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this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at 8pm... the eyes to the right, 299. the noes to the left, zero. mps have backed calls to pause the government's controversial new benefit system, universal credit. the non—binding comments vote follows the news the government. charging people to phone a payment helpline after criticism from mps and campaigners. the nhs is missing key targets as waits for cancer care, accident and emergency and planned operations worsen. the football association has apologised to two female england players who were found to have been discriminated against by the former manager mark sampson. i'm a human being, ifeel relieved, because it's. .. it i'm a human being, ifeel relieved, because it's... it suggests that it was kind of all worth it, to go through that trouble, too now have that vindicated.
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and concerns grow for some of the rohingya refugees who have fled violence in myanmar. thousands are spending a fourth night stranded close to the bangladesh border in conditions described by aid agencies as dire. how the hollywood sexual harassment scandal has sparked an online global campaign encouraging other women to speak out. and born in 1907, we hearfrom the cumbrian woman who has just turned 110. it is 110. well, thank you god! good evening and welcome to bbc
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news. mps have tonight supported a labour call for a pause in the roll—out of the new combine benefit universal credit, by 299 votes to zero. it is a symbolic victory for labour. conservative mps abstained and the vote is not binding, but following the god commons speakerjohn bercow said it was time for the government to respond to the expressed views of the house. a phone helpline for people claiming the new universal credit is to be made free of charge. the service was criticised after callers using the dedicated number were being charged up to 55p a minute. here's our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan. this is the front line of welfare provision. in newcastle's west end, the foodbank is seeing more people forced here, due to with universal credit. the typical six—week wait for the first benefit payment, creating rent arrears, gas bills and hunger. there's nothing in the cupboard. nothing.
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you feel embarrassed. just for a bit of breakfast, i keep having to go to cash converters and selling stuff. they know me quite well in there. every week we have got something to sell. cds, dvds. as sean and margaret struggle on, the minister pushing through universal credit acknowledged the benefit was creating some hard cases. david gauke refused to pause the roll—out, but he did make one concession. calls to the universal credit helpline, which can cost up to 55p a minute will be made free. given the recent attention and concerned this could place a burden on claimants, i have decided this will change to a freephone number over the next month. the change was welcomed, but a parliamentary debate latest significant concerns about universal credit were obvious.
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birkenhead foodbank, after talking to other food banks, who have experienced the roll—out, believe they will need 15 tonnes more food this christmas. the fundamental problem of a minimum six—week wait and that means there are constituents who are living on the edge and we are talking about real people and their lives here. in lowestoft, significant problems have been encountered with vulnerable people being placed in difficult situations and at times, the system has struggled to cope. taking a break from the debate, the secretary of state told me the reform was working, despite the problems. the analysis we have done suggested by the time this was rolled out across the country, there were 250,000 more people in work, taking their pay home every month, more than would have been the case with out it. it is a big and important prize to find. with the roll—out of
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universal credit due to cover the run—up to christmas, some food banks are asking for tonnes of extra donations to cope with the expected demand. for ministers, however, the reform is needed now so they are planning to plough on. let's talk to our political correspondent eleanor garnier, who's been following this long debate today at westminster. how significant is this vote given that the result is not binding on the government? that's right, it is an opposition day debate. the topic was chosen by labour, but because it is an opposition day debate the vote is an opposition day debate the vote is not binding on the government. what we saw was tory mps ordered by the whips to abstain, but in the end we had some parliamentary theatre because labour managed to force a
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vote through, in the end they won by 299 votes to zero. there was one tory rebel, sarah wollaston, who voted with labour. this is a bit about symbolic victory for labour and the government is calling on ministers to get back into the house of commons and respond to what they call the victory. we had a pretty charged debate throughout the day. the reason this is attracting so much attention is because universal credit has been pretty controversial from the very start, with accusations of delays, technical issues and people being put on the new system, or issues and people being put on the new system, 01’ some issues and people being put on the new system, or some of them, facing difficulties and delays in getting some payments. theresa may, with her very thin majority, has been subject to threats, if you like, from tory mps who do not think universal credit works properly and they want to see changes. that is why it has been a bit of a tense day, even
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though this 0pposition day debate is not binding on the government. thank you, eleanor. let's talk to the snp mp drew hendry. thank you very much indeed for joining us. your constituency includes inverness, which was a pilot area for universal credit, so you have seen the effective universal credit for a while. how would you assess its impact? i think it has been a chaotic shambles. we have experienced it since 2013 and from very early on we engaged with... i was leader of the highland council at the time and from very early on we engage with uk government, had meetings with ministers, tell them about things going on, the rent arrears starting to build up, and over the years to 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, all of thoseissues 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, all of those issues we raised with the uk
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government have failed to be dealt with. apart from today when we finally got a concession on the helpline and the outrageous costs that people have been paying, because most blood universal credit use mobile phones, to actually contact the help, which is very, very difficult to get —— because most people on universal credit use mobile phones to actually contact the help. i think they should pause the help. i think they should pause the universal credit roll—out, come to inverness, i am holding a summit and have invited the prime minister and have invited the prime minister and everybody on the tory benches to listen to testimony from those people forced into incredible hardship to universal credit and the process of the roll—out, to actually hear their stories, hear about the delayed and lost payments, the short payments, the literally months without payments that people have had to go through. we are notjust talking about those seeking work, it is important that people understand that the folk affected working
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people, the low waged, the disabled and those people seeking work. it has affected a large amount of people in my constituency and it has been heartbreaking to hear their stories. what about the principle behind universal credit of simplifying the benefit system, do you support that? absolutely, that has never been an issue. surely if you will simplify something makes in benicia, it should be easierfor the people something makes in benicia, it should be easier for the people to have to access it. i quoted a constituent of mine today, marie, who just recently, and constituent of mine today, marie, whojust recently, and don't constituent of mine today, marie, who just recently, and don't forget, we have had the pilot and the roll—out, had to make 26 entries onto her onlinejournal. no reply to sort out any of those queries until she came to her office and we were able to get help through the hotline -- until able to get help through the hotline —— until she came to our office. some people don't understand that thejob some people don't understand that the job staff cannot speak directly with dwp staff at higher levels, it isa with dwp staff at higher levels, it is a completely shambolic system.
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drew hendry, we will have to leave it there. many thanks. government sources suggest discussions on a bill crucial to brexit will not take place until next month, meaning it might not pass through parliament in time. the eu withdrawal bill which incorporates eu legislation into uk law is said to face cross—party opposition. the government says no debate is set. the timing is key for the government meeting its spring 2019 deadline for brexit to take place, with or without a deal. average earnings including bonuses increased by 2.2% in the year to august, according to official figures, meaning wages continue to lag behind inflation. the office for national statistics also said unemployment fell by 52,000 betweenjune and august to 1.4 million, the lowest level since 1975. the nhs is missing completely some of its key targets and performing significantly worse than four years ago. new bbc research looked at targets for cancer care,
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accident and emergency and planned operations. four years ago the key targets were met across england 86% of the time. this year it's zero. in northern ireland they were hitting targets 25% of the time — now that's also zero. wales in 2012/13 didn't hit the target — four years on it's still zero. scotland's health boards previously achieved 42%. now the goals are being met 8% of the time — and that's the best in the uk. the bbc has launched an online nhs tracker, which will allow you to see how your local service is performing. here's our health editor hugh pym. a major hospital, busy as always, unlike so many not hitting its a&e target. that is supposed to be 95% of patients dealt with in four hours. here at northwick park in london, they say they are doing everything they possibly can. every number we have coming
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in is a human being, with relatives. they had to be treated as best we can. reaching numbers is, in a way, to clinicians less important. when the pressure goes up, we feel we can't give the best care. but we keep going. it's not simply an a&e problem. patients arrive here consistently throughout the day, but the whole system gets clogged up if elsewhere in the hospital, people who are medically fit cannot leave, so free up beds. hopefully you will be going home today. at northwick park, they work closely with local authorities to assess elderly patients and organise care away from the hospital, but demand for beds is high and it will get higher when winter sets in. there is a plan for planned operations and many hospitals are struggling with that. in cornwall, lynn had to wait several months for each hip to be replaced. the target is four months.
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—— fourand a —— four and a half months. each day there are less and less things to do that you take for granted. you assume you are able to get into the fridge and then you find you can't reach the shelf on the bottom and then you cannot reach the middle shelf in the fridge. it becomes more and more difficult just to function. some hospital trusts do better than others, hitting targets like this one, north tees and hartlepool. simple innovations like having a senior nurse deciding which patients need a&e and which can be dealt with elsewhere. we don't want patients sat in a&e if they can be seen more quickly in the urgent care. for those patients who come to the department who have more serious complications, they are in the right place then. one of the trust directors said they talked a lot to other local hospitals, discussing the best ways to cope with the pressures. a lot of the things we do have been
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in response to pressure. trying doing something differently to see if it worked. if it has, we carried on, if it hasn't, we tried summing else. —— if it has, we carried on, if it hasn't, we tried something else. for some, it is a bright spot, but some have missed targets consistently since 2016. it is true some people are waiting too long for the treatments and we are working night and day to turn that around. but it is also true more people than ever are being treated within the target times. scotland has met its a&e performance standard in some months but has fallen short in other areas. the nhs in every part of the uk is having to cope with the same pressures, rising patient numbers and limited resources to handle that. to find out how your local hospital service is performing on waiting times for cancer, a&e and planned operations,
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go to the bbc‘s nhs tracker at bbc.co.uk/nhstracker. the football association has apologised to england players eniola aluko and drew spence, after new evidence showed the former england women's coach mark sampson made remarks which were discriminatory on the grounds of race. sampson was sacked last month. today aluko has been giving evidence to mps and said she felt the fa's response to her complaint had bordered on blackmail, something the fa denies. 0ur sports editor dan roan has more. having had her grievances of bullying and harassment dismissed by two enquiries, eniola aluko arrived today to receive an apology she wasn't expecting. the governing body admitting the striker had been subject to racially discriminatory remarks by the former england manager, mark sampson. my overwhelming emotion is relief because it has been a long process
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getting to this point. i say in my statement i wasn't the architect or engineer of the circumstances, i have been put in this situation. i was always honest and truthful about those comments and about other comments i have raised. and about the culture of the team and mark sampson. i feel vindicated. sampson was sacked last month for inappropriate behaviour while in a previous coaching job. based on new evidence, the same barrister who had previously rejected alu ko's complaints accepted the manager twice made discriminatory, illjudged attempts at humour. she did notjudge sampson to be a racist and stood by her original conclusions. the fa had agreed to pay aluko an £80,000 settlement. today she sensationally accused the
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organisation's chief executive of asking her to sign a statement saying the fa was not racist in return for the settlement. i had one meeting with martin glenn and he suggested that if i wrote a statement, a favourable statement saying the fa were not institutionally racist they would think about releasing the money. i felt that was bordering on blackmail. with the fa bosses asked to explain themselves, martin glenn denied any blackmail attempt and defended the organisation. the fa has taken this seriously. i regret the two comments, the inappropriate banter had been made. it is not right for an fa employee. but i think the spirit, to which we approach the whole concern was good. some mps were not impressed. i have never heard such shambolic evidence of the governors of an institution as i have heard today. the fa chairman admitted mistakes have been made. there were systemic failures which have contributed to this mess. i am not here to tell you this is the fa's finest hour. the headline starc mps have voted
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overwhelmingly to support a labour demand for the controversial universal credit scheme to be put a whole. the non—binding commons vote follows news the government will stop charging people to phone a payment helpline after criticism from mps and campaigners. the nhs is failing to meet performance targets for cancer, a&e on planned operations in hospitals across the uk, according to bbc research. time for the sport. john has a full round—up from bbc sports centre. three british cycling champions league, chelsea are playing roma and a win will see them take control of group c. david luiz put them in the driving seat in some style in the 11th minute. his brazilian
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team—mate, the goalkeeper, could not stop his second goal of the season. celtic are against five—time european champions bayern munich, who took the lead early in the first half. thomas muller firing who took the lead early in the first half. thomas mullerfiring home after craig gordon's initial assay. the two teams started level on points in the group up to brian's defeat in their opening previous match in paris saint—germain. in the last few moments they have gone further ahead, 2—0 now. manchester united are in portugal playing benfica, it remains goalless in that match. britain'sjohanna konta has split with her coach wim fisette. having teamed up together ahead of the 2017 season, their partnership took her to the wimbledon semi—finals. but she's won only two of her matches since, losing her last five. that run has seen her miss out on the end of season wta rankings for the second season in a row. the countdown is on to anthony joshua's world title defence. he says he never thought about pulling out when kubrat pulev withdrew from there upcoming world title fight because of injury
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as he now prepares to defend his titles against carlos takam in cardiff later this month. this will bejosh wood's first this will be josh wood's first fight since he beat wladimir klitschko in april. he's been speaking with the bbc‘s boxing correspondent mike costello. go go behind the scenes, that is where you need a good team. eddie looked down the list and saw takam was next in the list, ten weeks ago 01’ was next in the list, ten weeks ago or eight weeks ago, and to get ready, if anything happens we want you in line. that is what he did. a p pa re ntly you in line. that is what he did. apparently pulev has torn his bicep 01’ apparently pulev has torn his bicep or hurt his shoulder, so the question is do the those were good as the show get cancelled or go one? iam like, as the show get cancelled or go one? i am like, what are we doing? pulev can't fight. we found out that takam is ready. i have no love him for a long time and i assumed he would not turn down the opportunity. any chance you would decide you did not want to go ahead? because i'm
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not want to go ahead? because i'm not fighting pulev? no! because the issue i am way too long out of the ring andi issue i am way too long out of the ring and i need to keep active, i need to keep up what i have learned the klitschko fight. even after the klitschko fight, ta kam the klitschko fight. even after the klitschko fight, takam is a good title defence, so i have been fighting guys a lot taller than me, preparing for a 6—foot something quy: preparing for a 6—foot something guy, now i am fighting a mini mike tyson, boom, boom, looking. iwill have to revert back to different training techniques and get ready to dig deep, stand in the trenches, slow down a bit. if not, i will be jabbing and getting caught with silly left hooks and overhand rights because he is a lot shorter, that will be his game, to take the out of my rhythm, i will have to deal with that. former world champion jenson button says lewis hampel —— lewis hamilton is capable of breaking michael schumacher‘s record of seven
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world records. button was previously team—mate hamilton and describes it was unpredictable but brilliant. hamilton leads the drivers championship by 59 points.|j hamilton leads the drivers championship by 59 points. i think he will clinch it over the next couple of races. four world championships, that is just crazy. that is more than ayrton senna, that as alain prost level, three of michael schumacher. if he stays around the sport there is a chance he could beat schumacher‘s record. we've witnessed a maximum 147 break at the english 0pen snooker. liang wenbo, who is the defending champion, did it against tom ford in his second round match at the tournament in barnsley. if nobody equals that this week, it could be worth £42,000 to him. that's all the sport for now. back to you. it's already the world's fastest growing humanitarian crisis, and this evening thousands of rohingya refugees are spending a fourth night stranded close to the bangladesh border,
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in conditions described by aid agencies as dire. hundreds of thousands have left their homes in the rakhine state in myanmar, after an offensive from the burmese army, who say rohingya militants had attacked police checkpoints. more than 582,000 rohingya muslims have now fled across the border into bangladesh. these pictures show some of the nearly 15,000 refugees stranded there for the last three days, prevented from moving further into bangladesh and with limited food and water. clive myrie has been to see conditions there and sent us this update from cox's bazar, a few miles away on the bangaldesh/myanmar border. we have spent several days here now crisscrossing the coast, trying to get a sense of the scale of the humanitarian crisis affecting the rohingya muslims, and frankly affecting bangladesh as well. it is affecting bangladesh as well. it is a poor country struggling to cope
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with the recent huge influxes of refugees from across the border. i can tell you there are many more overin can tell you there are many more over in the mr who hope to get here. in the distance in myanmar, where rohingya villages have burned in recent weeks, and the people have been driven out, there's another fire. it's ethnic cleansing, says the un. and the purged are fleeing for their lives into neighbouring bangladesh. translation: in my village, many were killed. but my son had just been born. so we have only now been able to escape. as we drew closer to the border, nothing had prepared us for the full extent of the day's exodus. almost as far as the eye could see, left and right, a tide of humanity. between 10,000 and 15,000 people had crossed the border in one night.
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young and old, hungry, exhausted, traumatised. and for the weak, it's a painful journey into exile with the searing heat searing the skin infection of this child beneath an unrelenting sun. as you can see, they're carrying with them whatever they could salvage from villages and homes, that they say they were burnt out by the myanmar military. look at that little baby there in a basket. and there's another one here on the other side. so many young children we are seeing here today, this has to be one of the biggest single day influxes of refugees from across the borderjust over there in the whole of this crisis. this day—old baby has no name. in the frenzy to cross the border his mother into labour, now his parents must find him food as well as a name. "i begged god to save us,"
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her husband mohammed tells me, "we hadn't eaten food two days and she went into labour." i don't know what will happen to my baby now. since august, well over 500,000 rohingya refugees have crossed into bangladesh. experienced humanitarian workers says they have seen nothing like it. i've seen a lot of these crises around the world, and i really wasn't quite prepared for the degree of suffering, and despair. and yet, these people are very resilient, they have not lost hope. they still think that they can make a life again in their home country, and it simply doubles our resolve to go back and find more resources for them until we can bring them home. for the bangladeshis, the mass influx of so many refugees is difficult to control. after a delay, these rohingya muslims should begin moving to an established refugee camp in the coming days. the border remains open,
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but for those still wanting to escape myanmar, the fear is that soon the gates could shut. tens of thousands are already massing on the frontier, ready to make their dash for survival. now, make no mistake, this is not a crisis that developed out of thin air. the enmity between buddhist and muslims stretches back many, many yea rs muslims stretches back many, many years in myanmar. but in the last few months it has developed a terrifying intensity. 0verall, so far this year the authorities reckon that something like 800,000 people have crossed from myanmar into bangladesh, and many believe that by the end of the year that figure could reach 1 the end of the year that figure could reach1 million. the bbc‘s clive myrie. president trump has denied making insensitive remarks to the widow of a us soldier killed by islamist militants. sergeant david johnson was among four us special service soldiers killed in niger this month.
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democrat congresswoman frederica wilson was with sgt davidson's widow when she received a telephone call from the president. he was a young man from oui’ community who gave his life to our country. he is a hero. i was in the car when president trump called. he never said the word hero. he said to the wife, "well, i guess he knew what he was getting into." how insensitive can you be?! president trump responded to the claim on twitter, saying democrat congresswoman totally fabricated what i said to the wife of a soldier who died in action, and i have proof. he later backed that up quite determinedly when asked about it by reporters. reporter: mr president,
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what did you say to sergeant johnson's widow? i didn't say what that congresswoman said, i did not say it at all and she is now saying it -- say it at all and she is now saying it —— now not saying it. i did not say what she said, i would like to make the statement again, i did not say what she said. i had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who sounded like a lovely woman. i did not say what the congresswoman said, most people not too surprised to hear that. let her make a statement again, then she will find out. let her make her statement again and you will find out. 0ur washington correspondent gary 0'donoghue is in washington. we are ina game 0'donoghue is in washington. we are in a game of he said she said, but i suppose president trump is yet again involved in a public scrap? yes, and a public scrap with the family of someone a public scrap with the family of someone who has just died in action, which for any american politician, let alone president, is a really, really bad place to be. there is a
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lot of respect for the military in many countries around the world, that the americans do this big. their military is held with deference and respect and constant tributes to their servers here all the time. this is a really bad place for him to be. he said he had proof. we have heard from the white house that there is not a recording of the phone call, though they said there we re phone call, though they said there were other people in the room. the family also say there are other people on speakerphone when the call came in from the presidentjust before the budget sergeantjohnson arrived back in florida, they say they heard what they heard. we are ina they heard what they heard. we are in a stand—off, he said she said, to some extent, but whatever the truth of what was said, he is in a place where he is arguing with the widow, a six—month pregnant widow of a soldier who has made the ultimate sacrifice. we have been here before, it happened during the campaign.
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we have been here before, clearly this is either the president's style or something he cannot help doing. do you detect any sense of frustration or weariness or worried among those around him? this started at the beginning of the week when he was asked why he had not been in contact with the family. this incident in niger took place two weeks ago, it is perfectly possible the white house said to some extent we we re the white house said to some extent we were waiting to get details, do you pick up the phone the very next day? you can see there is a calm and cool argument to be made. the president does not do that, so when confronted with that back on monday he says, well, lots of presidents have not called people, most presidents have not called people, president 0bama neglected to call people. his tendency is not to take a breath and see... try and respond ina a breath and see... try and respond in a measured way, his tendency is
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to lash out, that is exactly what he did, lashed out at the congresswoman in this case. it has put him in a really bad place even among his own supporters. we have no polling evidence about this yet but even among those supporters there will be an uneasiness, iam among those supporters there will be an uneasiness, i am sure, about taking a pop, or being seen to take a pop, at the family of people who have died in service of their country. gary, thank you. we will find out how all these stories are covered in the papers tonight. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are steve hawkes, deputy political editor at the sun and pippa crerar, political correspondent at the london evening standard. plenty cloud across the uk tonight. heavy bursts across the north east. wetter weather towards scotland in
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the west as well. clear skies leading to mist and fog, and the low cloud we have all sit in the hills to give a generally misty night, not that cold though, ten to 13 degrees as we start thursday morning. a great start for many, patchy reins -- rain great start for many, patchy reins —— rain and drizzle. wet weather throughout in parts of northern ireland, but in between, eastern scotla nd ireland, but in between, eastern scotland and western scotland, and much of wales, should be a bright day. the winds like to begin with, but as the rain arrives in south—west wales and south—west england as we head towards this evening rush hour, the wind picks up. gale force winds could rattle through windows through thursday night and friday morning. rain for just about all. as the winds eased on friday, yet more wet and windy weather for the weekend. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8.30pm: mps have backed calls to "pause"
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the government's controversial new benefits system — universal credit. the non—binding commons vote follows the news the government is to stop charging people to phone a payments help—line, after criticism from mps and campaigners. bbc research finds that hospitals across the uk are missing key targets — especially in cancer care, accident and emergency, and routine operations. the football association has apologised to two female england players, who were found to have been discriminated against, by coach mark sampson. and there is growing concern over the condition of rohingya refugees, as thousands flee to bangladesh to escape the violence in myanmar‘s rakhine state. as we've been hearing, mps have spent much of the day debating universal credit — with labour demanding that the government's flagship welfare policy be put on hold
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amid growing concerns that people are having to wait too long for their money. the work and pensions secretary david gauke has been responding to some of that fierce criticism in an interview with the bbc. i think we have to look at the issue about what is the best way of helping the most vulnerable people. the most vulnerable people, by the way, by and large, do not have any waiting days. the issue is that we have a system, rightly, that is based on payment in arrears. why is it that way? because we need to assess how much people earn to work out what they should get as a top up from universal credit. also because thatis from universal credit. also because that is the way work works for the vast majority of people. we are moving to a system where the gap between the out of work and being in work is closer. that's a really
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important step that will help people get into work and stay in work in a way that legacy benefits do not do. that's right, i think. way that legacy benefits do not do. that's right, ithink. i'm keen, everybody is determined, to address issues of hardship. we know there are issues of hardship, there are issues of hardship will benefit systems, but as we introduce universal credit, we need to do that. how? it's really important that. how? it's really important that we ensure that fewer people are waiting longer than the five or six weeks which exists in the system, and we have made progress on that. we need to make sure people make use of advances if they need it, because i accept that there are many people on universal credit who will not have savings, but we should also bearin have savings, but we should also bear in mind between the third and a half of people on universal credit are actually in work, they have other sources of income, but there will be those people who will not have other sources of income and will not have savings and that's what we are looking at doing, trying address that. more than four million people are in financial difficulty because they can't pay bills or keep
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up with payments on credit, according to a study of 13,000 people. the financial watchdog, the fca, says millions would be in danger of money worries if their mortgage or rent were to go up. our personal finance correspondent simon gompertz reports. thank you very much. how many can cope with rising prices or an interest rate increase on their mortgages that is expected soon? 0r rent going up? everywhere it is a worry. i am on minimum wage and that is what i'm getting. i just would not cope. it means you have less money left over the end of the month. i live with my boyfriend, he's a student, so it is difficult for us. the fca says 4.1 million people are behind on bills or credit and 5 million would struggle with mortgage or rent increases. there are significant numbers of people in
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the uk who have suffered some form of financial difficulty and in particular we highlight the age group from 25 to 34, where as many as 13% of people have missed bill payments and got themselves into some kind of financial situation. that is people like kelly in scarborough, a single mum aged 32. she resorted to expensive credit and told us this week how she had to get a debt relief order, a form of bankruptcy. it racked up and they give you more credit than you can afford to pay back and i looked online, oh, we're giving you another thousand pounds to spend with us. too many have no financial buffer. 15 million failing to save for a pension, 6.5 million with no savings to speak of, like kelly. at the citizens advice bureau kelly went to, they are seeing more people facing a financial squeeze. i think it is rising prices and wage stagnation. two of the big factors for young
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people in particular. half of the adult population are said by the regulator to be financially vulnerable in some way. that is many millions living on the edge. let's take a closer look at what the financial conduct authority found in its survey — and which groups of people are at risk. the fca surveyed just under 13,000 uk consumers aged 18 and over the report found half of uk adults display one or more characteristics that signal their potential vulnerability. the highest proportion of vulnerable people are among the unemployed who are looking for work and people without a bank account. the fca found single parents aged 18—34 are three times as likely to use high—cost loans. 13% of 25—34 year olds are in financial difficulty because they have missed paying domestic bills or meeting credit commitments in recent months. only 35% of those
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aged 45—54 have given a great deal of thought as to how they will manage in retirement and people aged 65 and over are the least likely to check if an internet site is secure before giving their bank or credit card details. let's get some more analysis on this. joining me now is claire walsh, a chartered financial planner. thank you for coming in. lots of us surprised by these figures. are you? no, i'm not. sadly it comes on the back of the office for national statistics data showing that the uk is at unprecedented levels of personal debt. we have almost 1.6 trillion in personal debt, of which i think about 200 billion is an unsecured loans, services credit cards, store cards, carfinance, those kind of things. what this is really showing is that it's starting to ta ke really showing is that it's starting to take its toll. historically we
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we re to take its toll. historically we were a nation of savers and now it seems we are a nation of spenders. it's very worrying for the ball when you are hearing surveys like this showing that for a lot of people, just a small change in a monthly expenditure, £50, would tip a lot of people, they would not be able to afford that. it feels very precarious. do you have any advice anyone who is worried looks at that they are things, oh gosh, i'm one of them? i think there's a lot of shame around it which is a really bad thing. lots of people that either they are in debt and it's difficult and they should not... they do not know who to talk to about these things. in the first instance, talking to their lenders, to their bank, to the credit card company, if they are struggling. do not wait for things to get on top of you and hold your hand up, they will, financial institutions have a duty of care to try to help people work at payment schedule that affordable for them. beyond that there are various organisations out there to help people, things like citizens advice
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bureau, step change much as they get charity, and the national debt line. the issues to do with mortgages and pensions, seeking independent financial advice. one of the figures are wanted to pick out is single pa rents are wanted to pick out is single parents aged between 18 and 34, three times as likely to use high—cost loans. what would your advice be to anybody thinking of doing that? the reason for that is probably because they have struggled to get other types of debt, or they just understand. there is a frequently bandied about sadistic than 50% of people don't know what percentages, and think for busy working parents who are struggling, they maybe don't understand that's an expensive way of getting into debt. looking in the resources that are out there, maybe something like the national debt line where somebody can talk to them about it. thank you very much. the government has rejected a call for an inquiry and a ban on surgical mesh implants across the uk. that's despite thousands of women being left in excruciating pain and life changing side effects as a result of the implants. they are used to treat incontinence
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and prolapse after childbirth. in scotland their use has already been suspended. tulip mazumdar reports. sling the mesh! after years of campaigning, women from all over the country are having their day in parliament. they are demanding a public enquiry into the use of the vaginal mesh implants. cath sampson had an implant a couple of years ago which she says turned herfrom a keen swimmer and boxer to barely being able to walk. the pain is like a cheese wire grating pain in your groin, in your pelvis. for me it felt like someone had punched down the back of my legs. it felt like my feet were not quite connected to my body. it felt like i had been slashed with a knife. this is the type of plastic mesh that has been used in more than 130,000 women. it is inserted into the pelvis and acts as a sling to support organs including the vagina, bowel and bladder. the official complication rate is between 1% and 3%.
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but a recent study suggests it is actually closer to 10%. my constituent told me of her experience of the failed procedure... today in parliament mp after mp stood up and recounted devastating stories from women in their constituencies. campaigns like this are happening all across the country. in scotland, health authorities suspended the use of mesh during a review. in northern ireland meanwhile clinicians are conducting their own audit across all health authorities and in wales a working group is being set up to examine this issue. hundreds of women have started taking legal action against the manufacturers of these devices. companies in the us have already paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation. the manufacturers johnson & johnson said they emphasised with those who have had complications but said that pelvic mesh has helped improve the quality of life for millions of women
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with serious debilitating conditions. i understand that there will be some women for whom mesh may be the answer. but we need to choose those women extremely carefully and make them fully aware of all the pros and cons. and then offer it after we have offered other therapies. the campaigners did not get the public enquiry they were calling for today but the government says it will publish new guidelines advising doctors on the use of vaginal mesh before the end of the year. tulip mazumdar, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: mps have voted overwhelmingly to support a labour demand for the controversial universal credit scheme to be put on hold. the non—binding commons vote follows the news the government is to stop charging people to phone a payments help—line, after criticism from mps and campaigners. the nhs is failing to meet performance targets for cancer, a&e and planned operations at hospitals across the uk according to bbc research.
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an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. in a moment — born in 1907 — we hear from the woman who's just turned a hundred and ten. a coroner's court has concluded that neglect by a surrey care home contributed to the death of a severely autistic man two years ago. 64—year—old anthony dawson died from an undetected gastric ulcer at the ashmount facility near epsom in may 2015. the jury at woking coroner's court described as a "gross failure" the fact that a gp had not been called when mr dawson richard lister reports. anthony dawson spent more than 50 years in care. described as a sweet and gentle man, he was profoundly autistic and almost
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completely unable to speak. in 1999 he was placed in the ashmount care home but his family became increasingly concerned that he was wandering the grounds unsupervised. an eating disorder meant he would consume discarded cigarette butts. his sister said repeated requests for the management to keep the non—smoking site clean were dismissed. the whole idea of being on this pretty site was that he should be protected, and in the nhs you expect somebody to have their health protected as a priority. that clearly wasn't happening. in may 2015 he became ill, his sister said he needed to see a gp but it never happened. he had limited medical attention and died from an undiagnosed gastric ulcer. the inquestjury said today that not calling the gp was a gross failure by the care home staff and their neglect contributed to mr dawson's death. had he received better
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attention earlier, said thejury, it is probable he would have survived. he was treated, i would say, less than a full human being. they weren't looking at him holistically. they weren't really valuing people. the charity mencap has been following the case closely and says anthony's experience is symptomatic of a much wider problem. we know that over a thousand people with a learning disability die avoidably every year when timely quality healthcare could have saved their lives. anthony experienced both of those issues, he spent half a century locked up in institutions and healthcare failed him. the trust responsible for ashmount has put reforms in place but in a statement it said: the nhs has commissioned an independent investigation
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into mr dawson's half—century in care and how neglect contributed to his death. some of the other stories making bbc news at 8.30pm. the northern ireland secretary has set a new deadline for a power—sharing deal by the end of this month. devolution at stormont has been suspended since january after a breakdown in relations between sinn fein and the dup. the prime minister will meet the former us president bill clinton tomorrow to discuss the crisis. the world's first floating wind farm has started supplying electricity to the national grid. it's chained to the sea bed off the scottish coast, and will provide enough energy to 20—thousand homes. trafficjams cost the uk economy an estimated nine billion pounds a year,
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according to the transport data company inrix. british drivers faced 1.35 million trafficjams over the past 12 months to april. the worst was on the m5 in somerset, that lasted 15 hours and tailed back for 36 miles. the sex abuse scandal in hollywood has sparked a global online campaign attracting millions of women to share their stories of being sexually harrassed. #metoo is trending on every part of the internet and was set—up in the wake of the allegations of sexual abuse and rape against young women by the movie producer harvey weinstein — claims he denies. as more people come forward to say they were abused by weinstein, the #metoo hashtag has been used 1.3m times on twitter alone since sunday night. 0ur reporter adina campbell has speaking to a group of young women in hastings about their experiences. #metoo on facebook, on instagram, on twitter, a global social media campaign, a place online where millions of women are sharing their stories, their voices, their drawings,
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to say they've been sexually assaulted or harassed by a man at some point in their lives. emily, nikita and sabina live in bexhill in east sussex. they're all in their 20s, and have had plenty of unwanted attention. because we're so used to it, we don't think twice about it sometimes. we just kind of walk away... "it's men being men again." we don't really think, "0h, actually, that's harassment." i think the worst thing i probably had was walking home from hastings one night, i had a guy tried to grab me. nothing happened, obviously. i wouldn't talk about it if it had. but i had some guy tried to grab me, and ijust, basically, shoved him away. i've had customers at work, i've been picking up a crate of vodka, it was actually, from my delivery, and i had a customer come by and grabbed my bum. do you think most women have the confidence to at least challenge or speak up if something like that's happening? they should feel like they can come
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forward, and tell someone about something they've experienced, whether it's something from being whistled at on the street to someone touching them really inappropriately. do you feel that some menjust don't realise, they‘ re completely unaware of how their behaviour is affecting women day to today? yeah. definitely. i think it's just the way they've been brought up. it's that typical, like, lads get together, alpha male, kind of, they're showing off to each other and they get a bit carried away. i've had people say that they've deserved it because they were dressed inappropriate. dressed inappropriate, or walking home late at night, so it's their fault being out that late. it should matter, you should be able to walk unwinnable you want to. it shouldn't matter, you should be able to walk unwinnable you want to. we're all talking about it, and we've been talking about it for the last couple of weeks, but will we see an actual change? it might actually improve, because more of these kids are going to go online, they're going to see that, actually, this isn't acceptable,
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it isn't deemed 0k. and then, hopefully, as they grow older, that instead of acting laddish with their friends, and thinking it's banter, they'll say, "well, no. sorry, mate. you can't talk to her like that. that's not ok." adina campbell, bbc news. and finally 110 years ago — edward the seventh was on the throne. rudyard kipling had won the nobel prize for literature — and great great grandmother amyjohnson was born. today she is celebrating her 110th birthday in cumbria with her daughter doreen who is 87. this landmark means she's now become one of only four ‘super centenarians' in the uk. ian palmer has the story. in 1907 albert einstein published his theory of relativity. 110 years later, experts are trying to discover the secret of amyjohnson‘s longevity. 110. 110, hmm. thank you, god.
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amy was born injamaica. she moved to cumbria in 1961 to help look after her daughter's three children. a christian, her voice is often heard in her local church. # dear saviour, please tell my darling mother i'll be there. amy's daughter doreen is 87. when she goes to respite, unfortunately she sings as well! that doesn't go down well with everybody. singing is clearly something amy enjoys, although naturally she didn't particularly want to sing her own birthday song. i'm not singing my own birthday! you're not singing to me? # happy birthday dear amy, happy birthday to you. today amyjoins a prestigious group of super centenarians.
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it's believed there are four in the uk, the oldest of whom is 113. for amy there are no secrets for a long and happy life other than a big singsong and an even bigger laugh. wish i were that happy! time for a look at the weather... lovely story. wish i could bring you some lovely weather to go with it. i can show you something from bermuda, not quite what you'd expect. wet and windy weather for the weekend courtesy of this area of cloud. heavy rain close to the island recently. being pushed into the atla ntic recently. being pushed into the atlantic because of vigorous jet stream. that will turn into quite a storm, but it's a few days away yet. lots of cloud in and around the uk
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at the moment, dominant above the skies above us. particularly over the hills, a few breaks in the cloud over southern england and wales. with the cloud, some patchy rain. could be a dark night for some, temperatures not dropping much from where they are at the moment. ten to 13. your morning kimmich tomorrow will be great, some wet weather quickly developing across central southern england, that will slide through part of the midlands, east midlands, north—east england later maybe. parts of the south east, england and wales will have a brighter day than today for a time, but rain in northern ireland, on and off through the day. heavy sleet in the afternoon. minor flooding off through the day. heavy sleet in the afternoon. minorflooding by off through the day. heavy sleet in the afternoon. minor flooding by the evening rush hour. south west wales and england not just evening rush hour. south west wales and england notjust wet and windy, potential gales, drifting to the english channel through the night and into friday. a bit of rain for all of us on friday night, temperatures around ten to 13. once
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again it will be a grey start for friday morning commuters, patchy rain and drizzle just about everywhere. but a better kind of day on friday, sunshine of everyone but at least for a good few, the winds walling. temperatures down a touch on tomorrow's, 13 to 16. should not feel bad and the sun. the calm before the autumn storm which is on its way this weekend, that cloud i mentioned in bermuda, well, here it comes as a vigorous mentioned in bermuda, well, here it comes as a vigorous eric low pressure. the good news as it goes through its worst eating phase in the atlantic, where is it at its strongest. a bit less strong as it comes to what is on saturday. could still pack a punch, republic of ireland and wales, widespread gales, gusts around hills and coasts. there will be outbreaks of rain starting in the west, spreading east. eastern parts of england driest longest. 0utbreaks parts of england driest longest. outbreaks of rain, gusty winds continuing into sunday. wind gumming northwest, becoming a bit less wet. brighterfor the
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northwest, becoming a bit less wet. brighter for the west but it will feel chilly. we will keep you updated. hello, i'm karin giannone, this is 0utside source. china's xi jinping has been speaking to the communist party congress. he says the chinese model of growth is working, and mapped out how the country will be modernised by 2050. but he's also tightening his grip on power. we'll analyse the bold claims being made in beijing. it is time for us to take centre stage in the world and make a greater contribution to mankind. more doubt is cast over kenya's presidential election re—run. it's supposed to happen next week, but a senior electoral commissioner has fled the country, saying she fears for her life last night we started the show with news that the islamic state group has been driven from the syrian city of raqqa. now the united nations says it's ready to go in and help those who survived. we have a report from inside the city. and we'll be live in washington where the us president in the middle
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