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Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka. That is all from the BBC News at

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Hello, and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: With

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Children's Services increasingly under threat of a takeover, and 100

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jobs unfilled, the challenge of being a social worker in Birmingham.

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If you do act, people can think that sometimes you've acted quite

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oppressively, and sometimes too soon.

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We'll be asking a local government expert if Birmingham City Council is

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simply too big to run efficiently? Just five years after it opened at a

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cost of ?72 million, the West Bromwich arts centre The Public is

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to close tomorrow. Once we close this and lose it, we

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lose a little bit of magic. That is what architecture is partly about.

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Why a headteacher's discouraging the local dialect at a Black Country

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school. Because of the Black Country`isms we

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all use, which is fine, it makes it difficult to spell the words out as

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they should be. I'll be live at the Library of

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Birmingham, as we get ready for Children In Need.

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And, if you're out for Children In Need tonight, you'll need to wrap up

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warm. But you shouldn't get wet! Staying dry this weekend too, but

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it's all change next week. Your full forecast coming up.

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Good evening. Birmingham's social workers are

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bracing themselves for a government review which could see Children's

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Services being taken over by the Department for Education. Inspectors

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have rated the city's child protection services as "inadequate"

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for the past four years. Part of the problem is said to be the lack of

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qualified staff. One in three social work jobs in Birmingham are vacant.

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And, in a speech earlier this week, the Education Secretary Michael Gove

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said he's determined to do more to drive up standards, and that

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includes a review of how social workers are trained.

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I believe we have not been systematic, radical or determined

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enough in our effort to reform a system of children's social care.

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That is changing. It is my aim to ensure that change is equal to the

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challenge we all face. There should be nearly 500

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front`line social workers in Birmingham, but the team's far from

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full strength. There are currently more than 100 vacancies. So, what

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can be done to ensure the city can recruit enough qualified social

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workers? Cath Mackie's been to Birmingham City University for this

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exclusive report. Year two students studying for a

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degree in social work, at Birmingham City University. They've another

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year to go before they graduate and, in light of the recent damning

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headlines about the city's Children's Services, there's an

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obvious question to ask. As the next generation of social

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workers, how many can see all souls applying to Birmingham social

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services? More than half put up their hands.

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We have had headlines about Birmingham children's services. Did

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it put you off? It has encouraged me to graduate and bring about that

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change. 800 people applied for just 90 places on the course this year.

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It's a tough selection process. Social workers have to be agile

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thinkers, see what is happening, see how you are feeling and take stock.

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And have appropriate knowledge. But, as students, they are still a

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world away from the reality of serious case reviews and large

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caseloads. What are your students doing when they graduate? Staying in

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Birmingham? Many are queueing up to get

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placements in Birmingham. But not jobs? Placements lead to jobs. Many

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are interested. They realise Birmingham is a very challenging

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place to work. Elizabeth Bullock is in her final year, and believes

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social work is a vocation, a passion to improve lives. She'll soon be

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applying for jobs. It's a daunting prospect.

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You are very aware that the role you have is very intensely scrutinised.

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And that there isn't really an error or a margin for mistakes.

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These students will graduate in 2015. With other Midlands

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authorities also struggling to retain and recruit social workers,

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there should be plenty of jobs to choose from.

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Joining us now is local government expert Catherine Staite, from the

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Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of

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Birmingham. Good evening. It seems ever more

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likely that children's services in Birmingham could be taken over. Do

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you see that happening? Those are two different questions, I

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do not know whether it will happen. The same conversations have been had

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about Doncaster. In the end, central government backed off. I think, I

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don't think it would be a good idea at all. Children's services

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nationally particularly in Birmingham have suffered from an

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excess of churn and uncertainty. The new director, Peter Hay, has only

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been imposed since July. He has an excellent reputation and I do not

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know how somebody being parachuted in from central government would be

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expected to do a better job than he does, with his understanding of the

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problems. The bigger picture, is Birmingham

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City Council too big? No, I think Birmingham is a global

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city. It is competing with Chicago, Melbourne, the idea of dividing

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Birmingham up into smaller authority areas would make absolutely no

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sense. It seems to have worked in

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Manchester and Glasgow. Manchester City is a small part of

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the Greater Manchester area. All the ten local authorities have joined

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together into a combined authority, going upscale, not down. They have

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recognised in order to compete in a global economy, to have the

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economies of scale and critical mass for regeneration, infrastructure,

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you need to operate at a bigger scale. I think that is true of

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Birmingham and its role in the West Midlands.

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Let us go back to children's services and social services, is the

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problem a communication problem between departments?

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I think, whenever there is an issue about child protection, the focus is

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immediately on children's and social services. But if you look at serious

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case reviews, verdicts of inquests, you can almost always see a pattern

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of the complexity of situations, where many agencies, the police,

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GPs, mental health services, may all be involved with a family. It is

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critically important for the council to be allowed to take on its role,

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holding the ring around all those different professionals. Not holding

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the blame on behalf of them all, when things go wrong.

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You've been giving us your views on this. We were particularly

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interested in whether you thought Birmingham City Council was just too

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big to do the job, and should perhaps be broken up into smaller

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authorities. Muji on Twitter says: "Birmingham

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City Council definitely needs splitting up."

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But Stuart Francis Twigg disagrees, saying: "Size is not the problem if

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resources are adequate." Meanwhile, John Wheatley Price on e`mail says:

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"What sort of community is it that seems to lack Good Samaritans, and

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runs away from its own responsibilities? It is easy to

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blame others, especially when we have evaded our own

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responsibilities." Thanks for those views.

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And, if you have a story you think we should be covering on Midlands

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Today, we'd like to hear from you. You can call us or send an email. We

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are also on Facebook, or you can tweet us.

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Coming up later in the programme: A famous name making his way.

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Dan Skelton, son of Olympic champion Nick, goes it alone as a racehorse

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trainer. Since it was first mentioned, West

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Bromwich's ?72 million arts centre has been a topic of heated debate.

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Now, just five years after opening, it's to close tomorrow. The

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building's going to be converted into a sixth form college, after the

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council decided it could no longer afford to subsidise the running

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costs. Lindsay Doyle reports on its penultimate day.

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Its architect described it as his box of delights. Its critics dubbed

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it the Pink Elephant. Love it or loathe it, it's to be consigned to

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history. The Public closes tomorrow. Gutted for all the community groups

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and the people who have made this building into a lively, vibrant

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place. And gutted the people in Sandwell who are losing a stunning

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facility. The original idea was drawn on the

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back on an envelope. It was meant to be the centrepiece of the major

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refurbishment of West Bromwich. It has become almost a symbol for

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Sandwell, the essence of the regeneration of the town, West

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Bromwich in particular. It suffered terrible bombing in the war and

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never really recovered. Things began to go wrong. Its windows, shaped

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like jelly beans, cost a fortune. It was meant to cost ?40 million but

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spiralled up to ?72 million. Sandwell Borough Council has been

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subsidising The Public at a cost of ?30,000 a week. But no more.

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I have been charged by the public of Sandwell to protect front line

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services and that is what I am trying to do. It is a difficult

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position. I am sorry we are having to make this decision and I

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appreciate why some people are upset.

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Aside from its theatre, and technical wizardry, The Public

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prided itself on celebrating local arts.

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The new Square has opened but they are shutting The Public. It doesn't

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make sense. Finally, they have got a good thing

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around here but are closing it up, ridiculous.

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I am devastated, I can hit all the time.

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`` I come here. The pink landmark will become part of Sandwell

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College, a sixth form. Half`term saw thousands of children taking part in

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drama sessions and storytelling. But the story of the Public is over.

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Police in Birmingham are investigating a series of needle

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attacks on women in the city. They've released a picture of a man

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they want to talk to in connection with an assault close to Broad

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Street on the 3rd of November. It's one of five hypodermic needle

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attacks in the last 18 months. The government has agreed to pay a

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fuel allowance to miners who lost their jobs, following the closure of

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Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire. The yearly allowance of ?1,300 worth

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of coal, or ?600 in cash, was previously restricted to former

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British Coal workers. The scheme's now being extended to miners who

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lost their jobs when the owners of Daw Mill, UK Coal, went bust.

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On the first anniversary of elections for five new Police and

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Crime Commissioners in our region, the Shadow Police Minister has told

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the BBC most people here would rather the money was spent instead

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on front`line policing. He said the issue would figure in the

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recommendations of Labour's review of policing, to be published in ten

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days' time. Police commissioners were an

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experiment, ?100 million on it, 90% of people do not know who their

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commissioner is. We have a good one in the Midlands, Bob Jones, but

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across the country there has been tension. Democratic accountability,

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without doubt, but I suspect people would prefer that ?100 million to be

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spent on more police officers on beat.

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Patrick will be back with more about that, in this weekend's Sunday

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Politics. Plus, the developing storm over the government's drive to speed

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up developments of new housing. That's at the usual time of 11

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o'clock, here on BBC One. There's controversy at a school in

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the Black Country where pupils have been told not to speak colloquially

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in the classroom. A letter to parents warns that the local

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dialect, together with slang words and phrases, is contributing to a

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"decline in standards". But some say it's an assault on their heritage,

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as Giles Latcham reports. This primary School in Craigie Heath

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is at the heart of the Black Country, a place apart priding

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itself on its dialect. Some parents don't take cuddly to their kids

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being told to mind their language in class. It is disgusting teaching

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them how to talk to when they have been brought up this way. We should

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be proud of our Black Country language. They should be allowed to

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do whatever they want to do. I can talk properly if I want to. This is

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what it is about, school guidance listing the top ten damaging phrase

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is heard in class. Fraser is the school says it is

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taking a zero tolerance approach in class. The head says children need

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to know how to speak properly. All the staff are from the Black Country

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but there are times when we need to use formal language, when we are

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presenting, writing a letter. So we get the best results for our

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children. Some parents support his stance. In the classroom, it doesn't

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help with reading or writing. Because of the dialect we use, which

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is fine, it makes it difficult for them to spell the words as they

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should. At this show at the NEC, a window

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into the world of work for youngsters. A reminder presentation

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matters. The advice about trying to think about speaking properly, but

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retaining something of who you are is important. Historians will tell

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you Black Country dialect harks back to Chaucer. At this school, the

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debate is about its place today. This is our top story tonight: With

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children's services increasingly under threat of a takeover, and 100

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jobs unfilled, the challenge of being a social worker in Birmingham.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly from Rebecca.

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Also in tonight's programme: We're out and about, finding out what

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you've been doing to raise funds for Children In Need, including a rather

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strange world record! And, watch out!

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Argh! The game that's keeping kids fit and

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healthy, in the name of fun. Sport now, with Dan, and the

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National Hunt racing season really takes off this weekend in

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Cheltenham. A big weekend in Cheltenham.

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Around 70,000 racegoers will descend on Cheltenham this weekend for the

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three`day open meeting which began today. And, for young trainer Dan

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Skelton, it's another small step forward. In the summer, he left his

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job as assistant to Paul Nicholls, to set up his own yard in

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Warwickshire. But he couldn't have done it without his family.

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He is doing well. Dan Skelton has just become a

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trainer, and he loves his job. It's a dream come true. I planned to

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train myself, one day, I'd obviously love to do it with the support of my

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family around me. To do it like this is fantastic.

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And that family support allowed Dan to build excellent facilities near

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Alcester in Warwickshire, with a loan from his dad, the show`jumper

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Nick Skelton. And his brother Harry is the stable's main jockey.

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Yes, he's a good boss, my brother. There is always going to be a bit of

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argument because we are family. At the end of the day, he has the final

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say. I have to respect that. Dan Skelton spent nine years as an

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assistant to a seven`times champion trainer. He led in Gold Cup winners

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such as Kauto Star, but he's now starting from scratch, and craves

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the big time. Nobody starts out in this job

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without dreaming big, owners, stable lads, you name it. Everybody is a

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big dreamer. Everyone wants to do their best. To be competing and

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winning is fabulous. This weekend at Cheltenham, in fact,

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this entire season, is a starting point for Dan Skelton. But his dream

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won't be complete until he's competing regularly with the very

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best. Who'd have thought that throwing a

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ball at someone as hard as you can would become an international sport?

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Dodge ball is becoming huge here, and the man behind a club in Walsall

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is a contender for Newcomer Of The Year at the West Midlands Community

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Sports Awards. Ben Godfrey's been to meet him.

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Glyn Marston noticed that children in Willenhall had few opportunities

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to let off steam after school. So, a year ago, he set up Walsall

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Warriors dodge ball Club, and waited to see what happened. We started as

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a fun and fitness club. Before long, a view of our members became

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competitive. We came third in our very first tournament in Leicester.

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A big boost for us. These children, some with special

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needs, join weekly training sessions to get fit, and make new friends.

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It is really fun, you get to join in. You can get lots of kids

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involved. A lot of people come to my school.

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This is an elimination game, two teams. If you get hit, you are out.

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And it's not just the kids. Glyn volunteers his time and money to

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coach, compete in regular competitions, and test out a new

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line in eyewear. I have a mark here. I wear goggles, cycle glasses. The

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kids aim for me, just for the fun of it!

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The Walsall Warriors are on the lookout for new members. If you

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dare. Some good news for Birmingham today,

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with the world's best athletes heading back to the city.

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Birmingham has been named as the host city for the World Indoor

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Athletics Championships in 2018. The city successfully hosted the World

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Championships in 2003. They'd bid to host the 2016 Games, but had to

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compete with Portland in the United States. Portland gets 2016,

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Birmingham 2018. We'll just have to be patient.

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Now, as I'm sure you know, it's Children In Need day today, and

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people around the region have been taking part in all sorts of events

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to raise money to help children. Last year, Children In Need

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nationally made nearly ?27 million, more than ?2 million of that coming

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from the West Midlands. The focus in the region tonight is on the new

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library in the centre of Birmingham. And, waiting for us there right now

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is Andy Akinwolere. How's it going, Andy?

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I tell you what, we are literally going to be raising the roof at the

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Library of Birmingham. We are surrounded by 225 children from ten

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different schools in Coventry and Birmingham, practising to sing their

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hearts out the children in need. How are you?

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Yes! I don't need to tell you how excited

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they are. We all like a bit of bunting to

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celebrate. And BBC Hereford and Worcester have taken it to the next

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level, with their world record attempt of the longest line of

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bunting. At 4.7 miles, it smashed the

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previous record by two miles. I literally asked the listeners if

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they would come on board, accepts and was crazy and go crazy with me.

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In Chelmsley Wood, Libby Bright from Chelmsley Wood has followed in the

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footsteps of her favourite pop star Jessie J, and had her long hair cut

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off. A viewer saw her on Midlands Today

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earlier, and offered a further ?300 to her fundraising efforts.

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It wasn't that bad. When she cut the ponytail off, that was the worst

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bit. At NFU Mutual Headquarters in

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Stratford, there's been a Gladiator Challenge all day, staff versus

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management. Much to the delight of staff, it was

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management who took the tumble in this jewel.

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Fabulous. For a good cause. Small children, emotional blackmail, but

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it didn't work! In Stoke on Trent, this pair have

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been travelling on a server in a rickshaw.

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We will be going from Hanley to Trentham, 7.5 miles, then Trentham

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to leak, in total, 21.5 miles. This school in Kenilworth is making

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maths fun, and has released its own pop`style counting song for Children

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In Need. I like doing it most days of the

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week because it helps me remember my times table.

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Whilst teachers and pupils here have been getting into the Dr Who spirit

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with dalek racing. And staff will be working on the

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lines until early morning. We are going from 645 until 2am in

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the morning. We wanted to see it through until the bitter end.

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All in all, a day of generosity in the Midlands, all for children in

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need. Don't forget, all the money you are

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rated that will help change so many children's lives. The man left in

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charge of this madness today is a man called David, talk to me, how

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has it been going? We met this afternoon and started rehearsing.

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Someone said they had sung it eight times in rehearsal, with all their

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heart. You have been choirmaster the TV programmes. There is a bit more

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screaming on a day like today. Essentially, it is about keeping

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spirits up, keeping them energised. I have a feeling they might pull it

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off. A little secret, no one is watching, how are the kids of

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Coventry and Birmingham? They are fabulous, the incredible

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spirit which characterises this area.

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How have you been feeling? Really excited. What school are you

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representing? Inari. `` Deanery.

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What is going through your mind? Don't forget your words.

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Are you nervous? Definitely. Why? I can't really say. You can't even

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speak. Finally, you are representing your school, are you nervous? Yes,

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very nervous. It will be all right on the night. Join us at 7pm

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tonight, I know it is going to be a great show.

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Let's find out how the weather's going to be for Children In Need

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night. Here's Rebecca. Not too bad. If you are heading out,

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it will be rather cold. But it will be cloudy and dry, the theme for the

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next few days. We have seen plenty of cloud, sitting across us. It

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won't shift anywhere overnight. It has restricted temperatures today,

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only getting up to seven Celsius. During the day, it will have helped

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tonight, particularly across the North, staying at five Celsius.

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Further south, we will see some fog. That will be quite stubborn.

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For all of us, it rather dull start, a few breaks in the cloud. Not much

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to write home about. Once again, temperatures will struggle. Where we

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do get the sunshine, 11 Celsius. Light winds as well. Then, another

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cloudy night tomorrow. Once again, that blanket of cloud. Temperatures

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falling away too far, around seven Celsius overnight tomorrow. Not much

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lower than daytime temperatures. Some rain starting across the North.

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Sunday, we see a weather front moving through, bringing with it

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some rain. Temperatures again, nine Celsius. Sunday night, that rain

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will pep up and the winds will build. That weather front will move

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through and it will change. We will see cold air moving across us.

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Striding bear down from the Arctic. Some really cold winds to come. Ice

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and frost in the forecast, we could see some snow, possibly even

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dropping to lower levels. Temperatures will be much colder by

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Tuesday. Not uncommon for this time of year.

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Tonight's headlines from the BBC: David Cameron's convoy is surrounded

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by protesters in Sri Lanka. They claim their relatives were

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murdered during the country's bitter civil conflict.

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With Children's Services increasingly under threat of a

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takeover, and 100 jobs unfilled, the challenge of being a social worker

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in Birmingham. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock,

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with a look back at a fantastic day's fundraising for Children In

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Need across the region. Stay with us here on BBC One, for entertainment

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from across the country. And, in the Midlands, our choir at the Library

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of Birmingham. Have a great evening. Goodbye.

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