this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11. there's to be a multimillion—pound compensation fund, for the women given unnecessary breast operations by the rogue surgeon ian paterson. there are clashes in the commons on public sector pay, with the prime minister hinting there'll be greater flexibility, but labour arguing government plans don't go far enough. rohingya muslims continue to flee myanmar, amid claims of murder and rape. the un secretary general, says the situation is becoming catastrophic. and the official enquiry into the rental tower fire starts tomorrow. we will look at that and —— grenfell tower fire starts tomorrow. we will look at that and at austerity. plus ringo starr talks to us. good evening and
welcome to bbc news. in the past half hour, downing street has announced that theresa may will make a major speech on brexit later this month. for more let's speak to our political correspondent eleanor garnier at westminster. where will the speech take place? there have been speculations for some time about this is that speech of theresa may. we knew it would be this autumn. we now know it will be on friday, september 22 in the italian city of florence. downing street have confirmed that mrs may will give an update on brexit and the negotiations so far and underlining the fact that the uk wa nts to underlining the fact that the uk wants to continue having a deep and special relationship with the eu wa nts special relationship with the eu wants the uk leads. the prime minister's spokesperson added that the prime minister wanted to give a
speech on the uk's future relationship with europe in its historic heart and that she sees florence as having cultural and economic ties that spanned centuries in centuries and that that was why theresa may would be giving her speech there. her spokesperson also said that when the uk leads the eu it will be leaving the european union, not europe. that is when the speech is happening and we are. but, of course, we know that there has been slow progress, apparently, on the talks so far. i think some will see this speech is perhaps an attempt to change the atmosphere, smooth things over, try to speed things up so that the uk and those negotiators in brussels can move onto talks about the future relationship that the uk will have with the eu. we know that the talks are only about the divorce side of things at the moment, what will
happen to eu citizens currently living in the uk, and british people of broad. is also the brexit bill and the border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. at the moment that is when negotiations are focused. uk wishes to move on to future arrangements like the trade deal that the uk may have with the eu. we know that the eu negotiators will not move onto those future talks until sufficient progress has been made on the divorce talks. i think there is a lot of speculation that theresa may will be trying improve the atmosphere and hopefully, for the uk government, speed things up. meanwhile, jean—claude juncker, the president of the european commission, has told meps in brussels that britain will soon regret its decision to leave the eu. he used his annual state of the european union speech to argue that the eu should now see britain's exit — which he also called sad and tragic — as an opportunity for the remaining countries to move towards a closer union. translation: march 29, 2019 will be
the date where the united kingdom will leave the european union. this will leave the european union. this will be a very sad and tragic moment in our history. we will always regret this but... and i think that you will regret it soon, if i may say. nonetheless we must respect the will of the british people. we're going to make progress. we will keep moving. we will move on because brexit is not everything. it is not the future of europe, it is not the be all and end all. a £37 million fund has been set up, for victims of the breast surgeon ian paterson, who duped patients into unnecessary operations, including mastectomies. he's now serving 20 years in jail. the bulk of the fund will come
from spire healthcare, which runs the private hospitals in which many of the operations took place. it's thought that more than 700 women may have a claim. sima kotecha has the story. just some of ian paterson's victims. he exaggerated their symptoms, in some cases he told them they would die unless they had a mastectomy. earlier this year he was jailed for 20 years. now more than 700 of his victims will get compensation from a pot amounting to £37 million. one of the country's leading breast surgeons was asked to review hundreds of paterson's cases. patients were being misled about their radiology reports, about the pathology results, and he must have thought that nobody would ever read his notes. i think he could very well be called a rogue or a medical conman. the compensation will go to those patients who were treated at two spire hospitals
here in the midlands, including here in solihull, the other is in sutton coldfield, and they are where paterson carried out hundreds of botched and unnecessary operations on private patients. spire, who are providing most of the money have said... "we accept that better clinical governance in the private hospitals where mr paterson practiced, as well as in his nhs trust, might have led to action being taken sooner and it is right that we have made a material contribution to the settlement announced today." a lawyer representing more than 500 of his victims says it brings closure. i don't think that it will mean that they feel justice has been done, but i think that it will bring a certain amount of satisfaction. what more do you think can be done to restore trust among those who are being treated in the private sector? jeremy hunt did say that there would be a public inquiry.
i think that most people who have been treated by paterson will welcome that and i think that to ensure that everything is done to make sure this terrible situation doesn't happen again. the bbc has obtained copies of the cvs paterson used to get surgicaljobs. in one of them, there are only two references to breast surgery, raising questions about how he was able it get senior positions in the private sector. this man ruined lives. today, some of those he operated on say money will never cancel out the damage he's caused to their mind and body. sima kotecha, bbc news, solihull. new figures show the number of people in work in britain has jumped again to record levels. theresa may told mps it was the result of her government's "sound management of the economy". but the employment numbers coincide with the latest assessment of what's happening to wages, and they remain below the rate of inflation,
meaning earnings don't go as far as they used to. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn, says that means that millions in work are struggling to pay their bills. here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. do you want the good news or the bad news? ‘cause today, there's both. in plants, factories all around the country, more people are in work now than we've seen in decades, a strong jobs market, according to latest figures. news made to measure for a government eager to talk up any sign of british success. reporter: has austerity had its day, prime minister? the answer's no, there's plenty more austerity ahead and trouble coming on public sector pay. so today, theresa may took the jobs figures to westminster and got her retaliation in first. unemployment at lowest levels since the mid—1970s and employment, people in work, people taking home a wage, a salary to support theirfamilies, at record levels. the only problem is,
more people in work are in poverty than ever before. more are in insecure work. more are relying on tax credits and housing benefit to make ends meet. today's figures show that unemployment fell by 75,000 from may tojuly, that brings the jobless rate down to 4.3%, the lowest since 1975. wages are up 2.1% on the previous year. but with inflation hitting 2.9%, in real terms, wages are still failing to keep up. at westminster, that only added to the pressure on the prime minister to hand all public sector workers, notjust the police and prison officers, a rise above the i% pay cap, and a bigger one that the 2% and under already announced. mrs may was back on the theme, she had to guard every penny. we need to ensure that we balance out protecting jobs in the public
sector, being fair to public sector workers and being fair to taxpayers who pay for it, many of whom who are public sector workers. there is a need for greater flexibility as we look at these issues of public sector pay in the future. we will be working on this in the lead up to the budget. so a clear hint public sector workers would get more, but not much and not nearly enough for labour's leader. the speaker: jeremy corbyn. does the prime minister understand that inflation is 2.9%. anything less means that dedicated public servants are worse off again and they've been made worse off every year for the past seven years. as it is, extra police and prison pay will have to come out of savings in police and prison spending. the news left few people happy, it could even costjobs. this is not funded by the government and it's got to be found bfrom existing resources and the only way we can do that is reducing the number of police officers we have. in our case, it'll reduce the number by 60.
hold course, treat all public sector workers the same as police and ministers could start looking lonely and exposed. pay deals meant to attract vital recruits may please no—one and leave people wondering who'd want the job of prime ministerjust now? scotland yard is to review security arrangements at the south london school attended by prince george. it follows the arrest of a ao—year—old woman yesterday on suspicion of attempted burglary. it's only been a week since prince george started at thomas's battersea school. the un security council has expressed deep concern and called for an end to the violence in myanmar. nearly 400,000 rohingya muslims have fled from rakhine state in myanmar to neighbouring bangladesh in the past three weeks after a military crackdown. the un secretary general antonio guterres has described the situation as "catastrophic" and called on the international community to help. grievances that have been left to
fester for decades have now escalated in on the borders of myanmar, destabilising the region. this situation is catastrophic. last week there were 125 thousand insured refugees who had fled to bangladesh. that number has now tripled to nearly 380,000. many are staying in makeshift settlements or in communities who are sharing what they have. but women and children are arriving hungry and malnourished. i urge all countries to do what they can for humanitarian assistance to be provided. now on bbc news it's time for newsnight with evan davies. the system on trial. tomorrow, the enquiry into the grenfell tower fire
opens. the inquiry has a lot of evidence to piece together. we've been looking at the thorny question of whether money played a part in causing the fire. we now know grenfell could have been safely fitted out within the budget it was set. but lots of question remain — like why building inspectors believed it was safe. it was a moment of national shame — we'll hear what those affected by it now expect the inquiry to deliver. also tonight... is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? ten years ago tomorrow, northern rock customers famously did this when they realised their money might be gone. we'll hear from the pilot at the time, mervyn king, governor of the bank of england. why does he think no bankers even went to jail? and... what would you think if i voted to leave? i would have voted for brexit, yeah. i would have voted to get out. but don't tell bob geldof. hello.
tomorrow, the grenfell tower inquiry begins. chaired by sir martin moore—bick, who had a rocky initial reception from some of the families affected by the fire, it has to work out exactly what caused the fire three months ago. but it is an altogether bigger moment too — a detailed case study of how well our country works, particularly for those without the connections or money to fix things in their favour. under examination will be building and fire safety regulations, the response of the fire brigade, and the responsiveness of the council to its tenants' concerns, among other things. and careful to dispel any suspicion of cover—up, it'll all be streamed live. we'll look at the hopes and fears people hold of the inquiry shortly, but we know many people think
austerity was, at root, to blame. our policy editor chris cook looks now at what we already know, including the startling fact that using combustible cladding on the building, barely saved any money at all. life in west london continues around the dark shell of grenfell tower. it's become a monument not just to its own victims, but to social injustice, to a widening wealth gap, and to the consequences of national political decisions. the tragedy of grenfell tower has exposed the disastrous effects of austerity. the public inquiry and criminal investigations have kept key individuals from speaking on camera.