07/03/2017 Spotlight


07/03/2017

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very much again at the Emirates Stadium. Natalie Perks.

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More than 140,000 people have signed a petition started by a Devon man

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calling for changes to the way mortgages are approved.

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Self-employed roofer Jamie Pogson wants mortgage lenders to make

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payment of rent count as proof an individual can meet

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The number of people supporting his call means it

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John Henderson has been to meet him.

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The kitchen, even a toy one, is the heart of any home.

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But getting on the property ladder is frighteningly expensive.

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After ten years, Jamie Podson is a fully paid-up member

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I've averaged it out for about ?450 a month.

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Because I've been in sort of smaller houses, big houses.

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But I've averaged it out over ?450 a month.

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It's working around the sort of 80 grand region.

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So it's quite a lot of money to sort of throw away and I could be halfway

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But soon, Jamie's quest for home ownership will come here,

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The Plymouth roofer started this petition, making paying rent enough

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proof that you are able to meet mortgage payments.

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It's received over 130,000 signatures, meaning it will have

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If the law does change, then a lot of people will be able

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Because I know people who pay their rent on time but they can't

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But whether the debate will actually change anything is a moot point.

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Banks and building societies tightened up mortgage applications

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In a statement, the Council of Mortgage Lenders says that

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while regular payment of rent may be a helpful indicator,

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it cannot be used in isolation as a landing risk assessment.

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Other factors include the size of deposit,

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the valuation and condition of the property, the borrower's

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employment record, the reliability of their income and their credit

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record and given that the average house price in the UK is over

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?200,000, some say that cautious approach is on the money.

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Nobody has a right to be given a mortgage.

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You may have a basis upon which to complain about

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the reasons which were refused, but you're not enforcing a right

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by groaning about the fact that you weren't lent money.

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So now, Jamie will have to sit it out in his rented home,

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Johnny Morris, a Labour councillor major Nazi salute after conservative

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members voted to end the debate. Tonight, Mr Morris to apologise

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unreservedly, confirmed he'd been suspended from the Labour group for

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suspended from the Labour group for three months.

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The Isles of Scilly Council has agreed measures

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to tackle a financial shortfall revealed today.

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At a meeting, ?600,000 of savings were outlined.

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Council tax will be increased by just under 5%, but the budget

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for next year will still carry a deficit.

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I think most councils in the country would be champing at the bit

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to get a ?309,000 deficit, however, the cap is obviously

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greater than that but this is what we've got to do.

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A lot of decisions have got to be made and sadly,

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we're the ones who've got to make them.

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I don't think for any councils anywhere in the country this

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Our Political Editor Martyn Oates is at Westminster and has been

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speaking to the MP for the Isles of Scilly.

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We hear a lot about the worsening financial problems facing rural

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Derek Thomas, the St Ives MP, whose constituency includes

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the Isles of Scilly, says the council of the Isles

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of Scilly faces all of those challenges and many more thanks

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to its geography and its small population.

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But it's worth remembering that most of the rural councils who say

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they're in really dire straits tend to be district councils,

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so with relatively limited responsibilities.

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The council of the Isles of Scilly, though, is a unitary authority,

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with all the extra duties and responsibilities that come

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In the past, there have been debates and disagreement as to whether even

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somewhere the size of Torbay with a population of more

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than 130,000 is really big enough to be viable as a unitary.

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The council of the Isles of Scilly, though, is a long-standing unitary,

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though with a population of just over 2,000 people.

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When I go over there, I'm conscious that nearly

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Everything I see, touch, or feel, or use is

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And the case we've been making to the government is just that,

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that they have significant responsibility that other

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They have a real challenge to meet those, and the government needs

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to recognise those as slightly different to maybe Cornwall Council,

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What the council needs the government and I need

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the government to do is to move much more quickly and to recognise that

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while it's a small community, their needs are urgent

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and they are pressing and they must be resolved quickly.

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Mr Thomas has raised this issue in the comments and privately

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Mr Thomas has raised this issue in the Commons and privately

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with the Community Secretary Sajid Javid.

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He said Mr Javid accepts that the Scillies is a special case.

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And he says that officials from Mr Javid's department have been

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in the Scillies over the past fortnight.

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He said he is hopeful the government will come up with some kind of plan

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to provide extra assistance to the Scillies before the end

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But that is, of course, is just a few weeks away.

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Contaminated silt dredged from Devonport Dockyard will be

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dumped further out to sea instead of close to shore at Whitsand Bay

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Silt waste, which potentially carries zinc, mercury and lead,

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will be dumped at a site known as Plymouth Deep.

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Fishermen say they fear it'll affect their livelihoods

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but environmental campaigners are pleased.

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Today is a great day, because we set out to try to get

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the dumping in the bay stopped, and that's exactly what's been

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happening now with the designation of a new dump site.

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If it has to go in the water, surely taking it further out

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Flybe wants to increase the number of women working

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Currently only 10% of the workforce at the Exeter-based airline

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The company has been talking to local schoolchildren in a bid

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to get more girls to consider it as a career.

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Now, if you want to do it, I'm sure you will do it very well.

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I see you have a uniform on the aircraft.

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The Flybe new Chief Executive, began her career as an

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aviation engineer before working her way up.

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Today, she's meeting pupils from nearby Cranbrook high school,

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keen to encourage more girls into this traditionally male profession.

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We are supporting diversity in the workforce, to create

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Today, 31% of our workforce is female, but we are

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still only 10% of female pilots or female engineers and we're

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trying to do everything to push that further.

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Charlotte grew up in Exmouth and recently completed

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I've always been mechanically minded and from a young

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age, working on some sort of machinery or engines or anything,

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it's been a passion of mine and

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that's what I've wanted to do, so I thought, why not start

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There was a time when women working in the aviation

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industry could only hope to beat cabin crew but that is now changing

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Emma and Charlotte are just some of the women working there at Flybe's

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They are still a relative minority but the company says they are hoping

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These are some of Flybe's current engineering apprentices.

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There are currently seven girls out of the 109 on the

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There are currently seven girls out of the 409 on the

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So this top set of rivets here, at the counter sinks.

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So has today's physics inspired tomorrow's workers?

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I found it really interesting and exciting and

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I think that when I'm older, I think that being a pilot would be

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There are now more job opportunities for

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Tomorrow, to mark International women's Day, Flybe is

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It's newsworthy now, but the hope is that

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Onto Football now and Plymouth Argyle were unable to stop their run

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of Tuesday night match defeats - that's despite changing

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to an all-white kit in the hope the players would be more

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They lost 3-0 at home to Blackpool, their third

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Time now to take a look at the weather and David's

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If you're living high up, you know how misty and murky. Hill for is

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becoming extensive. Tomorrow, damp and misty but at

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least it's mild and temperatures are on the rise. A weather friends

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across as tomorrow, quite a breezy day so we end up with a fairly

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miserable day, outbreaks of rain, windy conditions, less windy,

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brighter on Thursday, same sort of thing on Friday with winds from the

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south. Hopefully a few breaks in the low cloud. But we have an extensive

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this sheet of clouds tonight. Behind it, plenty of drizzle or light rain

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in the wind, blustery winds from the south-west and as I

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mentioned, a lot of low clouds, both the risk of coastal land hill fog

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and temperatures no lower than between 27-10d. Tomorrow morning,

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damp start, not much chance brightness tomorrow. Grey, overcast,

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rain off and on. Thursday a little bit brighter, most of the rain down

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here in the south, southern parts of Cornwall, south of Devon, North

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Somerset, parts of Dorset, late sunshine and it stays mild into

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Andy Breare will be back just before 6.30am tomorrow morning

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with the latest news from around the South West.

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But from everyone here on the Spotlight late

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rain on Saturday. The national picture now from Nick Miller.

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It looks like next week high pressure will become a player again

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in our weather, settling things down for some of us for a time but until

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then it is low-pressure, rain moving across the UK overnight but not wet

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all the time. Many of us at a fine day today, this was at you from West

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Yorkshire and Yorkshire and northern England and Northern Ireland will

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farewell tomorrow, after this frontal system has pushed on through

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the UK with rain. But as it does, it introduces milder air so for the

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rest of the week we

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