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very much again at the Emirates Stadium. Natalie Perks.
More than 140,000 people have signed a petition started by a Devon man
calling for changes to the way mortgages are approved.
Self-employed roofer Jamie Pogson wants mortgage lenders to make
payment of rent count as proof an individual can meet
The number of people supporting his call means it
John Henderson has been to meet him.
The kitchen, even a toy one, is the heart of any home.
But getting on the property ladder is frighteningly expensive.
After ten years, Jamie Podson is a fully paid-up member
I've averaged it out for about ?450 a month.
Because I've been in sort of smaller houses, big houses.
But I've averaged it out over ?450 a month.
It's working around the sort of 80 grand region.
So it's quite a lot of money to sort of throw away and I could be halfway
But soon, Jamie's quest for home ownership will come here,
The Plymouth roofer started this petition, making paying rent enough
proof that you are able to meet mortgage payments.
It's received over 130,000 signatures, meaning it will have
If the law does change, then a lot of people will be able
Because I know people who pay their rent on time but they can't
But whether the debate will actually change anything is a moot point.
Banks and building societies tightened up mortgage applications
In a statement, the Council of Mortgage Lenders says that
while regular payment of rent may be a helpful indicator,
it cannot be used in isolation as a landing risk assessment.
Other factors include the size of deposit,
the valuation and condition of the property, the borrower's
employment record, the reliability of their income and their credit
record and given that the average house price in the UK is over
?200,000, some say that cautious approach is on the money.
Nobody has a right to be given a mortgage.
You may have a basis upon which to complain about
the reasons which were refused, but you're not enforcing a right
by groaning about the fact that you weren't lent money.
So now, Jamie will have to sit it out in his rented home,
Johnny Morris, a Labour councillor major Nazi salute after conservative
members voted to end the debate. Tonight, Mr Morris to apologise
unreservedly, confirmed he'd been suspended from the Labour group for
suspended from the Labour group for three months.
The Isles of Scilly Council has agreed measures
to tackle a financial shortfall revealed today.
At a meeting, ?600,000 of savings were outlined.
Council tax will be increased by just under 5%, but the budget
for next year will still carry a deficit.
I think most councils in the country would be champing at the bit
to get a ?309,000 deficit, however, the cap is obviously
greater than that but this is what we've got to do.
A lot of decisions have got to be made and sadly,
we're the ones who've got to make them.
I don't think for any councils anywhere in the country this
Our Political Editor Martyn Oates is at Westminster and has been
speaking to the MP for the Isles of Scilly.
We hear a lot about the worsening financial problems facing rural
Derek Thomas, the St Ives MP, whose constituency includes
the Isles of Scilly, says the council of the Isles
of Scilly faces all of those challenges and many more thanks
to its geography and its small population.
But it's worth remembering that most of the rural councils who say
they're in really dire straits tend to be district councils,
so with relatively limited responsibilities.
The council of the Isles of Scilly, though, is a unitary authority,
with all the extra duties and responsibilities that come
In the past, there have been debates and disagreement as to whether even
somewhere the size of Torbay with a population of more
than 130,000 is really big enough to be viable as a unitary.
The council of the Isles of Scilly, though, is a long-standing unitary,
though with a population of just over 2,000 people.
When I go over there, I'm conscious that nearly
Everything I see, touch, or feel, or use is
And the case we've been making to the government is just that,
that they have significant responsibility that other
They have a real challenge to meet those, and the government needs
to recognise those as slightly different to maybe Cornwall Council,
What the council needs the government and I need
the government to do is to move much more quickly and to recognise that
while it's a small community, their needs are urgent
and they are pressing and they must be resolved quickly.
Mr Thomas has raised this issue in the comments and privately
Mr Thomas has raised this issue in the Commons and privately
with the Community Secretary Sajid Javid.
He said Mr Javid accepts that the Scillies is a special case.
And he says that officials from Mr Javid's department have been
in the Scillies over the past fortnight.
He said he is hopeful the government will come up with some kind of plan
to provide extra assistance to the Scillies before the end
But that is, of course, is just a few weeks away.
Contaminated silt dredged from Devonport Dockyard will be
dumped further out to sea instead of close to shore at Whitsand Bay
Silt waste, which potentially carries zinc, mercury and lead,
will be dumped at a site known as Plymouth Deep.
Fishermen say they fear it'll affect their livelihoods
but environmental campaigners are pleased.
Today is a great day, because we set out to try to get
the dumping in the bay stopped, and that's exactly what's been
happening now with the designation of a new dump site.
If it has to go in the water, surely taking it further out
Flybe wants to increase the number of women working
Currently only 10% of the workforce at the Exeter-based airline
The company has been talking to local schoolchildren in a bid
to get more girls to consider it as a career.
Now, if you want to do it, I'm sure you will do it very well.
I see you have a uniform on the aircraft.
The Flybe new Chief Executive, began her career as an
aviation engineer before working her way up.
Today, she's meeting pupils from nearby Cranbrook high school,
keen to encourage more girls into this traditionally male profession.
We are supporting diversity in the workforce, to create
Today, 31% of our workforce is female, but we are
still only 10% of female pilots or female engineers and we're
trying to do everything to push that further.
Charlotte grew up in Exmouth and recently completed
I've always been mechanically minded and from a young
age, working on some sort of machinery or engines or anything,
it's been a passion of mine and
that's what I've wanted to do, so I thought, why not start
There was a time when women working in the aviation
industry could only hope to beat cabin crew but that is now changing
Emma and Charlotte are just some of the women working there at Flybe's
They are still a relative minority but the company says they are hoping
These are some of Flybe's current engineering apprentices.
There are currently seven girls out of the 109 on the
There are currently seven girls out of the 409 on the
So this top set of rivets here, at the counter sinks.
So has today's physics inspired tomorrow's workers?
I found it really interesting and exciting and
I think that when I'm older, I think that being a pilot would be
There are now more job opportunities for
Tomorrow, to mark International women's Day, Flybe is
It's newsworthy now, but the hope is that
Onto Football now and Plymouth Argyle were unable to stop their run
of Tuesday night match defeats - that's despite changing
to an all-white kit in the hope the players would be more
They lost 3-0 at home to Blackpool, their third
Time now to take a look at the weather and David's
If you're living high up, you know how misty and murky. Hill for is
becoming extensive. Tomorrow, damp and misty but at
least it's mild and temperatures are on the rise. A weather friends
across as tomorrow, quite a breezy day so we end up with a fairly
miserable day, outbreaks of rain, windy conditions, less windy,
brighter on Thursday, same sort of thing on Friday with winds from the
south. Hopefully a few breaks in the low cloud. But we have an extensive
this sheet of clouds tonight. Behind it, plenty of drizzle or light rain
in the wind, blustery winds from the south-west and as I
mentioned, a lot of low clouds, both the risk of coastal land hill fog
and temperatures no lower than between 27-10d. Tomorrow morning,
damp start, not much chance brightness tomorrow. Grey, overcast,
rain off and on. Thursday a little bit brighter, most of the rain down
here in the south, southern parts of Cornwall, south of Devon, North
Somerset, parts of Dorset, late sunshine and it stays mild into
Andy Breare will be back just before 6.30am tomorrow morning
with the latest news from around the South West.
But from everyone here on the Spotlight late
rain on Saturday. The national picture now from Nick Miller.
It looks like next week high pressure will become a player again
in our weather, settling things down for some of us for a time but until
then it is low-pressure, rain moving across the UK overnight but not wet
all the time. Many of us at a fine day today, this was at you from West
Yorkshire and Yorkshire and northern England and Northern Ireland will
farewell tomorrow, after this frontal system has pushed on through
the UK with rain. But as it does, it introduces milder air so for the
rest of the week we