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I'm in Tavistock to ask how pub landlords feel about business rates
and ask whether in this low-wage economy the Chancellor may be taking
And I'm in St Ives, where I have been speaking
to shop owners about the Chancellor's announcement
And we'll have local reaction to the extra money for social care
plus our Political Editor will assess how the South West has
fared in today's budget. Also tonight:
how familiar songs are being adapted
to provide important reminders for people with dementia.
And David Knopfler, one of the founding members
of Dire Straits, will be playing live for us ahead
There was just one mention by name of the south west
in the budget today - a reference to Exeter
But many of the Chancellor's measures will still be felt
Measures such as rises in National Insurance for self
employed people; and the reduction in the amount of dividends
that small business owners can take tax-free.
But there was also some welcome relief for those concerned
about planned increases in business rates.
Live now to Tavistock and our business
Yes, Tavistock is a well favoured market town as they go, but even
here it is a load wage economy, and the town has more than its fair
share of small businesses and self-employed people. So the rise in
national issuance contributions for the self-employed will apply a bit
of a squeeze and in fact the Federation of Small Businesses
locally describe it as a good way of putting people off running their own
firms. What about infrastructure? West Devon is one of those areas
which feels it's in danger of being bit out on a limb, a previous
Chancellor has had more to say in the budget about south-west
transport. ... She was also a rep as a state of the business community.
Well, the concern was the omission, as you say, lots about
north and the Midlands, lots about Wales, Scotland and Ireland,
nothing about the south-west at all, and
given that we've had assurances previously,
we were really hoping to get those firmed up
in terms of some commitment in terms
So what about business rates? They have been lots of rises, expected in
this budget, and the announcement today that small and medium-sized
pubs would get a ?1000 discount was welcomed as far as it went. How much
of a difference will that make in practice? The landlord here is John
Hooker. What do you make of that, John? The discount is very well
welcomed. ... It is a discount however of what was already a hike.
Even with that is discounts you will face a rise? Yes, and going forward
it needs to be looked at and radicalised, the way business rates
are issued, especially digitally, because more businesses like
ourselves, and only has to read are going to suffer penalties in the
future. I am optimistic? I am optimistic. That is the even west
Devon. Neal, thank you very much and apologies for the sound problems we
had in that report. The Treasury said that 1,600
businesses nationally would benefit from ?150 million of targeted
support for smaller companies, while others
may receive sums from But in a region that
depends on small employers Tamsin Melville is in
St Ives to find out. Yes, well there were winners and
losers across the south-west, with the latest revaluation of business
rate, and many have said for a long time that the system is flawed. Here
many businesses see increases and today's announcement that there will
be short-term help for some, and a porous of possible long-term reform
is getting a cautious welcome here. I've got white chocolate
and lemon tart, or I've Not a budget of big
giveaways but for struggling From April, Neal was one of those
facing a big hike in business rates, more than ?300 extra,
and he'd be taken over Now those increases
for people like him will be It means we won't have
to pass on so much of the price increases
to our customers or absorb
the price rises ourselves. It's a great day, but there
is still the need for long-term reform for
the future to ensure that long-term reform for the future
to ensure that doesn't happen And that long-term reform
promised today that people Her rates are going down
but she is struggling with online competition
and low takings. It's not covering the overheads,
the rent, the rate or If I know what I know now,
I wouldn't be here. The current business
rates just tax a business whether a customer walks
through the door or not and I think anybody would say it's fair to tax
on profits, and that makes it more
competitive and investment strategy for businesses rather than just
having big rises just for actually existing and opening
your door on day one. The reform time scale given
by the Chancellor was for the next revaluation due
in five years' time. In the meantime, a sweetener
in the form of a ?300 million fund for councils to help
the hardest hit. Well, Cornwall Council has said
tonight that it will be urgently seeking clarity from the government
on exactly how this ?300 million fund is going to be shared out
between councils. The Federation of Small Businesses has accused the
Treasury of just tinkering around the Eddery 's with this business
rate issue and say that what is really needed is it to be tackled
properly. Well, as we know, social care
in the South West is under immense pressure as it is in the rest
of the country, so councils here were eagerly awaiting news
of any possible help Today he announced an extra
?2 billion nationally over How much of a difference
will that make? I'm joined now by our
Health Correspondent Jenny Walrond. As we have mentioned before on
Spotlight this is all over a really big issue for the south-west? We
have an older than average population and so a greater need for
social care. Recently south-west councils collectively warned
Westminster that they are not going to have enough money to pay for it,
many of them in the next financial year and we see the impact of that
in a daily basis in hospitals where at any given time there are dozens
of people ready to be discharged but stuck there waiting for care
packages. Some mentioned an extra in 2 billion over the next three years
nationally. What about locally? It has been broadly welcomed, and weeks
ago south-west councils were failing to -- devilment was failing to
address what south-west councils described as a crisis in social care
with funding. Today Cornwall Council says it's pleased that the
government has listened to it concerned but while and that a
longer term solution is required and we are likely to find out what
that's long-term solution is later this year when the government
publishes its proposals in a green paper, a kind of consultation
document. We have also heard today from Sir Wollaston MP a former GP,
saying she is pursued with his new funding, not from other budgets but
is it a question mark one think tank, the local government
information unit says definitely not.
Senior Conservatives in the Southwest have criticised
the budget proposals to spend yet more money on brand new schools.
The leader of Devon County Council told us the Chancellor had
"got his priorities wrong" and should instead be increasing
Simon Hall reports from Devon County Hall in Exeter.
The government have made a point of talking up the new money
Chancellor has found for schools but in some councils,
including Conservative controlled ones like Devon, here,
there is concern about the way that money is being spent.
Same thing, graph equals zero, that's the route.
The maths for Exmouth community College is worrying.
A new formula designed to provide fairer funding
for schools will cost it ?80,000 per year and here they believe
the money allocated in the budget for building
new schools would be better spent lifting standards at existing ones.
Money is of paramount importance because on that depends the number
of stuff I can employ, the number of support staff I can
employ in terms of teaching assistants, in terms of
assistants to help children with special needs, to reduce class
The leader of Devon County Council told me he believed the
Chancellor had got his priorities wrong in allocating money
Extra schools, free schools created in areas like this simply
will mean that schools will be all fighting for pupils.
We have the right number at the present moment
What we do need is more money to actually
fund schools so that we have teachers
Jess? Minus 12.
The budget did include plans to spend ?200 million
The Chancellor said the new money for schools was
designed to increase opportunities for young people but whether that
will be the result is already being challenged and by political friends
Well, our Political Editor Martyn Oates has been following the day's
Apart from that brief mention of Exeter mathematics school, not much
specifically aimed at the south-west, Martin? Yes we have used
to in recent budgets have little list of goodies from the south-west,
reeled off, if not then the speech itself but in supporting literature
published afterwards. The only other thing announced today, a slightly
strange thing done in the context of the budget, was the name that
Plymouth MP will be the government official representative for the
Mayflower at 400 separations in Plymouth. That anniversary
celebration has been heavily involved in by the MP, anywhere.
Nothing from any of the other leaders of the groups for lobbying
for better rail links, for example. We used to joke a lot about the
former Prime Minister David Cameron was frowned of his own worth and
Cornwall. -- south-west and Cornwall. I have heard others
recently saying that may be with the change of the Prime Minister the
south-west isn't as prominent in the government affections. The Cornwall
chairman, of the Federation of Small Businesses, said based on the budget
today it looks as if the north and the Midlands are currently the
teacher's pets. Two of the big announcements today, business rate
relief and social care we have featured tonight. Any indication how
the south-west by benefit from those? Previous social care
allegations could mean an extra ?10 million for the county. The Somerset
MP who campaigned for better funding for rural areas like the south-west
picked up this issue of bed locking that Jenny raised and said that
Devon and Cornwall are among the best, the worst affected. -- the
worst affected counties in the country.
A look now at some of the other stories across the south west...
Police searching for a 26-year-old missing woman in North Devon have
confirmed she's a junior doctor from Bristol.
Lauren Phillips' car was last seen in Woolacombe almost two weeks ago.
Dozens of women from the southwest born in the 1950's, have been
protesting in London today angry about changes to their pensions.
They say they've had up to six years added to their retirement age
Devon Councillors are threatening to refer plans to close
71 Community Hospital beds to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
They want health commissioners to assure them it's good
for the local health service and the consultation
Investigators believe plastic packaging accidentally left
on a sauna heater caused a major fire in Exeter.
The Riverside Leisure Centre was severely damaged in the blaze
A University for Somerset has taken a major step forward today.
Bridgwater and Taunton College is launching what it's calling
From fine art and design to nursing,
it'll offer degree level courses in a range of subjects.
Our Somerset reporter Clinton Rogers has been to meet some
of the students already working towards their degree.
The educational landscape in Somerset is being redrawn.
Their own promotional video is nothing if not dramatic.
But what exactly is going to change here?
Sculpting, fine art, textile design, all these students are already
studying for a degree, though right now this isn't a university.
The courses are accredited elsewhere,
In future, their degree certificates could be branded Somerset University
I think it does because I think then we can go on
and we have that status a bit more.
The University Centre Somerset, the college insist this is
For one thing, they plan thing to launch new
degree courses from nucluear science to nursing.
We won't be offering traditional history degrees, and
geography degree than things like that, this is very much about a shop
focus on industry and the type of people that
industry needs today, so
it won't be an the additional University format.
There are many hoops to jump through yet, but it is
now a declared aim, part of a campaign to persuade more higher
The use of music to help people with dementia is not a new concept,
but changing the lyrics of well know tunes to help them is.
Including subtle verbal hints within music tracks,
memorable to the listener, helps remind people living
The idea was devised by a Torbay organisation and is now
Johnny Rutherford has been to see the system being installed
in a house in Threemilestone near Truro.
A lot of people like Frank Sinatra or celibacy and what we have done we
found the person who is living with dementia, we asked the family lots
of things to like and we chose for three or four of them and during the
break and the vocals we have actually added our own message. So
you could be relaxed just listening to some music and get a gentle
reminder. Have you had something to eat? Heard that? Think I'll have
something to eat. This is a new idea trials in Cornwall. The audio is set
up each day and runs for 24 hours only coming on for an hour or two at
meal ordering times. It has shown some positive results, from a man
living with dementia. Since this has been trials, we have noticed that he
is eating the food that we leave for him. Beside his meals, we don't need
to be there saying you've got to read this and drink that he is doing
out automatically. And this is really early dales, at the moment,
so we're quite pleased at the success already. So far the
experiment has shown that the music machine needs to be hidden. If
they've got some ornaments on the mantelpiece, that would frustrate
them if you are to move the ornament so if they see this piece of
equipment that hasn't been there before, for them, they would wonder
what it is, why it is there and I don't think they probably would
accept it in their house as well. As well as a voice speaking advice
between lyrics, Michael he has rewritten some famous songs,
unchanged lyrics to form reminders. For example coming to come fly with
me and getting tired and weary eyes can off the fire, that's all that's
required, and its most part of something where I'm helping people
that are sick filled out of themselves, not just singing at
people of parties. The developers hope to rule out the system
throughout south-west. And staying with music, later this
month, Dartington hall in Devon is to host a concert to fund raise for
Sands School in Devon, run by the students and staff to make the
students -- decisions together. The student council sought out
day-to-day issues, and there is no headmasters. The alternative
education supporter, David Salone macro is supporting. He is one of
the founding members of dire Straits. You have now been so low
for three decades. I left in fairly early days, around the three albums
and I was done. I am going on tour. I 40th anniversary tour, quite
frighteningly. We have just finished one June and will dovetail into
another one. The cusp of the last concert of the previous two, then
the first concert will be the next one. Why are you keen to do this? My
daughter was at the Sands School and my wife teaches there, so... It
wasn't too hard for them to persuade me. Do you many concerts like this?
I don't do lots of benefits, I think the other one was years ago in the
Roundhouse in London. A rare opportunity for people in the
south-west. That's kind of you to say so. I am a big fan of
progressive education, and I read at a very early age as a result of
impressionable teenage age you were reading philanthropists and such,
there was a bit in this book when they were talking about a mother
coming in, the care other side of a S Neill, and the mother comes in and
the child dances around all over the furniture and she says look out free
my daughter is to a S Neill, and he says to add your child isn't free,
your is ruined. It isn't really as free-form as it looks from the
outside. Your songs are described as songs of substance and do did write
a song of the great nowhere, and arrives in saying that construct but
mother memory loss. I did indeed. When I phoned up and said mum I'm
currently see you, oh, David, why didn't you phone, she says. Why do
you think of the idea we have just seen there, using to adapt lyrics
and help people? I will be needing it pretty soon myself. I work lyric
sheets for my work on stage and even for this little two-minute song that
we're going to do I am nervously thinking I have no way to remember
this because that is so used to having the lyric sheets to help me,
even though we did hundreds of concerts a year. It shows the power
of music, doesn't it? It is wonderful stuff. I never tire of it,
it excites me all the time. And you will perform for us in a moment.
What will we hear customer a song for true north, if I can remember.
We will look forward to it. In a moment. Thank you very much for
coming in and well done on the concert on the
19th. Now, time for the weather. David,
what is it looking like? It looks like we will
continue to have some problems with mist and low cloud. That continues
overnight tonight, drizzle which will eventually clear southwards
giving a hint of some slightly brighter conditions. Less breezy
tomorrow, but still feeling quite wild. The biggest point tonight is
going to be the mist and fog, quite extensive and a problem along the
coast or over high ground if travelling. Poor visibility
overnight, easy local radio of course has updates if it causes
problems. It's weather Brand is going to lie draped across Cornwall
for much of the Daisy Murray, with little movement on it, and meaning
Cornwall will suffer again with the weather we have seen today, drizzle,
low-power, fog. Friday, that weather front will have moved a long way
north but we are still in the type of air. Mile, humid, and the
continued risk of low cloud and mist. I'd no definite change to the
pattern until the weekend, a cold front sweeping through from Saturday
introducing fresh air, but availability, and by the time we to
Sunday we have quite a rush of showers developing around the
Midlands, and some sunshine. The week and not too bad, but somewhat
fresher, somewhat cooler. We have the mild air overnight in a
south-west winds continued to drop through the nights to come, meaning
with the air much stiller, the ability of the club to be a bit
lower as it sinks means poor visibility for all of us and as you
can see there is a great cover of cloud over the most of the south
west at the moment, producing a ski spots of light rain and drizzle.
Through the evening and night there is not a great deal of change in
that, winds falling light, and variable by the morning meaning
there is a lot of low cloud around, greeting us early in the day, but
mild overnight, temperatures below are done for most of us 10 degrees.
15 in Fahrenheit. -- 50. By what had been good in the day a few weeks
ago, so it is mild, some mist, but a clearance from the north, so during
the course of the date gradually this guys will brighten, across the
north of Devon, northern parts of Somerset and especially part of
Dorset where here we should start to see some breaks in the cloud and
sunshine coming through. Contrary do that, though, the layer of cloud
across the good part of Cornwall continues with the mist and fog, and
spits of drizzle, for all of us being a mild day, 11 or 12 typically
for most of us and if the sunshine is out, temperatures up to 13 or 14
degrees. For the Isles of Scilly Dumais here, cloud or mystique for
most of the day, lighter winds and we have seen today, and generally
feeling pretty mild. Onto the times of high water and there we are for
the ports and harbours. Far south-west, say Mary's 204 and 1438.
Plymouth, 257, and 1536. For surfers, still quite messy. Big
waves to start with but quite quickly those ways quietened down
because there are lighter winds tomorrow, a variable three or four,
eventually becoming south of south-westerly three Dutch War,
occasionally drizzle, moderate that poor visibility through the English
Channel, but better visibility along the north coast across the weather
front stalling across Cornwall. Friday a similar day, temperatures
13-14 degrees, briefly some brightness, maybe some sunshine, and
temperatures as night still quite high, but by Saturday into Sunday,
slightly fresher air, cold at night and the risk of a view showers
around, some showers on Sunday turning out to be quite heavy. Have
a good evening. The Justin, back to you.
As promised we leave you tonight with Dire Straits founding member
You are my true north, my dreams, my truest, true north, the one that I
love best. I will remember this, our perfect knife of perfect place. Yes
and your soft caress, I will remember this. I will remember all
of this, how we burned, how we kissed, after all this loneliness, I
will remember this. I'm the one that blessed. I'm the one that blessed.
You are my true north my true east and my true west. Honey, you're my
true north, the one that I love best. I will remember this, my love
beyond the leaf of death, the passion and the truth at last. I'm
the one that blessed. I'm the one that's blessed. You are my true
novel, my true east, my true west. Oh, honey, you're my true north, the
one that I love best. The one that I love best. The one that I love best.
Let's Sing And Dance exploded onto our screens,
setting the stage alight...literally.
Stars were a-swinging... Could somebody help me?
Join the party, as new stars perform on...
You can still see her - but it has to be supervised.
You thought it was YOU I was afraid of.
Now it's happened, not only have I got nothing to lose,