this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am. teachers and nurses in england and wales could have the 1% cap on their pay rises lifted next year. the treasury admits it needs to be more flexible where there are skill shortages. teachers need a pay rise in order to stop the teacher recruitment and retention crisis growing. ahead of the conservative party conference tomorrow, borisjohnson again intervenes in the brexit debate. the most serious animal cruelty offences could soon be punished with up to five years in jail instead of six months. also in the next hour, the world of competitive medieval fighting is growing in popularity. viking enthusiasts from around the world will be visiting london this weekend for a huge historical re—enactment. and at 11.30 we'll bring you dateline, where foreign correspondents currently posted to london look at events in the uk through outsiders‘ eyes. good morning and
welcome to bbc news. first, our main story. unions have accused the government ofan empty unions have accused the government of an empty cynical gesture. for the first time in seven years, public sector workers in england and wales could receive pay rises which exceed the government's1% pay cap. the treasury says that higher wages should be considered in some schools but unions fear they will have to be paid out of existing budgets. recruiting enough teachers has become one of the most pressing problems facing schools in england.
starting salaries have fallen behind other jobs after years of low pay rises. here's my magnets, two very powerful ring magnets... now the government has confirmed some teachers might get increases above 1%. but that's likely to be in areas where there are skills shortages and there's no indication yet of how those pay rises might be funded. i think head teachers would be pleased to see a pay rise because they have real difficulties recruiting, but they will want to know that it's fully funded, that the government will give them the money they need to pay the teachers. the government said pay discipline was still needed in the public sector but workers needed to have fulfilling jobs that were fairly rewarded. you cannot keep reducing public pay relative to pay in the private sector and still expect to retain the teachers and nurses and so on that you need. you're going to be there forever otherwise by hand... for some teachers there's the prospect of more money. for head teachers with frozen budgets, there's the problem of where that money will come from. andy moore, bbc news. meanwhile boris johnson has said he wants workers to be given a pay rise.
speaking to the sun newspaper, he said people "deserve to be properly paid". the foreign secretary has also intervened again in the brexit debate ahead of the conservative party conference, insisting any transition period must last no longer than two years. theresa may has reached out to younger voters, saying she wants to make britain fairer. our political correspondent jonathan blake told me more about boris johnson's brexit intervention. it's another broadside on brexit from the foreign secretary. natural territory for him, of course, you might well expect him to set out his position on the eve of the conservative party conference but what he's talking about is li—macro very clear red lines on brexit as far as he sees it. these are his red lines? yes, they are, and they are consistent with, largely, government policy and the position that has been set out by theresa may in her
big speech in florence. but they do deviate from that slightly or at least go further than the prime minister has stated, particularly on theissue minister has stated, particularly on the issue of the transition. the prime minister said that the period should be around two years after 2019, borisjohnson saying in this interview that it should be not a second longer than two years. a limitation there. his other red lines as we call them, no new eu rules string the transition, no payments to access the single market and no shadowing of eu rules once we're out. standing on who you speak to, this is either him restating his position on every thing he has said already, or straying a little bit from the established consistency. the invitation is if the red lines are crossed, does he go, is he out? -- is are crossed, does he go, is he out? —— is that the implication?” are crossed, does he go, is he out? -- is that the implication? i think he would refute that this is any kind of ultimatum, that's not how he it is being put forward by those
close to him. he's setting out his stall, a bit of a rallying call for supporters of brexit to have some faith in him that he's going to see through thejob. faith in him that he's going to see through the job. that's very interesting because in a sense, he's not doing the negotiations, its david davis in brussels and it will be the prime minister and cabinet who signed it. matthew parris, the former conservative mp and conservative commentator saying this morning he thinks it's not possible for the foreign secretary to articulate a separate policy from the government, but as the government has not set out its red lines, isn't that what he's doing? it's possible for him to say it, you're right to raise the point as if these lines are crossed, what happens, we will have to wait and see. there is an element of interpretation here. boris johnson has not gone so far as to put himself directly at odds with anything the prime minister has said... presumably he would be out the door if he did. exactly, and
with the particles and this weekend, his comments will be music to the ears his comments will be music to the ea rs of his comments will be music to the ears of —— the party conference this weekend, his comments will be music to the ears of many tory mps who wa nt to to the ears of many tory mps who want to get on with brexit. but it is front and centre when the prime minister didn't even quite dismiss brexit, she said it was important, but she made it clear that she wa nted but she made it clear that she wanted the focus to be the economy and domestic social issues and addressing people's concern string the election. and that's what the party leadership want to focus on in conference? yes, theresa may said brexit is important but we have a challenge to present our arguments over making a uk that works for everyone, not just the over making a uk that works for everyone, notjust the privileged few, and he also mentioned young people in particular, who she said had concerns in the election campaign and lent support elsewhere, possibly the labour party. theresa may was to focus on domestic issues but this issue means that brexit is not being forgotten about. jonathan
blake talking to me earlier. young people are spending far less money than the older generation on having fun, according to a new study. research from the resolution foundation says people in their 20s and 30s can't afford as many meals out or expensive coffees due to the fall in their incomes and the rising cost of housing. joe lynam explains. today's young adults have been accused of spending all their money on eating out, the infamous avocado toast, rather than saving for their futures. older people, though, have a reputation of being cautious with their money. well, a study for the resolution foundation seems to dispel that. it says it's the so—called baby boomers who are dining out the most. the study, which has tracked consumption habits among the age groups for 57 years, has found spending power for 25 to 35—year—olds has fallen by 15% since the year 2000. housing costs have also risen faster for young adults than for workers aged between 55 and 60. and millennials spend more every week on their mobile phones than cigarettes and alcohol for the first time. we sometimes hear that even though
millennials have had poor earnings growth, they're still managing to spend like no tomorrow on things like avocado toast in cafes and going on holiday. what our analysis shows is everybody, all age groups, spend similar amounts on these things and the fastest growth in spending on these items over the 21st—century hasn't been for the young, it's been for the 55 to 64—year—olds, those boomers in late working age. while young adults may have youth on their side, the so—called baby boomers born after the war are busy shopping and holidaying a lot more than their younger counterparts. joe lynam, bbc news. the nhs is "stuck in the past" and "not fit for the 21st century", according to the chief inspector of hospitals in england. speaking to the telegraph newspaper, professor ted baker says the system has not adapted to deal with the growth in the population, and has warned all trusts to take urgent steps to make accident and emergency departments safe. people found guilty of the most serious acts of animal cruelty
could face up to five years in prison under new legislation announced today. last year the rspca investigated nearly 150,000 cases of animal abuse, including violence, organised dog fights and neglect. the current maximum jail term is six months. let's discuss this further now with david bowles, he's head of public affairs at the rspca. good morning. thank you for coming in to talk to us. i said england, that's very specific because first of all, michael gove is suggesting this, as the environment secretary and his responsibly these are england only, but what has prompted this concern, what has happened in terms of offences you are seeing? the rspca has been calling for a review of sentencing since the
animal welfare act came into effect ten yea rs animal welfare act came into effect ten years ago. that raised sentencing to a year, the government then didn't want prisons to be filled up so they reduced it to six months which means it hasn't changed since 1911. we have been saying that we come across a round 30 cases a year whether judges have we come across a round 30 cases a year whetherjudges have said, if i could give a higher sentence that i can, i would could give a higher sentence that i can, iwould put could give a higher sentence that i can, i would put my hands are tied. that message has got through to the government which the rspca has welcomed. without getting too gruesome, what sort of things could provoke that frustration from judges? a couple of cases in the last year, a man who force—fed his hamster drugs, and thought it was funny when the animal got high. another man who had an argument with his girlfriend and was so angry with that that he kicked the dog round the house so hard that its brainstem snapped away from its head. it obviously died, he buried it in the back garden in a bin liner and the
rspca found it. it is those sorts of real cruelty, dogfight it, as he suggesting, but the real cruel issues that we want these sentences to apply for it. dogfighting is banned but you can still only get six months? yes, it has been banned since 1835 but you can still only get six months. the rspca has investigated dogfighting for the past 180 years, and we find that those people who are involved in that some of the worst criminals, they do it for a variety of reasons, gambling, but sometimes theyjust get gratuitous kicks out of seeing dogs pitched against wildlife or other dogs. we find that if we could have much bigger sentences, that may act as a deterrent to those people. recently, the government could do this quite quickly if it wants to? we believe so, we hope that when the secretary of state have stand up on
monday, he will announce this... at the conference? yes, he will announce a time frame and the rspca will work with him to get this to as quickly as possible, it's not a particle at ago issue, one of the labour mps has been pushing this quite heavily. —— it is not a party political issue. we think it can be done quickly. five people have been injured in two linked stabbing incidents in sheffield city centre. four people have been arrested in connection with the incidents, which took place early this morning. several roads are still closed in the area. the archbishop of canterburyjustin welby has criticised the bbc‘s handling of abuse allegations againstjimmy savile, saying that the anglican and catholic churches had shown more integrity in handling abuse allegations. i haven't seen the same integrity over the bbc‘s failures over jimmy savile as i have seen in the roman catholic church and the church of england and other public institutions over abuse. the bbc has said it does not recognise the accusation and has acted transparently regarding the abuse allegations.
washington has pulled most of its diplomats out of havana, following mysterious attacks on staff. the cuban government says the decision is "hasty" and will affect relations between the two countries. our us correspondent barbara plett usher reports. this was supposed to mark the beginning of better relations between cuba and the united states, but little more than a year after the mission was formally reopen in havana, us employees began reporting hearing loss and other mystery health problems. the americans now say their diplomats are being attacked. they don't know by whom all by what exactly but they've decided it's no longer safe for them, only a skeleton staff will stay. the cuban government has denied any role in this bizarre and troubling episode. it's been helping with the investigation. relations had already begun to strain under the weight
of the new president whose rolled some elements of detante. you'll see what's happening but they did some bad things. cuba said the decision to downsize the embassy was hasty and will further affect ties. the ending of hostilities between the two cold war enemies was a legacy moment for president 0bama. celebrated with scenes that could have been filmed for a feelgood american movie. now sabotaged by a plot that could have been written for a cold war spy novel. barbara plett—usher, bbc news, washington. teachers and nurses in england and wales could have the 1% cap on their pay rises lifted next year. the treasury admits it needs to be more flexible where there are skill shortages. ahead of the conservative party conference tomorrow, borisjohnson again intervenes in the brexit debate. the most serious animal cruelty offences could soon be punished with up to five years in jail instead of six months. there are reports in spanish media
today that police have raided the cata la n today that police have raided the catalan regional government's telecommunication centre as they continue efforts to stop sunday's independence referendum. the spanish come and take the vote would be illegal. —— the spanish government say the boat be smm it's true that a lot of people are awaiting this moment, lots of years. to vote ? to vote, and i hope it will be yes. but beyond the fiesta, there is deep uncertainty. and in the palace at the heart of catalonia's devolved government, the leader, disobeying spain's courts and governments. a referendum on sunday, he says, will go ahead.
translation: the overwhelming majority of people in catalonia want to vote to decide. not like this. yes, but what other option did we have? we offered to negotiate. this vote is not a crime. but there is a catch. many in spain's richest region only want a referendum with madrid's consent. like jose gonzalez. born in malaga, barcelona has been his home for 66 years. 0ur families and friends are divided, he says. we can barely talk about politics any more. si, si, si! in madrid, a mock vote. they want catalonia to remain part of spain. and like their government, they don't recognise sunday's referendum. it is not a question of stopping people voting. but that's what you want to do this weekend.
no, no, let me be clear on this. in catalonia, they vote. they vote in local elections, european elections, according to the vote. according to the law. sure, but not... what they're trying to do is an illegal self—determination consultation. this evening, after—school activities. a bid by parents to occupy polling stations and prevent the police from shutting them down. barcelona and its region walking into the unknown. listen to this nightly ritual. a protest with pots and pans. ringing out across the city. people who say they will vote. bbc radio 1 turns 50 today, and it's celebrating it's special birthday with a three—day pop—up digital radio station.
radio 1 vintage will broadcast hour—long, nostalgic shows made up of archive material. tony blackburn, the host of the very first radio 1 breakfast show in 1967, returned to the station for a special show with current presenter nick grimshaw. here's how the show began. 0ne fm. tony blackburn and nick grimshaw. good morning, everybody. i am nick grimshaw. and i am tony blackburn. here we are together, tony, celebrating 50 years of radio one, live on bbc radio one, radio two and radio one vintage. we started the show with music from the move, eltonjohn, whitney houston and primal scream. do you like that, tony? love it. also, jay z and kanye west. can't get enough of kanye west either. do you know, that is the first song i played when i did the breakfast show, jay z and kanye. seeing you sat here in a baseball jacket, i think we are the radio equivalent ofjay—z and kanye.
we are more like the krankies. the first record you played was the move. we played that earlier on this morning. and it was 50 years to the day, tony, that you played that and you started radio one. it was saturday morning, and as luck would have it, 50 years on, it is saturday morning, exactly the same time. so we did the exact same programme we did 50 years ago with turntables. do you know what a turntable is? yeah! they're like those really big cds. if you want to hear more of that show, the vintage station carried on all day that you can listen back on the breakfast show on the bbc iplayer. the world of competitive medieval fighting is growing in popularity. it's a niche hobby, but one that seems to offer some men, something they can't get from physical sports like rugby or boxing. enthusiasts from around the world will be visiting england this weekend, as it hosts its largest annual event. dougal shaw has been to meet the team based in london,
who have a modern take on what it means to be a viking. this may look like game of thrones. but it's actually a huge gathering of viking enthusiasts at a recent festival in poland. these modern vikings don't just re—enact battles, they try to win them in specially organised competitive matches. marshals are on hand to ensure rules are followed and nobody is seriously hurt. it's a hobby where history meets martial arts and has thousands of devotees around the world. devotees like max, a viking from london. a lot of these people are adrenaline junkies and they really want to take part in something where they feel alive. we have a few in the group who are ex—military, but what we offer them is a sort of escape and a sense of brotherhood. male bonding and a chance to release pent—up emotions are part of the appeal, says another british viking. being able to let out my frustrations and emotions in a controlled manner are very, very beneficial. a lot of the vikings have come
into it from biker gangs, they've come from normal gangs. they've needed to find something where they feel like they belong. if this seems quite a macho world, it is certainly male—dominated. there are only a handful of female fighters. though, when it comes to celebrating other aspects of viking culture, there is more of a 50—50 gender split. the european viking scene is also predominantly white. but london's vikings have led the way, promoting a more diverse kind of modern viking. good to see you, norman. yeah, hi. norman is well known as the first black viking on the circuit. anyone of ethnic background, or female, we have to work double hard. you know, we've got people from outside londonjoining the group at all the time. they realise it's a happy group and it's a tight—knit group and you're not going to split us up. a group not only re—enacting viking culture but challenging
assumptions about it. something to do if you have got a day off coming up! sport now and a full round up from the bbc sport centre. still getting over the lions shots you told us earlier. that is what else is happening! sadly no lions in this bulletin! sebastian vettel‘s hopes of catching formula 1 challenger peter lewis hamilton suffered a big blow in qualifying. i've lost to drive, let me know what to do, i can limp back. as you heard, he did not set a time after the turbo on his ferrari failed during the first session of qualifying. he will start the race from the back of the grid. hamilton
took the 70th pole position of his career ahead of kimi raikonnen and will be confident of extending his lead over sebastian vettel tomorrow. 0 nto lead over sebastian vettel tomorrow. 0nto cricket now. after all the off—field controversy, england's one day team sealed a dominant 4—0 series win over west indies liam plunkett took two wickets as england restricted the tourists to 288 from their 50 overs. and england reached the target with ease. jason roy hit 96. and a confidence boost forjonny bairstow ahead of the ashes, he finished on 1111 not out. joe root ended the summer in style, completing the victory with a six. the first test gets australia start on the 23rd of november in brisbane. probably the most convincing thing about the last couple of days and the distractions that have gone on was a win at the oval. a chance to win the series, everything that happened was quite fresh, everybody knew about it
the last couple of days so to produce a performance like that in such a tight game obviously meant a huge amount to the side. rangers have moved up to third in the scottish premiership, after their won 4—1 away at hamilton academical. rangers had to come from behind too, as hamilton took an early lead. but defender declanjohn scored two goals, and rangers added a couple more in the second half to seal a comfortable win, despite having a man sent off. there are five more games in the premiership today all kicking off at three o clock. leaders celtic host hibernian. second place aberdeen are at home to stjohnstone. there are seven games today in the premier league, man city at chelsea probably the pick of today's games. tottenham travel to huddersfield in the early kick—off, with both sides hoping to continue their bright start to the season. every game is tough. every game is difficult. it's true that i'm not
concerned, because i feel that we will arise in a good condition. but you know, always premier league games are a challenge and for us, it has to be a challenge because the three points will be so important for us. their individual quality, what they have, and they've shown it, this is exactly the tasks you ask for. this is exactly the challenges you like to have. this is why we celebrate at the end of may in wembley, because we had these games in front of us. 0rwe we had these games in front of us. or we will have these games in front of us in the future. and now it's reality. there's also three games in the women's super league, with title contenders manchester city taking on arsenal in a 12.30 kick off. spring series champions chelsea travel up to sunderland. and bristol city host yeovil town. it's the ‘million pound
game' in the super league later this afternoon. leigh centurions have home advantage against catalans dragons, with the winners securing super league status. the losers will be relegated. last night at the other end of the table — leedsjust held off hull fc. beating them 18—16 at headingley to reach the grand final at old trafford next weekend. this second half try from liam sutcliffe helped leeds to the win & a record—equalling tenth grand final. that's all the sport for now. let's have a look at the weather. we are in for a pretty mixed weather forecast through the course of the weekend, some sunshine to start us off, here is the view this morning, taken in county antrim by one of our weather watchers with some beautiful
blue sky. thicker cloud across the country, this is the scene in lancashire where we have got showers, a beautiful rainbow. the showers, a beautiful rainbow. the showers are fading away from north—west england but the unsubtle whether we have got on the cards is down to the fact that we have got low pressure approaching from the atlantic. during sunday and monday that will bring us windy weather. saturday, outbreaks of rain across parts of wales, south—west england, pushing their weight with. further north, northern england, england and scotland, sunny spells and scattered showers. not too many across scotla nd showers. not too many across scotland but there could be the odd heavy one, central and northern parts. northern ireland will be having a good day, dry weather, 1a of 15 degrees, and a similar picture across southern scotland and northern england with showers easing towards the the east. some showers in east anglia and kent and the south coast, more persistent rain working in across wales and the
south—west. that area of rain and breezy conditions moves east through the night. clear skies for a time for scotland and northern ireland, temperatures dipping. through the early hours, more cloud arising from the west, bringing outbreaks of rain and strengthening breeze. a mild start on sunday but you will notice the strength of the breeze particularly as this area of rain pushes its way eastwards. quite a bit of dry and perhaps bright weather for eastern parts but the heaviest of the rain will be for the hills of wales. north—west england and scotland as well with the weather front moving eastwards. followed by sunshine and scattered showers later on in the day from the north—west. temperatures in the mid teens. the windy spell of weather continues into monday as low pressure sits to the north of the uk, really tight isobars around the area of low pressure, particularly windy on monday across scotland. 70 mph, pretty windy as well further
south with a mix of sunny spells and heavy and blustery showers. feeling very autumnal. hello, and welcome to dateline london. i'm shaun ley. "let the people decide". in kurdistan they have, and this weekend catalans wanted to do the same by holding a referendum on independence. in the uk, a referendum gave us brexit. jeremy corbyn, leader of the opposition labour party, has announced he'd give similar, decisive votes to people he says politicians ignore. in germany, the voters rewarded angela merkel with another term as chancellor, but also gave the far right their first seats in the bundestag in more than fifty years — though the taboo against holding a referendum