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councils in england say they're on the brink of cutting the number of elderly people they provide with social care because of costs. the dilemma for care home managers — balancing the books, or rejecting residents who are underfunded by the council. this person has lived here since 2014. how does that make me feel, if i have to say to her we can no longer provide you with care? for care home residents, a fear for the future — and a sense of injustice. i think it's entirely determined whether you can pay or you can't. which is wrong. with government proposals expected soon about how to deal with the social care crisis, we have a special report on the pressures the system is under. also tonight... poundworld becomes the latest casualty of the high street — its collapse puts over 5,000 jobs at risk. the migrants stranded in the med after malta and italy turned them away — now spain agrees to have them. excitement builds before tomorrow's meeting
between kimjong un and donald trump — us officials say they're optimistic. and the shipwreck off the cornish coast that's revealing more of its hoard of 17th century treasure. and coming up on bbc news, it's world cup week, and it's a warm welcome for brazil, the latest team to arrive in russia ahead of the opening game on thursday. good evening. there's a warning tonight from the heads of local council care services in england, who fear they'll have to cut the number of older and disabled people they support, even though the need for care is going up. a survey of directors of adult social care, to be published tomorrow,
says the financial pressure on councils will mean increasingly difficult decisions. 75% of directors say they'll have to reduce the number of people they help to make the necessary savings. a similar proportion were concerned about the survival of at—home care and care home firms in their local areas. in the first of a special series, our social affairs correspondent, alison holt, has been to a residential care home in dorset. right. top floor, then. if we don't address this now, we are absolutely at critical point. mary, i've got your tablet. well a lot of people are struggling. struggling. pulse is also spot on. just because you refuse to pay it, it doesn't mean that we can't charge you. how should we use the money we've got? should it be on social care, up untilyou're 90—odd, or 100 and something? good morning! at harbour house in bridport, the signs of a care system under
stress play out quietly in the lives of staff and residents each day. there should be a cup here. the youngest resident is 82. many are in their 90s. this is the first day of the months medication. none have severe dementia, but they have many other health conditions that come with increasing age. they're obviously coming in slightly older and frailer. so that side of it's changed. the home's manager is on her way to see bill. he's been feeling down. but a letter‘s arrived from his family. is that a good start to the morning, that letter? make me feel good all day. makes me want to cry. most people living in this not—for—profit home pay for themselves. they spend at least £36,000 a year. this is what people do on cruise ships. avoiding the rain outside, kay is getting her daily exercise. round and round. like many residents, she sold her home to meet the costs of being here.
drawing on savings and family, i suppose. how much of a concern has that been? it's still in the back of your mind. when in five years‘ time i shall be really struggling. and nearly a third of the home's 33 residents are running out of money. she has not got all the funding she needs to be here. that means difficult conversations with the local authority. today it's about a council—funded resident who's now in arrears. she's paying some top—up, but there's still a shortfall. with this resident alone, there is a £6,000 a year gap between what the council pays and what the home charges. and we are the cheapest in the area. so it's not like you can say, well, pick her up and put her somewhere else. there isn't anywhere else. it's distressing, it's upsetting. if i continue to take more fee—funded, local authority funded individuals, it's going to be very difficult for us to survive. the other side says, this person's lived here since 2014. how does that make me feel if i have to say to her,
we can no longer provide you with care ? alex crone has been a care worker here for a decade. she worries about the impact of the increasing pressures on people in theirfinal years. i think i found your laundry. they should be able to go with dignity and not have to worry about paying for this, paying for that. it shouldn't actually have to happen. but it does, unfortunately. but i think they should be able to go with dignity and care. that's what's important to me, really. sorry... and until there are decisions on how we pay for care in the long term, many see no letup in the strain. the government says it will outline its plans within weeks. i hope i don't live to be 100. by then i'll be broke. audrey, who is 93, has what she describes as a stern message for those who make the decisions. the country should act as a family, as a community.
and when people need help, they should get it. i think it's entirely determined on whether you can pay or you can't. which is wrong. he remains on antibiotics... as ever, the challenge is balancing such arguments against cost. here, as residents settle for the night, they want solutions and notjust more talk. alison is with me now. what do the authorities say about the pressures that care home is under? well, the local council, dorset cou nty well, the local council, dorset county council, says anybody eligible for care in its area is treated fairly. but it is coping with financial pressures and increasingly complex cases. i think it is fairto increasingly complex cases. i think it is fair to say that many of the pressures that you saw there, you would find across the uk. the
systems a re different would find across the uk. the systems are different depending on where you live. we know from this survey from the directors of adult social care, the people running council services, that the stresses and strains are really being felt in england. they are obviously concerned about helping fewer people, and the fragility of the ca re people, and the fragility of the care market. that is despite the government putting an extra £2 billion of money into the system. the government says it acknowledges the pressure that the care system is under, and that it will be putting forward its plans for reforming social care, putting forward shortly. and do we have any idea what they are going to be? no. well, we don't have the details, obviously. but we have a sense of what they are trying to achieve. they say they want to ensure the quality and safety of services and how to attract the right service. but the big question, the most important thing, if you like, is how we fund care, both in the short—term and long—term. my understanding is,
perhaps perhaps not surprisingly, thatis perhaps perhaps not surprisingly, that is what is proving really tricky. the next question, then, is when will we see the plans? that could be before the summer. but increasingly, i am could be before the summer. but increasingly, iam hearing could be before the summer. but increasingly, i am hearing that they could slip. the people we saw in dorset say that they need an end to this uncertainty. 0k. alison, thank you. the discount retailer poundworld has become the latest name on the high street to go into administration after talks with a potential buyer at the weekend failed to produce a deal. it means more than 5,000 jobs are at risk at the company's 335 stores. danny savage is in leeds for us this evening. rita, some of the biggest names in retail started off here in west yorkshire. that big building find me is leeds market. that is where marks & spencer started with a penny bazaar back in the 19th century. poundworld is a more recent addition and has done very well in west yorkshire as well. but it might not
be around much longer. that is partly down the intense competition in the pound shop sector. poundworld started life as a market stall here in wakefield. the market is now a smart shopping centre, but people here are still fans of the brand. a lot of people use it, especially people on lower incomes. there's always queues in it, and i do go in occasionally, i must admit, and i think a lot of people will miss it. this is just one of the 335 stores threatened with closure. these customers in leeds are concerned. they sell loads of quality stuff in there, you know. i've just got some stuff for my nan, because she needs bandages and stuff like that. if you go to boots or something, you pay almost double the price. quite sad, because it's quite good value for money, and they have such a wide range of product as well. but retail experts are not surprised by today's announcement. one of the limitations of being a round—pound retailer is you can't sell things for £1.05 and £1.10, so what that means is that when inflation starts
to bite, they have to suck up that price increase themselves, their margins become smaller, and these are businesses that run on very small margins anyway. also a fall in the value of the very denomination which defines this business has led to today's announcement — it cannot afford to buy as much as it used to with its own pounds. poundworld has been losing money for the past two years, a far cry from when founder chris edwards was at the helm. experts believe he might step in to take on some of the more profitable stores, so poundworld might not disappear from our high streets, but it is on the brink. danny savage, bbc news, leeds. theresa may says she will always regret not meeting the residents of grenfell tower in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. writing in the evening standard, just days before the first anniversary of the fire, the prime minister said she understood her actions may have made it appear as if she didn't care.
our special correspondent lucy manning is in west london. quite an admission from the prime minister? well, the people living around here knew from day one that the response to this fire was a total failure. they don't need the prime minister to tell them that. but the words she wrote today were very personal words. she writes, the initial response to grenfell was not good enough and i include myself in that. i will always regret not meeting residents and survivors. it seemed as though i didn't care, and that was not the case. she did come to the fire that they have to, but she only met the firefighters. she was criticised for not meeting the bereaved and the survivors. she did then go and meet them in the coming days, but she was heckled very badly outside, and whisked away quickly afterwards. it is a fairly astonishing admission that, in a
fire were 72 people died, sleeping in their beds, in a building that was defective, where they warned that it was not right, that the prime minister could get this so wrong. it is from the prime minister and the council too, the words come in the week where we have the first year anniversary on thursday. she has said there will be progress on housing, but there are still 43 households living in hotels. she promised there would be housing within three weeks. those weeks have gone into months and now into a year. lucy manning. meanwhile, theresa may has described talks at the g7 meeting in quebec in canada which took place last week as "difficult". mrs may told mps she'd made it clear to president trump that new tariffs imposed by the us were unacceptable, and she underlined the need for dialogue to stop the trade dispute from escalating. well, mr trump has said there's "excitement in the air" ahead of tomorrow's historic meeting with north korea's leader kim jong—un in singapore. his secretary of state said today the us will only accept the complete and irreversible dismantling
of north korea's nuclear weapons programme. it's been a day of intense diplomatic activity in singapore — our north america editorjon sopel is there and sent this report. the arrows may point in one direction, but donald trump, as always, is going his own way. singapore, indeed the world, is bracing itself for what may come out of these improbable talks with kim jong—un. meeting the singaporean prime minister, he said he thought things could work out very nicely. no, this isn't celebrating prematurely, it's donald trump's birthday later this week. though progress with kim jong—un would be the gift of all gifts. the american presidency seess this potentially as his moment in history, potentially a moment of history for the world. he is determined, energised and positive and so much happier to
be in singapore than quebec. at a briefing the us secretary of state was upbeat. all the preparations were coming together nicely. there are only two people that can make decisions of this magnitude and those two people are going to be sitting in a room together tomorrow. we are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future productive talks. in light of how many flimsy agreements the united states has made in previous years, this president will ensure that no potential agreement will fail to adequately address the north korean threat. so what might denuclearisation mean? america wants any abandonment of nuclear weapons to be complete. it must be verifiable, north korea must submit to international nuclear monitoring. and it must be irreversible, north korea will not be allowed to maintain capacity to covertly rebuild its nuclear programme. kim jong—un has this evening been out to one of the city's famous tourist attractions and he did something normally the preserve
of western politicians. he went on walkabout. in pyongyang, the country's most famous newsreader had breaking news. she was on air to confirm that the supreme leader was in singapore for these historic talks. historic because 68 years ago at the height of fears about the spread of communism the korean war erupted, soviet—backed forces from the north attacked the south. america, britain and others were sucked in. the status quo was restored but at a heavy cost. the korean war was brutal. over a three—year period nearly 37,000 americans lost their lives, commemorated here at this memorial in washington. 1,100 britons also perished. it may be 65 years ago since the fighting ended, but for for some it is still living history. master sergeant howard griffin, now 91 years old,
is a veteran of the war. it was cold and... to me it was useless i think. what, the conflict was useless? yes, yes. we lost the war. i don't know if it would have made any difference if we had won it or not. but anyway, we lost it. singapore is the most ordered, structured society in south east asia, but tomorrow two of the world's most unconventional leaders will try to win the peace, try to forge a new path for a peninsula that for seven decades has only known conflict and the fear of conflict. jon sopel, bbc news, singapore. 0ur seoul correspondent laura bicker is in singapore. so much riding on this meeting, with potentially huge consequences. well, the us believe this is dealing with the world's greatest threat. if
it goes well, well, it could end a 70 years of war and put the korean peninsula on a path to peace. if it doesn't, well, the us could decide diplomacy does not work with north korea and take the two back to brinkmanship or worse, putting millions of lives at risk. it is also a huge political gamble for both men. donald trump has staked his reputation on being a deal—maker, and he's eagerfor his place in history — perhaps too eager, some may say, they believe he is giving too many concessions to kim jong—un. and as for chairman is giving too many concessions to kimjong—un. and as for chairman kim himself, a huge propaganda coup, six months ago he was a murderous, isolated, human rights abusing dictator, and in the last few hours he has been treated like a rock star on the streets of singapore. but he does want economic reforms, he has promised his people, and he cannot do that with international sanctions in place. this is an incredibly high—stakes summit, with an
incredibly uncertain outcome. laura, thank you, laura bicker there. our top story this evening: councils in england say they're on the brink of cutting the number of elderly people they provide with social care because of costs. and later in the programme, live in cornwall, where it is a beautiful evening. member those winter storms, though? they have uncovered some ancient secrets. coming up on sportsday on bbc news, 12 months after reaching the wimbledon semifinals, johanna konta returns to the grass and says life isn't the same this time around. spain has said it will take in a rescue ship which has been stranded in the mediterranean with more than 600 migrants on board after both malta and italy refused it permission to dock. italy's new hardline interior minister said he would not allow his country to turn into what he called a "huge refugee camp".
the ship, the aquarius, which has hundreds of women and children on board, has been waiting in the sea between malta and sicily. james reynolds is in the sicilian port of catania for us. james. tonight, the aquarius remains about 35 nautical miles off the coast of sicily, and we expect it to set sail for its new destination of spain. the spanish decision to step in as appeared to bring to an end what was appeared to bring to an end what was a dramatic stand—off. the aquarius sailed into the mediterranean as normal on saturday in order to save lives. italian naval officials directed it towards migrants struggling to stay afloat off the coast of libya. there's more life jackets, take them off people if you must. let's go. this was not an easy rescue.
we need starboard side recovery right now! but in the end, everyone was saved. one by one, guys. you, in the raft, let's go. the aquarius then headed north, expecting to dock at a port here in sicily, but italy's new government said no — it no longer wants to take in the people it helps to save. nearby malta also closed its ports. the rescue ship was suddenly stuck at sea with hundreds of vulnerable passengers on board. we have over a hundred children on board, and small babies as well, and multiple women, including seven pregnant women. the situation will become more and more difficult on board. 0ur capacity is normally 500 people, we are now at 629. the sight of endless waves of migrants making it to italy angered many in this country. the populists won power by promising to solve the problem.
ten days after taking office, they've won a first victory. translation: the problem has been solved, thanks to the generosity of the spanish government. clearly, the eu can't go on this way. today is a new beginning. spain's intervention may solve the crisis on the aquarius, but what happens when the next set of people sets off towards italy? james reynolds, bbc news, sicily. passengers affected by delays and cancellations on northern rail services are to be offered cash compensation of up to a month's travel. an inquiry has been ordered by the government into what's been described as "unacceptable disru ption" following the introduction of new timetables three weeks ago. 0utput in the uk's manufacturing sector fell by 1.4% in april compared to march, the biggest month—on—month fall since 2012. the figure is well below the expectations of some economists, who'd predicted slight growth. the office for national statistics said production of
electrical machinery and steel for infrastructure projects was down. a man has been found guilty of kidnapping 20—year—old british model chloe ayling and holding her captive for six days in italy. polish national lukasz herba, who lives in the uk, was sentenced at a court in milan to 16 years and nine months in prison. chloe ayling's agent said the model feels vindicated by the decision. chi chi izundu reports. this is the man italian courts have jailed for the kidnap of 20—year—old british glamour model chloe ayling. details about chloe's abduction emerged last year. she'd met british—based polish national lucasz herba on facebook, he posing as a photographer for a shoot in milan. this is her re—enacting her ordeal for italian police. but when she got to the italian
address, she was attacked, drugged, and bundled into the boot of a car before being held captive. ransom letters had been received by her british agent, with lukasz originally telling chloe that he had planned to sell her on the dark web. but instead he released it to the british consulate six days later. he'd told the court that he was in love with her. he'd maintained that she'd agreed to be kidnapped to help boost her career. her agent, adrian sington, called herba a serial fantasist. i was with her at quarter to two when the verdict came down, and she was overjoyed, not least because of the length of the sentence, because actually this ordeal has really affected chloe, and one of the things that she was most scared of was that he could get out soon and try it again. so this has reassured her. lucasz was captured on cctv in milan with his brother michal, who faces similar charges for his alleged role in the kidnap. michal, currently on remand in the uk, is still challenging extradition from the uk to italy —
he denies any involvement. chi chi izundu, bbc news. a 330—year—old shipwreck, said to be britain's richest, has started to yield new treasures after a shifting of sands following winter storms. the president was sailing from india in 1684 loaded with a rumoured cargo of diamonds and pearls thought to be worth around £8 million in today's money. jon kay is in the cornish town of porthleven. jon. reeta, rather different here from the last time we reported from this spot, back in the winter storms, but all the bad weather has left something of an unexpected legacy, because it's gender all the shingle and the sand out in the sea and uncovered something rather unexpected. —— it churned up. she was said to be loaded with spices, pearls and diamonds. this is how the president
might have looked as she headed home to london in the 1680s. hard to imagine on a calm day like today, but back then storms caused her to sink off the cornish coast. now the storms of 2018 have shifted the sands and for the first time exposed an anchor and seven cannon, some of them two metres long. mark milburn was one of the divers who made the discovery. it was running through a sandy beach, not realising there was rocks in the way right just under the waves... he told me the wreck was only a few metres from the shore but had been covered by centuries of shingle in a dangerous stretch of water. we can't wait to get back in — it's that connection with history, but most people don't even get the chance to see. i mean, the site's protected, so the amount of people that are actually allowed to come here is minimal. so the chance of seeing it, you know, anybody seeing it is so small —
i think i should do the lottery, really! finding the spot where the president was lost has long been a dream of historians. part of the wreck was found nearby 20 years ago, but this latest discovery might explain how the ship broke up and where its cargo may be hidden. what about the treasure, diamonds and pearls? are you going to get those next? they could be buried right here beneath our feet, or they could be miles off, they could be down the beach with the longshore drift, they could be anywhere. if there are jewels in the sea here, it will be specialist divers who uncover them, because the water is just as treacherous as it was 300 years ago. jon kay, bbc news, cornwall. time for a look at the weather, here's matt taylor. the weather has been, compared to the storms thatjon was mentioning, and that has meant one or two isolated storm clouds around, but foremost a very pleasant early
summer afternoon, but things are about to change. the jet stream, which has been absent for a good few weeks now, the fast ribbon of air way up in the atmosphere, which is charging back into our lives later this week, pushing across the atlantic, ringing ripples of cooler airourway, but atlantic, ringing ripples of cooler air our way, but more noticeably a substantial atlantic low pressure system, which we have not seen for a while, bringing wet and windy weather to the north on thursday. we will come back to that, because for the time being foremost it is a lovely evening, storms through the midlands, in towards parts of yorkshire, lincolnshire, one ortwo heavy showers in scotland and the south—west, mostly failing tonight. we will know this cloud pushing down across eastern counties after a clear start, temperatures dropping to single figures, but foremost as you were, temperatures in double figures to start tuesday. a lot more cloud to central and eastern england, a cooler day compared with today. in the west, some sunny spells, and that could be enough to
set off one or two showers, temperatures climbing into the low 20s, warmer in eastern scotland, but for most of you starting to feel that bit fresher. high pressure with us on that bit fresher. high pressure with us on tuesday into the start of wednesday, that keeps things dry to start with, sunshine in england and wales at first, isolated showers later, bright start for scotland and northern ireland, but then signs of change as the jet stream kicks into gear, weather systems work in, the first significant rain falls in scotla nd first significant rain falls in scotland for two or three weeks. that will bring wet weather, severe gales across the northern half of the uk, i will keep you updated. reeta. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. this is bbc news, our latest headlines. donald trump and kim jong—un are preparing for their unprecedented summit in singapore. preliminary talks are said to have gone well today,
with both men expected to meet each other without senior officials. social care services for adults in england could be severely cut back, as financial pressures force councils to make increasingly difficult decisions. three quarters of providers say they expect to reduce services. spain says it will take in more than 600 migrants, left stranded on a rescue ship in the mediterranean.|taly and malta had refused to accept them, including pregnant women and unaccompanied children. theresa may says she regrets not meeting survivors of the grenfell tower disaster, in the days after the fire. the prime minister says she now admits it did appear as if she didn't care.