08/04/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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That's all from us. A first look at the papers on the BBC news channel.

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Now Good evening. Campaigners who are

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fighting to save more than 30 libraries across Lincolnshire have

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been to Downing Street, dem`nding the government stops the proposed

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closures. Lincolnshire County Council wants community grotps to

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take over the running of many libraries to save ?2 million. But

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some library users say that's not good enough and today took their

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fight to Westminster. More from our political editor Tim Iredald.

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A special delivery to the most famous front door in the cotntry.

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This book handed in to Downhng Street today contains some of the

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signatures from a petition `imed at saving Lincolnshire's threatened

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libraries. Please ensure th`t libraries can stay open across our

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country, so that people can self educate them so people can dnjoy

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reading for leisure, so people can access Internet technology `nd

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basically make full use of `ll that a library has to offer. Simon

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Draper, who's a full`time c`rer to his wife Timber, has secured a

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judicial review at the High Court to try to overturn the decision to

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close libraries across the county. The higher you go, the more you need

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a computer and these kids nded the computers and the computers are

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libraries. We need the libr`ries to stay open for the kids. Thex can't

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learn everything at home. In June last year Lincolnshire County

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Council said it would be reviewing how library services were rtn in an

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effort to save ?2 million from its budget. Three months later ` and

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20,000 people had signed a petition against closing libraries as a

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public consultation came to an end. The council revealed in Novdmber

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that 25 of the 30 libraries could be saved if volunteers came forward to

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run them. Campaigners said they would go to the High Court to

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challenge the decision to ehther closed or asked volunteers to run

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the service. We had an extensive consultation and we listened and

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came to a decision. It is ilportant now not only for the staff who are

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affected but all the communhties who are trying to develop these

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community libraries that we move forward, so everybody knows where

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they stand. The government says there have been many examplds of

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volunteers successfully takhng over the running of local librarhes, but

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the word from Downing Street tonight is that it remains a matter for

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Lincolnshire County Council. Tim joins us from London. What are

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the chances of the campaigndrs having any success here? Well, much

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depends on the judicial revhew, which is due to take place hn June

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or July. A judge must decidd whether Lincolnshire County Council acted

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unlawfully in the way it cale to the decision about scaling back on its

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library services. The authority says it has figures showing the number of

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people using libraries in the county has dramatically declined in recent

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years. Just 18%, fewer than one in five people, we are told, use

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Lincolnshire's libraries on a regular basis. Add to that

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government figures showing there has been a huge increase in the

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volunteers in areas where councils have pulled out of running

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libraries. But there is a htge emotional argument attached to the

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library debate and it will be a big test of some in Westminster Hall the

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big society. The rate of unemployment among young

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people in Hull and Grimsby hs one of the highest in the country,

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according the a report from the Work Foundation. It claims the 2012

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census shows more than a qu`rter of young people in the two are`s who

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are not in education are undmployed. The research organisation h`s called

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on the government to do mord to help. The Department for Work and

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Pensions says the number of young people claiming benefits has fallen

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in the last two years. I asked the report's author, Lizzie Crowley

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whether these figures showed us anything new.

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Well, I mean it does reveal quite a familiar pattern of labour larket

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disadvantage, so as you mention cities ` quite often cities in the

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North ` cities like Hull, are shown to have very high levels of youth

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unemployment. What we are stggesting is a whole range of policy

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recommendations that local `reas can use to hopefully start to t`ckle

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this problem. So what kind of recommendations are you suggesting?

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We suggesting in the report that local authorities can be tasked with

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setting up youth transition partnerships. These partnerships

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would essentially bring togdther a whole range of agencies at ` local

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level to map out and coordinate the employment and training

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opportunities, work experience placements and so on for yotng

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people. The thing is that the government says the number of

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16`24`year`olds claiming job`seekers benefits in Hull has fallen by a

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quarter since 2012 and in Grimsby it's fallen by a third, so doesn't

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that suggest the government is actually doing something about this?

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Jobseeker's allowance figurds only suggest a very small part of the

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picture. Only three quarters of young men actually claim jobseeker's

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allowance and that falls to around 50% for young women. So yes, we have

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seen a reduction, but we should not ignore that this crisis is certainly

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not over. Is it helpful using figures and using data that is two

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years old? Our data is a colbined number of measures because small

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area data is really quite dhfficult to come by, so we've had to combine

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a number of ways of the survey to get a robust enough sample to say

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something about these local areas. Thank you for joining us thhs

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evening. Thank you. Work to build a wind farm off the

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East Yorkshire coast will continue in spite of complaints about

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excessive noise at night. Pdople living in Withernsea say thdy're

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being woken by the noise, and called for a halt to the work by DONG

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Energy. The Marine Management Organisation says it will continue

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to investigate the complaints with the company and East Riding Council.

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An announcement over the future of Kellingley Colliery near Goole is

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expected within days. The government is seeing if it can help financially

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towards a managed closure of the pit. It comes after UK Coal

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announced the closure of ond of Britain's last remaining dedp coal

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mines. Cleethorpes Leisure Centre has

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reopened this afternoon. Thd pool had been closed for more th`n a

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month after people slipped following a ?2 million refurbishment.

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In football ` Grimsby Town twice equalised in injury time in a

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dramatic final few minutes of their game at home to Woking. The Mariners

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remain third in the Conference after the 2`2 draw at

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Another fine day tomorrow, some sunshine, variable amounts of

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cloud. High pressure is still in charge. Clear out there. Sthll quite

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windy, especially across Lincolnshire. The wind will ease a

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little bit. Cloud tending to increase from the west later. Lowest

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temperature six Celsius. More cloud around compared with today on

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Wednesday. Perhaps a little patchy rain first thing. But the elphasis

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is on a good deal of dry we`ther. Variable cloud. Some sunny spells, a

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moderate south`west wind. Temperature is respectable, 13` 4

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degrees Celsius. That is thd forecast. That is all from the late

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team. Look North is back at 6:2 am with the latest news, weathdr and

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travel. I hope you can join us then. Goodbye for now.

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dry. Maybe a bit of light rain on Friday. A quiet spell for us. Not so

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on the other side of the world. As you have been hearing, there is not

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a great deal happening in the weather over the UK over the next

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couple of days. Meanwhile, we have been attacked

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thing -- tracking an active spring storm in the US. There have been

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reports of flash flooding and tornadoes. You can see a narrowband

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which is weakening and heading out to the Atlantic. It is the Atlantic

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tonight that will pick up whether funds to the north of the UK,

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bringing with them or cloud and outbreaks of rain. Meanwhile,

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pressure remains relatively high to the south. There is a small chance

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of patchy mist and fog and low cloud by the end of the night. But

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temperatures

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