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The top stories this evening. Helping roughly this get off the

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shelter. A 15% rise in council tax shelter. A 15% rise in council tax

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being put to the vote. And drama only water as a fire breaks out on

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board a very. -- ferry. Government figures on homelessness

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show the numbers of people sleeping rough have more than doubled

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in the last six years. In times of austerity services

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which support some of those However in Hampshire,

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one council has taken the initiative to try to reduce the number

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of people sleeping rough. Basingstoke has just won government

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funding for specialist psychologists to work with homeless people -

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to try to turn their lives around. Pete has been sleeping rough

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in Basingstoke for as long as he can He will use the emergency night

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shelter that's been provided by It is getting the rough

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sleepers in, offering them Crowdfunding helped

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raise ?14,000 to open a For the volunteers, it

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has become obvious many rough sleepers have

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mental health problems. We can start to focus

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in on the mental health, getting that sorted,

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then that in ables them and

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equips them to move on. The Government has awarded

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Basingstoke ?250,000 to fund specialist psychologists to work

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with homeless people over To get someone to the point

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where they can live independently support is needed and we know

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there are real issues around mental health support at the moment,

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so they need If help was offered,

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with you take it? I won't say I would,

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I'd say probably. Figures show that the number

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of rough sleepers rose to 26, but the council,

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health services and volunteers despite financial

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pressures they are facing. We can cross to Steve now who is out

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in Southampton at a hostel for young, Ross leaders. Steve. -- rough

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sleepers. Yes, the Society of St James

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runs a couple of night shelters here in Southampton

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and another in Portsmouth. And on a freezing night like this

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they can be life savers. But they have been under

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massive financial pressure. Trevor Pickup from

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the society is with me. What numbers are we seeing? Yes,

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quite a lot. Resources are not an offer us to resolve this issue. Was

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unique? Funding. We would like more property as well. We need to address

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health issues, mental health issues, health issues, mental health issues,

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to address it in the first place. In Basingstoke they're going to get

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psychologists to work with rough sleepers -

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is that going to be Yes, I think that is a good idea.

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We've tried ourselves a number of years ago. Lots people really rather

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have got underlying issues that they have experienced, traumatic

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childhood and so on. Psychological help is very useful.

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What is your message to the government?

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A lot of emphasis on Brexit and a union American president. This is

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not a knot and will issue, I'm sure you want them to address it as well.

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They just need more property. We need specialist intervention from

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people who have underlying issues to help address the problems that they

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are facing. Thank you very much indeed. From the apostle here in

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Lambton, back to uni should give. -- from the possible here, back to you

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in the studio. Across the south, council budgets

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are being set for the coming year, and many local authorities

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are facing difficult choices. In Surrey, residents

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are being asked if they're prepared to have their council tax put up

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by fifteen percent. The Conservative controlled county

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council is going to hold It says it needs the extra

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money because of the A short while ago I spoke

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with our reporter Tim Yes, Surrey County Council

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has to make savings of about ?21 million,

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which could mean an average of ?190 multiple sclerosis and is in a care

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home in Thames Ditton Surrey. This afternoon, she told me how

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she'd used up all her savings and has now recently got

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help from Surrey County Council. It costs ?6,000 per

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month to care for her. I think the people of Surrey do need

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to dig into their pockets, as much as it pains me

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to come a begging bowl and I don't like to do so,

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but I'm doing it on behalf of all the disabled and

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vulnerable people in Surrey. No income tax rise looks

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to be planned by the Government at the moment but,

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of course, Surrey is now proposing this quite dramatic

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measure on council tax. What do the people in Thames Ditton

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didn't think about that? Social care is very important

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and I think, possibly, we should So, Tim, this is quite a decision

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for a council to take, isn't it? It's only happened once before that

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a council, Bedfordshire, has held a referendum

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about a council tax A lot of pressure on new

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leader, David Hodge. Will they trust me,

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and the Conservative council, to make this

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hugely difficult decision? Will they trust us and put

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their confidence in us? Because we cannot do

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anything else about it. The Government haven't

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got money, it will not The Government, of course,

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says it is providing some instant relief, making ?900 million

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available across the country. A lot of people far

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beyond Surrey will be Meanwhile, County councillors

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in West Sussex have been trying to decide how to close a 41 million

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pound hole in next year's budget. The plan is to raise council tax

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by nearly 4% and cut spending by almost ?17 million,

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though the council says many of the cuts are being

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offset by other measures. Nine million pounds will also be

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taken from the council's reserves. An investigation's underway

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into the cause of a fire 50 passengers were on board

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when a fire broke out on the bridge of this morning's nine o'clock

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Wightlink crossing, It was extinguished within minutes,

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before continuing into dock. I didn't see it actually

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start, but soon after. It was quite a small fire and then,

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within a few seconds, there was 18 feet of flames and huge

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black smoke next to it. A third day of talks between

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Southern and Aflef will be underway tomorrow. The two sides are said to

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have made good progress. They are nanograms union Mill stole held its

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strike on Monday. -- Aslef. -- RMT Union.

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Plans for a controversial beach-front tower block have been

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passed by councillors in Worthing tonight.

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This 21-storey building on the Aquarena site

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was rejected last year but developers returned

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with proposals for a 15-storey building with 141

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Opponents reject claims it'll regenerate the area saying its too

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high and will set a precedent for other seafront sites.

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Gosport sailor Alex Thomson has had to settle for second

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in the Vendee Globe round the world yacht race.

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The Frenchman Armel Le Cleach crossed the finish line off

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the coast of France just before four o'clock this afternoon.

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Just over 100 nautical miles ahead of Thomson,

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who had pushed him all the way in his bid to become the first

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Very happy for him, because he did a very good race.

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It was very, very difficult with him.

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I'm very happy to win and it's the best...

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That's all from the South Today news team this evening.

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We're back tomorrow with bulletins in BBC Breakfast and there's more

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It'll be another cold and frosty night to come with

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perhaps some freezing fog patches in the usual prone spots.

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During the early hours of the morning, the

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Temperatures will drop away to minus figures

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in the countryside and even in our towns and cities.

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low in the countryside of minus seven Celsius,

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Cold and frosty with perhaps some freezing fog patches

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for areas north of Berkshire, which may linger through the morning.

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Otherwise, it's another glorious day.

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Barely a cloud in the sky and, as a result, temperatures will

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There will be a good deal of sunshine on offer.

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Tomorrow night, once again, another widespread frost,

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particularly widespread, coastal counties.

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Cloud thinking southward and a high from the west, during the

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Saturday really is an east-west split.

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The further east you are, the more sunshine.

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The further south and west you are, more cloud.

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But there are sunny spells in between.

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more cloudy day with some bright and sunny

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spells here and there, but do

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enjoy the sunshine there tomorrow and Saturday.

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Those days will start on a frosty note.

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looks as though we can, a bit more cloud on Sunday. Now the national

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picture. Good evening, it will gradually get

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colder in the UK in the next few days, something we don't have to

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worry about in Australia at this time of year. Of course it's the

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Australian tennis open at the moment and there's a big storm moving

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through Melbourne at the moment. Hopefully it will have cleared

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through by the time of Andy Murray's match. We have high withers and

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light winds and some interesting contrasts despite things being very

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slow moving, with the sunshine to the south of the weather zone but

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stuck underneath the weather zone, it's been another miserably grey

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day. No doubt quite dreary with some patches of drizzle. This is how it

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looked in Staffordshire, under the weather front. In the sunshine,

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despite the Frosty start, a sparkling day and a fantastic sunset

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here in the Isle of Wight. Some areas, in parts of Northern Ireland

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that haven't seen much sunshine this week, actually saw

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