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you're watching bbc news at 9 with me, annita mcveigh. the headlines. victims of rape and other crimes are being asked to give police access to their phones and social media accounts. campaigners fear it could discourage victims from coming forward, but a man who was falsely accused says it's a good idea. if my phone gets taken as a defendant, then it should be that the complainant's phone also gets taken, just to conduct a thorough investigation, i suppose. otherwise, it always seems a bit unsafe if you convict somebody but you don't have all the information that you should have had. spain's governing socialist party has won the most seats in the general election, but prime minister pedro sanchez‘s party doesn't have a majority and will need support from others to form a coalition. new plans to fund social care
in england could see the over 50s forced to pay on average more than £300 a year extra in national insurance. talks between the government and labour will resume today, aimed at breaking the brexit deadlock. a box office smash — avengers: endgame makes history by taking a record—breaking $1.2 billion in global ticket sales in its opening run. and coming up in our sports bulletin, manchester city are back at the top of the premier league table after a win over burnley. good morning and welcome to the bbc news at 9. victims of crime, including those alleging rape,
are being asked to give police access to their phones and social media accounts or risk seeing their case dropped. the move, which applies to england and wales, is part of measures revealed by the director of public prosecutions to address failures in the disclosure of evidence to defendants. but campaigners say it could discourage victims from going ahead with prosecutions. our legal correspondent clive coleman reports. the case of liam allan, falsely accused of rape and sexual assault, starkly exposed the problems of police and prosecutors failing to disclose relevant evidence to the defence. disclosure is the foundation of ourfair trial system. the prosecution must disclose evidence gathered by police which either helps the defence case or weakens its own. if that fails, miscarriages of justice can occur. following several collapsed trials, a series of reviews revealed a system—wide problem.
at its core was the ability of police and prosecutors to get on top of unprecedented amounts of digital evidence on smart phones and social media. under a national disclosure improvement plan, all cps prosecutors and 93,000 police staff have received specialist training. disclosure champions have been appointed and management systems used for years in complex terrorism cases are now being used in all rape cases. but most controversial are new forms, under which victims and witnesses are asked if they'll consent to have their smart phones examined. if they don't, it might halt a prosecution. it is neitherfor an investigating police officer, nor a prosecuting lawyer, to simply speculatively have a look at the content of a mobile phone or a laptop computer. that is not what we're asking. that is not what the consent forms are there for.
no—one‘s pretending disclosure‘s easy, but if police and prosecutors can't reassure the public that they can obtain relevant digital evidence and pass that which is helpful to the defence, the future of our fair trial system is in jeopardy. clive coleman, bbc news. joining me is griff ferris, legal and policy officer for big brother watch and they are preparing a legal challenge to these consent forms. thank you forjoining us. . you are calling this tantamount to a digital strip search. that is a pretty strongly worded statement, isn't it? u nfortu nately, strongly worded statement, isn't it? unfortunately, victims are being coerced into handing over their entire digital lives, just to get a rape prosecution, which is com pletely rape prosecution, which is completely unacceptable. they are being coerced into signing these consent forms, designing away everything that they have available on their phones and social media accounts, just in the pursuit of
justice. what evidence do you have that they are going to be coerced into handing this over? we heard the cbs saying they are not asking for a speculative trawl through all of their social media history, their phone history, etc. well, the reality is, that is exactly what has been happening. victims, survivors of sexual violence have been subject to these extremely intrusive and disproportionate trawls of the entirety of their mobile devices. the evidence for it being coercive is in the forms themselves. the forms state that if victims do not consent to everything the police and the cps ask for, the case may not continue. do you accept there is a question of getting the right balance of justice being question of getting the right balance ofjustice being served and of ultimately fair trials? the liam allen case is an example of that, isn't it. it is completely fair that all reasonable lines of enquiry in these investigations should be
pursued where there is evidence or it is thought there might be releva nt it is thought there might be relevant evidence on a phone, of course that should be pursued but what it is happening at the moment is that victims are being coerced into signing away their privacy rights, their rights to everything on their phones. that is all of their text messages, e—mails, videos, photos, that is being signed away in the pursuit ofjustice which is not proportionate. victims and people making allegations, in your experience, and from those you work with... are the vast majority of them uncomfortable with this idea or are some saying, well, if it means that they get the conviction of somebody who has committed a crime against them, then it is worth doing? some people must be saying that, do. what is not being said is that, do. what is not being said is that nothing should be handed over. of course, in many cases, especially cases where the victim and the suspect to know each other, as is the vast majority of serious sexual violence cases, there is going to be
releva nt violence cases, there is going to be relevant digital evidence. there is going to be relevant evidence on the phone. we are not saying and i don't think anyone is saying that nothing should be handed over. we are saying that only specific pieces of evidence should be had over, not the entirety of a mobile phone. so how do we arrive at that balance, that kind of balance you are calling for? have there been any reassurances that for example a search might only relate to a specific name or contact number, for instance? that is what we have been calling for but u nfortu nately, we have been calling for but unfortunately, the police's own mobile phone extraction technology does not allow for this. they say on the new published forms and they say in practice to victims, that u nfortu nately, in practice to victims, that unfortunately, the technology only allows them to take all of the text m essa 9 es allows them to take all of the text messages or photos, even if they only need one text or a photo. it is explicitly written in the forms. u nfortu nately, explicitly written in the forms. unfortunately, it is a problem with police technology and also with attitudes, i think, police technology and also with attitudes, ithink, within police technology and also with attitudes, i think, within the cps and the police, that they feel all of the information is needed just to pursue a prosecution. i think urgent
reform is needed... but do you think there is a platform for this to be improved upon, be it via technology improving or whatever? there is huge room for improvement. i would not call these forms any kind of improvement other than an official statement that the practice, which has been going on for many years, is now official. what needs to happen is that the police need to allow targeted pieces of evidence to be handed over in these investigations, rather than the entire contents of mobile phones. there needs to be an ongoing process in which the victim is not coerced, they don't feel under duress to consent to vast amounts of personal information being handed over, just so they can continue with a rape prosecution. 0k, thank you very much. good to talk to you. spain's socialist prime minister, pedro sanchez, is hoping to form a new government, after his party emerged as the biggest winner in the general election. but he didn't get a majority, and will need the support of other
parties, including the left—wing podemos, to form a coalition. the right wing vox party won seats for the first time, and it's the first time the far right will have representation in parliament since the era of military rule under general franco. from madrid, tim willcox has the latest. it is a night of celebrations for the socialists. pedro sanchez will be the prime minister of the next coalition socialist government. but that could take a few days or weeks to form. you mentioned podemos, the hard left party. together with the socialists, they won't have enough for the majority, 176. so who will he turn to? well, probably the basques. he might have to go to the catalans as well. the catalan crisis has been at the core of this divided country and the elections yesterday, because of their separatist lodge or their separatist claim, two years ago, when they held that illegal referendum and madrid
imposed direct rule. you mentioned vox, who did quite well. they got to 2a seats but it was far from the political breakthrough and earthquake that they had hoped for. for the centre—right party, though, the partido popular, it was a disastrous day. they got half the number of seats they won back in 2016. james reynolds has the latest. this is what relief looks like. in the centre of madrid, spain's socialists celebrated their victory. their leader, the pro—european prime minister, pedro sanchez, saw off a conservative opposition which included a rising movement from the far right. translation: we made it happen. the socialist party has won the election, and in doing so, the future has won and the past has lost. pedro sanchez argued
during the campaign that he was the only spanish leader capable of stopping the advance of the hard right. and the numbers show that he has done so. he must now form a lasting coalition of his own. the far right party, vox, the first significant movement of its kind since the end of general franco's fascist regime, four decades ago, ended up on the losing side. but they did win enough votes to enter parliament in opposition. by contrast, the winners, pedro sanchez and the socialist party, will continue to lead this country, probably in partnership with a number of smaller left—wing and regional parties. the exact shape of the new administration may take weeks to decide. james reynolds, bbc news, madrid. so, relief for the socialists, as james was reporting, there, but when it comes to the catalan
crisis, this has not gone away. pedro sanchez will be enjoying the excitement of winning this election, because when you think about his recent history, he was a socialist leader who led his party a few years ago to their worst defeat ever. in fact, they kicked him out and he spent a year travelling around the country on a listening tour, before coming back in and calling the vote of no—confidence in mariano rajoy. but as i say, the catalan crisis has not gone away. 0ne imagines he will try to do deals with the catalans and will try to talk them into some kind of solution. but bear this in mind, quim torra, who is now in charge of the catalan parliament, could well push for another vote on having an independence referendum, and bear in mind also that 12 catalan separatists are on trial here in madrid for sedition and rebellion for their alleged
involvement in that illegal referendum, two years ago, in 2017. if they were given long prison sentences, what would that mean for the separatist cause? tim willcox reporting from madrid. and you can keep up to date with the post election coalition talks on our website. you'll also find a feature on whether or not pedro sanchez will be able to form a government. a former government minister has proposed funding social care in england in a similar manner to the state pension. the conservative mp damian green believes wholesale changes are needed to ensure the system remains fair and adequately funded. the move could force over—50s in england to pay an average of more than £300 a year extra in national insurance contributions. here's our social affairs correspondent alison holt. with more of us living longer,
the demand from people needing help with day—to—day tasks like eating, getting dressed and washed, is increasing. councils that provide that support have also had their budgets cut. it means the care system's under huge pressure. today's report says the need for reform is urgent, to provide a safety net which will end the lottery of who gets state—funded care and who doesn't. the report calls for a nationally—funded pension—style scheme. it proposes a universal care entitlement to provide anyone who needs it with a decent standard of help. people would pay a care supplement on top if they wanted a more expensive level of support. the report also says the underfunding of the current care system must be tackled. we need universal care provision that is better than it is now so it will involve spending more taxpayers' money. we will need to find about £2.5 billion extra per year. on top of that, we need to allow
people to, if they can, and many people can, particularly if they own property, they will be able to increase, buy an insurance policy or something like an annuity that will, when it's all pooled together, put a lot more money into the system. the government says it has put extra money into social care and plans for the future will be published at the earliest opportunity. alison holt, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news. victims of rape and other crimes are being asked to give police access to their phones and social media accounts, or risk having their case dropped. spain's governing socialist party has won the most seats in the general election, but prime minister pedro sanchez‘s party doesn't have a majority and will need support from others to form a coalition. new plans to fund social care in england could see the over 50s
forced to pay on average more than £300 a year extra in national insurance. and in sport. manchester city are now just two wins away from retaining the premier league. they beat burnley 1—0 in a tense match at turf moor yesterday. sergio aguero with the goal, but onlyjust! pep guardiola's side will win the title if they win theirfinal two games. liverpool defender virgil van dijk has been named the pfa men's player of the year. arsenal striker vivienne miedama won the women's award, on the same day her side won the women's super league. and it was a mercedes one—two once again at the azerbaijan grand prix, as lewis hamilton was edged into second place by team mate valtteri bottas, who now leads the drivers‘ championship by a single point. i'll be back with more on those stories later this hour. firefighters have been battling
a fierce blaze overnight at a forest in east sussex, best known as the setting for the winnie the pooh stories. gorse and undergrowth was ablaze affecting an area of up to 50 acres — that's 20 hectares — in the kingstanding area. at its height, six fire crews were on the scene. this has now been scaled back to four fire engines and crews. talks will resume between the government and labour today aimed at breaking the brexit deadlock. among those taking part will be the chancellor philip hammond and labour's shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell. it comes asjeremy corbyn is facing more pressure to commit his party to a referendum on any brexit deal. joining me now is our assistant political editor norman smith. another week of cross—party talks, week five, i think. another week of cross—party talks, week five, ithink. it another week of cross—party talks, week five, i think. it feels, though, as if we are in some kind of strange limbo with these talks, doesn't it was yellow i think that is very true, we seem to be drifting
rather aimlessly in westminster with nobody really clear how on earth brea ks nobody really clear how on earth breaks it is going to be resolved, when theresa may will bring back a brexit deal, if there will be a breakthrough in the talks. although both sides say they are approaching the talks seriously, and they have been productive, are we any closer toa been productive, are we any closer to a breakthrough? no, i don't think so. although the difference between mrs mae and jeremy corbyn is not vast, mr corbyn wants a permanent customs union, theresa may is talking about a customs arrangement, if there can be no other way of avoiding a hard border, the bottom line is, for both leaders, the party management issues of doing a deal appear insurmountable, for mr corbyn, he would risk an uprising among his remain supporting grassroots if he was to do a deal with mrs may, and likewise, mrs may would risk up or on the backbenches if she was to try to push through a deal on the back of labour votes.
for that reason, i certainly don't expect the deal this week and i would not expect one before the european elections, and to be very honest, i think the chance of any breakthrough isn't readily remote. and a big day for labour tomorrow, its ruling body meeting. what are the chances that jeremy its ruling body meeting. what are the chances thatjeremy corbyn is going to be sort of pushed and prodded, because it seems that is what it will take, into agreeing to a second vote, a second referendum? honestly, it depends who you talk to on the labour side. those pressing for labour to commit to another referendum, come what may come in other words, on any brexit deal, believe it has become a lot closer on the nec now some of the big unions have moved in behind those pressing for another referendum, unions like the gmb, unison, all saying they want a so—called confirmatory referendum, on pretty much any brexit deal. they have also been encouraged by the factjohn lansman, the boss of momentum, that
backsjeremy lansman, the boss of momentum, that backs jeremy corbyn, lansman, the boss of momentum, that backsjeremy corbyn, is also sympathetic to the confirmatory referendum idea. if you talk to jeremy corbyn‘s team, they say they have got the votes, labour leaders by and large win nec votes and mr corbyn is not going to budge. my ta ke corbyn is not going to budge. my take is there will be a big bust up, at the end of which mr corbyn will emerge from the smoke, by and large sticking to the existing party policy, which is there will only be another referendum as an option on a no deal outcome or on a tory deal, but not on any brexit deal. 0k, norman, thank you for that. norman smith at westminster, there. a new study of three million people has found that being just a few pounds overweight more than doubles the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. the findings are being presented to the european congress on 0besity. joining me now is the bbc‘s health correspondent, michelle roberts. it really is a substantial and a major study with that number of
people involved, isn't it? it is a very large group of people they looked at, in terms of the uk database, people looked at, in terms of the uk data base, people registered looked at, in terms of the uk database, people registered with a gp who had gone to see their gp. it really shows, this research, that as your weight increases, so does your risk of other important mysterious conditions like heart disease and diabetes. in this study, obviously, other factors as well can increase your risk so it is important not to get too alarmed by the findings. equally, many of these patients had other conditions as well like high blood pressure. what researchers are saying is that these often go hand—in—hand and it is important to manage these conditions and to reduce your own risks. if you can no what your own weight is, we have this thing called a bmi, a body mass index, which can give you an idea about whether you have a healthy weight for your height. this study is not exactly telling us anything that we don't already know, to be
fair, buti that we don't already know, to be fair, but i think what it does, would you agree, is it adds to the push to remind us all that we need to keep a watch on our weight, keep a check on our body mass index, and as public health england are saying, it is about sustained action being needed to tackle the obesity crisis, whether that is public policy or on an individual level? yes, there are no massive surprises here, we know that carrying excess weight can be bad for your health. it is an increasing problem, we know that one infour increasing problem, we know that one in four adults in the uk are unhealthy for their weight. do you think the strategy is so far, and there has been government strategies for quite a long time now in terms of tackling obesity, are they not working? it is a very difficult area. 0bviously. .. everybody working? it is a very difficult area. 0bviously... everybody has their own health care to think
about. they have two... it is a tricky one. do you impose something on whole population? it is individual responsibility at the end of the day, that is the question, isn't it? yes, and one mass policy isn't it? yes, and one mass policy is not necessarily going to work for individual people. it is important not to blame, either. it is a thorny area! it is. thank you forjoining us. we will be telling you more about the tracker that michelle was mentioning, the calculator, in the morning briefing just after 9:30am. that is a quick look ahead but we will tell you more about thatjust after 9:30am, in the morning briefing. after weeks of protests about the impact of climate change, taking better care of the soil could be one answer to cutting emmissions. a major global report suggests soil quality is becoming poorer, which not only reduces our ability to grow crops but also releases
carbon into the atmosphere, adding to global warming. here's our environment analyst, roger harrabin. soil erosion — a double problem. here in the east of england, this isn't smog in the air. it is soil, on a hot, windy day. losing soil like this lowers our ability to grow crops. it also releases carbon trapped in the earth, and that contributes to climate change. in parts of the south of england, some carelessly farmed fields are steadily running into the rivers. soil degradation is a problem said to affect almost half the world's people. look at this tsunami of dust last year in phoenix, arizona. it is the result of a spectacular storm. for most farmers, soil loss is a creeping problem that is only noticed too late. soils are really important for climate change, as well, because they store a lot of carbon. there's three times more carbon stored in soil than there actually
is in the atmosphere. so you imagine, if all that carbon was released from the soil into the atmosphere, we'd have... this is the runaway climate change that people are concerned about. so what to do? well, we know cows' burps are a problem for climate change, but their dung also helps put carbon back into the soil. so this mobile dairy in the south of england may prove part of a solution. it means cows spread their dung across the fields, not leave it in the farmyard. that way, nutrients and carbon from the pasture return to the soil. we were worried that the soil was becoming dead. there was no vitality in the soil. there was no resilience in the soil. so we realised we needed to put grass back into the system, and to manage the grass, we've brought in dairy cows. here is the evidence. this field, with its light, stony soil, is depleted from crops grown with chemical fertilisers. see the much darker, carbon—rich soil in the far ploughed field,
previously fertilised by cows. the simplest way of combating climate change and improving the soil is to turn all this farmland into woodland. but that wouldn't feed the people, would it? perhaps a form of farming like this can be gentler on the environment, while keeping milk on the table. we've got to radically cut the number of cattle on earth, scientists tell us. is there a role for pasture—fed cows like these, that burp out methane but also help the soil? we don't have a clear answer yet. roger harrabin, bbc news. in the last few moments, celtic have tweeted the sad news that stevie chalmers, who scored the winning goal as celtic won the european cup in1967, goal as celtic won the european cup in 1967, has died aged 83. 0f course, this follows on just last week from the death of billy
mcneill, the captain of the lisbon lions team, as they were known, and 110w lions team, as they were known, and now the news from celtic that stevie chalmers, who scored the winner in the european cup final in 1967, has died at the age of 83. in a moment the weather but first let's join victoria derbyshire to find out what she's got coming up in her programme at ten. —— joanna gosling. good morning, after an investigation by this programme, the university of liverpool has apologised for how they have been treating some of their 3000 disabled students. we spoke to nana who has got cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. this is in one of the lecture theatres. that is what i see when i sit in the designated disabled space. so you can't actually see any of the lecture notes on the lecturer? no.
because of the fogged glass, that means you can't see people and people can't see you. join us at 10am on bbc two, the bbc news channel and online. thank you very much. now it's time for a look at the weather with simon king. good morning. something of an east—west split this morning across the uk. across eastern areas, patchy mist and fog which will clear away to give sunny spells. towards western areas, some outbreaks of rain. the rain will gradually work its way across northern ireland, through west wales and the far south—west of england. elsewhere, plenty of bright and dry weather this afternoon. maximum temperatures, typically 14—17 but a bit chillier on the north sea coasts. we have got some cloud and outbreaks of rain. through tonight, the zone of cloudier and wetter
weather will continue across the western areas. a bit of low cloud moving its way back in across eastern areas, particularly around yorkshire and up in towards aberdeenshire. 0vernight temperatures down to about 5—7. during tuesday, plenty of financial weather, temperature is actually up to 20 degrees in the capital but still some outbreaks of rain across western areas. goodbye.
hello. this is bbc news with annita mcveigh. the headlines... victims of rape and other crimes are being asked to give police access to their phones and social media accounts. campaigners fear it could discourage victims from coming forward, but a man who was falsely accused says it's a good idea if my phone gets taken as a defendant, then it should be that the complainant's phone also gets taken, just to conduct a thorough investigation, i suppose.
otherwise, it always seems a bit unsafe if you convict somebody but you don't have all the information that you should have had. spain's governing socialist party has won the most seats in the general election but prime minister pedro sanchez‘s party doesn't have a majority and will need support from others to form a coalition new plans to fund social care in england could see the over 50s forced to pay on average more than £300 a year extra in national insurance time now for the morning briefing, where we bring you up to speed on the stories people are watching, reading and sharing. let's return to our top story, and victims of rape are being told that they must give police access to messages and photos on their phones or risk seeing their case dropped. in 2015, liam allan was falsely accused of 12 counts of rape and sexual assault. it took two years for the case against him to collapse,
following the discovery of crucial text message evidence that had not been disclosed to his defence. mr allan — who co—founded the ‘innovation ofjustice' campaign — has been telling louise minchin on bbc breakfast what he thinks of the move. i think it's a good start, in all honesty. i understand that there are sort of reservations about it and there are a few concerns in terms of it working for victims charities. but considering my case and how valuable it was that the evidence was actually on the complainant's phone, it is so much more valuable than people realise. it can be so much more valuable to prosecution cases as well as defence cases. for me, it is a good step in the right direction. but i can understand why people are a bit concerned with it. i don't think it is fair to go through something, seven years worth of information, if it was only an accusation across a year period. that doesn't make any sense because that is an invasion of privacy. but there are certain things that are related to cases that are going to be in there, on either phone. so both phones should be taken. it is notjust one of
the other, it should be both. oh, so both the victim and the alleged perpetrator as well. you mentioned the concerns because there are lots of various different concerns, including that it may discourage people from coming forward if they have to hand over their phone. what are your thoughts? i completely understand. i completely empathise with it, that it feels as though you are being questioned and the suspect side of it. but the main body of it is not to necessarily harm their case. it is not just investigating that, to find flaws in what they are saying. it can also help them. i think that part seems to be being missed. there are certain bits that only legal professionals will know that it has some kind of aid to a prosecution case. it works the same way for defence cases as well. i think it can be a good thing. i can understand why people are a bit concerned about it. i still think there are good things that are coming from it, i still think, you know, if my phone gets taken asa defendant, it should be that the complaina nt‘s phone also gets taken, just to conduct a thorough investigation, i suppose.
otherwise, it always seems a bit unsafe if you convict somebody but you don't have all the information you should have had. now, more than 100—thousand people have watched the moment that a london marathon runner, dressed as big ben, got stuck trying to cross the finish line. i'm glad to say that the runner, lukas bates, has finally escaped his costume, and he's been speaking on bbc breakfast about that moment when he hit the finishing line. after running 26 miles yesterday, i thought the easier part of the race would be to cross the finish line, and as i got to it, i... the top of my costume... well, it didn't fit through the finish line! so i, yeah, a very kind marshall helped angle my costume so that i could get the tower underneath and slowly, yeah, complete the race.
it is so funny to watch. the thing is, i would imagine, you are a serious runner anyway, so much preparation would have gone into the race. and yet, did you even consider that you wouldn't be able to get under the finish line? no. i always said if i was going to do it in a costume, i wanted to go big. maybe i went a bit too big. tell us about the conversation. you hit the finishing line. did you first of all realise what happened ? and then what is the conversation that you and the marshall are having? well, it was quite awkward, really, because i can't really see much out of the costume. i was quite delirious from running the distance. yes, i was just being angled and trying to get myself into a squat position to go nice and low to get through it. yes, it is lovely. it has made quite a nice moment for people to see and it has
been great for my charity to help the publicity. through people seeing it, i ran for dementia revolution, which is the alzheimer's society and alzheimer's research uk. having two grandparents who have had dementia, it has been, yes, it has been wonderful to... well, for people to see that, and having given a really substantial amount of money to the charities, it is so appreciated, it has been absolutely amazing. you have had a few extra donations as well based on the number of people watching the video. completely. can i ask you, i want to know your thought processes in the final 100 metres, at any point did you think of "hold on a minute, my head isa bit big, i'm in trouble", or was it only when you hit it that you realise you could not get underneath it? yeah, no, i was far too confident, i did not think there would be any problems at all! it was only when i hit it that i thought, "oh, dear, this
hasn't gone to plan!" still smiling and i'm glad all that effort and fun at the finish line led him to raising more money for his charity! social care has been described as a system at ‘breaking point‘— underfunded, oversubscribed and politically toxic. now, former first secretary damian green has weighed in on how he thinks the crisis can be solved. his plans include a national insurance levy on the over—50s, but labour described it as a ‘tax on getting old.‘ damian green joins me now from westminster. good morning and thank you for your time. what's new and different in your proposals is that you try to tackle an issue that lots of other people had dry to sort out as well? all political parties have fallen at this hurdle and backed away from it andi this hurdle and backed away from it and i don't think we can do that, it's not fair to the most vulnerable elderly people in our society. so what i'm suggesting is a 2—stage improvement, the first stages that we need to spend more money on the
basic state care, i said there should be universal care entitlement which is better than people get at the moment. and that will involve more money so yes, that will involve tax increases and frankly, i'm afraid, it's a bit dishonest at the labour party to pretend it doesn't but on top of that i want people to have the chance to buy effectively, an insurance policy which we are calling a care supplement, which can bring more money into the system on top of that, and if they can afford to, not everyone will be able to, but huge numbers will, especially if they owned their own homes, if they ta ke they owned their own homes, if they take out a specific policy it will be for example, a small sliver of their property wealth and that will give them absolute peace in old age, it will mean they can get all the bells and whistles they want. you say by an insurance supplement, that sounds like some sort of privatisation of social care? no,
social care is already by and large provided by the social —— micro—private sector but it's based on the pension model, we have a state pension which has increased a lot in recent years which has made it better and takes people out of poverty but on top of that, many millions of people save for a private pension so that they have even more security in old age and i think the pension model is quite successful and also crucially, it's got cross—party support. i want to tra nsfer got cross—party support. i want to transfer that to the care system which as you rightly observed in your introduction, has been hugely toxic for ages. and actually, say, let's have the same model, let's have a decent state provision which absolutely everyone is universal entitlement to and for those who can afford it, which will be most people, then on top of that, we should allow them to buy insurance that will allow them to have com plete that will allow them to have complete choice if they do need care and that way, we get enough money into the system so the system can cope with the increasing numbers of very elderly people and they will
see in the coming decades. speaking of fairness, is it fair to ask people or expect people to pay this additional levy if they've been working and throughout their working lives they've already been paying tax into the system, they've already been making those national insurance contributions that they would have expected to contribute towards care that they might need in their later yea rs ? that they might need in their later years? it contributes to it, the government spends £10 billion a year roughly on it every year but we know it's not enough. so i'm doing something that many people find astonishing is a politician, i'm being completely honest as people. i'm saying we need to spend more money, i estimate we probably need to spend two and a half billion a year extra to get everyone ‘s care up year extra to get everyone ‘s care up to year extra to get everyone ‘s care uptoa year extra to get everyone ‘s care up to a decent level and that money has to come from somewhere so rather than just has to come from somewhere so rather thanjust airily has to come from somewhere so rather than just airily saying we will find that i have suggested specific ways of doing it. i think that's a much more honest way of treating people. should it come from a higher tax
rate on the wealthiest in society, should it come from another look at how the government spends public funds with more money devoted to the nhs and social care than other areas of the budget perhaps, some would argue? i think that's a very good point. we give three options in the paper i've written for the centre for policy studies. one of which is precisely that if you introduce my ideas, one of the things that would certainly happen is more care provision, that would mean more people could leave hospital sooner, if they need a care package when they come out of hospital. that will free up hospital beds, that will save the nhs quite a lot of money so they will be savings involved but i'm being brutally honest. and say, we may well get those savings in which case we will not need tax increases but let's not depend on it, let's accept there has to be something like two and a half
billion pounds extra in the system and let's be honest with ourselves about that. damian green mp, thank you for your time. let's take a look at what you are reading and watching on the bbc website. first of all its scams, a woman conned out of hundreds of thousands of pounds in this particular case by a fraudster, pretending to be the actorjason statham, this person got in touch with her when she was on a facebook page dedicated to the actor. and her identity isn't given but she says at that time she was very vulnerable after the deaths of her mother and her fiance. after the deaths of her mother and herfiance. and after the deaths of her mother and her fiance. and elise after the deaths of her mother and herfiance. and elise are after the deaths of her mother and her fiance. and elise are saying that this type of crime is reaching epidemic levels. greater manchester police, one force alone, saying they are receiving reports of around 1000 victims a month of this type of scam. further down at four, the
obesity study we were telling you about earlier. a really substantial study of 2.8 million adults showing how obesity links to increased disease and risk of death. and let me show you in more detail, we gave you a glimpse of that earlier, this calculator we have got on the bbc news app. tap on that link, it should bring up, a little bit of buffering, you can then fill in your height and your weight, your age, whether you are male or female, your postcode, your waist size if you know, go and measure it if you do not. and click and see how you compare and it will tell you whether you have a healthy body mass index or not. a really good indicator of what your weight is doing to your health. let's take a look then at the most watched. number one, a story about exercise tiger, this was
an exercise in preparation for d—day. a lot of people involved in this. say it's a fairly forgotten aspect of the d—day commemorations but it was a deadly attack on the beaches of slapton sands in devon. when german boats fired on us soldiers who were preparing in exercise tiger for the d—day landings. and 749 us troops were killed. an artist has got good prince and laid those on the sands to remind people about the event. and finally. at two. a rather fabulous 0sprey. she is at a wildlife centre in wales and she is celebrating her laying her 50th egg, let me check, she has had 36 live
chicks fly the nest, grandmother 274 chicks. she and her partner, her mate are one of four breeding pairs of ospreys in wales. and certainly making their contribution to this wonderful, wonderful breed. there you go, you can see she is a grandmother 274, congratulations to her and the staff at the wildlife centre who are doing their bit to help with the breed. that's it for today's morning briefing. time for a sports update and sally is here at the bbc sport centre. good morning. some breaking news, news we've had in the last few moments, alex hales, we'vejust heard, from the ecb, he has been withdrawn from all england squads ahead of the international season. the managing director ashley giles says we have worked hard to create the right environment around the england team, we need to consider what's best for the team, i want to
make this clear, it's not the end of his career as an england player. the ecb and the pca will continue to aid alex hales and work alongside the cou nty clu b alex hales and work alongside the county club to give him the support he needs. this news comes of course after the player failed a second drugs test. this newsjust after the player failed a second drugs test. this news just in, after the player failed a second drugs test. this newsjust in, alex hales withdrawn from all england squads ahead of the international season. we'll get more on that as we get it. manchester city are back at the top of the premier league after a narrow 1—nil win at burnley. city had a shout for a penalty turned down but they did eventually find the breakthrough after sergio aguero's shotjust about crossed the line — confirmed using goal line technology. they're a point above liverpool with two games remaining. if they beat leicester and brighton they will retain the title. who'll make up third and fourth in the league is still anyone's guess. manchester united and chelsea played out a 1—all draw at old trafford
after yet another mistake from david de gea. united are three points off the top four with two games left. jamie vardy scored twice as leicester beat arsenal 3—0, striking another blow to their hopes of qualifying for the champions league. arsenal went down to ten men when ainsley maitland—niles was sent off in the first half. let's have a look at some of this morning's back pages. many of the papers leading with manchester city's win against burnley, including the express. inch perfect is their headline — after sergio aguero's goal was given using goalline technology. the sun showjust how small the margin was when it came to aguero's shot crossing the line, just under three centimetres. they also mention the unbelievable game at elland road as leeds allowed aston villa to score. more on that in a moment. that story also features on the back page of the times,
as well as mo farah saying he doesn't regret his dispute with haile gebrselassie, which overshadowed his build up to yesterday's london marathon, where farah finished fifth. liverpool's virgil van dijk has won this season's professional footballers‘ association player of the year award. the liverpool defender beat off competition from manchester city forward raheem sterling, who took home the young player of the year award. the women‘s award was won by arsenal‘s vivianne miedema, and she had a day to remember helping her side to a first women‘s super league title since 2012. they beat brighton 4—0. it was the 15th time arsenal have won the title. chelsea women have failed to reach their first champions league final. they were beaten 3—2 on aggregate by holders lyon. the game yesterday ended 1—1. lyon will play barcelona in the final. sheffield united will return to the top flight next season after their promotion challengers leeds united could only manage a 1—1 draw with aston villa. however that result came under extraordinary circumstances at elland road and a controversial
sporting gesture as adam wild reports. sheffield, players could only sit and watch. an unusual situation, what they were watching will be quite extraordinary. if rivals leeds united failed to beat aston villa the promotion will be secured, things are rarely that simple. with a villa player lying injured in the centre circle his team—mates all but stopped. waiting for leeds to stop as well. they didn‘t. in fact, they carried on. and they scored prompting pandemonium on the field, furious rows of it. chaos, the lit reduced to ten men, then came the instruction from leeds manager. things got even stranger. from the kick—off, the kick—off, the law
allowed to walk the ball almost unopposed to the other end. 1—1, a bizarre sequence of events but one that sparked wild celebrations in sheffield. united promoted back to the premier league. an incredible achievement, extraordinary circumstances. adam wilde, bbc news. celtic have been made to wait at least another week before they can win the scottish premiership. that‘s after second placed rangers beat aberdeen 2—0 at ibrox. rangers secured victory with two penalties from james tavernier. hibs and hearts remain in 5th and 6th after they drew one each at easter road in the edinburgh derby. now before we move away from football some sad news to report. former celtic player stevie chalmers has died at the age of 83. chalmers scored the winning goalfor celtic in the 1967 european cup final against inter milan in portugal. the team were later dubbed the lisbon lions. his passing follows the death of another member of the team, billy mcneill, last week.
tom daley will wake up in a celebratory mood this morning, after adding more medals to his collection overnight. the world champion won gold in the men‘s 10 metre platform at the world series in montreal and also won silver with grace reid in the mixed 3 metre synchro event. well, coming up later today, the world championship snooker continues across the bbc, with the second round action resuming at1pm. and don‘t forget you can catch up with all the day‘s sports stories on sportsday this evening. hugh ferris is in the chair. that‘s all the sport for now. more from the bbc sport centre at 11:15. sally, thank you. prison governors are being urged to wear a uniform, similar to that of prison officers, in an effort to restore control and order to jails in england and wales. the independent think—tank, the centre for socialjustice, is calling on ministers to consider the measures as part of a raft of proposals to tackle drugs and violence.
our home affairs correspondent danny shaw reports. supplying drugs and mobile phones to prisons is a lucrative business. this is one way it happens, over perimeter walls. it‘s worth thousands of pounds to the gangs behind the trade and to the prisoners who sell the contraband behind bars. but it causes debt and bullying, fuelling record levels of violence. this prison footage can‘t be independently verified but comes with a report on ways to tackle what it calls the prisons crisis. among 59 proposals in the centre for socialjustice report is a call for an amnesty for corrupt prison staff who co—operate with the authorities. it recommends specialist prisons for the most violent offenders and suggests prison managers or governors should dress like prison officers, wearing uniforms rather than suits to show they‘re working together to deal with the problems. what we know from evidence in new zealand is that when staff are promoted out of uniform in a uniform service, into civilian clothing,
actually their perception of competence and the empathy they have with the frontline actually diminishes so it creates a them and us culture. we are very keen to see that reunification of the service so that people actually feel that real sense of camaraderie. the ministry ofjustice says it currently has no plans to change the rules on clothing. it means prisons will continue to be different from the police, ambulance and fire services where frontline staff of all ranks wear uniform. danny shaw, bbc news. avengers: endgame has made box office history by taking a record—breaking 1.2 billion dollars in global ticket sales in its opening run. the blockbuster has become the fastest film ever to break the $1 billion barrier, doing so in just five days. endgame is the 22nd offering in the marvel studios superhero franchise. its opening takings smashed the previous global debut record of $640 million set by last year‘s avengers: infinity war.
joining us now is helen 0‘hara, editor at large for the film magazine empire good morning. no spoilers, please, i will start with that. but a friend of mine took her boys to see this the other day and she had never seen any of the other films, she loved it and said it was the first film where the audience clapped in the cinema at the end of the film. she was blown away by it. why is it such a phenomenon? i think it'sjust what you said, there‘s been 21 previous films and people have got to know these characters, they care about them, we are desperately invested in everything that happens to them now. there was clapping in my screen as well, cheering at certain points, i won‘t mention. it‘s really interactive at this point, we are just so invested. what is the secret to the success of the franchise, beyond that investment in the characters? i‘m thinking about the
storylines, the plot development? they have focused on making each individual film they have focused on making each individualfilm very they have focused on making each individual film very good on they have focused on making each individualfilm very good on its they have focused on making each individual film very good on its own merits and having a story on its own merits and having a story on its own merits and having a story on its own merits and then each time they‘ve given us these little details that have built up to this sort of mental story that continues through all the films, you want to keep going back and seeing it again. and you want to see the next one to see how that little tiny bit with that character you like develops. and then of course there the sheer spectacle of it as well, the huge effects, the kind of, the battle scenes, there‘s all the comedy. it‘s a fun thing to watch even aside from the ongoing story. and i know you've pointed out there are a couple of really epic moments in the film. yes, i won't say too much but there was one where i literally clapped and cheered in the cinema which is silly but also, really good fun. i suppose one question people have been asking about the franchise and franchises like this, do they make it harder
for other independent films, one of them is to make it or actually is thisjust, them is to make it or actually is this just, you know, them is to make it or actually is thisjust, you know, bottom line, good for the cinema, good for the industry? i think it is. there were stories this weekend of sold—out cinemas, people were going to see the other films that were on, they we re the other films that were on, they were already at the cinema. i think it‘s good overall. i think there is a risk, yes, sucking up all the oxygen in the room from otherfilms but the secret is always make a good film and people will see it one day. it might take a little minute but i think people get in the habit of going to the cinema to see these movies, they are likely to keep going to see the other ones as well andi going to see the other ones as well and i hope that it does good things for cinema overall. the evidence from box office takings, clearly people want more of this, what‘s next for the franchise? there are still some characters on the board, i think it will be a spoiler for me to mention many of them but we note that spider—man four from home is already scheduled for later this summer, that‘s already in the can,
the trailers are out there, i‘m not spoiling anything. we know at least some of these characters will go on and the question is which one is and how many? helen, thank you. can't wait to see that. let‘s take a look at the weather. he simon, good morning. here‘s one spoiler. it will get chillier by the end of the week and before that something warmer before rain starts to move its way in. we start the week, mostly dry. some once before rain spreads eastwards and that will herald a chillier area later in the week. this is the satellite image through this morning, this zone of cloud across parts of western scotland, northern ireland, wales and the south—west of england giving us and the south—west of england giving us rain. elsewhere, it‘s dry, increasing amounts of bright weather, that‘s the scene at the moment in rutland. we see sunny spells across good parts of england and scotland. early morning cloud, mist and fog continuing to clear
from eastern areas. still some patchy rain for northern ireland, the west of wales, south—west england through this afternoon. temperatures for many reaching 13-17d, temperatures for many reaching 13—17d, perhaps 18, 19 degrees in northern areas of scotland. tonight, more cloud moving back in across eastern parts, especially east yorkshire, towards aberdeenshire. this rain in the west tapping up a little bit, bringing heavier bursts of rain towards northern ireland and the west of wales. throughout tuesday, the rain continuing to spread gradually eastwards into western scotland, west wales, the south—west of england, early morning cloud and mist clearing from eastern parts. for many on tuesday, a dry day with sunny spells, warming up, temperatures reaching 19 perhaps 20 degrees in the south—east of england. as we go through wednesday, this cold front and behind it, the
hello, it‘s monday, it‘s 10 o‘clock. i‘m joanna gosling. an investigation by this programme into the experience of disabled stu d e nts into the experience of disabled students at liverpool university has revealed some have been charged to extend assignment deadlines for medical reasons. some have been scheduled into an accessible lecture theatres. they say they feel disconnected against. so you can‘t actually see any of the lecture notes or the lecturer? no.