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these localised flooding building for the western highlands, but otherwise, with hazy sunshine, top temperatures climbing up to around 24, 20 temperatures climbing up to around 2a, 20 five celsius. that's your latest weather. from existing budgets. if you want to reward teachers for the hard work they do and the greatjob they do, do it from government funds not year—old girl who'd threatened to expose him for sexual abuse. five people crammed into a one—bedroom flat — we speak to two single mothers about the uk's housing crisis.
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and america lights up the washington monument to mark the 50th anniversary of the apollo moon landings. you want to go to the moon? yes. do you think you'll ever get there? i don't know. and coming up on bbc news, geraint thomas misses out we will have sports day in the bbc news channel with all the reports, features and interviews from the bbc sports centre. good evening. up to a million public sector workers including teachers in england, police officers in england and wales, and members of the armed forces across the uk are set to get a pay rise above the rate of inflation. the treasury is expected to confirm on monday details of what's thought to be the biggest public sector pay
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rise for 6 years — before theresa may steps down as prime minister. but with suggestions the rise will come from existing budgets, labour has dismissed the offer as insulting. our political correspondent alex forsyth has this report. in recent years, some of the country's key workers have had their pay frozen or rise is limited, part of the government's austerity programme. now thousands of public sector employees are in line for a pay bump, most above the rate of inflation. ready for the last few minutes of the shift? for some, it isa minutes of the shift? for some, it is a mixed blessing. head teachers will have to find the money to pay their staff more if there is no new government funding and many say budgets are already at breaking point. it is a no-win situation. we wa nt to point. it is a no-win situation. we want to reward the staff, they deserve the pay rise 100%. but now we have now got to find that money
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from somewhere and it is impossible if the government are not giving us money to say, this is for a teacher pay rise. in effect they are cutting oui’ pay rise. in effect they are cutting our budget. nonetheless, on monday the treasury is expected to say teachers and school staff will get a 2.7 pay rise. for the armed forces it is 2.5% across the board with some soldiers expected to get more. police officers and dentists are in line for a 2.5% rise and senior civil servants, 2% with details for other sectors expected next week. the pay rise is similar to what was offered the pay rise is similar to what was offe re d la st the pay rise is similar to what was offered last year. it is not out of line with what we might expect. it isa line with what we might expect. it is a bit ahead of inflation but is probably the minimum you would think was reasonable, given where we are with private sector pay and pay and recruitment retention issues among teachers. it's thought government departments will have to fund this from existing budgets with no new money, so from existing budgets with no new money, so the pay rise comes with a price tag. today the home secretary
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seemed confident that for the police, it could be managed.” seemed confident that for the police, it could be managed. i know for example, if that was for the police force, a 2.5% police force, some police forces can fund it from their budgets because when we set budgets, we try to take into account what might happen further down the line. some unions say their members have been short—changed over pay for some time at the public sector needs more investment. without that money and investment in terms of their pay and investment in terms of their pay and the balance of terms and conditions, then we are going to see a slow decline in people wanting to come into the civil service, but also to stay. in making this decision, the chancellor, philip hammond, has posted a challenge for whoever takes over from theresa may. do they make cuts elsewhere to fund this pay rise or put more into budgets, increasing borrowing? the binding choices made by ministers now can create difficult decisions for whoever comes next. what seems
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good news for public sector workers, comes with a political sting in the tailfor comes with a political sting in the tail for the next comes with a political sting in the tailfor the next prime minister. how to meet spending commitments and still balance the books. alex forsyth, bbc news, westminster. our economics editor faisal islam is here. but this expected pay rise into some sort of context? it is good news for thousands of public sector workers, building on last year's rise. when the details are confirmed next week we expected to be applying to more workers, being more generous are currently above the 2% rise of inflation. however, in context it does little to make up for the brutal past six years. we can see the pattern on public sector pay. this would show a two year cash freeze and then the last four years ofa cap freeze and then the last four years of a cap of i%. if you compare that to the rise in prices over that time, it falls well short and that
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is the significant hit to real take—home pay for public sector workers. if we compare it to private sector pay, that did start to pull away and rise a little bit more in line with prices. that is what is contributing to a retention and recruitment crisis for public sector workers, such as teachers. these rises are still short of private sector earnings of 3.5%. rises are still short of private sector earnings of 3.596. we are expecting them to be above the rate of inflation so does it signify an end to the squeeze on public sector pay? a one-off announcement only goes so far. most of this will come from existing budgets. despite the warm words, these longer term issues should be discussed in the context ofa should be discussed in the context of a three—year spending review which should be happening right now. whilst there is a chance of leaving the eu without a deal, all i am hearing is they can only really plan one year ahead. so some welcome news after a long squeeze, but doctors,
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teachers and soldiers cannot be certain where it goes from here. thank you very much. 17 people were injured, two seriously, after two cars collided and then crashed into spectators at a charity motor event in stevenage last night. hertfordshire police said they weren't aware the event was being held. sarah campbell reports. fast cars being driven at speed along public roads. hundreds had gathered to watch from the verges and central reservation. the danger appears obvious, the outcome almost inevitable. a car pulls out, collides with another and both plough into the watching crowds. so there were people standing all there and there? kim choudhury, a nurse, was watching from the roadside and immediately went to help. someone said they thought she'd like flipped in the air so ijust grabbed her head and yeah, ijust felt under her head and she had a massive — i got blood on my hands so i knew she'd smashed her head.
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you're a nurse, you're used to seeing injured people but even so, how bad was it? ijust burst into tears after it because it wasjust, i think obviously when i had my adrenaline going, but it was just horrific and i've actually never been involved in anything like that before. the emergency services were quickly on the scene. despite attending previous events, hertfordshire police said they weren't aware last night's meet was happening. what i would say is not to attend these type of events and i think what happened last night shows what could happen when you've got such large numbers in the road and cars perhaps committing offences. this has become an issue for the police and councils across the country. road racing is banned by high court injunction in the birmingham area, but as show last weekend, crowds still gather. the meets in stevenage are held weekly, organised by local car enthusiast via social media. do you feel at all responsible for what happened last night? i do, but i don't at the same time.
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because we told everyone it's a static meet. and that means the car is parked? the car is parked in a car park, that is a static meet. it's difficult because we don't want people to race, we don't promote the racing, but the racing is out of our control. unable to stop people racing, the organisers have said there will be no repeat events. sarah campbell, bbc news, stevenage. boris trump has said he is looking forward to working with boris johnson. forward to working with boris johnson. i like boris johnson. forward to working with boris johnson. i like borisjohnson. i spoke to him yesterday. i think he is going to do a greatjob and i think we will have a great relationship. they have done a very poorjob with brexit, the previous
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prime minister has done a very bad job with brexit. what can i say? it isa job with brexit. what can i say? it is a disaster. i think boris will straighten it out, i like boris johnson, i always have. straighten it out, i like boris johnson, ialways have. he straighten it out, i like boris johnson, i always have. he is a different kind of a guy, but they say i am different kind of a guy, but they sayiama different kind of a guy, but they say i am a different kind of a guy too. i think we will get along well. letsjoin our washington correspondent gary o'donoghue. timing is everything here? yes it is, with the expected election to the tory leadership next week and becoming prime minister, boris johnson will be looking across the atla ntic johnson will be looking across the atlantic for some endorsement pretty quickly after that moment. he will be looking of course after brexit, if that happens, for a key trade deal to justify the pain that the country has been through in the last couple of years. donald trump has spoken pretty warmly about boris johnson in the past and he does see him in the same kind of mould. but of course, borisjohnson criticised those racist tweets early in the
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week by the prime minister. we are not sure what the president would feel about that if he were asked about that and of course this relationship is now in tatters, according to one recent editorial following the disagreements after the resignation of the british prime minister here. this is a special relationship, we are told. we are told that has been true since the second world war. the special has gone out of it in recent times and borisjohnson will be trying to put that special right back into it. gary o'donoghue, many thanks. an activist who supports brexit has pleaded guilty to causing alarm and distress to anna soubry outside the houses of parliament. 29 year—old james goddard was accused of shouting abuse at the mp for broxtowe, who supports another referendum, in two incidents last december and january. he also admitted to a racially aggravated public order offence against a police officer.
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a man who raped and murdered a 13 year—old girl to stop her from exposing him as a sexual abuser, — has been jailed for at least 33 years. stephen nicholson stabbed lucy mchugh to death in a woodland in southampton last year. duncan kennedy reports. "always full of smiles". the words lucy mchugh‘s mother used to describe her daughter. but lucy was abused and murdered by a man the family had trusted. but when stephen nicholson, the family lodger he fancied himself as a rafa, he grinned and murdered lucy. lastjuly, lucy was filmed going to meet nicholson, threatening to reveal his abuse of her. he was also filmed going to that meeting, intending to stop her. when they met in these woods in southampton, nicholson ended up stabbing lucy 27 times. nicholson was filmed leaving the scene, but later
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lucy's body was found. at the end of the day, no parent should be laying their child to rest. i didn't imagine i would lay my daughter to rest. at the end of the day, they should be laying me to rest, not me laying her to rest. a year before her death, lucy's teachers alerted social services about her having an older boyfriend, but they took no action. southampton city council haven't commented on the lucy mchugh murder, as it's now part of a serious case review. the judge said nicholson must serve at least 33 years in jail. but lucy's friends and family have been left questioning why this warm, confident 13—year—old died. duncan kennedy, bbc news, southampton. our top story this evening... up to a million public sector workers look set for an above—inflation pay rise — but there are questions about who foots the bill.
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iam here i am here at royal port russia where the republic of ireland's shane lowry shares the lead in the open championship. later, we will have sports day on the bbc news channel with the latest reports, results, interviews and features from the bbc sports centre. it's 100 years this month since the idea of council houses was first raised in britain — the minister of health at the time called them "homes fit for heroes" — designed for those who'd fought and survived the great war. but today — there's a shortage. the national housing federation has calculated that for every new social home built in england, there are eight families who need it. our home editor mark easton spoke to two women in just such a situation — and a warning — his report contains some flashing images. the landlady of the property knocked on my door and was like, "you owe me £6,000 rent".
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my mouthjust dropped. the local housing authority deemed me intentionally homeless due to rent arrears, and that was it. case closed. two women, londoners, single mums with three kids, homeless. what was your first lesson today? levine sleeps on a sofa in her mum's one—bed councilflat in dagenham. her children share with grandma. i feel lost for words. five, six, seven, eight, nine. it's our lives, and this is how we live every single day. it started off with the fear of being homeless first of all. that was where the mental health was starting to go down. unable to find any private rented home she could afford locally, barking council told ashley and levine they should consider moving out of the borough... to yorkshire. i'd never heard of yorkshire. it's too far.
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i can't do it. i'd heard of bedford. i hadn't heard of bradford. emmerdale is the image i have. my heart did not want to say yes, but i felt like i was forced, in a way, to say yes. having reluctantly agreed to move her whole family 200 miles north, matters moved very quickly. "have your things ready within 24 hours. transportation is coming to get you at 11 o'clock in the morning". 2a hours? 24 hours, and this was at 8.45 in the morning whilst i'm walking my kids to school. then i got off the phone and had to tell my two sons, "you're going to have to say goodbye to your friends today, because today is your last day at school". and they didn't take it too well. so you just had 2a hours to decide to go and move your whole life to yorkshire? yeah. i wiped my face, my tears away and yeah, off we went. the government has said placing homeless families away from their local area should only be
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a last resort. but in 2018, it was, it seems, a last resort 23,150 times, as english councils shipped their homelessness problem somewhere else. ashley's council, barking and dagenham, say there'sjust not enough social housing in london to meet demand. so she and her three children made the journey to a town they had never seen. they arrived at seven o'clock on a friday night. there wasjust one guy from the housing association who gave me a food parcel and was about to go on his way, and i started breaking down crying as he was leaving. i was like, "what am i supposed to do? "i have no money, i have no duvets, i don't know "where the local shops are". ijust cried and i cried and i cried. you have to make more properties. or make them cheaper.
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it's pretty tormenting, especially when you walk to school and then you see new flats being built. as lovely as the designs are... but then i come back to here. just doesn't make sense. this is my meditation spot. every day, i will come here and i will say my prayers. it's now a year since ashley arrived in halifax. she can now afford her rent and is starting to put down roots. if you were offered a house in barking now, would you go back? ooh! that's a sticky one. if it was in the first six months when i moved here, i would have said yes without hesitation. but now, i see the benefits of being here. i'm still half— london, half—yorkshire, but i'm starting to plant myself more in yorkshire. yorkshire is starting
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to become my home. when she can, ashley does go back to east london. she's started a support group, mums on a mission, and has met lavine. together, they want to fight back against a precarious housing market that leaves too many families without a home they can afford. mark easton, bbc news. shows such as gavin and stacey, love island, gentleman jack and broadchurch will be on the bbc and itv‘s joint streaming service when it launches in the uk later this year. britbox will be available by subscription and it will cost customers £5.99 a month. but it faces stiff competition from the likes of netflix and amazon, as david sillito now reports. welcome to britbox. yes, it is another streaming service, but this is british, a
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combination of bbc and itv programmes. but this is already a fairly crowded market and there is definitely a market leader. probably netflix more than anything. netflix. youtube and netflix. netflix more than anything. netflix. youtube and netflixlj netflix more than anything. netflix. youtube and netflix. ijust pay for netflix, now tv, though subscriptions are the kind of things that have got a bit more interesting stuff tha n that have got a bit more interesting stuff than just what is on regular channels. and most of this will be television we have already seen. so what does this offer? there are questions for this new bbc/ itv partnership. bbc content singer that we have already paid for it with the licence fee. why should we pay for a second time? well, if you go back a decade, we were all buying dvds and it was annoying because you couldn't a lwa ys it was annoying because you couldn't always get the dvd of the programme you wanted. this is exactly that, but brought bang up—to—date. you wanted. this is exactly that, but brought bang up-to-date. so many
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of us have already got streaming services, netflix and onwards. why do you think they will fork out £5.99 for yet another do you think they will fork out £5. 99 for yet another one? do you think they will fork out £5.99 for yet another one? actually, what the research says it is that there is a real appetite and demand for a distinctively british service. and that is a key issue, because in a changing tv landscape, it is at least a guaranteed shop window for british tv content. however, there american rivals are giants and it's not just about the programmes. netflix has spent about £55 billion on their user experience. that is why it is the best in the market, thatis why it is the best in the market, that is why it has the best compression algorithms and things download faster. it is why their suggestions work so well. this launch has been a long time coming, and the question is, how much spare demand is therefore something... i'm so sorry. very british? david sillito, bbc news. millions of butterfies
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are expected to arrive in the uk this summer, prompting calls for volunteers to help to count them. the wildlife charity, butterfly conservation, says unusally high numbers of the painted lady butterfly have been spotted flying from europe to britain. the last time this phenomenon occurred was ten years ago, when 11 million painted ladies arrived. it's day two of the open golf championship, which is being held for the first time in 68 years in northern ireland. ireland's shane lowry is leading the pack so far, but england players tommy fleetwood and lee westwood are close on his tail — only two shots behind. but there have been some disappointments, as andy swiss now reports. port rush, looking picture perfect. a photo op with a giant claretjug. for the fans, a chance to say, i was there. and for the players, things looked equally inviting, ideal conditions at first. and the early
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starters took advantage, with two englishmen right in contention. lee westwood and tommy fleetwood. exciting shirt, exciting prospects. it would be great. it's the open at the end of the day, the biggest eventin the end of the day, the biggest event in the world and it's our home event in the world and it's our home event and is very exciting. other hopes, though, are already over. a frustrated tiger woods won't be here for the weekend, and rory mcilroy is also likely to miss the halfway cut. better than his first—round nightmare, but surely the damage is already done. but while northern ireland's hopes are fading, the republic of ireland's are flourishing, as shane lowry raised the decibel levels. cheered on by a huge following, lowry was inspired, charging to the top of the leaderboard. has he? he has! but for sheer pinpoint precision... how
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about this from canada's adam had win, making this tricky spot look oh so simple. a stroke of genius, and he certainly enjoyed it. the latest ican he certainly enjoyed it. the latest i can tell you is that shane lowry shares the lead with america'sjb holmes. they are one shot clear of tommy fleetwood and lee westwood. as for rory mcilroy, it has been a much better day for him, but at four over par, he still need something special to make the halfway cut. andy, many thanks. tomorrow marks 50 years since man first set foot on the moon. some 650 million people around the world watched the historic landing onjuly 20, 1969, and heard astronaut neil armstrong say "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." celebrations have been taking place all week, including in washington dc — where they projected an image of apollo 11 onto the washington monument. nick bryant has been looking back
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at that moon mission and what it meant for america — his report contains flashing images. in a week that's highlighted the deep divisions in washington and america, a gigantic reminder of a unifying national mission. apollo 11, projected onto the washington monument for this back—to—the—future celebration. and at ground level, a coming together of the american generations. i want to be an astronaut one day. you want to go to the moon? yes. do you think you'll ever get there? i don't know. it's been pretty cool to see it through youtube. so to be here and be alive, it's brand—new to me. to me, it'sjust as exciting as when we did it the first time. it was beyond remarkable. it was almost the type of thing that you didn't think could possibly come to be. liftoff! we have liftoff. conquering new frontiers has always been an essential part of the american spirit. but it was conquering the soviet union that made the space race such an urgent national priority.
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in those cold war years, soviet cosmonauts had outpaced american astronauts. the moon mission was also about a global ideological battle. the space race was all about the cold war. the whole reason for the race to the moon was to beat the soviet union and prove that the western capitalist model of government was better than the soviet model. and that was a serious issue in the ‘60s. taking the stars and stripes to the moon was, surprisingly, something of an afterthought. it was purchased from a local hardware shop. as you talk to us from the sea of tranquillity... and though the moon mission was launched byjohn f kennedy, it was his one—time rival richard nixon who was president at the time. for every american, this has to be the proudest day of our lives. the moon landing came at the end of a tumultuous decade. the ‘60s brought the struggle for black equality, the vietnam war, the assassinations of the kennedy brothers and dr martin luther king. here, finally, was a moment that
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transcended national strife. there's been a wave of space—age nostalgia, marking a glorious, near—hypnotic moment when "america first" had a very different connotation. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. lots of rain today, but a heatwave on the way? yeah, temperatures into the 30s for some next week. you might not believe it after the weather we had. today it felt like the summer weather had gone on holiday for the day. we had a lot of wet weather across the uk. this is the radar picture. you can see pulse of rain putting across most parts of the country. northern scotland saw a fairamount of dry the country. northern scotland saw a fair amount of dry weather, but at the moment we have some heavy downpours and flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder. this evening, most parts of the country
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will see rain at some point or another, particularly northern ireland and the far north of england. and this band of heavy rain is pushing southwards across the southern half of england. quite a muqqy southern half of england. quite a muggy night. at the weekend is an improving story for most of us. sunshine and showers tomorrow and for the majority, a more dry day to come on sunday. here is the frontal system bringing the rain for the rest at night. behind the low pressure still in charge, there will still be some showers. a soggy start to the day across the far south—east and the rain will linger across shetland. but for other areas, it's a day of sunny spells and passing heavy downpours, some of which could be thundery. northern ireland could have the driest of the weather. but look at the weather showers fade away as we go through saturday night. that will lead many of us into a night. that will lead many of us intoa dry night. that will lead many of us into a dry stack to sunday. across
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england and wales, it should stay with cloud. quite windy later in the day, with some outbreaks of rain. but let me show you next week. we hinted at this at stuff. a lot of heat building across parts of europe, iberia and france. temperatures up to a0 degrees, some of that heat is heading our way for a time. parts of the south—east could get up to 3a degrees. 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.
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hello, this is bbc news. i'm chris rogers. a pay rise above inflation for hundred of thousands

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