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Good evening welcome to Spotlight - tonight, a service


We don't know whether we have money to pay the wages, normally we manage


but we are treading water. There is no money left over and we are not


the only ones. The struggle of southwest care


agencies. We're in Cornwall where some home


care companies are having to pay out Meanwhile disbelief and distress


on the Isles of Scilly as its only On this small island we will not


even have a house to look after people that cannot look after


themselves. We'll report from St


Mary's as people ask how the elderly and vulnerable will be


looked after in future. on the south Devon coast -


the humpback bringing And laying bare his disability;


Kevin French hopes posing naked will help others learn


about his condition. The home care system in Cornwall


is on the brink of collapse. The warning as owners of some


of the south west's care agencies say they only keep going by dipping


into their own pockets. The warning is echoed


by a national report out today which calls for a complete shift


in the way home care is run. In a moment we'll be speaking


to the report's author but first Denis Nightingale looks


at the situation in Cornwall. Tonight at six, the funding crisis


in social care services... It is one of the biggest


crises facing the UK... Tonight, home care


companies in crisis... Home care companies have warned


of a funding crisis... Never far from the headlines, but


there is a new side to this story. One report today claims the care


system nationally is no longer I have been told one company


after another providing home care in Cornwall dipped


into their own pockets Of four providers, they all said


they were struggling financially I love coming in to help people


daily and seeing different people. Being able to be that person that


keeps them in their own home. Cornwall Council says it agreed


its prices after negotiations. But the owner of domiciliary care


in Camborne says she is one of many That is putting the home care


system under real threat. We are literally just treading


water, there is no money left over and I'm sure we're not the only ones


and I hear it among other colleagues 59-year-old Jan Radley helps look


after her father, Terry. Three daily care visits


keep him at home. I didn't like the idea of my dad


going into a care home at all. And the care that they give


enables my dad to stay at home. In response to worries


about the future, Cornwall Council says it is trying to spend its money


more cleverly with a 10-year plan on making sure care and support


is available at home or as close To promote independence


and social inclusion. People take their last breath


and it is good to know those people went with somebody there next


to them, even if their family couldn't be there, at least


we could be there and that Well, the Local Government


Information Network is a think tank which has been studying the strains


on the home care system. Its chief executive


Jonathan Carr-West joins us now. The report paints a stark picture


describing home care as on the brink of collapse, what has brought it to


that point? A systemic problem dating back four years with


underinvestment, lack of innovation in home care continually cutting


costs by squeezing the workforce, paying people less and less and at


the root of this is a system whereby we separate out health and care and


we value the NHS and we see careers and look up to nurses and doctors


and yet care is left unprotected, budgets are cut and those careers


are not esteemed. While we have this separation between what our two


parts of the same hole, care and health, while we have the separation


the system continues to fail. The government said in the budget more


money would go into social care but said there will be a major review of


how this care is delivered, what needs to come out of the review,


what needs to change? It is welcome to get any extra money but the


money, ?2 billion over three years is half of what we need. It is a


sticking plaster. The government acknowledges this saying there is a


Green paper looking at the system long-term, there are a number of


things that needs to be done, personal Finance, supporting people


to save to pay for care because anyone with assets over ?21,000 has


to pay for their own care, it needs to look at how we shipped the system


in commissioning so we focus on outcomes not just time people spend,


it needs to think about using new technologies and smart technologies


to make care more effective and efficient and most of all, it needs


to think about creating single budgets, single pool is we can


commission from so local authorities are able to work across the system


to keep people healthy and independent. And this is against a


backdrop of the emphasis shifting closer towards people being cared


for in their own home, to ease pressure on hospitals. How will that


be achieved if the system is at the point of collapse? We will not


achieve that unless we are able to move money out of hospitals and into


homes. You can do that by realising savings, keeping people at home,


stopping hospital admissions that is better for people, it is what people


want and prefer but it is cheaper so we need a way which you can use


savings to pay them back into the system to invest in better


preventative measures. Thank you very much.


The families of people living at the Isle of Scilly's only care


home say they fear for their loved ones if they have to


The island's council says it's taken the difficult decision to close it


because it's not been able to recruit staff for the future.


Our Cornwall reporter Christine Butler reports from Scilly.


Both part of the heart and in the hearts of this island community.


Providing care for its residents, reassurance for their families.


Clients of Park House have two months to find somewhere else


to live and be cared for with the shock announcement


And to me it is losing a family, splitting up my family.


It is making them out of reach, making them need me.


And that is the most heartbreaking of all,


to think that somebody that has looked after you in your hour


of need or brought you up and you have looked up to is not


going to be there when they need you.


The Council on the Isles of Scilly say it has taken the difficult


decision to close Park House by the beginning of June because it


has not been able to recruit enough staff for the future.


Care will continue to be provided in people's own homes.


A lot of people that are in here, the relatives at home work,


they have got to give up work to look after the relatives


And if they are sent over to the mainland to nursing


homes on the mainland, how can the relatives


It is so expensive getting backwards and forwards.


And some of the older people I would think that


I think it is tragic that in this small island we are not even


going to have a house to look after people that cannot


Rumours of problems at Park House has been bandied


But no one believed it would come to this.


Christine Butler reporting there - and this afternoon Christine's


been at a public meeting about the closure of Park House.


The Isles of Scilly is used to storms and in the town hall behind


me there is a storm brewing. I have never seen such a packed meeting


room before, so much that people cannot get through to the doors.


Ashley Beck the director of adult social care is confronted by a huge


amount of islanders and she's explaining why Park house


residential home has to close. She says it is not about funding, they


have had an increase in the amount of money on social care to up to ?1


million, it is about recruiting staff to come and work at the


residential home. Some people felt why hadn't this been brought up six


months ago, why was a decision only made public now? This should be made


public six months ago, if you knew this was on the cards, you should


have made public. She appealed to the islanders to come up with ideas,


solutions, anything that might prevent Park house from closing. I


will ask you to come back to me if you have any ideas to keep this care


home going because I don't want anybody in Park house to move. She


made assurances that if any of the residents in Parkhouse had to be


accommodated on the mainland, they would only go into outstanding care


homes and their muddy funding to pay for relatives to visit the loved


ones. We hope to get an interview with Ashley Hicks for the late news


tonight at 10:28pm. Now a round up of


other news tonight. A teenager has appeared in court


charged with murdering a forty seven Nineteen year old Delton Jones


of Burleigh Mews in Liverpool has been remanded in custody


by Exeter Magistrates court and will appear before a judge


at Crown court tomorrow. Devon's Liberal Democrat peer


Lord Burnett is calling for changes It follows the case


of Royal Marine Alexander Blackman from Taunton who shot dead


an injured Taliban A court martial appeal


reduced his murder conviction to manslaughter on the grounds


of diminished responsibility. A council in Dorset


is meeting tonight to decide whether a referendum should be held


over plans for the county to be Councillors in Christchurch have


already voted against the move but are now looking


at whether the public Exeter City Council's ruling Labour


group is being questioned tonight over delays in the redevelopment


of the city's bus station. Tory opposition councillors have


called an emergency meeting after the 32 million pound scheme,


which includes a leisure centre, was put on hold and the project


management company was sacked. You may remember a few weeks ago


we reported that a whale had been Well it's thought the humpback


is still in Start Bay and people from all over the UK are continuing


to head to the coast In a moment I'll be asking


a marine expert how But first Emma Thomasson reports


on on how local businsesses are benefiting from a rise in trade


as news of the whale spreads. And people are flocking to the south


Devon coast in the hope of spotting the humpback whale just like this


near Berry Head. We can't resist just coming to see


if it's going to be around and to see what photos we can get


and all that sort of thing. Because it's not supposed to be here


and it's such a wonderful animal. It is quite a buzz because it is


unusual to see it so close to the UK coast. An amazing feeling. Not


everyone has been so lucky. I was in a B and it was seen there but no.


I was supposed to be home hours ago and I thought I can't, not now. Not


when it is due and if I leave somebody will say it was seen at


5pm! They're saying, we've come


all the way down from Bristol, from Birmingham, somebody came


down from Manchester. When I was in New Zealand I


spent a lot of money going whale-watching -


didn't see anything. I can walk down, half a mile


from home, and there's a really good chance of seeing the humpback whale


in the bay. Pete's seen a rise in bookings


since the whale was first spotted, and he is one of a number


of businesses benefiting I've been here for 40 years


and never seen one in the bay, and we've also had porpoises


and gannets diving and a seal. And, yeah, the bay is


absolutely thriving, it's absolutely full


of life, it's wonderful. Well, I've been here for three hours


now and, sadly, no joy. And I have to admit it is strangely


addictive, so I can really see why so many people are flocking


to South Devon in the hope that they'll catch


a glimpse of the whale. When Emma turns up, the whale


is nowhere to be seen. Well, joining me now is James Wright


from the National Marine Aquarium. This is making business boom in the


area so it is quite unusual. Whale watching is big business in other


parts of the world, they have a reliable population and this is more


sporadic and unexpected. Have we had one here before? There are humpbacks


around the UK coast land, 1500 years ago there were more, whaling was a


big business many years ago which have a dramatic effect on the


population. The worldwide population was 120000 and the numbers dwindled


into the thousands. The global population is back up at 80,000. We


may see the effect of the reproduction occurring overprotected


years. It is a spectacular sight and lovely to glimpse a view. There were


many worries it was so close to the shoreline, what is their normal way


of being out in the sea, this is unusual? Yes, they do migrate. They


move to cold waters where they catch smaller fish to feed on and they


move to warmer waters when their calves are born. It is not unusual


to have them close to the shoreline. It is not that surprising in those


areas however here it is surprising, normally be expected the four or


five on the Scottish islands. Could be in trouble or distress? I don't


believe so, they can be occasions where this happens and there are


videos on the internet where people rescue Wales that are caught in


fishing gear or lost fishing gear or purposely laid and they can


sometimes rescue them but the fact it has been around three weeks and


it has gone away and come back, it is quite enjoying the area. He likes


it here! And the wail in the North died washed up on the shoreline, is


there a risk? There are many whales out there. People will be quite


surprised that Wales around the shoreline naturally and sharks as


well. We cannot see them but are there. The dead whale could have


died miles and miles away and drifted onto the shore. Thank you.


Now to one man's mission to help people better understand disability.


But as Clare Jones now reports, he's using his new role as a nude


Since birth he has lived with cerebral palsy and a speech


problem, but he won't let that stop him.


I was the first severely disabled person to do a Dance Theatre BA


Presently, I am studying for a Masters in Performance Training.


Kevin communicates with an iPad, by using his nose or a head pointer.


My speech is my biggest problem because, not being able


to verbally communicate, most people think I'm mentally


challenged and I don't know what I'm doing.


When people take the time to engage with me, they find out who I am.


Kevin has become a life model to use his nudity


When I am dancing or life modelling I am expressing who I am.


That I am intelligent, creative, sensitive and fully


I am focusing on movement, nudity and my disability gives me great


body definition. He is determined not to let his disability get in the


wake me run for parliament, travelled around the world and... In


the future I hope to get my masters, do a Ph.D. And make more close


friends. It hasn't always been easy. I understand I challenge many people


and their perceptions of disability. To my amazement, many artists and


even lecturers have problems with a disabled life model. Kevin's view is


life is for living. If one persons view of what I can do is altered


positive leak, it is a small victory in the battle to be accepted. --


positively. A Plymouth theatre built with war


damage compensation in 1961, has risen up once again


and will reopen as another major The Athenaeum was moth-balled eight


years ago but is undergoing a make over so it can stage professional


entertainment once more. Its opening show 'Dracula'


is a family comedy preformed by the South West troop Le Navet


Bete. Johnny Rutherford joined


in on rehearsals. I am in the story. Where is the


patient? This woman needs a stake through the heart. Get me a stake.


Restrain her. Stop, stop! We cannot have killing on the BBC. It is


professional theatre like this which we are seeing more of in Plymouth.


It is a chance for us to reach a larger audience in Plymouth. We have


had an incredible run at the Barbican but it is only 140 seater


so for us to be able to grow and there is demand for our work in


Plymouth, we have to be able to move to a bigger venue. The theatre seats


340 and it went dark as the stage was said to be draining the charity


funds. Now in partnership with the Barbican, it hopes to be in


Plymouth's limelight again. It is a growing interest in culture and


people are now willing to experiment and have a go at unusual things so I


would like to see dance, comedy, and live literature works. The initial


stage shows will be professional lead shows with the Barbican Theatre


but hopefully as we make the theatre more sustainable, we can allow the


local companies to come back and enjoy it as they did. It takes me


back because I remember acting on this stage Jesus Christ superstar,


West side story and even a Star Trek rip-off and the stage I remember


revolved but that is rare in the south-west. Dracula opens at the end


of the month. And then on to the theatre. More work!


Twelve of the largest stones from the last of Dorset's open cast


mines have been put together to create a unique art installation.


The project, on Portland, has taken three years


to create and has been paid for by the arts council.


Geologists and mathematicians have helped place the stones,


weighing up to 22 tonnes each, so they celebrate


both the landscape, the solstice and the equinox.


The Stones actually create vistas out of the landscape and they also


throw shadows into the centre and people will be able to read


information from pools of light within the stone shadows so you'll


be able to read the landscape through the stone.


Now what would you do with seven hundred thousand pounds?


People who live in the west Somerset village of Porlock are being asked


for advice on how to spend what has been described as a "jaw


The money has been left in a will to benefit


And as Clinton Rogers reports, now they have to decide


As recreation grounds go, it is all ready pretty impressive.


Now imagine you have nearly three quarters


It is such a big amount of money and...


Something amazing for the kids, maybe.


Probably build a swimming pool or something, that


The public will get their say because 1200 letters have been


delivered to people living in the area asking for ideas on how


to spend the money left to them by a lady called Susan Taylor.


You know one of the more intriguing things about this story is very


We have not met anyone who knew her well, we don't


What we know is she was in her late 90s when she died in December


and apparently she had no surviving children and so the bulk


of her estate was left to the Recreation Ground


And can you imagine the surprise of those in charge of this


area when they were told there was a legacy for them?


When he came to see me and told me what the amount would be,


?700,000 and possibly more, it was just jaw-dropping.


It will be several months before the final decision is made


but one thing is certain, Porlock is about to get one


of the best recreation grounds in the south-west.


Incredible story. Time for the weather forecast. It was sunny and


then real downpours. Four seasons in one day. Nice in places but also


quite bad. We have had a variety and some sunshine as well, not all bad


news. You have been taking your pictures. A lovely shot of the


beautiful blue sky. Little clouds to sport the sunshine but elsewhere a


rainbow in Lyme Regis with heavy showers and more to come. The


showers continue this evening and overnight. Tomorrow, less windy, and


there will be showers around but slow-moving so you may get a


torrential downpour and the risk of thunder and hail but also some


sunshine to enjoy. Perhaps some of us getting away with a largely dry


day tomorrow. The showers of one village but hitting the next. You


can see we have speckled cloud around low-pressure, there is white


as well so some snow on Dartmoor, the possibility of snow overnight


tonight, it will not stick around and will melt through the day if it


falls at all. Low-pressure settled across us and then moves south into


Friday -- into France giving easterly wind towards the end of the


week. The easterly wind may have cloud associated as well so the


chance of a few more showers with the easterly wind which generally


gives dry weather. The showers Papa western Britain, there is a line of


cloud approaching giving more persistent rain later tonight. --


peppering. There was some sunshine and showers in Plymouth earlier,


some lovely shots from a cameraman and it felt quite pleasant but a


chop in a Plymouth Sound and the breeze has been quite strong across


the south-west. We lose the first weather front coming into night,


that will have gale force winds and as it travels through the


south-west, a dusting of snow on higher ground like Exmoor Dartmoor


and the wind will drop, the sky is more clear and it will turn quite


chilly. It is quite cold and temperature as could be as low as


two or 4 degrees. Tomorrow, a cloudy day, the sunshine will come through


and the showers while widespread will be slow-moving and isolated so


lengthy spells of sunshine in between the showers, not overly


warm, seven or 9 degrees. It will feel warmer with light wind. A


largely fine and dry day on the Isles of Scilly. Have a good


evening. Claire has the late news at 10:30pm and an update on the meeting


about the threat to a care home in the Isles of Scilly. We are back


tomorrow. Good night.


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