the famous 617 Squadron's most

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recent base, Lossiemouth in Scotland. It will be reformdd in

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2016 at its new location at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

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Hull FC have turned around last weekend's home defeat with ` victory

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over Salford at the KC. The Black and Whites were dominant throughout.

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The final score was Hull FC 30` Salford Red. Hull Kingston Rovers

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will face Wakefield at home on Sunday. There will be commentary on

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BBC Radio Humberside from 3:00pm. Let's get a look at the weather now.

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Here's Paul Hudson with the forecast.

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Quite a promising weekend on the cards. At the moment, it is damp and

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we may see a patch of rain loving from the south`east, with low

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temperatures of six Celsius. Off to a great start tomorrow, damp in

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northern areas but brighter skies will move in. After lunchtile, it

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should be sunny. Inland, it becomes warm, with highs of 14, 15 or 1

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Celsius. Cooler on the coast, with onshore breezes, and a similar

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forecast on Sunday. That's all from the late te`m. Look

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North is back just after 1:00pm tomorrow. Hope you can join us then.

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Bye for now. forward on Saturday night. Now here

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is Nick Miller with the national forecast.

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Hello. The clocks go forward this weekend, marking the beginning of

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British summertime, BST. It has nothing to do with the weather. As

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the clocks changed last year we were coming out of the March freeze.

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This year, though, as the clucks change, the weather is warming up.

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Not clear blue sky, the sun will be hazy but the thunder storms will be

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gone. It will be mainly dry. And the weather is lively out there

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this evening. There are bands of rain with hail over western parts of

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the UK. A bit of rain for parts of the north

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of England and south-west of Scotland. And

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