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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 11:00: under attack over police pay and funding cuts. the government is criticised by britain's most senior police officer. i don't want the government to wait for the police to be struggling like the prison service, with chronic understaffing. saved by her husband, the wife of one of the westminster terror attack victims tells an inquest of his last moments. labour says it would give millions of casual workers many of the rights of other employees, including sick pay and parental leave. leading conservative brexit supporters at westminster launch a document saying the uk has nothing to fear from leaving the eu without a deal. england's cricketers achieve victory against india in the final test of a memorable series. and at 11:30 we'll be
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taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers steve hawkes from the sun and the political commentatorjane merrick. stay with us for that. good evening. the home office has been criticised in an official report for the way it oversees policing in england and wales. the national audit office calls the approach to police funding ineffective and detached from the changing nature of policing. it says the home office doesn't know whether the police system in england and wales is financially sustainable following widespread spending cuts. cressida dick the commissioner of the metropolitan police said the government's refusal to increase police pay by 3% was like a punch on the nose.
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our home editor mark easton reports. birmingham, this afternoon, the front line of policing at a time when the local force has seen a quarter of its budget lost in real terms since 2010. so, what is the impact of those cuts here and across england and wales? according to the national audit office, the government cannot possibly know because, when it comes to the home office's oversight of policing, there are no common standards, no national picture, no plan or principles and no overarching strategy. three years ago, when theresa may was home secretary here, the department was told there were significant gaps in its understanding of the pressures and demands of policing.
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today, the auditors report that little has changed. indeed, the police, they say, have simply not received proper attention. we have real concerns about it and i think that's fair. of date and the home office told parliament in 2015 that the formula was ineffective. here we are, three years later, there hasn't been an update of that formula and so it's unlikely that the money is going to the right places. we wanted to ask the home secretary about the auditors‘ warning. why does the home office have no strategy on policing? why does the home office have no strategy on policing, mrjavid? he was on his way to the police superintendents‘ conference where, again, he declined to answer media questions on the report, saying only this. many of you will be aware, for example today, of the national audit office's report on the financial sustainability of policing. and whilst there are some
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aspects of the report that i don't quite agree with, it rightly recognises the pressures on policing. pressures, which senior officers say, have damaged morale. at the same conference, met commissioner cressida dick said the home office's refusal to pay police what the independent review body had recommended defied rational argument. i do feel disappointed by the decision and i will keep on saying so and, meanwhile, i need to think how can my officers... how can i recruit, how can i retain and how can i make my officers and staff feel that i really value them because i think this is a punch on the nose? today's report shows the variable impact of the cuts. a 25% real—terms reduction in northumbria since 2010 but only 11% in surrey. the shadow home secretary says the lack of oversight is scandalous. what they're saying is notjust that the home office does not have a strategy, they've noted the cuts
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in the workforce and the cuts in the funding available and they're saying the home office does not understand the consequences of those cuts and that's really damning. the home office insists the nao report is out of date, failing to reflect recent work on changing demands and pressure. it is for the police sector to set the strategy, the department says. but the auditors are clear. ministers have overall responsibility and, amid deep cuts, police are struggling to deliver an effective service. mark easton, bbc news. the inquests into the five people killed in the westminster bridge attack last has heard how an american tourist saved his wife by pushing her out of the path of the vehicle driven by khalid massood. kurt and melissa cochran had only been in london for two and a half hours before masood launched his attack last march. mr cochran was killed but his wife survived. our home affairs corrspondent daniel sandford reports. it was a task no wife would want.
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melissa cochran, still limping from her own serious injuries, arriving to give evidence at the inquest into the death of her husband, who she now calls her hero. she told the court they'd been touring europe to mark their wedding anniversary. they had just been to westminster abbey and had only been in london for two and a half hours. they'd almost crossed the bridge when khalid masood began his attack. it was just after 20 to three. "i remember hearing a car revving," she said today. "i remember seeing the front of the vehicle. the next thing i remember being on the ground." she spent 3.5 weeks in hospital in london, but kurt died as big ben struck 3 o'clock. schoolteacher kylie smith
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was in westminster that day with a group of teenage pupils. kurt and melissa had caught her eye as they walked hand in hand when suddenly she heard the revving of masood's car. in tears at times, she told the inquest, "the man tried to pull his girlfriend behind him, tried to shield her from the impact." she saw kurt knocked into the air by the car, and then chaos on the bridge. she told her pupils to run. they all made it safely home. it was on this pavement at the end of the bridge that kurt cochran heroically pushed his wife out of the way before being struck full on by the vehicle. 0ne witness today described seeing him flying through the air and landing on the embankment below where, despite the efforts ofa nurse, a paramedic and a doctor, he died soon afterwards. the next fatal injury was to leslie rhodes, a retired window cleaner who was walking away from the car when he was hit, turning at the last moment when he heard the revving. he died the next day from a head injury. lawyers for his family asked why the emergency helicopter was not used to take him to hospital,
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as the people treating him on the bridge were originally expecting. the helicopter team ended up treating pc keith palmer, who was dying nearby from stab wounds. daniel stanford, bbc news, at the old bailey. workers in the so—called gig economy, such as shopworkers, cab drivers and delivery workers, shouldn't have to live with the levels of insecurity they currently experience with zero—hour contracts. that's the view of the shadow chancellor, labour's john mcdonnell, who told the trade unions in manchester that a future labour government would make casual staff eligible for sick pay, maternity leave and other benefits. 0ur political correspondent iain watson has more details. take just a short cab ride across manchester and you'll see just how much this so—called gig economy touches our everyday lives. if you have a snack, order a takeaway, see a new building going up around you, you're probably seeing someone who's in insecure employment. for some people,
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irregular hours work. you can start any time you want, you can stop any time you want. the flexibility and freedom is really good. but one person's flexibility is another‘s insecurity. the unions say nearly 4 million people don't have a regular, full—time employment contract. labour is coming up with new policies and the shadow chancellor came to the tuc to promise new rights for those in the gig economy. we'll extend full rights to all workers, entitling everyone in insecure work to sick pay, maternity rights and the right against unfair dismissal. and, he said, workers would be given a new financial stake in their companies and thatjob protection would apply from an employee's very first day at work. when you begin to look back, you take a day off, you're going to be let go. ruth and charlie are members of the gmb union and have both been in casual employment.
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ruth works in a care home and welcomes labour's plans to extend sick pay. people who are ill are going into work being ill and then transferring it through the whole company and then if you're working in a care home or anywhere else, you're dealing with residents and then that can lead to death. charlie liked the idea of greaterjob protection. when you aren't being offered hours, or there's not any regular hours, you want as much work as you can get, and being told halfway through the day you're no longer required, you know, for a lot of people that's pretty soul crushing. some businesses are warning that labour's plans for more rights could lead to fewerjobs. it's mainly going to affect those businesses who already struggle to recruit enough people because of things like profits and such like that. if they have to improve the rights of those workers, it obviously makes them much more difficult and much more of a burden on the employer. after a summer of bad headlines, labour wants a fresh start. expect a whole range of policy announcements to come your way soon. but, as the party releases more detail, they can also expect greater scrutiny. iain watson, bbc news, manchester. the boss of jaguar land rover has warned theresa may that a "hard brexit" will wipe out his company's
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profits, resulting in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. he described the prospect of a cliff—edge break with the eu as horrifying. brexit. jobs have been shed and they should have been created. a thousand loss as a result of visa policy. and those numbers will be counted in the tens of thousands if we do not get the right brexit deal. 0ur political correspondent jonathan blake has more on the reaction from westminster. well, that warning is now a familiar one from various leaders in business and industry and banking who are seriously worried, as referred, over the last few months about the consequences of leaving the european union without a deal on to the government had an answer to that
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warning, it said that its plan, the chequers agreement which the cabinet signed up to a few months ago, does include specific measures and specific proposals to protectjobs within the automotive industry and elsewhere. today we heard from a group of conservative mps and others who don't like the government's plan very much. they say it will leave the uk rule taker and not a rule maker and was described as the former —— by the former foreign secretary, who quit over the agreement, borisjohnson, secretary, who quit over the agreement, boris johnson, as secretary, who quit over the agreement, borisjohnson, as worse than the status quo so they put an alternative which would see the uk agree to an orderly withdrawal from the eu and have a transition period we re the eu and have a transition period were a trade agreement and future relationship was negotiated. at the moment the government is trying to do both at the same time, at least in broad terms, and the chairman of that group who gathered in parliament, to put for that plan,
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jacob rees—mogg, spoke about that strategy. the plan is we should negotiate what is now being offered by the eu and was offered by an earlier stage which is leading on a world trade basis is a perfectly reasonable thing to do in the key to negotiating strength it is to know that the alternative is something that the alternative is something thatis that the alternative is something that is good rather than bad so once you've established that you can negotiate with much better confidence. the government wasn't having any of that. they have of course consistently criticised those two are saying the government should abandon the chequers agreement are not coming up their own plan. we did have some details from the critics of chequers today but those were immediately criticised by the government. here is the chancellor philip hammond —— philip hammond responding. i'm sure his model is very effective but the assumption is that he makes are wildly out of line with assumptions that are used by other economic models and frankly, i
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believe are not sustainable. not just the government criticising these plans, those in favour of remaining in the european union and camping —— campaigning for a vote on the final deal, one labour mp describing it as "project fantasy". we will hear more from those in the conservative party opposed to the government's brexit plan tomorrow on the very tricky issue about what to do about the northern ireland border. the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, has agreed to remain in thejob for an additional seven months, until the end of january 2020. the extension of mr carney‘s tenure is to help support a smooth exit from the european union, according to the chancellor, philip hammond. the governor said he was willing to do whatever he can in order to promote both a successful brexit and an effective transition at the bank of england. the bbc‘s director general has said that the policy of providing a free tv licence
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for people over the age of 75 is to be reviewed. speaking to a committee of mps, tony hall said there would be a public consultation about what to do after the current system ends injune 2020. he also said the disclosure of stars' salaries was one of the reasons chris evans left radio 2. the headlines on bbc news: britain was the most senior police officer has hit out at the pay award decided by ministers and at the level of spending cuts. the inquest into the westminster bridge terror attack has heard how and american tourist lost his life as he tried to save his wife. labour says it would give millions of casual workers many of the rights of other employees, including sick pay and parental leave. wages grew faster than expected in the 3 months
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tojuly as they continue to outstrip the cost of living for the fourth month in succession. official statistics show that pay, excluding bonuses, rose by two point 2.9% during the period, while unemployment has continued to fall remaining at its lowest level for over a0 yea rs. 0ur economics correspondent andy verity reports. the firm that runs this construction site in salford has no shortage of work. but a shortage of skilled workers is a growing problem. until this year, its subcontractors could find the staff they needed easily, mostly from the rest of the european union. we've got albanians working on here now but the dry liners, joiners, tilers tend to be eastern european. so, in some instances, when they leave, it gets very, very difficult to entice the british workforce back on to the sites.
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from the construction firms' point of view, the labour market is on fire. even though profits are tight, they have to fight to keep their workers with pay rises of 10% or 20%. if they don't, they may leave before the work is complete. mid—contract, people come along waving their chequebook and we lose tradesmen. there's a lot of tradesmen work on a building contract. it's an old—fashioned business. and keeping those people on site, on a tight programme, on tight margins, that's the challenge. last year, pay rises fell behind price rises, meaning your money brought you less and less. but, in the spring of this year, inflation dropped and pay improved, as that squeeze on living standards loosened its grip. the supply of new workers is slowing down in other industries, too, and staff asking for more pay can play a stronger hand. there are now more vacancies in the economy than there have been for 17 years, especially in industries like restaurants and hotels. that's one reason workers have been
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able to push up their pay by an average of £14 a week, taking the average wage to £1189 week. that works out at £25,400 a year. i think there has been a persistent puzzle why workers have not been able to demand higher wage growth, despite the fact the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest since the mid—1970s. so, we would have expected wage growth to pick up a lot more than it has done so far. with unemployment at a a3—year low, there are now more than 830,000 vacancies, and many of them simply won't be filled. 0ne side—effect, you may sometimes have to wait a little longer to get served. andy verity, bbc news. a bus has fallen into a valley, in southern india, killing at least 55 people. the bus was returning from a hilltop temple. the driver reportedly lost control as he tried to avoid another bus on the route. police suspect failure of brakes was the cause of the accident. president trump's planned visit
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to the republic of ireland has been postponed due to scheduling reasons, according to the irish government. the white house says a final decision has not yet been made on the november trip, which was first announced earlier this month. the us president had been expected to visit his golf course in county clare before travelling to dublin. commemorative events are being held in new york and in washington to mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (bell rings) ceremonies are also being held at the 9/11 memorial plaza on the world trade center site in new york city. a us flag was unfurled from the roof of the pentagon in washington. it was deadliest foreign attack ever on us soil, killing 2,996 people. president trump has been speaking at the flight 93 national memorial
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in shankville, pennsylvania where passengers on united flight 93 are thought to have charged the cockpit to stop the attackers. today, all of america wraps up and joins together. we close our arms to help you shoulder your pain and to carry your great, great sorrow. your tea rs carry your great, great sorrow. your tears are not shed alone, for they are shared grief with an entire nation. we grieve together for every mother and father, sister and brother, son and daughter, who was stolen from us at the twin towers, the pentagon and here in this pennsylvania field. we honour their
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sacrifice by pledging to never fledge in the face of evil and do whatever it takes to keep america safe. the actress fenella fielding, best known her appearances in the carry on films, has died at the age of 90. fenella fielding, who enjoyed a showbusiness career spanning seven decades, suffered a stroke two weeks ago. she was awarded an 0be in the 2018 queen's birthday honours list. president trump has signed declarations of emergency for north and south carolina, as hurricane florence bears down on the eastern coast of the united states. more than a million people have been ordered to leave their homes. the hurricane is expected to make landfall later this week. earlier, i spoke to matt mardell who is in walterboro, which is in south carolina, just inland from charleston which is in the evacuation zone.
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right now it is what we call the dog days of summer, nice and hot and right sunshine. but this storm, you never know what they are going to do. give us a sense of the preparations you are making as the storm approaches, both at home and at work. well, work was cancelled as of last night, so i now have the rest of the week off and the school district, the local school district, is also out, so the kids are out. most people are keeping the stores and stocking up on water and they are non— perishables. and stocking up on water and they are non- perishables. you are in the evacuation zone, but you decided to stay put. why is that? well, just because we have been through a couple of storms here. my wife is actually a pharmacist at a facility and that facility has been designed
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to withstand hurricane category for. usually we go and hide out there. to withstand hurricane category for. usually we go and hide out therem is not the first time you and your family have seen a hurricane, tell us family have seen a hurricane, tell us what happened in 2016. that's correct. my namesake, hurricane matthew came through and toppled a tree on top of our house. we were not prepared for it, luckily we made a last—minute decision to leave the house and go and take shelter and we had a phone call in the morning that said there is a tree on your house. we actually had to vacate their house for eight months, around about $100,000 of repairs were undertaken. given what you have been through and what you might potentially face, you seem what you might potentially face, you seem pretty laid back about it to me. is that how you feel?” seem pretty laid back about it to me. is that how you feel? i do right now. when the weather is so good outside, there is only so much you can do to prepare for what is going
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to happen. see you stock up on your suppliers, you keep watching the news, you listen to the emergency announcements and have all bases covered. the new can be about as confident as you can be. —— venue. —— then you. chrissy kohler is a weather forecaster and reporter — based in charleston, south carolina and gave us this update on hurricane florence. the good news is we haven't seen a lot of changes in the updates in the last 2a hours, it has maintained 30 mph walk went over those waters. is still heading north—west, picking up a little speed as it gets close to the east coast. right now we are focusing in on a landfall, possibly a bloomington north carolina. those folks in north carolina looking like they will probably end up with some of the worst weather from the actual hurricane. biggest concern now is that this may be a two pronged
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system across the carolinas and across virginia, where not only do we have this catastrophic landfall hurricane along the carolina coast, but it will get stuck along the ca rolina's, but it will get stuck along the carolina's, and some areas are forecasted to see up to three feet of rain. that will head all the way into the weekend, possibly into the early pa rt into the weekend, possibly into the early part of next week. this point be one of those flash and dash systems where it moves on, we could be dealing with the after—effects of this storm for several days up and down the atlantic coast. talk me through some of the corporations you are seeing people do it out there. so we went into the mandatory evacuation issued by government mcmaster issued at noon today. they actually started the evacuation is
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going on about an hour earlier. so we had the main artery in and out of downtown charleston, 126 is on the westbound moving, so that people in the evacuation areas can get out of town pretty quickly. the good news is, for us it has torn very smoothly, some folks further up the coastline around the myrtle beach area have seen quite the traffic jam. they don't have an interstate to get folks out of town, they are moving onto the second area and rural highways out of time. —— town. around that area they have definitely seen some delays are. —— some delays. houses, walls, lanes and tree stumps. they've been hidden for decades underwater in cornwall. but this summer's heatwave has revealed the lost valley near penzance that was once home to a small community of people before they were forced to leave in the early 60s to make way for a reservoir. jon kay reports. this is how drift reservoir normally looks, the water 50—feet deep,
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but this summer's dry weather has seen the level fall dramatically, exposing ruined properties, abandoned 60 years ago so the lake could be created. it was absolutely exquisite. today, margaret pengelly came back for the first time in years. she's the only person still alive who lived in nanquitho. and now the farmhouse where she grew up in the 1940s is visible once again. it was a beautiful house, but in the wrong place. now in her 80s, margaret remembers the old granite property being surrounded by the beauty of cornwall. and the wildflowers, and the butterflies, the insects, the bats flying at twilight. oh, yes, the beauty was undoubted. it must be strange for you to be able to see your old
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house again this year, because the water's dropped. yes, yes, that's true. margaret and her parents were forced to leave nanquitho in the 1950s, so a dam could be built and the valley flooded to provide waterfor the nearby town of penzance. but this unexpected sight has also brought back bad memories for margaret. i never, ever attended another child's birthday tea. she told me as an only child, living in a remote farmhouse, she was often desperate for friends. i would listen for children's voices and, sometimes, i think i heard some and i would call — but what i heard, really, was the cry of a bird. because in that valley, it was so beautiful, but you can't live on beauty alone. for a short time, the lost valley, as it's known, has been found, but now the autumn rain is coming and margaret says she may never see her old home again. jon kay, bbc news, cornwall. now it's time for the weather
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with darren bett. hello there. in the outlook for next week we have got some warm and, potentially some hurricane air as well. will take a look at the in the moment. what we are seeing right now through the rest of this week is more typical atlantic. we have a weather front on the scene for wednesday, moving southwards, the rain is becoming drawn out, thinner and the rain quite like patches to be moving to southern parts of england and a lingering in the channel islands of. behind that we get more sunshine but a scattering of showers across scotland, one or two showers for northern ireland and north—west england. for the northern half of the uk, temperatures similar to tuesday, despite more sunshine it will be a bit cooler. we have got the cooler air coming in behind that band of cloud, very light rain on a weather front there and another weather front there and another weather system is moving in from the north—west, that will bring rain overnight to scotland and northern
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ireland, as that ms southwards, so it tends to beat out. getting stuck across northern england and northern ireland, some light and patch against the north of it we will find sunshine and showers, cooler to the south and probably dry, some sunshine at times and temperatures getting back up to around 20 degrees in the south—east of england. we are seeing our weather front moving southwards and stopping, that is the position. that moves northwardsjune evening and overnight and may become southwards again as when it into friday. it does mean it is the northern half of the uk that continues to seem most of the rain and probably a bit more rain rancher in the day on friday before it becomes more lighter and patchy and get stuck across northern england, northern wales and northern ireland and southern scotland. to the south and southern scotland. to the south and particularly the


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