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Welcome to North West Tonight with Roger Johnson and Annabel Tiffin.
Our top story: The Michelin-starred restaurant among 44 firms named
and shamed for not paying the minimum wage.
An employment lawyer will be here to tell us
Also tonight: Experts leading an Inquiry into historical child
abuse warn there could be thousands of unreported cases here.
An historic view of Manchester - and how a development backed
I'm a dentist by day, boxer by night.
And we meet the man who might need his dental skills
More than 40 North West companies were today named and shamed
They were ordered to pay back more than ?100,000
The guilty firms included a Michelin-starred hotel,
an historic golf club and even two law firms.
But some say their only crime was to try to help their workers
by advancing them money and later deducting it from their wages.
Chefs prepare meals at Northcoat will tell. It under paid more than
?6,000 to 22 workers partly because managers fail to realise when staff
reached 21, meaning they should have been paid more and partly because
they deducted money from wages to pay for staff accommodation and
payoff and balances. The law says you can't do that if it takes paid
below the legal minimum. These are errors of judgment in terms of how
we have interpreted the law, some of which we are not aware of which we
are now but I do think some of the practice is incorrect. Some people
would say an organisation like you should have been aware of the rules
and shouldn't have gotten this position. I understand that but when
you see that as an header, you've had an agreement from the staff
member to be able to do that, it's member to be able to do that, it's
not that you are taking it away on purpose, it's just a way of paying
it in a different way. it's a similar story in club bitterly. It
was ordered to pay ?11,000 to that money -- two workers who had money
deducted for company flats they live in. That should have paid them the
full weight and then charge them. I should have known the rules but it
is what has been done for years, this only applies to people on
minimum wage. It doesn't apply to people who are not on minimum wage.
In total, 44 North West firms were told to repay ?112,000 to 142
workers. The two North West cos we featured tonight say they are guilty
of breaking the letter of the law but they did it in and eventually --
inadvertently. The Government says publishing this list send a clear
message to employers that minimum wage abuses will not be tolerated.
While friends like this say they did not intend to cheat, the TUC says it
should be prosecutions and higher fines for those who deliberately
avoid the law. Sarah Evans is an employment lawyer
from Slater and Gordon Solicitors. Is saying it's a discrepancy
caused by admin error No, frankly. The minimum wage has
been in place for quite a while. It changes every year. Employers know
it changes, usually on the first or 6th of April and it usually goes up
by 20 or 50p. It is not new and a few in the business of having
employees, you should know what you have to pay them. The information is
widely accessible on the Government website. You can do calculations
online to work out what you have to pay people saw an administrative
error is quite a feeble defence, I would say. People cross birthdays
and sometimes go into a different band for what they are entitled to
but what is the legal position on the minimum wage? Firms have to pay
it, there is no get out. There are payments depending on age. There are
certain exceptions like apprenticeships which have different
rules, home-workers can come under a different regime, the kid industry
is often affected by different rates that can apply, -- care industry,
you have an employee of a certain you have an employee of a certain
age doing hourly work, there is a certain rate that you work-out.
What advice would you give to someone who thinks they're
Fortunately is one of the easier things to put right in employment
especially with Government intervention in terms of the
business enterprise and innovation. Even if it's an awkward conversation
with an employer? You are entitled to be paid and the minimum is a
minimum for a reason. You can check what your wages should be by using
an Internet tool and you can report an Internet tool and you can report
to your company or phone Acas will let HMRC now and it will work out
what you should be entitled to and whether there are any fines or
intervention that needs to go on. You can bring an unlawful deduction
from wages claim within your employment, you don't have to resign
to be able to enforce it. Sometimes to be able to enforce it. Sometimes
a letter saying, you've got this wrong, might be enough to put it
right, but there is no reason to go right, but there is no reason to go
to work and not be paid for the work you do especially at low wages.
Thank you, we appreciated. The Pennine Accute hospital trust,
rated "inadequate" by inspectors has announced it's investing ?30 million
in front line services. The trust's also looking
to recruit hundreds of nurses, midwives and doctors over
the next three years. It runs the Royal Oldham,
Fairfield, Rochdale Infirmary; The Business Secretary is travelling
to Paris tonight for urgent talks over the future of Vauxhall,
which could be sold to Peugeot. Greg Clarke will meet
executives from the firm and the French Government
to try to secure jobs at Vauxhall, including
at its Ellesmere Port plant. A national inquiry into child sex
abuse has been approached by 174 North West victims,
more than from any other They've contacted the independent
inquiry probing claims that in the past police and prosecutors
failed to tackle sexual abuse, particularly when it was perpetrated
by people in powerful positions. The chairwoman of the much-troubled
inquiry today attended Historical abuse exits in all walks
of life from the world the Independent Inquiry
into Child Sexual Abuse was set up to look into after abuse
by Jimmy Savile and others emerged. There were concerns over a number
of institutions and a failure by police and prosecutors in some
cases to properly The chair of the panel,
Professor Alexis Jay, today met with many groups
and agencies who work with children to protect them against abuse
and she told them the "truth" project - in which victims of child
sexual abuse share their experiences in private or written form -
had seen more than 174 There were lots of good networks
that we could tap into and encourage people to come forward and that
has been successful. We have a number of other
regional offices throughout the country where we're
following the same pattern. Since the inquiry was set up,
a number of footballers have made allegations of historical child
sexual abuse against Crewe and Manchester City
are two carrying out The inquiry will wait until the FA
completes its own internal review and that's to avoid duplication,
but one victim who is advising the panel told me there
are still thousands of survivors I want to know my children are safe
when they go boxing, play football, whatever they're doing,
and the only reason we can look at that are past failings that
institutions have made by people sharing their truth
and experience and helping build There will be four public
hearings his year including one on what happened
at Knowl View School and other institutions arranged
by Rochdale Borough Council, including the role of
the late MP Cyril Smith. Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs won more
than 20 league titles between them when they played for Manchester
United. But as property developers,
they're finding the opposition The Twentieth Century Society
is the latest conservation group to line up against their multi-million
pound plans for Theirs is one of a number of major
new developments campaigners If you want to gauge how well
a city is doing, they say, It's boom time - nearly 7,000
new homes under construction. Ten new schemes for tower blocks
more than 25 storeys high. Manchester is changing,
but is it for the better? Last year, Gary Neville showed me
the derelict police station and pub he and Ryan Giggs
want to knock down. They want to replace it with two
tower blocks centred This is how it would change the view
from the town hall square. One conservation group,
the Twentieth Century Society, wants the Secretary of State
to get involved. Historic England, the Government's
adviser on heritage buildings, We absolutely support something
needs to be done to this site, but we'd like to see the right
scheme and something that benefits Manchester and doesn't overshadow
these civic buildings. A company called Renaker wants
to build two tower blocks Castlefield is a nationally
significant conservation area. It's the home of the world's first
cut canal, the world's first passenger railway and the birthplace
of the Industrial Revolution, and this building is completely out
of keeping with this area. The newish Beetham Tower is now
on the list of buildings guide Jonathan Scofield
shows his tour groups. He's relaxed about the way the city
he knows so well is changing. Buildings are humans, in a way -
they move and they change and if you try to keep them still,
keep them the same, you lose the essential
character of what a city is, which is about innovation,
new ideas and moving on. If the Victorians had been
as concerned about preserving buildings as we are now,
we wouldn't have the town hall and We've got buildings
from pre-Victorian era in every town and city in the country,
so they didn't wipe everything away, and it's a case of conserving
and growing, and you can do both. Construction work in Manchester
is back to the levels of before the financial crash and there's no
sign of a let-up. There has been a big
response to the proposed development of Manchester,
and in particular the plans The majority were against the
developments, I struggled to find positive ones. Perhaps changes in
difficult thing to embrace. Still to come on North West Tonight:
Moving to the Shakers - but can Lee Clark do enough to keep
Bury in League One? And the man who can knock your teeth
out and put them back again. of devolution, what it means, how
much it will cost and how it will affect people across our region.
Will the rule be different appeared on London? Our correspondent has
been talking to London's first mayor, Ken Livingstone.
Think mayor and you might picture the person with a funky collar
and an expensive necklace who gets to greet important visitors.
But if you live in Greater Manchester or the Liverpool City
Along with council leaders, your new mayor will decide on things
like what routes buses take, what new houses are built
near your home, even the training opportunities your children have
But perhaps the most important change is that you will get
Think Ken, think Sadiq, think Boris, yes, London has had an elected mayor
mayor says the year 2000 and Ken Livingston knows what it's
Is it exciting to think I'm the first one, this
I can't think of anything else in my lifetime where a new political
organisation has been created from scratch.
24 hours can be a long time in a mayor's life
On the 7th of July he became the figurehead for a heartbroken
city and only the night before he had celebrated London
London has boomed and a lot of people in the North are really
angry that so much investment went to London, but you had a mayor
Who's been making the case for Greater Liverpool,
Away from Westminster, some believe the mayor's voice can
help build the brand of the North West as a world-class
cultural hub but they will have to fight our corner on funding.
This post of mayor of Greater Manchester is a poisoned
going to be in charge but you've still got a budget
The purse strings are being pulled from London so I think
The mayor will face financial pressure from the outside
but also will have to prove their worth at home.
Just because you're elected it doesn't mean to say
Whoever is in there has got to build their own respect
and has got to build and sell their own vision but it's
a fantastic opportunity because people are now willing
to work together and that's the big change, the spirit of collaboration.
A spirit of collaboration is no doubt a wonderful thing,
but even Ken says that once the inauguration parties are over,
Soon we will have our first directly elected mayor.
It is not just the most important thing you'll do,
You get it right, your city will be booming in a decade's time.
The best of luck to all our mayoral candidates.
Sport now, and Richard is at Old Trafford tonight
as Manchester United start an extremely busy period.
He is ready for this and Ed -- St-Etienne match at Old Trafford.
How strong a line-up is Jose Mourinho likely to play?
I think he will play strongly. Because this is the last leg of the
Europa League, it is a route into next season's Champions League for
the winners so I think he will play a strong line-up tonight. He named
his back four in his press conference, which is strong, having
said that, they are fighting on four fronts. Jose Mourinho says if they
keep progressing and all of these competitions, it could be a problem.
April, May will be very, very, very hard if we progress
in the competition, so hopefully it is very, very, very hard.
A welcome problem for Jose Mourinho. Let's dig further into the Pyramid
of English football. Bury's new manager Lee Clark says
he's confident he can keep Clark was speaking for the first
time today since leaving Kilmarnock to sign a two and a half year
contract at Gigg Lane. He takes over with his team
in the relegation zone, but full of confidence he can
turn it round. Back in the North West
and ready for the challenge, Bury's man from the North East
insists he will get the Shakers I see a talented group of players
and the talented squad, they just need to enjoy
the football, play with confidence. He's young, he's ambitious, he wants
to manage the Premier League in the Premier League but he's
got fantastic contacts. As a player, Lee Clark made more
than 200 appearances for Newcastle, the club he supported as a boy,
and has played and worked under some of the biggest names
in British football, Kenny Dalglish, Sir Bobby
Robson and Kevin Keegan. I knew from a young age I wanted
to become a manager myself one day, it wasn't a case when it came out
of my playing days and decided I stood and watched and listened
to my managers and how His management career has had highs,
a record unbeaten run in his first management job at Huddersfield
for example, and lows, an acrimonious six months
at Blackpool, his lowest point. It had been the longest time I had
been out of football when I left Blackpool
and I was considering whether I was I reinvigorated myself and got
the fire back in my belly. His win percentage as you will know
is less than 25% at Kimarnock, less than 10% at Blackpool,
how much of a You can make statistics
looks however you want. You look at what is probably his
percentage-win ratio He did that because he had
an owner that believed in him to take it forward
and had fantastic infrastructure. Lee Clark is an engaging
personality who doesn't dodge as he did as a player,
wears his heart on his sleeve, but football management
is all about hard-headed decisions and Bury fans will hope
he has the answers. Good to talk to him today. It could
be a busy year ahead for the Shakers. He was involved in 45
different transfers in his last job in, not -- in Kilmarnock. That is
full commentary on BBC tonight. From Old Trafford, back to you.
If you've ever had the misfortune to damage your teeth, you know how
important a good dentist can be. But it's not often the person that fixes
them is the person who broke them in the first place!
The 32-year-old, who's known Doctor hit man,
has trained with both Khan and the great Floyd Mayweather
and promises opponents he'll repair any teeth he damages.
The Klitscho brothers, both of them got PhDs,
doctorates, they're Dr Ironfist and Dr Steelhammer, so I got
inspiration from them, and also one of my favourite boxers
was Tommy "Hitman" Hern so I married the two together and
Working alongside Arthif is Lee Beard, well known
for his work with Manchester boxing legend Ricky Hatton Lee.
Are there any plans for him to become your dentist?
Though both men's main priority is of course Arthif's next
Ahead of Saturday's night, nothing too strenuous
When I look back at my studies in dentistry, it was a lot
of sleepness nights and caffeine consumption in the libraries,
which took cereberal effort, and there's cerebral effort
in boxing, where you've got to stay focussed with tunnel vision.
In the meantime, it's back to the day job and,
by pure coincidence, a patient related to Manchester's
I've known Anthony since he was in his mummy's tummy!
What a coincidence - he's a friend of mine!
You wouldn't know he was a boxer cos he's got such a nice bedside manner.
What would you do if you managed to break an opponent's
I'd feel morally obliged to restore that tooth.
Hopefully it never happens, but if it did, it'd be
A cloud with a silver lining for someone potentially, then.
Speaking of obligations, I've got a dodgy... Oh!
He could knock his painful tooth out with a little right hook! Let's get
the weather. Diane is here. It is not getting warmer, it is
getting less cold! Towards the weekend we're seeing some spells of
sunshine. This picture was from Manchester. It is starting to feel
like spring. Since last week we've managed to get 20 to 25 minutes of
extra daylight and that process continues and week by week that
grows, so the sun is up, a little bit earlier, and it sets a little
bit later. To the next couple of days, we have relatively mild
conditions, fairly cloudy at times. conditions, fairly cloudy at times.
the next couple of days and every the next couple of days and every
now and then you will see some spells of sunshine. This is how you
we is shaping up. A huge amount of cloud cover but if the temperatures
get 29 or 11 Celsius, that's not too bad. The last couple of hours have
had a couple of showers breaking out here and there. The more organised
area of rain is trying to get towards us but the hills take it
away. It will continue to push and it will spread across many parts of
the North West through the next couple of hours. It would get
everywhere but it will get too many places and want it turns up, it will
be on and offered a good portion of the night. It starts to fall apart
and many places become dry. Mr and murk over high routes -- mist.
Temperatures are good tonight but that won't be true everywhere. Six,
seven and eight Celsius on the other side of the Pennines and into part
of Scotland, there will be a frost, but because we have all the weather,
we see temperatures not falling to a low but really it could be down to
three Celsius in rural areas. We have the remnants of the rain still
around on Friday morning. Visibility is not brilliant. Through the day,
an improvement trying to come in. Parts of Merseyside and Cheshire,
maybe the course that will see a significant improvement to the tail
end of the day but whenever you are, it's not a bad picture, relatively
benign and the breeze is very light, coming back towards us from the
south so the numbers on the chart are fairly good, between nine and 11
Celsius and cloud through the next couple of days but temperatures that
good, and that's important. -- temperatures are good.
You could also say if you've had a couple of drinks, I'm not getting
drunk, I'm getting less sober! Bye-bye!
Two challenges await you today, and our genre is Landscape.
The conditions are a wee bit challenging.