wan" dull and damp. not a particularly warm afternoon. a bit more rain to come this evening and and a lot of low cloud. some wore mist and fog especially over the hills. it is a warm enough night at around ten or 11 degrees. the rain is coming in from the atlantic and will be a big feature by the backend of tomorrow. although it could arrive sooner in northern ireland. ahead of the main area of rain we have more rain developing across central and southern england. perhaps up into the midlands. a glimpse of sunshine either side of that. temperatures little higher than today but wet and windy weather coming in from the west. low—pressure tracking in overnight. this is much larger and deeper. we will come back to that in
a moment. things coming down through the day on friday, windy for a time across southern england. the main petering out and skies brightening up petering out and skies brightening upa petering out and skies brightening up a touch. but the area of low pressure, it is now closer to the uk and starting to arrive on saturday. a big area of low pressure bringing in strengthening wind and rain. the strongest when developing close to the south—west across southern england, into west wales. up to 50, 60 miles an hour. and some big waves in the south west as well. more showers around on sunday and temperatures a little bit lower. this is the weekend then and the area of low pressure, it is not a hurricane, we're going to find strong to gale
force winds, and it could be quite hazardous alongside some of the coasts particularly in the south west. expect to get wet now and again, everything moving on fairly quickly because of the strength of the wind, but not a particularly promising weekend ahead. a reminder of our main story is this lunchtime. a big slump in the performance of hospitals across the uk, as most missed their key targets. then people will no longer have to pay up then people will no longer have to pay up to 55p per minute for calling the universal credit helpline, after criticism from mps and campaigners. it's goodbye from me, no rejoinder bbc news teams where you are. —— now
wejoin. the football association's most senior executives will appear before a parliamentary inquiry this afternoon, to explain how they handled allegations of racism and bullying against the former england women's head coach mark sampson. one of the alleged victims, chelsea forward eni aluko — will be giving evidence to the inquiry. sampson denies wrongdoing and was cleared of discrimination by two inquiries. on a day of potentially huge significance for the reputation of the governing body, the fa will also reveal the findings of a reopened investigation into the claims, after hearing new evidence. after great results for spurs, liverpool and manchester city last night, there are three more british clubs in champions league action this evening. manchester united are in lisbon where they are up against portuguese
title holders benfica. managerjose mourinho was forced to clarify comments he made earlier in the week, in which he claimed he wouldn't end his career at old trafford... if this moment i wanted to finish my career in to, or three years, i would want to finish it at manchester united. i think i am going to be here in thisjob 15 yea rs going to be here in thisjob 15 years minimum, and i think it is impossible to stay 17 years in the same club. premier league champions chelsea take on roma at stamford bridge, knowing that a win would send them five points clear at the top of group c. i know very well italian football, and every team is well organised. and roma is a great team, they have a really good coach, they are working really well for the future. german giants bayern munich await the scottish champions celtic. the two sides are tied on points
in second place in group b — and celtic boss brendan rodgers understands the size of the task... we realise we are playing against some fantastic players, and no matter how your league form is, there's —— this is a competition you wa nt to there's —— this is a competition you want to do well in. so i think there we re want to do well in. so i think there were highly motivated, they want to come and really press the game, and show their qualities for us. we are to be resilient. away from football, britain's heather watson has made it two wins from two at the luxembourg open and is into the quarter—finals after beating anett kontaveit in straight sets, this a really good win for watson against the estonian third seed. she won the opener 6—4, after getting the crucial
break in the ninth game and then completed victory by winning the second set 6—4 too. she'll play elise mertens of belgium next. former world champion jenson button says lewis hamilton is capable of breaking michael schumacher‘s record of seven formula one world titles. button was previously team—mates with hamilton at mcclaren, and describes him in his autobiogrophy as an "unpredictable" but "brilliant, mercurial driver". hamilton currently leads the championship by 59 points. i think he'll clinch it over the next couple of races, and four world championships? that is more than ayrton senna, three off of michael schumacher. if he stays around in the sport a chance he could beat michael schumacher‘s record. —— there is a chance. five—time world champion ronnie o'sullivan has threatened to pull out of the english open snooker in barnsley, after being told to wear the correct footwear. he turned up to his second round match in trainers becaus of a sprained ankle, and said afterwards that as a result of the strapping, he couldn't get his leather shoes on. despite his unusual attire,
o'sullivan won the match against china's zhang anda — four frames to one. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. america's federal courts have again stopped president trump's plans to introduce a travel ban. the state of hawaii slapped a temporary restraining order on the open—ended ban, before it came into force on wednesday. the court said the measure didn't show that citizens from six mainly muslim countries posed a threat to the united states. the white house didn't hide its frustration — it called the ruling dangerously flawed. lu kwesa burak reports. a federaljudge in hawaii blocked the president's bid to impose restrictions on citizens from a number of countries coming into the us. us. us districtjudge derek watson
argued that this latest iteration of the ban violates federal immigration law, saying it suffered from the same melodies as its predecessor. this is the second time hawaii has succeeded in supporting mr trump's plans, blocking the ban again in march. however, there arejust plans, blocking the ban again in march. however, there are just that they are certainly not alone, with legal challenges also coming from other states including new york, washington, massachusetts, california, oregon and maryland. the white house denounced the order, describing it as "dangerously flawed, and undercutting efforts to keep them are so safe." thejustice department added that they would be appealing the order. —— keep america safe. this is in fa ct —— keep america safe. this is in fact the third version of the ban, as north korea, venezuela and chad we re as north korea, venezuela and chad were added to the list in september. the first time non—muslim countries
have been included. theyjoin iran, libya, syria, yemen and somalia. as mrtrump libya, syria, yemen and somalia. as mr trump continues to argue his case to "make america safe", adamant about refusing entry to those to the us, we cannot safely vet, judge watson pointed out that the restriction would be detrimental to the interests of the united states. let's cross live to the house of commons, because labour has been granted a parliamentary debate on the rollout of universal credit. by by 2022, we expect around 7 million people to be seeking support from the programme. as you can see, we aahed at a turning point in the government's flagship programme. the roll—out of which is currently being ramped up dramatically. on top of the design flaws and the cuts i have mentioned, there are a number of
other issues that have emerged. perhaps the most pressing is the decision by the government to make new claimants wait six weeks before receiving any support, four weeks is to allow universal credit to be backdated, plus an additional week added as policy, and one week awaiting payment to arrive. this long "hello" as has been called by some is believed to be one of the primary drivers behind the rising debt and arrears we are now seeing. it is reported that 79% of indebted claimants were at greater risk of eviction, this is from bailiffs cutting them off from energy supplies and even prison. half of those in rent arrears on the universal credit report they entered into arrears after making the claim. what is worse is that many claimants are not even receiving support within the government's lengthy
deadline of six weeks. one in four are waiting longer than six weeks, and one in ten awaiting more than ten. the government's so—called advance payment, which is meant to be those —— available to those in need,is be those —— available to those in need, is in fact a loan which has to be paid back within six months from future social security payments. i welcome the announcement the secretary of state has made, about speeding this up, but i want to get on to ina speeding this up, but i want to get on to in a moment what we might need to twea k on to in a moment what we might need to tweak around this. as we were hearing, these measures are pushing people into debt, rent arrears and even homelessness. last year the housing association federation warned that approximately 80% of te na nts warned that approximately 80% of tenants on rent arrears. —— were on rent arrears. a nurse came into my surgery a few weeks ago, a single mum, she had transferred from tax credits to universal credit, she had
the six—week wait, she had arrears rack up as a result of that, she had just been served an eviction notice when she came to see me. as universal credit is rolled out, this will be more and more common. the mayor of greater manchester has warned that rough sleeping will continue if universal credit rolling —— roll—out is continued without addressing the fundamental flaws. this is based on estimates by local authorities. across greater manchester, the average arrears of people on uc on social housing, is £824 compared with £451 from non—uc payments, and this is already having an impact on rising evictions and homelessness, and that doesn't even get into the private rented sector. the increased rent arrears for social housing landlords means there is less available for investment in
housing stock maintenance or in building new social housing, adding to the existing housing crisis. the increase in food bank use is another consequence of universal credit delays. earlier this year the trust will trust reported the referral to emergency food parcels were significantly higher in a uc area, at nearly 17% compared to the national average ofjust under 7%. the report also highlighted the impact on the mental health of people on uc, they were described as "stress, anxious or depressed", as they worry about bills and falling into debt. so who is most likely to be affected, and why? single parents are particularly vulnerable, there are particularly vulnerable, there are now 65,000 single parents on uc. gingerbread has described how, through, " single parents have been threatened with evictions and jobs, and jobs have been put at risk."
they told me about laura, who lives with her two sons, one of which is sadly the disabled. she had to apply for universal credit. she had to wait eight weeks for support, and visited a food bank to feed her children. she was not told about advanced payments and was struggling with rent arrears. reflecting on her experience, laura said "it is very stressful, single parents often have enough stress and worry bringing your children up, and this is exacerbated by this very unfair system. " at exacerbated by this very unfair system." at a time when child poverty and single parents are focused to sharply increase of 63% by the end of this parliament, it is vital we fix the social security system to ensure it is working. in a forthcoming report from the child poverty action group, which is analysing the cumulative effects of social security changes on child
poverty since 2010, the section on uc poverty since 2010, the section on uc highlight poverty since 2010, the section on uc highlight its design issues and in particular the detrimental impact on single parents. it states "universal credit was designed to be more generous to couples than single people, with lone parents expected to lose out compared to tax credits." this was a reaction to the decision within tax credits to boost support for lone parents in comparison with couples, because of their higher risk of poverty and the greater difficulty to get increased airings —— earnings. it goes on to say "universal credit has been subject to a success of changes and cuts which have substantially reduced its adequacy overall. as a result, it is less generous than the system it replaces, and no longer offers the promise of reducing poverty. " offers the promise of reducing poverty." but offers the promise of reducing poverty. " but universal credit offers the promise of reducing poverty." but universal credit is also affecting young families and families with more than two
children. young families going on to universal credit will be affected by the decision to introduce a lower, under 25 rate of the standard allowa nce under 25 rate of the standard allowance in universal credit, even with parents for chuck —— for pa rents with parents for chuck —— for parents with children. young families will be at increasing risk from poverty, especially if they have a single earner or second earner working part—time. and of course, limiting the child element of support are only two children amongst the cuts, leaves families with more than three children worse off as well. the report reiterates that as well as being less generous and cutting family income, it also fails to incentivise people into work or progress in work. fundamental principles of uc. shockingly, it has calculated that because the cuts, universal credit a million more children into poverty by 2020. 300,000 underfive. le
fondre thousand working age adults... —— 500,000. fondre thousand working age adults... -- 500,000. the leader of the opposition made a series of unsubstantiated claims about housing in gloucester last time he spoke on this issue. are these fairly unsubstantiated claims? that is not a point of order, and it is in abuse of our proceedings. i cancel the honourable gentleman not to make the same foolish mistake again. debbie abrahams. i wonder how that intervention will have been seen by those people who have been affected by this, mr speaker. 900,000 working age adults will also be pushed into poverty. 900,000 children and 800,000 adults will be living in severe poverty. i mentioned the issues affecting
disabled people, this week i have heard from somebody who has lost nearly £80 per week from a —— from bad transferred to uc after they moved house. when it was first launched, mr speaker, the government said they wanted to "simplify the current complex rules which have been prone to error and complex for disabled people", and replace seven different premiums with a simpler two—tiered system which focuses a port on the most severely disabled who are at least able to work. however, subsequent social security changes have made —— meant that instead of a net gain, it is likely there would be a net reduction of support for people with health conditions and disabilities. under this government, we are seeing unprecedented cuts in support to disabled people. with the consequence that more and more disabled people living in poverty. currently it stands at over 4.2
million. this cannot go on. this is exactly the issue that the un committee on the rights of persons with disabilities was causing —— mentioning was causing a human catastrophe. i'm sorry, i am conscious, 90 speakers. the self—employed are another group are adversely affected by the government's change to universal credit. we seen a dramatic increase in self employed people in recent yea rs, in self employed people in recent years, they now make up 15% of the workforce, 5 million in total, and account for 80% of the increase in employment since 2008, and 45% of them pay themselves less than the living wage. it's absolutely right that we try to design a social security system which can properly support self—employed people, and recognises the fluctuating nature of the labour market for them. sadly, universal credit no longer does... this is an assumed income for self—employed people, it is found by
multiplying the minimum wage of an assumption that self—employed people are working 35 hours a week. one contacted me and said the system does not allow for the fluctuations in income. surely an assessment made ona in income. surely an assessment made on a year's profits would be much fairer? he went on to say that uc will close a route to employment. the dwp does not average incomes over a year, leading issues on holidays such as christmas, whether self—employed may take time off. they will be punished for doing so under the government's universal credit system, and the federation of small business have said they expect major problems for low—income, self—employed people. —— to set in and around christmas. we need a social security system fit for the 21st—century, and make sure that all workers are afforded dignity and security as work demands fluctuate.
we cannot allow the devastating impacts of universal credit roll much to happen. i reiterate my genuine offer, to work with the government to address the very real concerns about uc, in particular its design flaws and the administrative issues, and of course the cuts. i welcome the government's announcement this morning that the so—called helpline will be a free phone line. given circle's appalling performance, the profit that they have made must surely mean that they should be paying for the free phone line. it is unacceptable that people on the lowest incomes have been paying money, and that they don't have phone calls —— in a phone calls to find out about their claim. but people making enquiries on their claim must be kept —— are kept on hold or passed from pillar to post.
another key ask is for alternative payments to be made to all claimants at the time of their claim, and that would include ending the one—week wage, enabling people to fortnightly payments instead of modern —— monthly, and with the option of the housing element going directly to the landlord. alternative arrangements have already been made available in northern ireland and will be introduced in scotland, so there is no risk why this should not also be available to people in england and wales. we also need to look at the advanced payments which i missed —— mentioned earlier on. a repayment over six months is still creating a huge —— huge issues for people on the lowest income. these are... i'm sorry. these are relatively straightforward, and recognise that reinstating the initial level of work allowances are less so. but if the government is
sincere about tackling injustice in this country, and make sure that work pays, then they must act, and once again i commit to working with them on this. we must address the poverty and discrimination that universal credit is causing women, children, disabled people, black, asian and minority ethnic communities, now. it will only get worse as uc is rolled out. speaker—macro, worse as uc is rolled out. spea ker—macro, brexit must worse as uc is rolled out. speaker—macro, brexit must not blind this government to other obligations to their citizens. we must all work together in the national interest to avert the disaster which is about to u nfold avert the disaster which is about to unfold if universal credit is rolled up unfold if universal credit is rolled up without fixing its failings. i urge all mps to vote with icons —— conscience, stand with your constituents, and pause and affix universal credit. the question is as on the order paper. i call the secretary of state for work and
pension is. we have today seen yet another excellent set of labour market statistics, unemployment is £1 million lower —— 1 million lower than in 2010, and youth unemployment in the same period has gone down by 415,000. underneath those raw statistics, live the work and effort of millions of families across the country who are keen to get on and make the best of their lives. people who are in work, but want to earn more, people who are out of work but really wa nt more, people who are out of work but really want to get a job, young and old, all deserve the opportunity to maximise the potential. in a moment. and that is what universal credit is all about. now, there is much talk... i'll make a little progress. there is much talk that when it comes universal credit, abort supporting the principles behind
this reform. and i welcome that. but before turning to the issues raised by the poll for old ham before turning to the issues raised by the poll for oldham east and saddleworth, and indeed i will be taking plenty of interventions... i figure would be helpful to the house to articulate what those principles are. the fundamental purpose of universal credit is to assist people into work. it is through work that people can support themselves, obtain greater economic security and progress in life, and universal credit does that by making work pay. we inherited... let me finish, then i'll take plenty of interventions. we inherited a welfare system that puts in place barriers to people fulfilling their potential. for those on job—seeker‘s allowance, if you do more than 16 hours per week, you do more than 16 hours per week, you must stop your benefit claim on to start again. for many on us aid,
they can be faced with a choice between financial support or work. -- esa. and between financial support or work. —— esa. and once you are an work, you are all too often caught by the hours rules. that is the work and pensions secretary, who was responding to labour at the start of this debate, they are calling for a pause in the roll—out of universal credit. you can roll—out of universal credit. you ca n follow roll—out of universal credit. you can follow that debate on bbc parliament, right now though, time for the weather. it's rather cruel out there for many of us today, it's been a very slow rise in temperature, partly because there's been a bit of mist and fog around, but also a bit of cloud. but there has been some sunshine earlier on today, this weather watcher picture taken in cumbria. but i think we're going to lose a lot of that sunshine, in northern england and northern ireland. everything is
moving northwards, so that means all this cloud is moving northwards. we've had some heavy rain in the south of it —— south—east of england and east anglia, that wetter weather tended to move away. but still rather down here in the midlands, going into wales. a hint of sunshine here and there for scotland. but we will see some rain and overnight, we've got this area of rain here that will get its act together again, some heavy bursts across northern england, a lot of low cloud around, very misty and murky, some fog particularly over the hills. quite a mild night, temperatures ten or 11 degrees. signs of some more rain, though, wetter weather arriving in from the atlantic. ahead of that we have this, located in a fun here, which is going to focus some more rain. at the moment it looks like central, southern england, perhaps through the midlands, up into northern ireland,
perhaps a gibson sunshine, but the wind picking up with the rain arriving in northern ireland. think how wet it's been. it turns wetter across wales and the south—west later, and around that area of low pressure that runs its way eastwards over night taking wind and rain eastwards with it, then we have got a bigger, stronger area of low pressure, we will come back to that ina pressure, we will come back to that in a moment. a first area of low pressure sits across the uk on friday, the wind gradually lessening for many of us. the rain starting to peter out. we will find temperatures 14, 15, 16 degrees. but then if we look to saturday we've got this area of low pressure that is beginning to arrive across the uk. it's going to bring with it some wind and rain. the strongest winds are likely to be in the south—west, battering west wales, 60, 70 miles in the south—west, battering west wales, 60,70 miles an hour, and
given the high tides in the south—west they could be coastal overtopping. as we have through the weekend, that area of low pressure moves slowly across the uk, the winds gradually lessening. it not is a harry kane, it will however bring some gales, and also some rain. —— it is not a hurricane. . hello, you're watching afternoon live. i'm simon mccoy. today at two. the nhs targets being routinely missed — bbc research highlights a shortage of doctors, nurses, and a lack of money. from when i started practicing emergency medicine we were, on average, seeing 400 a day, we're now going in excess of 500 a day which seems like the norm on a daily basis. no delay — theresa may refuses to bow to pressure to pause universal credit in areas where its already operating. big brexit delay — the eu withdrawal bill may not now be discussed in the commons until after the autumn recess.