16/02/2017 North West Tonight


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can remember. We'll Biamou lies in what it says about the president and

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his administration. More than 40 North West companies

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were today named and shamed The guilty firms included

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a Michelin-starred hotel, an historic golf club and even

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two law firms. But some say their only crime

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was to try to help their workers by advancing them money and later

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deducting it from their wages. Chefs prepare meals

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at the Northcote Hotel. It underpaid more than ?6,000

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to 22 workers partly to realise when staff reached 21,

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meaning they should have been paid more and partly

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because they deducted money from wages to pay for

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staff accommodation The law says you can't do that if it

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takes pay below the legal minimum. These are errors of judgment

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in terms of how we have interpreted the law,

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some of which we are not aware of which we are now but I do think

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some of the practice is incorrect. Some people would say an

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organisation like yours should have been aware of the rules

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and shouldn't have I understand that, but when you see

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that as an error, you've had an agreement from the staff member

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to be able to do that, it's not that you are taking it away on purpose,

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it's just a way of paying it It's a similar story

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at Glover's bakery. two workers who had money deducted

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for company flats they live in. Glover's should have paid them

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the full wage and then charged them. I should have known the rules,

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but it is what has been done for years, this only applies

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to people on minimum wage. It doesn't apply to people

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who are not on minimum wage. In total, 44 North West

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firms were told to repay The two North West companies we

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featured tonight say they are guilty of breaking the letter of the law,

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but they did it inadvertently. The Government says publishing this

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list sends a clear message to employers that minimum wage

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abuses will not be tolerated. While firms like this say

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they did not intend to cheat, the TUC says there should be

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prosecutions and higher fines for those who

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deliberately avoid the law. There are different rates

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of minimum wage according to things like your age

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or whether you are fully trained. Earlier Sarah Evans -

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who's an employment lawyer - told me all firms are legally

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obliged to pay the correct rate. It's not rocket science,

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it's a tabular formula that you use of a certain age doing certain work,

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there is an hourly rate What advice would you give

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to someone who thinks they're Fortunately, it's one of the easier

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things to put right in employment law, especially

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with the Government's intervention in terms

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of the business and enterprise

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and innovation. Even if it's an awkward

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conversation with an employer? You're entitled to be

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paid and the minimum You can check what your wages should

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be by using an internet tool. You can report to your company

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or phone Acas who will let HMRC know and it will work out

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what you should be entitled to and whether there are any fines

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or intervention that needs to go on. You can bring an unlawful

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deduction from wages claim within your employment,

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you don't have to resign or take any drastic steps like that

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to be able to enforce it. Sometimes a letter saying, "Hang on,

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you've got this wrong," might be enough to put it right,

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but there is no reason to go to work and not be paid for the work that

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you do, especially at low wages. The first elected Mayor of London,

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Ken Livingstone, has told North West Tonight directly elected

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mayors here will give the region a stronger voice and help

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secure better investment. Greater Manchester and

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the Liverpool City Region will go Ken Livingstone's been

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talking to our political Think mayor and you might picture

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the person with a funky collar and an expensive necklace who gets

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to greet important visitors. But if you live in Greater

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Manchester or the Liverpool City Along with council leaders,

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your new mayor will decide on things like what routes your buses take,

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what new houses are built near your home, even the training

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opportunities your children but perhaps the most important

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change is that you will get mayor since the year 2000

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and Ken Livingston knows what it's Are cities better

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for having a mayor? London has boomed and a lot

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of people in the North are really angry that so much investment went

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to London, but you had a mayor Who's been making the case

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for Greater Liverpool, Soon we will have our first

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directly elected mayor. It is not just the most

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important thing you'll do, If you get it right, your city

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will be booming in a decade's time. The best of luck to all

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of our mayoral candidates. The Business Secretary is travelling

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to Paris tonight for urgent talks over the future of Vauxhall,

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which could be sold to Peugeot. Greg Clarke will meet

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executives from the firm and the French Government

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to try to secure jobs at Vauxhall, including

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at its Ellesmere Port plant. The Pennine Acute Hospital Trust,

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which was rated inadequate by inspectors, has announced it's

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investing ?30 million It runs hospitals in Oldham,

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Rochdale, Bury and North Manchester and wants to recruit hundreds

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of nurses, midwives and doctors over Council tax in Cumbria will rise

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by almost 4% next year. It will add an average of ?1 a week

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for a band-D property. Half the money will be ring fenced

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for adult social care. A conservation group,

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the Twentieth Century Society, has become the latest to oppose

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development plans by two former The plan - by Gary Neville

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and Ryan Giggs - is one of several which campaigners think

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will ruin the city. If you want to gauge how well

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a city is doing, they say, It's boom time - nearly 7,000

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new homes are being built Ten new schemes for tower blocks

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more than 25 storeys So Manchester is changing,

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all right, but is it for the better? Last year, Gary Neville showed me

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the derelict police station and pub he and Ryan Giggs

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want to knock down. They want to replace them with two

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tower blocks centred This is how it would change the view

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from the town hall square. One conservation group,

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the Twentieth Century Society, wants the Secretary of State

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to get involved. Historic England, the Government's

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adviser on heritage buildings, We absolutely support the fact

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that something needs but we'd like to see the right

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scheme and something that benefits Manchester and doesn't overshadow

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these civic buildings. A company called Renaker wants

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to build two tower blocks Castlefield is a nationally

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significant conservation area. It's the home of the world's first

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canal, the world's first passenger railway and it's

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the birthplace of the and this building simply

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is completely out of The newish Beetham Tower is now

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on the list of buildings that guide Jonathan Scofield

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shows his tour groups. He's relaxed about the way the city

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he knows so well is changing. Buildings are humans, in a way -

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they move and they change and if you try to keep them still,

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keep them the same, we lose the essential

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character of what a city is, which is about innovation,

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new ideas and moving on. Construction work in Manchester

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is back to the levels of before the financial crash and there's no

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sign of a let-up. Manchester United won against

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dissent Ed Sheeran DeNiro bullied. -- St-Etienne.

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And it was this man - Zlatan Ibrahimovic -

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who gave them a three-nil cushion - to take to France.

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His first goal - a free-kick - dribbled

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He added a second from close range towards the end of the second half.

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And then - after he was fouled in the box -

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When the sun comes out at the moment, it does feel a little

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Spells of sunshine do make a massive difference.

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We might not see too many through the weekend,

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there will be a lot of cloud cover but the saving grace is the sun

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comes out every now and then it will continue to be quite mild.

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We've got this rain trying to get towards us.

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As it moves towards us, it starts to fall apart

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so that is not that much and towards the early hours of

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the morning, many places will become drier,

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maybe not completely dry and

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over high ground we could see a mist.

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Overnight, temperatures are very good, six,

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seven, eight Celsius for

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The other side of the Pennines in Scotland could get a frost

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so the rain does us a favour, believe it or not.

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It lingers in the morning but not for too long.

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A grey start, brighter spells will try to work their way

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It won't be a fantastic afternoon, but the breeze is light

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and when the sun comes out it won't feel too bad.

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Top temperature nine, ten Celsius and the weekend, plenty of cloud.

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forthcoming weekend. Here is Nick Miller with a resume of the National

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weather picture. Hello, rain for some of us today

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although it won't make much of a dent in the dry winter so far across

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much of the UK. A few threatening clouds in Cumbria but more than a

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threat of rain across the pond for Friday. The wettest weather system

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of the season is over heading into California, and there have been a

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few, with copious amounts of rain and lots of mountain snow.

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Record-breaking wet winter so far in parts of California. In Los

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