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this is bbc news. the headlines at two. theresa may pledges to tackle hidden injustices theresa may pledges to tackle hidden injustices and fundamentally change britain as she sets out a series of mental health measures. failure to take this opportunity to show the ability of mainstream centre ground politics to respond to public concern would further entrench the very divisions we seek to overcome. chaos in london for millions of commuters as a 2k hour tube strike brings most of the underground to a halt. 17 people arrested in france after reality tv star kim kardashian was robbed of millions of pounds of jewellery last year. and in the next hour, a cold snap grips large parts of europe. more than 20 people are known to have died across the continent, as temperatures plummet below freezing. and donald trump calls meryl streep one of hollywood's most overrated actresses, after she criticises him during speech at the golden globes.
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good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may wants to use brexit to fundamentally change britain. the prime minister has been outlining a package of measures including plans to give extra training for teachers and employers as part of broader proposals to create what she described as a "shared society". here's our health correspondent, elaine dunkley. there are no words for what it does to a family. shock is not the word, it is just your whole reality is blown to pieces. in 2014, doctor sangeeta mahajan‘s son took his own
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life. he was just 20 years old and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. ten weeks later he was dead. they don't discharge patients with adequate information, the doors were closed for us. we were told to either go to a&e or your gp and it is the only way we can come back, we had no direct access back to the specialist services. that is wrong. the prime minister, theresa may, has described mental health care as a burning injustice and today a promise of a major overhaul. left unaddressed it destroys lives, separates people from each other and deepens the divisions within our society. changing this goes right to the heart of our humanity, to the heart of the kind of country we are, the attitudes we hold and the values we share. the plans include mental health first aid training for secondary schools, employers and organisations will also be given additional
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guidance in supporting staff who need to take time off. and there will be greater emphasis on community care. the prime minister says this is an historical opportunity to right a wrong but for those on the front line of mental health services, funding is a major concern. mental health is still very underfunded compared to other areas of medicine. it generates probably 20 to 25% of the total disease burden of all diseases and yet the funding is ten to 12% in this country. so little people are talking about it. four years ago, jake mills tried to end his life and he now runs a mental health charity to help others and he says in order for there to be to change there needs to be greater awareness and understanding. education needs to happen. and without being facetious about it, if there was a disease that existed that was killing more
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men in this country under the age of 49 and it was preventable and treatable, we would all be experts on it, we would know exactly what to look out for, exactly what to do if we had symptoms. jake says he is living proof that with the right intervention there is hope but many feel in order for mental health to get the same recognition as physical health, additional funding is crucial. elaine dunkley, bbc news. let's go live now to westminster and our chief political we can speak to the health spokesperson for the liberal democrats norman lamb. i welcome that. articulating this burning injustice in society is in itself very powerful. my problem here is that if you powerfully
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articulate the sense of this burning injustice then you have to have a response that meet that challenge. and i'm afraid that the response today has been puny, really. because at the same time as these really important things are said by the prime minister, what we know is the extra investment, that the lib dems secured in 2015 for children and young people's mental health over next five years, we know that a lot of that money is being diverted away from children's mental health to pf°p up from children's mental health to prop up other parts of the nhs. that's outrageous but that's what's happening on the ground. and she says that she will hold nhs leaders to account but the problem is that the nhs as a whole is under such extraordinary financial strain that nhs leaders are often caught between a rock and a hard place and investment is not getting there. a rock and a hard place and investment is not getting therem there was a ring fenced amount of money to deal withjust there was a ring fenced amount of money to deal with just this issue,
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what sort of figure would you be looking at? delivering the commitments solemnly made by the last chancellor of the in a budget speech, and i think it's fair to say that the public would legitimately expect that that commitment was met by the government but that's not happening at the moment. i think as a long—term objective you need to increase significantly the share of the nhs which goes to mental ill—health. the economic case as well as the moral case is overwhelming. if you make the investment you'll have a massive return on that investment. about three quarters of mental ill—health in adult had starts before the age of 18. so tackle it before it becomes entrenched and you'll get a massive return on your investment as well as changing people's lives. the government argued that money isn't everything and this parity between physical and mental health must be a
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priority. well, money isn't everything. we have to show how we can spend the money more effectively. my family has had our own experience of this injustice when our oldest son required treatment as a teenager and we were told it would take up to six months before he could start his treatment. we did what any family would do, we went out and paid for treatment. but how can you possiblyjustify a system where those people with money get a ccess system where those people with money get access to support when they need it and those people without money are it and those people without money a re left it and those people without money are left waiting? that's the injustice and it has not been met today in reza may‘s speech. injustice and it has not been met today in reza may's speechm injustice and it has not been met today in reza may's speech. if you hadn't got your cheque—book out, what would have happened? well, we would have been left waiting. and of course we know that is the biggest killer of young people. young people taking their own lives because of often mental distress. suicide is the biggest killer of young and middle—aged men of anything. and yet
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we fail to make a proper investment. so those people who have the financial means to get support get it, and they‘ re financial means to get support get it, and they're fine. those people who don't are left waiting. sometimes with dire consequences. theresa may, in this speech, do you have the feeling that her heart is in the right place? i do. i think it's genuine. when i was minister i worked collaboratively very well with the home office. together we managed to halve the number of people who end up in a police cell in the middle of a mental health crisis. and i think she means it. but you have to make the financial investment to demonstrate that it's more thanjust investment to demonstrate that it's more than just rhetoric. that's where they fall short. the trouble is there is a tension here with the conservatives occurs at the same time asi conservatives occurs at the same time as i think theresa may is totally genuine about meeting these burning injustice is, they also want to reduce the share of our national
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income being spent on tax. but you can't achieve both. choices have to be made and that's why i think we need to go out and have a national conversation to confront the public with the tough joyce conversation to confront the public with the touthoyce is we've got to make and to ask the question, how much are we all prepared to spend in our taxes to ensure our loved ones get care when they need it. and the lib dems will, if necessary, make the case for extra tax. thank you. let's go live now to westminster and our chief political correspondent in westmister vicki young. this focus on mental health is part ofa this focus on mental health is part of a bigger statement about government and society? that's right, the focus was on mental health but today she also talked about her wider philosophy. she actually called it a new philosophy. now, you'll remember that david cameron gave us the big society. what she's talking about is the
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shared society. and this is all about her analysis of why the brexit vote happened last year. she believes that it's notjust about leaving the eu, although of course that's exactly what she says we will do. she thinks that over the years resentment and divisions have built up resentment and divisions have built up because, she says, institutions in society aren't working for everybody. this is how she explained her new philosophy. government and politicians have for years talked the language of social justice where we help the very poorest, and social mobility, where we help the brightest among the poor, but to deliver the change to deliver the change we need and build a shared society we must move beyond this agenda and deliver real social reform across every layer of society so that those who feel that the system is stacked against them, those just above the threshold which attracts the government's focus today yet who are by no means rich or well—off, are also given the help they need. so she was very much making the case
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foran so she was very much making the case for an active government. this was quite similar to things we heard from ed miliband when he was labour leader comanche is due to set out more of what she means when she talks about an industrial strategy, for example how much the government will do to help people. she also thinks that there has been political repercussions because of what happened in society where divisions have grown up. she thinks that has had an impact on our politics. we know what happens when mainstream ce ntre we know what happens when mainstream centre ground politics fails. people embraced the fringe. the politics of division and despair. they turn to those who offer easy answers, who claim to understand people's problems, and also know what and who to blame. we see those fringe voices gaining prominence in some countries across europe today. voices from the ha rd left across europe today. voices from the hard left and the far right stepping forward and sensing that this is theirtime. but
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forward and sensing that this is their time. but they stand on the shoulders of mainstream politicians who have allowed on fairness and division to grow by ignoring the legitimate concerns of ordinary people for too long. what she is trying to do here in her first speech of the new year i think is to give people a sense of what she believes in. it interesting for someone she believes in. it interesting for someone that has been at the top of british politics for so long how very little understanding of what her broader views are on things. she doesn't want her premiership to be com pletely doesn't want her premiership to be completely dominated by brexit although that is very likely. and i think until we see the policies that come from this it's going to be difficult tojudge come from this it's going to be difficult to judge exactly what she means and how effective she can be. but she did talk today certainly about housing and policies on housing. that's something she sees as crucial to all this. and that industrial strategy. but there is no doubt that brexit will be the dominating theme throughout her premiership. many thanks. millions of commuters have had a chaotic start to the week
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after a strike on the london underground shut down most of the network. one of the capital's busiest train stations — clapham junction — had to be evacuated because of overcrowding after large numbers of people tried to find an alternative way into work. the strike — which is due to end tonight — is over staff numbers and safety on the tube, as daniel boettcher reports. this is what commuters on the london underground faced this morning, a third of all stations closed and a limited service on most of the lines that were operating. around 4 million people use the network, the strike has left travellers frustrated with journeys taking far longer than usual as passengers had to find other ways of getting to work. i gave myself two hours and it looks like i'm going to be late. i almost missed quite a few exams because of all this industrial action going on. it's quite irritating. ijust think it is unfair because it puts all others in a situation
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where we are all late for work. the way i see it, it is what it is. they have got their cause so, yeah, you work around it. because there are so few tube trains running, commuter traffic on the road has been even heavier than usual and despite an extra 150 buses being laid on, the bus network has been packed with long queues. the strike, involving two unions, the rmt and the tssa, is aboutjobs and staffing levels and the unions say cuts are jeopardising safety. they need to put back in a task force response almost two put this safe. of course we have sympathy for the public and we regret this strike. we're been in weeks of talks between were up against a brick wall. london's mayor, sadiq khan, said he condemned the action and that talks to resolve the issues should be resumed. i know this strike could have been avoided and it is unnecessary and i'm imploring the trade unions
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to come back and talk to the management team about resolving this so there are not further days of industrial action. london underground says there is no need for a strike. we will continue our process of recruiting additional people and we also want to work with the trade unions over the next couple of months to identify where we may need to strengthen that. this dispute could only be resolved by the trade unions working with us collaboratively and talking around the table, not through strike action. some commuters face further disruption this week in an unrelated strike on southern rail services. passengers are being told to travel only if essential on tuesday, wednesday and friday, when train drivers belonging to a aslef are expected to be on strike over a long—running dispute over the role of guards. the company said there will be no services on strike days with only a limited number of bus links instead. today's industrial
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action today has not involved overg round rail services but there has been no interchange to be tube network at key stations and in places the numbers of passengers trying to use rail services instead has caused problems. clapham junction was temporarily evacuated because of overcrowded. there were no trains stopping and passengers had to wait outside before the station reopened. and let's get the latest now from our correspondent leanne brown who is at shepherd's bush in west london. a miserable start to the week for millions. indeed. and as we head into this afternoon we are expecting to see more of those scenes that we saw this morning. millions of people use the london underground. i've seen many this morning turn up here to shepherd's bush to find it closed. luckily though, there is a bus station just next door and plenty of stops up and down this maine road. there have been queues all day outside the stops and many packed buses, and some are not able
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to let many on because they are so full. we did here earlier today as well about some passengers being very angry, and transport for london are urging people to be patient. of course it's not just are urging people to be patient. of course it's notjust the buses that people are using, extra services have been brought in to try to help people. there are travel ambassadors around the city of london. extra bikes are available at cycle hubs. and there are extra river services as well. just to let you know the current situation, all the tubes in central london have closed. around one or two services still operating, but that's changed throughout the day depending on what staff is available. the strike will continue until 6pm tonight, however, if those commuters are expecting to finish work and get on the tube they may not be able to. disruption will last well into tonight. not expecting
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services to resume properly until well into tomorrow morning. the other option of course, walking or running, which i've seen some people do today, not a very good option in this weather. for many of us. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may pledges to tackle the hidden injustice of mental illness as she outlined her vision for a shared society and pledges to make government a force for good. travel chaos in london for millions of commuters as a 24—hour tube strike ends much of the capital to a halt. 17 people arrested in france after a reality star was robbed of millions of pounds of jewellery last reality star was robbed of millions of pounds ofjewellery last year. england forward chris robshaw is ruled out of the six nations championship, he is undergoing surgery on a shoulder industry sustained on new year's day, keeping
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him out of action for about three months. johanna konta is out of the australian open where she was a semifinalist last year. joe root should be available for the start of england's one—day series against india. he didn't travel out with the rest of the squad, instead staying behind in england with his first child. the health secretary jeremy the health secretaryjeremy hunt has defended nhs england. he has been accused of being completely out of touch with the scale of problems facing accident and emergency department. very serious situation, ina number of department. very serious situation, in a number of hospitals they are finding it very challenging. this is the most challenging type of year. i think you should listen to what independent people are saying, like
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chris hobson, no friend of the government when it comes to nhs policy, who rejected that description because he said that the vast majority of hospitals are, if anything, coping slightly better than a year ago. but you do have severe problems in a few hospitals which no one wants to play down because they are very serious and we are doing everything we can to support those hospitals. and jeremy hunt is due to address the commons shortly after 4 4 this afternoon — and we will bring that to you live. police in paris say they have arrested seventeen people in connection with last 0ctober‘s robbery of kim kardashian at gunpoint. they say dna left by the robbers at the scene led to the arrests. at the time, french police said more than £7 million worth of cash and jewellery were stolen. her spokeswoman said masked men entered the room at the luxury residence where kim kardashian was staying while attending paris fashion week. a short time ago our paris correspondent hugh schofield brought us up to date with the latest details
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of the arrest. there was a series of dawn raids in the paris area, and also in rouen, grasse and nice. and some of those picked up are known as hard and members of the criminal underworld. what has led to this was a clue at the scene at this luxury hotel in 0ctober the scene at this luxury hotel in october by the perpetrators. five masked men burst in, held her at gunpoint and took away this week gucci injaws. they also left behind dna. 0ne gucci injaws. they also left behind dna. one had handled the ligatures she was found with and another had dropped the pendant on the road outside. and from these two bits of dna they were able to make a match with somebody who was on their books already. police put this individual under surveillance, they've had this information for a long time and
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clearly were watching this man and his gang and were able to see the preparations as the gang prepared to dispose of the jewels. and it was at the end of a long period of surveillance then that they decided to swoop this morning and arrest 17. 0ne to swoop this morning and arrest 17. one question remains to be answered, whether this was an inside job. one of the key factor in all this was that on that very night the bodyguard of kim kardashian was absent, did the gang know that fact? more than 20 people have died as a result of freezing temperatures across much of central and eastern europe. authorities in poland say 17 people died there over the weekend. the cold weather caused major disruption to utility and transport networks over the weekend as temperatures plunged to below minus 20 degrees celsius in some places. snow has been recorded as far south as rome and the greek islands. in budapest the danube has begun to
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freeze over. it's pretty cold, i'm standing across from the hungarian parliament with large ice flows floating down the danube. relatively mild here, only about minus eight. in neighbouring romania, 67 degrees, a record, —67 was recorded on one mountain peak yesterday. weather like this causing massive disruption. many schools in romania and bulgaria are closed and the most vulnerable people are the homeless in the cities and migrants, refugees, trying to get up through the balkan route. very remarkable weather conditions also on the black coast, snow and ice along there,
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difficult conditions in large parts of eastern europe today. the hollywood musical ‘la la land' looks like the film to beat at this year's 0scars after it swept the board at the golden globes, winning a record seven awards. it was also a good night for the brits. but the evening was also filled with political drama as meryl streep took to the stage and criticised the president elect donald trump for mocking a disabled reporter. this morning mr trump hit back calling her one of the most over rated actress in hollywood. james cook reports from los angeles. los angeles, california — where stories are spun and stars are born. a place of glitz and glamour, of gowns and gossip. a place they call... la la land. yeah. la la land. there were a record seven golden globes for the musical including acting awards for its stars ryan gosling and emma stone. this is a film for dreamers. and i think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world, and that's
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what this movie is about. the television categories included wins for atlanta, the people versus oj simpson, and for claire foy, who played britain's queen elizabeth in the crown. i really, really, really wouldn't be here if it wasn't for some extraordinary women, i'm going to thank them. one of them is queen elizabeth ii. she has been at the centre of the world for the past 63 years. and i think the world could do with a few more women at the centre of it, if you ask me. there were three acting awards for bbc co—production the night manager. its star tom hiddleston used his speech to highlight conflict in africa. it's a terrible situation happening for children. the night manager is about arms dealing and there are far too many arms going to south sudan. co—star hugh laurie's remarks were also political, with a dig at donald trump. i suppose made more amazing by the fact i'll be able to say i won this at the last ever golden globes. i don't mean to be gloomy,
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it'sjust that it has the words hollywood, foreign and press in the title. ijust don't know what... receiving a lifetime achievement award, meryl streep also lambasted the president—elect. disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. so hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts. elsewhere, britain's aaron taylor—johnson won for his supporting role in the dark crime thriller nocturnal animals. what a tremendous honour. thank you, hfpa, for acknowledging me in this role. thank you, tom ford. thank you so much for this opportunity. creating this role and collaborating on this journey was an immense joy. hollywood can be fun and frivolous
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but well, hollywood can be fun and frivolous but it also prides itself on tackling serious subjects. many stars here on the red carpet are predicting a surge in political films this year following the most divisive of elections. james cook, bbc news, at the golden globes in los angeles. well, this was donald trump's response to meryl streep this morning, he tweeted that "meryl streep is one of the most over—rated actresses in hollywood, who doesn't know me, but attacked me last night at the golden globes." he went on to call her "a hillary flunky who lost big." i was never going to do the accent, was i? just as well. time for a weather update. hello. rain is moving its way quite quickly across the country, pushing south and east as we speak. that means it will be a wet end to the afternoon across the london area, east anglia,
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sunny spells and scattered showers piling in behind. not much respite across the far north of scotland because the isobars squeezed together and there will be plenty of frequent showers, eventually more persistent rain through the night. 5 degrees, colder here, eight to ten and mild across the south—east. through the night the rain is accompanied by gales and moves its way through scotland. there will be a cluster of showers across western coasts but further east a bit more shelter, mostly dry and on the chilly side. tomorrow we'll start of windy and showery and the showers will get their act together and move further inland. some patchy rain across the spine of the country through the middle of the day, a mild feeling for all, seven to 11 degrees, the last of the mild days, it looks likely we'll see cold air arriving through wednesday and the risk of some snow showers to the end of the week. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines at 2:30pm. theresa may pledges to help schools and companies in england deal with mental illness,
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announcing a review of services for children and teenagers. we will try approaches to make sure schools and colleges work closely together with local nhs services to provide children and young people's mental health services. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, has condemned the strike by some london underground staff that has caused disruption for millions of commuters today. french police have arrested 17 people in the investigation into the theft in paris ofjewellery worth millions of pounds from reality tv star kim kardashian. more than 20 people are known to have died across the continent, as temperatures plummet well below freezing. now, time for the sport. england forward chris robshaw is to miss rugby union's six nations championship, after undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury. it's expected to keep him out
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of action for around three months, in what will be a blow to england head coach eddiejones' plans as he looks to mastermind a successful english defence of the trophy. 0ur rugby union reporter chrisjones told me earlier, robshaw‘s will be big boots to fill. robshaw has been a store bought of the england side going back many yea rs. the england side going back many years. since losing the captaincy he has been outstanding in his new role asa has been outstanding in his new role as a blindside flanker. he played in all but one of england's's miraculous, magnificent 13 straight wins in 2016. he is now out for three months. the captain is struggling to gain time, haskel likewise, there are questions about joe launchbury and joe cruz. england's forward pack have been heavily hit by injuries with the six
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nations just a few weeks away. saracens have confirmed the signing of wales back liam williams from scarlets. williams has won 38 caps since his international debut in 2012. the move could limit his appearances for his country, with the selection policy allowing only three non—wales based players to be picked. saracens director of rugby mark mccall said williams was "arguably one of the most talented backs in europe". with the first tennis major of the year the australian open just a week away, three british players have been in action overnight as they continue their preparation. dan evans won his match in sydney, as did the world number ten johanna konta who beat arina rodionova in straight sets — konta reached the semi—finals at the australian open last year. she'll be looking to match that run when the tournament gets underway, after what's already been a good start to the season. british number two kyle edmund is out, beaten by australian qualifier matthew barton in two tie—break sets. it was edmund's 22nd birthday, too, so a bit of a party spoiler. and as well asjohanna konta,
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laura robson has been selected for the fed cup match in estonia next month. robson has been chosen for her experience, even though tara moore is higher in the world rankings. it's anne keothavong's first team announcement since she took over as captain, she's selected heather watson and jocelyn rae to make up the team. and joe root should be available for the start of england's one—day series against india. root didn't travel with the rest of the squad on thursday, staying behind with his partner for the birth of their first child, who arrived on saturday. he's expected to fly out in two days' time, with the first 0di this coming sunday. diego maradona says it would be a great idea to increase the number of nations playing in the world cup from 32 to 48. maradona was playing in a fifa legends match in zurich, ahead of an awards ceremony tonight. on his side was fifa president gianni infantino,
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and the expansion is one of his boldest suggestions, since he took on the role. translation: i'm delighted by gianni's initiative, because it gives advantages to teams who otherwise would know they have no chance of getting to the world cup. it gives each country the dream and renews the passion for football. as far as renews the passion for football. as faras i'm renews the passion for football. as far as i'm concerned, it's a fantastic idea. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. more than a quarter of young people in britain say they don't feel in control of their lives as a result of political events in the uk such as brexit. according to a national study, money worries are top of the list of issues making them feel anxious about their future. 50% of the children surveyed felt it was harder to get a job year than last year.
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traditional goals such as house ownership and a steadyjob felt unrealistic to 42%. 34% felt that in the future they would have a worse standard of living compared to their parents. and finally, just over a quarter of those surveyed felt they were out of control of their lives. with me is paul brown from the prince's trust. thank you forjoining us. what aspect of this research did you find the most surprising? we've been running this youth index of nine yea rs running this youth index of nine years and each year we measure how happy young people with their lives and how confident they feel about the future. this year we were struck bya number of the future. this year we were struck by a number of things. firstly even their youth unemployment levels are getting better, a lot of young people are concerned about getting a decentjob, where they can earn a regular income. they are also concerned about the rising cost of
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living and the prospect of them ever owning their own home. political events recently have left them feeling anxious and uneasy. these are big issues young people are grappling with. they must feel they don't have control over their destinies, to a certain extent. what can be done to support them more?l quarter of young people don't feel in control of their lives. they are also unclear about what they read in the media with 40% saying they don't know what to believe about the economy, because they hear different voices. we think young people deserve something to look forward to so we want to help them boost their confidence, get the right skills and move forward to a decentjob. that's the single thing which will most help them transform their lives. the results in this year's survey are worse than previous years? there has
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been a steady downward trend since 2009. it's not drastically different but it signals young people are bearing the brunt of recent events. we believe they need something to look forward to. today the prime minister has done a big launch making mental health and particularly the mental health of young people a specific focus for government. that must be something you welcome. what would you like to see the government focusing on? there is a real stigma attached to mental health. we already provide mental health. we already provide mental health. we already provide mental health training to our staff. we need to signpost young people to the right support that they need. talking about it is a positive start. and the support available, is it adequate? if young people are facing clinical conditions they should get medical advice. that's where organisations like the princes
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trust are there to help. overall what do you take away from this survey? i think 2017 is going to be a challenging young people —— a challenging year for many young people. they deserve our support. north korea says it's ready at any time to test a long range missile. the country's leader, kim jong time to test a long range missile. the country's leader, kimjong un, said in his new year's address that the missile was in the final stages of development. washington has made it clear that if it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, america would shoot it down. so is the threat real, orjust posturing before donald trump becomes president? here's our correspondent in seoul, steven evans. they look fearsome. the big missiles paraded through pyongyang. though some experts think they can't actually do what north korea claims they can, they are more for show. now, though, the tone has changed. in his new year's message, kim jong—un said his country was in the final stages of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile —
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a long—range missile able to hit us cities. a message echoed on the north korea news. the talking is getting tougher, and the tweeting. donald trump tweeted about north korea getting icbms. "it won't happen." but washington's outgoing secretary of defence said that if north korea did test an icbm, it might be shot down. their nuclear weapons and ballistic missile defence programmes are a serious threat to us. we try to stay ahead of that and we are trying, we are staying ahead of that with our missile defences to make sure we've upgraded their number, their type, so that we are sure we can defend ourselves. we have deployed missile defences in south korea, japan, guam. in pyongyang, it was sports day on sunday.
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workers from different industries competed and chanted that they wanted the two halves of korea to reunite. kim jong—un visited a silk and textile mill. he'll have more on his mind, though, than the design of quilts. his nuclear ambitions are moving up the washington agenda as donald trump prepares for power. neither is known as a quiet man. stephen evans, bbc news, south korea. thousands of police officers in london are to be asked if they want to be routinely armed with a gun or electric taser. the metropolitan police federation, which represents 32,000 officers in the capital, says that with more officers being armed to counter the threat of terrorism, it was only fair to ask them what they think. a police spokesman said more than 90% of officers were currently unarmed and there were no plans to change this. earlier today, victoria derbyshire
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spoke to ken marsh, chair of the metropolitan police, federation and tony long, a former specialist firearms officer at the met police. she began by asking ken marsh why the federation were asking their members this question. we are asking our members this because they haven't been asked before. predominantly it's about taser more than firearms. the question needs to be asked because, should we flipped the coin and circumstances change in london where we see something major take place, and there is a clamouring for this to happen, then we've never asked our colleagues, ever, would you be prepared to carry a taser or a firearm? a prepared to carry a taser or a firearm ? a lot prepared to carry a taser or a firearm? a lot of them might say, no way whatsoever and i wouldn't do the job. that's why we are asking the questions. tony long, as a former firearms officer, you have shot five
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people, killed three individuals. i wonder if you can give our audience is some kind of insight into the circumstances and the decision—making when it comes to using a weapon? obviously those three situations i were involved in we re over a three situations i were involved in were over a long period of time. the first was a domestic siege in 1985 when i shot a man in process of stabbing a little girl he was holding hostage. the decision now was incredibly easy. it was a choice between the life of the little girl and the life of a man who'd already brutally murdered the child's mother in front of police. that wasn't a difficult decision to make. he actually survived so i didn't have too labour on howl actually survived so i didn't have too labour on how i would have thought about it had he died. the next situation was two years later and it was an armed robbery, it was
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and it was an armed robbery, it was a preplanned operation where we had intelligence and were waiting for the robbery to happen. when we were confronted the robbers turned to face me. again, it wasn't a difficult decision. 0n the last occasion, it was a very difficult decision because i didn't see a gun. the intelligence was that he had a gun. his mannerisms and behaviour led me to believe that my colleague's lies were in danger. i opened fire, that was the most difficult decision of my career. when an officer finds himself in that situation in that split second before firing, the decision probably isn't difficult. it's living with it afterwards that is difficult. have you found it difficult to live afterwards with a decision you made in the latter case? no, because i was right, the man had a gun and as far as was right, the man had a gun and as farasi was right, the man had a gun and as far as i was concerned he posed a threat to my colleagues. i've not found myself in a situation, for insta nce found myself in a situation, for instance of two of my colleagues, who were involved in the shooting of
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john charles to ministers. they genuinely believe they were about to confront a suicide bomber —— jean charles de menezes. unfortunately they were given the wrong suspect and it was a tragic error. i don't know how i would cope living with that. i know they got on with their lives and have gone back to firearms duties, but unless you are there it is very difficult to actually know how you will feel. victoria derbyshire speaking earlier to ken marsh and tony long. breaking news from germany. angela merkel has been at the annual meeting of the german civil service federation and said, if britain doesn't accept the eu's four freedoms said, if britain doesn't accept the eu's fourfreedoms in brexit negotiations, that is freedom of goods, services, people and capital, then we'll have to talk about restricting access to the single market. that's all she has said in terms of brexit. in a moment a summary
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of the business news this hour, but first, the headlines on bbc news. theresa may pledges to tackle the hidden injustice of mental illness — as she pledges to make government a force for good. chaos in london for millions of commuters as a 2k hour tube strike brings most of the underground to a halt. the health secretary defends spending on the nhs after the british red cross said there was a "humanitarian crisis" in hospitals. in the business news. the value of the pound has fallen to a two—month low against major currencies after the prime minister theresa may said that britain could not keep bits of its membership of the european union. commentators interpreted this as meaning that mrs may would not seek to keep the uk in the eu's single market. thousands of volkswagen owners in the uk are seeking compensation from the car—maker following the emissions rigging scandal. lawyers said 10,000 owners had already expressed an interest in suing vw.
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vw has admitted using software to cheat emissions tests, leading to a recall of millions of cars. bmw has told the bbc that it is "absolutely" committed to a new $1 billion plant in mexico despite donald trump's hostility to imported cars. the president—elect has threatened to impose a "border" tax on firms that make cars in mexico for the us market. if you felt like you broke the bank in the run up to christmas, you are not alone! consumer spending recorded its fastest growth for two yea rs recorded its fastest growth for two years in the lead up to the festive period, according to visa. its consumer spending index says we spent three per cent more than in 2015. joining me now from the bbc‘s birmingham studios is joanna 2015. joining me now from the bbc‘s birmingham studios isjoanna elson, chief executive of the money advice trust. where is this money coming from? is it that we are earning more, borrowing more, how are we getting all this cash? we are
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certainly borrowing more because we saw the bank of england figures published last week for november. that showed the rate of borrowing had gone up pretty significantly by an extra £1.9 billion in november. we are at the highest borrowing levels since 2008. while many people will be able to pay those levels back, they've thought about it and planned, there will be people who are struggling with that and that is are struggling with that and that is a matter of concern. what is this money going on? what are we spending this on? a range of things of course. when we looked at christmas figures, we saw people were putting a proportion of that on plastic, about one third of people said they paid for christmas on plastic. then, the usual range of things that people need to pay. increasingly what we are seeing is not so much that people are taking on borrowing foran that people are taking on borrowing for an expensive item, a car or a
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holiday, but actually continuing the trend that they are struggling to pay household bills. when we look at the people who contact national debt line, they are reporting debts with their water, their energy, their council tax. increasingly those sorts of things rather than one—off purchases. how is that going to fare this year? we are continuously hearing about inflationary pressures , hearing about inflationary pressures, how the prices of everyday goods and services are going up this year. what do you expect to 2017? we are expecting a very busyjanuary. expect to 2017? we are expecting a very busy january. we expect to 2017? we are expecting a very busyjanuary. we had expect to 2017? we are expecting a very busy january. we had a expect to 2017? we are expecting a very busyjanuary. we had a busy december at national debt line and we had 400 people getting in touch on boxing day. that is about twice as many as this time last year. as you say, none of us has a crystal ball but we know that wage growth is wea k ball but we know that wage growth is weak and the signs are that inflation is picking up. i think we can expect there will be people struggling, and we urge people to seek help early, to make sure they
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are getting help for their debt problems. let's take a look at some of today's other business stories. the uk government is no longer the biggest stakeholder in lloyds banking group, after it cut its stake to less than 6%. the government spent over £20 billion to acquire a 43% stake in lloyds at the height of the financial crisis. the biggest shareholder in lloyds is now blackrock, the world's largest asset manager. house prices in the uk rose 6.5% last year, the fastest rises occurring, not in london but luton which saw a hike of 19.4%. the latest increase leaves the average uk house price at another record — just over £222,000 according to the halifax. bookmaker william hill has said profits will be at the low end of forecasts after it was hit by "customer friendly" football and horse racing results, which in effect means too many punters were winning bets. it said last year's operating profit was £260 million, about £20 million below the most optimistic forecasts. a quick look at the markets before
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we go. the main story of the day is sterling, down on the dollar after those comments by theresa may yesterday. plenty more business news for the rest of the afternoon. when the attack against the berlin christmas market happened, one of the first people to be killed was the polish driver, whose lorry was used by the attacker. a british lorry driver was so moved by what happened, that he launched an appeal to help the polish man's family. so far it's raised nearly £200,000, and today he's being thanked by the polish ambassador in london, and kasia madera is at the polish embassy. dave duncan had never met lukasz urban, he had never known him or had contact with him. but when he heard
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about what happened to the polish trucker he felt so moved, so compassionate that he set up this online campaign. today is about thanking him on behalf of the polish community in the uk and also the polish community in poland. when you first heard about lukasz urban, what did you feel? i was very moved by the story. it touched me a bit more being a truck driver myself, thinking of his poorfamily left behind, his work colleagues, he worked for his cousins so it was a familyfirm. worked for his cousins so it was a family firm. where did the idea come to set up an online fund? i'd seen things on the news and programmes about this go fund me and i looked into it. i found about this go fund me and i looked into it. ifound it and it seemed like a good idea. the results have been phenomenal, you've had a lot of support. absolutely fantastic, overwhelming, incredible support.
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it's not just people overwhelming, incredible support. it's notjust people from the driving community, its people from poland, and all over the world as well. that's the main thing, the polish community in the uk started spreading it around the world, to all the polish people around the world. that's how it grew. most of the money has come from polish people. that tells you everything, really. i know the family of lukasz urban were really touched. his cousin contacted you and invited you to his funeral. that's true. we went over and met all the family. lovely people. so quiet, unassuming, gracious people. the hospitality is second to none. can't thank them enough or wait to go and see them again. today is about thanking dave from the polish embassy in london. if you're a pet owner, you'll know that they can offer companionship, especially for some older people who sometimes feel isolated. but for elderly animal owners, a change in circumstances can pose difficult questions. a leading pet charity has told
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the bbc they're helping more and more people decide what to do if they can't take their pet into a care home or sheltered accommodation. tim muffett reports. two years ago, bob's wife died. while grieving, the bond has deepened. he has been everything to me, that dog. everything. he's my life, you know. home for bob, margaret and their pet schnauzer was this retirement village near lockerbie where he still lives. but the owners have told him that his dog can no longer stay. we met at a nearby hotel. they don't like the dog. if they kick the dog out and i will have to shift. i will have to be on my way. he is my life. here's my comfort. my chief companion, that's what that little dog means to me. i just love that little dog. the owners of the retirement village
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did not wish to be interviewed but they said they made a difficult decision because the dog had barked and run at visitors, had fouled in hallways and was sometimes left unsupervised. they said they brought in a social workerfor bob and others had offered to look after his beloved pet so bob could still see him. ultimately they had to take the views of staff and other residents into account. he does bark, but it soon dies off. i admit that he has made a mess because i have cleaned it up. but i don't think he has ever annoyed visitors to any great extent. he loves company. when elderly people go into care, the prospect of saying goodbye to a much—loved pet can be devastating. according to one piece of research, 40% of uk care homes describe themselves as pet friendly.
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but that expression is open to interpretation and there are calls for greater clarity and consistency. an online petition backing bob now has around 80,000 signatures. the owners of his retirement village say they've received threatening e—mails. a sign of how difficult and emotive situations like bobs can be. he's not leaving me. he's very loyal to me. i would like to pay him back. we've got some breaking news. news just coming in that sinn fein deputy first minister martin mcguinness is intending to resign from his post in government. that resignation is due to come through officially in a couple of hours' time. there has
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been an ongoing row in store mont over a green energy scheme which may be the background to it. martin mcguinness is set to resign. sinn fein announced he would resign if eileen foster doesn't stand aside due to an investigation into that botched scheme. it would appear he is resigning and there is a statement coming from sinn fein later on. we'll bring you that live of course and more reaction throughout the afternoon. time for a look at the weather. so many of us if it started off wet in yourarea so many of us if it started off wet in your area it's going to finish dry with a scattering of showers. is it started dry, it's going to finish wet. this is the scene in lancashire, soggy underfoot as the rain clears. behind the rain is leaving a trail of showers and a blustery wind. the winds will continue to strengthen in the far
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north of scotland. the heaviest of the rain still to move away from the london area and probably not doing so until after dark. then up into the far north—west, we will see some sharp showers. the rest of the afternoon it looks somewhat like this. we'll see some brighter skies with a glimpse of sunshine across wales and the north of england. the rain still to clear from the london area. a scattering of showers continues across much of scotland and northern ireland. a few wintry fla kes and northern ireland. a few wintry flakes in higher ground but more importantly, this is the rain that's coming through the night tonight. turning increasingly windy with gales likely, driving the rain through add quite a pace. there will be some snow overnight as well in the far north of scotland. further south it stays largely cloudy and breezy with a scattering of showers along west facing coasts. a chilly note tomorrow morning, staying pretty windy. if you showers to start with across west facing coasts and then another system driving them
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further inland. the rain tomorrow is not going to be that persistent and heavy. nevertheless a bit of a nuisance, a mild afternoon with a lot of cloud around. 6—11d is the high. the winds gradually pushing north—west introducing colder air. it stays mild to the south, colder to the north but the real cold air is set to arrive during their stay. it's worth saying it's not a cold that's in europe at the moment, although there is a glimmer of good news. see how the greens are infiltrating further east, it will be less cold as we go through the week. here, winds swinging round to a westerly and driving in milder air. for us, we lose the westerly and the wind direction swings round toa and the wind direction swings round to a northerly wind. feeling bitterly cold out there, staying windy and that means the showers,
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even further south, could turn wintry. if you are out on the roads, do check our website for further updates. this is bbc news, the headlines at 3pm: the deputy first minister martin mcguinness is to resign from his post in government. it follows a renewable heat incentive scandal which has plagued stormont over the recent months. theresa may outlines her vision for a "shared society" and pledges
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to tackle the hidden injustice of mental illness. it's the opportunity to right a wrong and give people the compassion that they deserve. chaos in london for millions of commuters as a 24 hour tube strike brings most of the underground to a halt. the health secretary defends spending on the nhs after the british red cross said there was a "humanitarian crisis" in hospitals. and, in the next hour... a cold snap grips large parts of europe. more than 20 people are known to have died across the continent,
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