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combat for the first time. That's all from the BBC News.
Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: The
mother who says she's being penalised for keeping a spare room
for her son who's on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
When it was thrown at is that we had a backdated arrears amounted to pay,
it made it very difficult to be able to stay within our means.
Myth`busting ` the operations being broadcast live for the first time.
The plans to transform this quiet Linconshire waterway into a busy
marina. Hull's veterans who freed Holland in
the Second World War bring home the symbol of their victory. The latest
forecast coming up in 15 minutes. Good evening. A mother from North
Lincolnshire is accusing the government of forcing her to live in
poverty after changes to our housing benefit. Lorraine Seath from
Scunthorpe says she should be able to keep a bedroom spare for her son,
when he is home from serving with the RAF. But the government says if
she does, she will lose some of her housing benefit, in what critics
call the bedroom tax. Crispin Rolfe reports. An extra space for
Lorraine's son Simon. The bedroom cost the family housing benefit.
Simon works for the RAF in Oxfordshire, but comes home at
weekends to see his daughter. He has a daughter here. He has
relationships with people, neighbours and family that he comes
back to, to maintain. Why, then, could he not pay your subsidy? He's
paying his council tax and his board where he lives. Because of living in
barracks down south, Simon's bedroom, which he shares with his
daughter, is not exempt, point to put the Prime Minister yesterday. As
the Prime Minister think it is right that he has to pay the bedroom tax
to keep a room available for him to stay in when he has to pay the
bedroom tax to keep a room available for him to stay in when he's home?
If the exemption does not apply in this case, there is the provision of
the discretionary housing payment. So far, the rain, who cannot work
because of ill`health, says the council has refused her request ``
Lorraine. It made it very difficult for us to stay within our means. The
way the bedroom tax is being put into place, it doesn't make economic
sense and it Pini `` it penalises people. In North Lincolnshire, there
are not the smaller properties in their social housing sector. One
room means losing 14% in housing benefit. Two rooms and it rises to
25%, and could mean families could expect to lose between ?40 and ?80
every month. 50,000 people across Yorkshire and the Humber are
affected by the bedroom tax. These are service people working overseas
people sharing custody with their children and their parts need an
extra room for sleeping arrangements. The Department for
work and pensions says: X is a site Earlier, I spoke to
Jonathan Isaby from the Taxpayers' Alliance.
He told me there major problems with the country's housing stock which
need fixing. I think we need to look at the
availability of housing and the affordability of housing. I think
people need to be aware that soldiers who are away on operations
and intending to return home permanently, the spare room subsidy
does not apply in those cases, but this is a case where a soldier was
living at barracks and somebody simply wanted to have a room in a
home available on the off chance that her son would come and visit at
some point. The thing is, there will be hundreds of thousands of people
watching this programme who own their homes, and would love to have
a spare room for adult children or visitors or friends, but they simply
can't afford it. So the answer to the question is, yes, somebody who
is serving but is living in barracks should be liable? Yes, and I think
the issue is this, that it's not fair to ask people who can't afford
spare rooms in their own homes for their adult children or friends to
subsidise that luxury for others. But some will say, his served his
country, he is serving his country, therefore the family should get
special...not necessarily treatment, but dispensation. He is serving his
country and I salute him for doing that. The country is housing him at
barracks. He has a home. It would not be fair to ask the taxpayer to
provide two different homes for him at the same time. It's not
sustainable in terms of the number of houses available for rent in the
social sector. Briefly, is the spare room subsidy working? The spare room
subsidy is working because it's ensuring there is better
distribution of housing around the country and you're not asking people
to subsidise for others a lifestyle that they can't afford for
themselves. Good to talk to you. Thank you very much indeed.
We want to hear from you on this story, should people who are in the
armed forces be a special case or should tennants benefits be cut if
rooms are hardly used? In a moment: A fortnight before the
European Elections, the debate over whether we're better in or out heats
up. Operations in Goole are being
broadcast live to people in the town to try and give them an insight into
what work the hospital does. People have been watching knee and shoulder
surgery via a video link while putting their questions to
clinicians. Hospital bosses say it's a chance to show off the services
they offer to patients. Surgeons here in Goole perform
around 1,200 operations a year. For safety and hygiene reasons,
operations are carried out behind closed doors, but today, surgeons
have been performing what they call a myth`busting exercise. First in
the theatre list was a knee replacement, which was shown live
via a video link, complete with commentary from one of the
consultants. There is a metal tray there. I think it is useful for
people to understand what happens. The more patients are educated about
surgery and outcomes, I think the better outcome they will get
themselves. The surgery looked and sounded quite brutal. It didn't seem
to put anyone off. It is good to know what you're going in for. It
was really helpful. I enjoyed it. In a funny way. GPs found the surgery
showcased very useful. I wanted to see how the new procedure was
actually done, so patients who come to me, I can describe the operation
to them and give them some insight as to complications that can occur.
While this live broadcast is still unusual, cameras are gradually being
allowed access to all areas, from the very start of life to behind the
scenes of our police stations. Legal experts believe it would be long
before we are televising court cases, like that of Oscar Pistorius
currently being tried in South Africa. Back in Goole and surgeons
insist cameras and a distraction. It's been revealed rail bosses had
been planning to close a level crossing near the East Yorkshire
border where a man died yesterday. A I have done over 300 of these
procedures. They are normally straightforward. No pressure, it was
fine. The number of people needing hip and knee 's replacement is
expected to soar over the next decade. It is hoped the screening
will reassure patients and persuade them to have their surgery in Goole.
Now, some more stories in brief. It's been revealed rail bosses had
been planning to close a level crossing near the East Yorkshire
border where a man died yesterday. 77`year`old Eric Ireland from
Moorsholme died after his car was hit by a train on a gated crossing
in Scampston. Network Rail has told the BBC it's "in discussions" with
the landowner to shut the crossing. No`one on board the train was
injured. Around 100 pensioners and disabled passengers have disrupted
services in protest over changes to their travel passes. Services had to
stop at Doncaster after protesters refuse to pay their fares. The train
blocked a number of platforms as police dealt with the incident.
Other services were delayed or forced to re`route.
Are we better`off in or out of the European Union? That was the subject
of a fierce debate today, which featured the politicians hoping to
represent East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire in Brussels.
The European election candidates clashed over a number of issues in a
radio debate, which was hosted by Tim Iredale.
Some commentators regard Grimsby is one of the eurosceptic towns in the
country. Listening carefully to the radio debate was Philip Evans, a
Grimsby `based firm which exports of British groceries to overseas
retailers. The point about the EU is to create a common market, and that
is what we benefit from. The Lib Democrat policy is that we are
better off remaining part of the EU. We believe that so many jobs depend
on membership of the EU, about 3000 in this region. So much depends on
the single market. That is not the UKIP a few. UKIP wants Britain to be
self`governing. British people should be governed by a British
government. We don't need to be part of a union, a political union.
Labour said the European Parliament does make a difference to our daily
lives. We are taking decisions on things that affect people, like food
labelling, air quality, how many holidays you have, paid holidays.
The Tories have promised and in out referendum on our membership of the
EU in 2017. The Conservative policy, which is we would like to remain
within a European Union, but one which is very much reformed and more
suitable for the British people for the future. It was a lively debate
between the Yorkshire and Humber Euro election candidates. What is
the Grimsby businessman's view? It has made me worry that it will not
educate all offers before the election comes up. The hope these
debates will help everyone. It will help us make a decision. On the
basis of a very emotional debate, I Duncan Weir getting very far. You
can see a list of the candidates standing on the BBC website.
Thank you for watching. Still ahead tonight: Plans are
revealed to transform this quiet Linconshire waterway into a busy
marina. The World War II veterans who helped to free...
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve at North Cliffe near Market Weighton.
Josie Latus sent it in. Another picture tomorrow.
How are you? I am fine, apart from the smirk on
your face. Kerry says, I love Peter's Silver
shared, but I couldn't tell where his hair finished and his share
started. The headlines is an unsettled one.
Some torrential rain across Lincolnshire. The very unsettled
weekend with showers and longer spells of rain. Quite windy
tomorrow, with a scattering of showers. We have had some rain this
morning and some very heavy rain now. Boston is very wet. We could
see a bit of evening brightness. From the West, scattered showers.
The sharp showers return towards dawn. Lowest temperatures, nine or
ten. A breezy nights to come. The sun will rise around 5:30am. Showers
from the word go across East Yorkshire Lincolnshire and North
Norfolk. As we head through the afternoon, the showers peter out.
Quite a few places and up dry. You is a windy day. Top temperatures
across East Yorkshire, 13 or 14. Saturday will be very unsettled. The
rain clears to showers on Saturday afternoon. That is the forecast.
I know you have been making the weather show today. Is there another
debate on the rain? We talk about the Antarctic.
I will mention The Times tomorrow. See you tomorrow.
Plans for a new marina along the River Witham at Woodhall Spa are
being welcomed as a chance to secure the future of tourism in the town.
Local councillors say the proposals could attract thousands of new
visitors. But some local residents worry the area could become
overdeveloped. Sarah Walton reports. A quiet day out on the water and a
chance to watch the Lincolnshire landscape as you pass by. But it's
hoped a marina beside the River Witham here could tempt people to
stop and visit nearby Woodhall Spa, spending their money in local
buisinesses. British waterways are opening up every day. It is
important we are open to that market. The marina would be about a
mile from Woodhall Spa and house 300 boats on a pool linked to the river
with a new canal. The site would also include 200 homes as well as
shops. Plans are at an early stage, but 30 miles away you can get an
idea of what it might look like. Burton Water near Lincoln sits on
the same river and does attract visitors into the surrounding area.
Pop into Lincoln, then go to other places. But back in Woodhall Spa,
the Parish council is worries a marina with shops could take
business away from town centre, and on the high street there's a mixed
reaction. I wouldn't have thought people here would be very happy with
the extra influx of visitors in this village. From where it is going to
be, I think Woodhall would benefit from it. Overall, brilliant I day.
Probably a good idea for businesses, but it might spoil the character of
the town itself. This is why we like it here, because it is quiet. The
developper says he does understand, and hopes to work very closely with
the local community. I live 100 metres away from this development.
We always wanted a project that was good forward all Spark, and we would
build a cycle path into the village so that people would go into the
village and use things there. The next stage is to survey the land
here and draw up more detailed plans. If approved, building could
start in about four years' time. The a 15 is closed in both directions
this evening after a serious accident involving three vehicles.
East Midlands are rampant and attended the scene. That is the A15,
closed in both directions at the moment.
Project got into difficulty above the airfield at RAF Waddington. They
say that emergency procedures were implemented before it made a safe
landing. Permission has been given to build
25 new homes on the former site of Winter Gardens in Cleethorpes. The
site has been empty since 2007. Council officers voted in favour of
plans. A Hull museum which was being closed
to the public to save money will stay open following an online
petition signed by over 3,000 people. Hull City Council says the
Hands on History Museum will open on alternate Saturday afternoons. The
cost will be met by reducing opening times at the Spurn Lightship. You
might have a view on that story. Thanks to one who got in touch about
the critical report into the Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals we
talked about last night. The CQ CQ watchdog said staff shortages were
affecting patient care. There were also allegations of bullying. Thank
you for all the messages. It symbolises the freedom enjoyed by
people living across Europe since the Nazis were defeated in 1945.
This, the Torch of liberation, is tonight in Hull after its journey
from the Netherlands. It was handed over on Sunday following a special
ceremony. Amanda White watched today as it was welcomed into Hull.
Having been in the care of the captain on the overnight ferry this
morning, the Flame of Liberation was handed back to the Normandy Veterans
Association on British soil. It had been presented to chairman John
Hainsworth on Sunday in the Dutch town of Vargeningen as its people
celebrated the anniversary of their liberation from the Nazis. Take the
torch. Keep it burning. And Marge. And much of, yes. Thank you. In
Hull, it was welcomed by the students of Archbishop Sentamu
Academy, who sang of the freedom hard fought for in Western Europe.
There were thousands that been starving and were absolutely
begging. I had just been issued with cigarettes. I gave over 1000 away.
As the torch crosses the Hull whole `` the torch crosses the river
Hull, you can see them behind me. At Hull's Guildhall, thoughts turned
to the freedom this flame symbolises. We have never been
occupied. We don't know what occupation means. We have freedom of
speech, freedom of movement. In Ukraine, in Syria, in Africa, even
Afghanistan now, there are still parts of the world where freedom is
not something normal, it isn't you have to work for and think about.
That is what the flame of freedom is about. We honour those who from the
city and region heeded the call to leave these shores, to fight for
those who had endured years of oppression and discrimination.
This liberation flame will burn on, and so too hope that its essence
will never be taken for granted. At the moment the flame is in the
Princess key shopping centre. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines: Barclays is to cut 19,000 jobs in a radical
shake`up of its business. A mother from North Lincolnshire
whose son is on a tour of duty in Afghanistan says she's being
penalised for keeping a bedroom for him.
Tomorrow's weather: Response on that story of the mother whose son is
with the RAF and she's keeping a spare bedroom for him.
Mark in Lincoln says, not my responsibility or anybody else's
responsibility to provide accommodation for anybody else who
is working. Mike says, tax subsidise many MPs, serving soldiers should be
exempt from this tax. Callum says, I am a serviceman in the Royal Air
Force and I think the bedroom tax is a scam. As for the man saying the
taxpayer pays for our room on the military base, it is drivel, we pay
for our accommodation out of our monthly wage. Thank you for
watching. Good night. No-one would have believed, in the
first years of the 21st century, that Britain's affairs were being
watched and scrutinised With the help
of our three political parties, who lie to the British public
about their intentions, minds immeasurably
more bureaucratic than ours slowly and surely drew
their plans against us.