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Good evening.

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It's claimed an independent inquiry should be held

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into how a business set up by Buckinghamshire County Council

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to run adult social services lost millions of pounds -

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and was criticised for the quality of its care.

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Healthwatch Buckinghamshire wants answers as to how it was run -

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and how vulnerable people were affected.

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Brennan Nicholls has this exclusive report.

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Damning report after damning report - Buckinghamshire Care was supposed

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to look after some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

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The company was set up by Bucks County Council back in 2013.

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It had an ?8 million a year contract to run

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services cross the county - in people's homes, a network

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of community centres, a farm near Milton Keynes

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and a respite care home in Beaconsfield.

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Its managing director was paid ?140,000 a year.

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The Council said the firm would save taxpayers more

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than ?2 million over five years.

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It didn't.

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The financial accounts of Buckinghamshire Care makes

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pretty grim reading.

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Over the last three years the business has lost

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just under ?2.5 million.

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What makes even worse reading, though, is this

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from the Care Quality Commission.

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A report into Seeleys Respite Care in Beaconsfield,

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which was rated as "inadequate".

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And the combination of these two means that

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Buckinghamshire County Council pulled the plug on the business

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and brought it back in-house.

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It's now trying to learn the mistakes of what is contained here.

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When we began to identify that things weren't going right,

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both in terms of finances and the quality of care,

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at that point the governance had to be ramped up and began to take

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a much closer interest.

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But it was really only when the report on Seeleys came out

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that the full extent of the failings became clear.

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The Council took decisive and quick action which was

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recognised by the CQC.

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Not everyone though is convinced by the Council's approach.

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Healthwatch Buckinghamshire want's more, much more.

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The public don't know what's going on.

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They just think it was just another care home contract

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that was withdrawn.

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They don't realise that it was wholly owned by the County Council.

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The County Council has now taken full control

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of Buckinghamshire Care's services once again.

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It believes all services are running well.

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The council says it will work with Healthwatch Buckinghamshire

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to reflect their concerns.

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Around 200 workers have lost their jobs at the Manor Formula

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One team in Banbury - after the firm ceased trading today.

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The firm was placed in administration earlier this month -

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with the hope a new buyer could be found.

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Staff were sent home this morning.

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Manor began in 2010 as Virgin Racing - backed by Sir Richard Branson.

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The team was later renamed Marussia and became Manor in 2014.

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A man's died after a two-car crash near Banbury.

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It happened in Cropredy on Tuesday morning.

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No arrests have been made.

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Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Services have been held to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

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In Oxford there was a ceremony at the town hall, marking

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the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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John Fieldsend, who now lives in Thame, remembers Hitler coming

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to his home town in 1935.

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Zoe Curtis reports.

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People of all faiths gathered at Oxford Town Hall

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for Holocaust Memorial Day.

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It has been more than 70 years since the genocide which claimed

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more than six million Jewish lives.

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John Fieldsend witnessed this first hand.

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As a young Jewish boy living in Germany he heard

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Adolf Hitler address a rally.

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I can still remember that voice...

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That memory.

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It's firmly locked in the back of my head as I can't

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find the off switch.

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John now lives in Thame.

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During the Second World War he and his brother fled to Britain

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from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

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But their parents were taken to Auschwitz.

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John still has the final letter they sent him.

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"We want to say farewell to you who were our dearest

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"possession in the world.

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"And only for a short time were we able to keep you.

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"Don't forget us and be good.

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"I too thank all the good people who have accepted you so nobly."

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Today photographs from the Holocaust went on display at the Town Hall.

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Victims of genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia were also

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remembered, along with those still being subjected

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to racism and intolerance.

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The actor and activist Russell Brand has been talking

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about his experience of growing up with mental health problems.

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He was in Aylesbury launching Buckinghamshire Recovery College.

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It wants people who've experienced difficulties in their past to mentor

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those in need of help.

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Matt Graveling reports.

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"We can't help everyone but everyone can help someone."

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A famous saying which encapsulates the ethos of a brand-new institution

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launched in Aylesbury this morning.

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Buckinghamshire Recovery College holds classes for people

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struggling with mental health.

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And at today's event one man who has openly struggled

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with his was keen to lend his voice.

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Mental health is nothing if not a disease of perspective.

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It is a different perspective to what is required.

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I think it is impossible for a person to attain that

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perspective in solitude, that they require support

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and community from people that understand it.

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The idea here is simple.

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Health professionals work alongside tutors who have

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had their own personal battles with mental health.

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They then share their experiences to help others overcome the issue.

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The college took on its first students in September and now have

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nearly 200 people enrolled in workshops and courses

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all tailored to improve their well-being.

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I'm now working in supporting people in mental health who need that

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support and understanding.

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And for me my passion is creativity and it has helped me get back

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on the road to recovery.

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Today's event was the start of what the college hope will be

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a long, successful journey, helping thousands of people overcome

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mental health one by one.

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That's it from us.

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The weather forecast is next.

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Goodnight.

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Hello, good evening.

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Today was a bit of a change from recent days.

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Milder conditions and the arrival of some rain.

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And that rain will stay with us overnight tonight

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with the possibility of hill fog where we have a lot

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of low cloud in places.

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Temperatures tonight will fall away to around three or four Celsius.

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The rain will be with us first thing tomorrow morning.

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It's a slow improving picture, the rain slowly clearing its way

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north and eastwards.

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Once it does we will see some bright and sunny spells

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through the afternoon.

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But still the risk of the odd isolated heavy shower.

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Temperatures tomorrow reaching a high of seven or eight Celsius.

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A good deal of cloud around and outbreaks of rain

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through the course of the day.

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Brightening up through the afternoon.

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Sunday is a day of rain.

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Rain also on Monday, but now here's your national forecast.

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