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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.