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Six O'Clock News 2017-09-29:17:30.00
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  • You're listening to the six o'clock news podcast from B.B.C. radio four B.B.C. news at six o'clock this is Caroline Nicholls, good evening, the Governor of the Bank of England has signalled that interest rates could rise as early as November as new figures suggest a notable slowdown in the economy, a former advisor to the government is urging Ministers to pause the rollout of major changes to the benefit system or risk dire consequences for thousands of families three Tesco executives have gone on trial accused of inflating the supermarkets' profits by a quarter of a billion Pounds, a former army Officer is to be the new leader of UKIP having beaten the controversial anti Islam campaigner United States has withdrawn.

  • Most of its Embassy staff in Cuba after mysterious attacked, let it left its diplomats unwell Birmingham, has been given the government's backing to host the Commonwealth games in twenty twenty two, but they're already questions about the costs, the Governor of the Bank of England.

  • Mark Carney, has given his clearest indication yet that interest rates could rise as early as November, for the first time in a decade, the Governor also warned against the dangers of reckless lending to consumers, the base rate was cut to the current record low of a quarter of one percent after the Brecht's it referendum last year, my Carney's comments come just before the publication of official figures, revealing what Officials describe as a notable slowdown in the economy.

  • Here's our business correspondent Jonty Berlin, ever since the credit crunch.

  • Ten years ago, the U.K. has become accustomed to ultra low interest rates, but that era, may be about to end the Bank of England is worried about inflation being too high, and since a referendum on brakes, it is low, it it's assumptions about how quickly the economy can grow without forcing up prices.

  • As a result, Mister Kearney is now warning that interest rates may have to increase if the economy continues on the track, but it's been on an all indications are that it is in the relatively near term can expect that interest rates would increase somewhat were talking about, to keep with the metaphor, just easing a bit off the accelerator, but the key phrase, there may be, if the economy continues on the track.

  • It's been on, because new figures today from the Office for national statistics show that the economy is growing more slowly than thought, it's now believes the economy's growing and just one and a half per cent a year down from its previous estimate of one point seven per cent, a change that the Owen s. calls a notable slowdown, but growth is not the only factor of the Bank of England, looks at it's also worried about increased consumer borrowing, especially on credit cards as Deanne Julius, a former Member of the Bank's monetary policy Committee, which sets interest Rates, high levels of consumer debt need to come down rates are extremely low.

  • That does encourage people to borrow small risers my big help it does give the signal that interest rates are now on their way.

  • But, of course, the Bank of England, also has supervisory powers over banks, so they can directly Warren banks that they feel that they ought to be diminishing the amount of consumer credit at their poo an increase in interest rates is good news for savers, but not for those who've borrowed as these shoppers in Glasgow, make clear how big.

  • This is O.K., happy, because I think is, at the moment, any increase in interest rates is also expected to be slow and gradual or returned to half a per cent would, according to the nationwide building society at just fifteen Pounds a month to the average mortgage payment that will directly affects nine million home owners, but many more people own their homes outright, and won't be directly hit by any change in interest rates, the government has insisted it will press on with its universal credit scheme, which merges six benefits into one, despite criticism of its implementation.

  • Then Louise Casey who led the government's troubled families, team has urged the Department for work and pensions to pause the roll out of the policy, she told the P.M. programme that it risked having the unintentional consequence of punishing those on benefits, rather than making work pay the overall Strategy might be right, the overall intention might be right, but the fact of the matter is the actual delivery of, it means that some people, because of the waiting time before benefit kits in will end up in dire circumstances more dire than I think we've seen in this country for years.

  • Stephen mcpartlin des the conservative, M.P. for Stevenage, he's concerned about the amount that claimants have to pay back as they move into work for every pound these people and extract the government's taken since sixty three pence back off them, and to me, that is an effective tax rate of sixty three per cent, which is just ridiculous.

  • So, you know, the lowest paid to affect me having to pay some of the highest taxus a social Affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan has been to great Yarmouth where universal credit was first rolled out last year ahead of its introduction nationwide.

  • He's been finding out more about how it's been received in the seaside town, the town's problems become more apparent parts of the seaside resort, among the poorest in England, and their concerns have been expressed about the roll out of universal credit wising rent arrears, increased use of food banks are very evident here at a local soup kitchen Gary dunning Ingham among the town's homeless covering for some free food.

  • He's living in a tent, a consequence, he says, of universal credit twenty four year old sees fifty eight private landlords refused to rent Them a property route, one landlord told us, he'd served more eviction notices in the past eighteen months since universal credit was introduced in great Yarmouth than he had in the previous twenty five years.

  • Edwards is a single mother of two has kept a roof over her head, but racked up hundreds of Pounds of debt and rent arrears and utility bills were waiting six weeks for a first universal credit payment, I hate, and I don't like it ruined your life, you know, because you don't know it's bollo spirals out of control.

  • So fast.

  • When you're in debt and having to go to food banks like it was only what six months ago that I was given stuff to the food bag myself.

  • Many people, especially those who have a job are managing to cope with the new benefits system, but for the town's poorest unemployed.

  • I was a little or no savings grown weeks without money is proving a real struggle.

  • Three former executives at Tesco have gone on trial accused of cooking, the books, during a scandal in which the supermarkets' profits were inflated by two hundred and fifty million Pounds Southwark Crown Court was told that the former managing Director Carl rug Berg finance Chief Chris Bush and the commercial direct for food, John Scuola we're involved in concealing the firm's true financial position, the men deny false accounting and fraud are business correspondent Emma Simpson is following the case.

  • The Court heard that The defendants were dishonest executives, they weren't the foot soldiers, they were the generals paid huge compensation packages to safeguard the financial health of the company prosecuting counsel Sasha wore ski sy said, not on, they did the men, no income was being wrongly recorded in the supermarkets financial records, they encourage the manipulation of profits by bullying and coercing those under their control to falsify figures, the case centres on Tesco's accounts for the first half of twenty fourteen, which were challenging times for the company.

  • The Court heard how employees were under great pressure with aggressive and unrealistic sales targets.

  • And during the summer, it's alleged the defendants knew the whole of the occurrence was getting bigger.

  • The gap between what was being recorded income, and what was actually being earned a problem spiralling out of control.

  • Some individuals felt so compromised by what they were being asked to do they resigned, rather than being involved when an internal report later revealed Tesco's figures had been exaggerated.

  • The Court heard it was like a grenade had been thrown into the company.

  • Three days later, Tesco sent shockwaves through the city, when it revealed that it's earlier profits forecast had been vastly overstated UKIP has chosen a former army Officer and policemen, Henry Bolton as its new leader, the fourth in just over a year, he was an unexpected choice beating the anti Islam campaigner Ann Marie waters into second place, the Deputy leader of UKIP Peter whittle came Fifth in his victory speech, my Boulton, called upon the party to unite our political correspondent Alex Forsyth reports from the UKIP conference in Torquay, where the result was announced, we're free was a sigh of relief.

  • Amongst some on the conference floor when Henry Bolton was named as UKIP's new leader, a former army Officer and one time lib dem candidate my Bolton, who was works for the y. you in the past, I've put Breck sit at the centre of his leadership campaign.

  • And during his acceptance speech made clear that should be the party's priority, ladies and gentlemen, Brecht six is our core task, however, it is not the end of the line.

  • When we leave the European Union.

  • That is not the end of the story.

  • We're leaving the European Union, because we as a nation, want to have that that right of self determination after a divisive leadership campaign.

  • The third in the party in just over a year, many saw this contest as a make or break moment, the runner up and Marie waters had advocated a radical new approach, making her campaign against Islam and Cherie are law, a priority.

  • Several Emmy pease had threatened to resign if she'd won after the results.

  • She said she was disappointed.

  • Are you disappointed in the result, my boat in used his first press conference to distance himself from his rival stance saying UKIP should move away from the issue of Islam.

  • But, while many see Him as the best chance UKIP has of restoring unity.

  • Others point out miss water's success only highlights the party's divisions.

  • This result has stepped UKIP's course.

  • For now, but it's not without challenges, the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude younger has delivered a pessimistic assessment of the Brecht negotiations warning that miracles are needed if the two sides at a move quickly to discussing her future trade deal.

  • Speaking as he arrived at the summit of the leaders and stonier Mister younger said he didn't believe sufficient progress would be made over the next month to persuade the E.U. to open trade negotiations by the end of October.

  • Theresa may has insisted, she's pleased with the progress being made Europe correspondent Kevin Connolly sent this report from the summit in Tallinn, the Estonian hosts of this latest E.U. summit provided the choir to sing, there twenty eight leaders to the conference table almost inviting the thought that, when it comes to breaks, it's the other twenty seven are still determinedly singing from the same hymn sheet Theresa may is doing what he can to Broughton the break that conversation.

  • She visited British troops stationed at a TO base nearest only is border with Russia, to emphasise the point that the U.K. will remain important to European security and defence long after breaks it with its military, diplomatic and intelligence resources and on brakes it, she's dropped her positive note, looking to the future, I set out very Clearly, and how we could garage.

  • Ensure that the rights of those E.U. citizens were Gary in the U.K.. at that as being part of the negotiations that we'd had very good progress has been made, that was clear from the statements that both David Davis and Michelle Barney, eh.

  • The Prime Minister re emphasise that message after her meeting with Angela Merkel, although there was no public sign that the German Chancellor had deviated from their collectively, you demand for more movement from the U.K.. in the first phase of talks.

  • That means more progress on the so called, separation issues.

  • Citizens' rights.

  • The Irish border and the financial settlement, the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude, gave a downbeat assessment at the chances of progress in the coming weeks.

  • Are you feeling today, be honest, we've had a bit, we could this week, I'm shaking that there would be no sufficient Russ, no, but it's only three weeks until the e. use leaders convened for another summit, where they'll judge whether the U.K. has offered enough movement to merit the opening of talks on a future trade deal for now, the mood music in Tallinn, suggests that the odds are against Ryanair says it has emailed passengers whose flights have been cancelled to clarify their right to compensation and alternative transport, the budget airline had been accused by the civil aviation authority of not complying with E.U. law and had been given until five P.M. to Give its customers updated information, thousands of flights have been grounded or rescheduled because of a shortage of available pilot more details from our transport correspondent Richard Wescott the stand off between Ryanair in the U.K., regulators seems to be over the C.A.A. gave the airline, a five o'clock deadline to update its website with information about what its customers can claim if their flight was cancelled critically, the new advice tells passengers, they can be re booked onto a flight with a rival airline if an alternative Ryanair plane isn't available.

  • Interestingly, though, it says, any extra costs will have to be assessed on a case by case basis, which does raise the prospect of frustrated customers having to haggle to get some extra cash out of the airline, the new advice also promises to reimburse any reasonable expenses people rack up because of a cancelled flight, as long as they keep the receipts and it tells people to write to customer services if they feel they made a poor choice, because they didn't understand what they were entitled to, in the first place, although it doesn't take the blame for any misunderstanding, the airlines also emailed all affected passengers.

  • Again, the regulator says that it appears Ryanair has capitulated, but it's still going to keep an eye on where the passengers get what they're entitled to you're listening to the six o'clock news on B.B.C. radio four, the menus.

  • So far, the Governor of the Bank of England, Has given his clearest indication yet that interest rates will rise, possibly as early as November, a former army Officer Henry Bolton has been elected the new leader of UKIP still to come.

  • It's twenty seventeen, we should have a lunar base by now, what the hell's going on the billionaires plan to colonise Mars, the government has officially backed Birmingham's bid to host the Commonwealth games in twenty twenty two claiming it would showcase the best of Britain to the world.

  • A formal application will be submitted to organisers tomorrow, but with no other cities expected to apply before the deadline, the games could be awarded to the West Midlands.

  • By default, our sport had a sit down roan reports from Birmingham, local children enjoying a school sports day at Birmingham's Alexander stadium, and five years from now, the twelve thousand seat venue could play host to some of the world's best athletes, the city's bid to bring the Commonwealth games here today receiving government backing to the delight of West Midlands Mayor Andy street, we have never hosted a multi sport event here before we posted won't Championships of lots of individual sport, badminton gymnastics athletics, you name it, but this is really our time to show the world that we can bring everyone together here.

  • It's all part of the biggest story of the revival of the West.

  • Ninety five percent of the facilities and venues, the Birmingham needs already built, but bringing the Commonwealth games to The West Midlands will still cost at least seven hundred fifty million Pounds and with a bin collection dispute hanging over the city, Birmingham, will have to pay for a quarter of the costs of the games itself, but for Sutton coalfields Mimi cigs are Britain's number one rhythmic gymnast her daily training regime here in Birmingham, now has additional motivation, I think, for every athlete in every sport to have a games.

  • That means so much to them personally come to their own city and their own home town and country, it would be probably the highlight of my career, the commercial success of Glasgow's Commonwealth games.

  • Three years ago, further enhanced Britain's status as a leading host of global sports events and with overseas rivals yet to submit their bids Birmingham, now looks set to build on that reputation, the leader of Catalonia's devolved government has told the B.B.C., he could declare independence from Spain.

  • Within days of Sunday's referendum to decide the issue, but in a separate interview, the Spanish government has insisted that the vote is illegal and should not take place.

  • Thousands of police have been sent to the region, to try to prevent the pole.

  • Meanwhile, Catalonia's highest Court has ordered Google to block an app informing voters about the location of polling stations are correspondence Tom burridge reports from Barcelona, where preparations for the ballet are well underway.

  • This primary school in Barcelona and across the region of Catalonia parents who want to Vote in Sunday's planned referendum are organising events for this weekend, they want to keep schools, which they hope will be used as polling stations open and prevent them from being shut down by police last week Spanish national police raided offices belonging to Catalonia's devolved government, they arrested Catalan officials and seized referendum material, but today, the leader of Catalonia's government Kahless preached in Mont told us, the vote would go ahead.

  • I'll get a bit of an overwhelming majority of people in Catalonia, want to vote to decide not like, keep it up.

  • Yes, but one of the option.

  • Do we have.

  • We've tried to negotiate everything, including a referendum, but voting is not a crime.

  • It was gleaming in another B.B.C. interview Spain's education Minister Inigo Mendez if you go insisted that it was impossible to hold a credible, vote, it's not a question of stopping people won't think you're not in Catalonia.

  • They waltz.

  • They wore the local elections on European elections, regional elections.

  • According to the law, what they had tried to do, if any legal serve the termination consultation, Catalonia's own police force, finds itself in an almost impossible position.

  • In theory, it should follow Court orders and stop people from voting, but officers have been told not to use force this electoral scenario could hardly be more surreal.

  • Catalonia's government says it could declare independence within days of a, yes, vote, but thousands of police from Spain's national force have been drafted in And awaiting onboard to cruise ships docked in Barcelona's ports, the message Madrid is ultimately in charge here in Washington is advising U.S. citizens against visiting Cuba, and he's withdrawing, more than half of star from its Embassy in the capital, Havana, the state Department said it had taken the decision, due to what it described as targeted attacks against diplomats, the Cuban government has denied any involvement I Washington correspondent Barbara Platt usher reports for months.

  • U.S. Embassy staff have been reporting symptoms apparently triggered by some sort of Sonic device hearing last balance problems, even cognitive issues.

  • So far, an F.B.I. investigation has failed to establish the cause or source of the attacks.

  • So the state Department is pulling out all non essential personnel, U.S. officials say the attack specifically target American diplomats and have also taken place in residences at hotels, none of the Cuban workers at the mission has been affected.

  • Now have private U.S. citizens, but the state Department is putting out a travel notice warning them, that they might be at risk.

  • Cuba has denied any role, and is co-operating with the investigation, the Americans are accusing Havana, but they haven't ruled anything out, including the involvement of a third party, the U.S. Secretary of state, since at the emergency measures would remain in place until the Cuban government could ensure the safety of U.S. workers, he said.

  • Diplomatic relations would continue, but this will further strain ties already affected by President Trump's decision to roll that elements of Barack Obama's historic detente wood burning could be banned in the most polluted areas of London and a new restrictions being proposed by the Mayor sidique Khan.

  • He also wants tougher controls on the sale of wood burning stoves.

  • There are currently one hundred eighty seven areas of London, where pollution regularly exceeds European limits.

  • Here's our environment analyst Roger Karabin as an autumn weekend approaches, one and a half million households around the U.K., maybe looking forward to a cosy log fire, a wood stove yields a comforting warmth, it also creates particles that bury themselves in the lungs of the neighbours would smoke contributes on average ten per cent of the particle pollution in London, the Mayor sidique Khan, wants to ban the burning of all solid fuel, including wood in the most polluted parts of the capital by twenty twenty five, he's also asked permission to control the multiple other sources that together constitute, on average, half of all London's pollution that includes riverboats Canal barges bulldozers construction generators and other static equipment plans to restrict the biggest single source of pollution.

  • Motor vehicles are already under way people enjoying wood stoves in other polluted cities may now be worrying that their log burners could soon be facing the chop.

  • Officials at the Palace of Westminster have announced that the estimated cost of refurbishment work to the clock Tower, which houses big Ben has more than doubled.

  • Sixty one million Pounds is now expected to be spent on the project, as opposed to the initial figure of twenty nine million Pounds which was quoted in spring last year, he's a political correspondent Lil enough.

  • After initial anxiety Westminster is growing a custom to the silence and scaffolding while big bend the great clock and the Elizabeth Tower undergo crucial renovations, but this evening the House of Commons authorities announced that the estimated cost of the project has more than doubled to sixty one million Pounds.

  • They say they now have a full understanding of the extent of the work required, much of which is more complex than previously thought.

  • But they also say that experience of other conservation projects in Parliament has taught them to expect the unexpected and sew an extra seventeen million Pounds has been set aside for any unanticipated challenges, the House of Commons and Lords commissions, responsible for the maintenance of the Palace of Westminster express their disappointment at the cost increases parliamentary officials acknowledge that there had been estimating failures, but said they believe the current amounts proposed was more accurate, they promised have reports regularly on the progress of the work.

  • Former I.R.A. members could, for the first time face criminal charges for their alleged role in the events of bloody Sunday in nineteen seventy two thirteen people were shot dead when soldiers opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry another died of his injuries for months later, our Ireland correspondent Chris page Reports, the police began an investigation into bloody Sunday after a public inquiry.

  • Find the killings were unjustified during the inquiry, former members of the official I.R.A. said, the organisation had shot at soldiers in retaliation for the shooting of two demonstrators, but they denied firing the first shots.

  • The b. b. c. has nice letter from the public prosecution service to relatives of the bloody Sunday victims, it says detectives, have been investigating to Republicans some witnesses have given statements, for the first time, the official I.R.A., which came out of a split in the Republican movement declared a ceasefire in the early nineteen seventies, while the provisional I.R.A. continued a violent campaign, even McCann was a civil rights leader who was out the demonstration in Derry throughout the earth's scenes are among the soldiers began to be questioned, and so on.

  • Perhaps this issue of the official airy, we come to the surface again.

  • But look, those of us who have come here for the truth of the full truth about bloody Sunday, we can't object, and I don't object to you all the facts about bloody is in the matter as disco ordered by them.

  • All the parts about bloody Sunday should be brought out of, to be, or, but it's believed up to eighteen ex soldiers are being considered for prosecution cried lawyers will take at least six months to decide whether to bring charges six inmates have been convicted of taking part in disorder, which Led to a major riot at Birmingham prison last December, two of the men were found guilty of prison mutiny, following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

  • The other four had previously admitted the charge the riot lasted for fifteen hours and caused millions of Pounds of damage, Sophie long was in Court Friday the sixteenth of December saw the worst rioting in a British prison for more than two decades.

  • The trouble started early in the morning when six inmates climbed on to the safety netting stretched across the fourth floor, the situation quickly escalated keys were stolen and hundreds of prisoners were freed from their cells, they began smashing furniture and setting fires in a fifteen hour stand off, there were cost the taxpayer millions of Pounds for men admitted taking part in the disturbance.

  • For others, John Burton Luke Mansell Carl Brooks and Ross Queen denied the charge Burton and mansel admitted being on the netting, but said, there's was a peaceful protest against personal grievances.

  • The jury disagreed.

  • Both men were found guilty of prison mutiny.

  • The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the involvement of Carl Brooks and Ross Queen, both of whom admitted posting photos of themselves on social media wearing prison guard riot gear.

  • The six men convicted will be sentenced on Monday for the offence that carries up to ten years behind bars in the city, the one hundred share index ended the day fifty points higher at seven thousand Three hundred and seventy three on wall street, a short time ago, the Dow Jones was down ten points at twenty two thousand three hundred and seventy one on the currency markets, the pound is down nought point for sense against the dollar.

  • One dollar, and thirty four point one sense, against the euro sterling is down half a cent at one euro and thirteen point five cents make new euro worth eighty eight point one pence in cricket England hope to end the season with a victory against the West Indies, there chasing a target of two hundred and eighty nine runs to win their fifth one day international at Southampton, a short while ago, they were one hundred and thirty one without loss, the American entrepreneur, he lon mask has revealed that he aims to start sending people to Mars by twenty twenty four and will begin building the spaceships within the year.

  • He also claims, the same rockets could carry people around the earth, travelling from new York to Shanghai in as little as forty minutes.

  • Here's our science correspondent Jonathan Amos il en masse, has made a name for himself by pioneering reusable rockets for SA so when he says he can get humans to Mars and the moon, he's taken seriously.

  • He told the international Astra nautical Congress in Adelaide, he was impatient to get started.

  • This will enable the creation of a lunar base.

  • There's twenty seventeen, we should have a lunar base by Now, what the hell's going on.

  • He's designing a new rocket system called the B.F., Ah, that would carry one hundred people to a city on Mars.

  • My mask says his space x. company going forward is to re focus all of its efforts on this project.

  • It will be affordable.

  • He says, because the beer far would have a high flight rate, even ferrying people around the earth, in place of long haul jets nowhere would be more than sixty minutes away, he says.

  • The future is vastly more exciting and interesting if we are space bring civilisation and a multi species that if we're not, you want to be inspired by things you wanna wake up.

  • And what do you think the pewter can be great.

  • I can't think of anything more exciting than going up there, and being among stars.

  • My masks.

  • Many fans lapped up his presentation, but his numerous satellite customers will also be nervous that space exes about to divert all its current energies into such Grand ideas, the headlines again, the Governor of the Bank of England.

  • Mark Carney, has given the strongest sign yet that interest rates will be raised as early as November, he said.

  • The Banquet active, the economy continued on its current track the Department for work and pensions has defended its universal credit policy amid suggestions by a former civil servant, that it should be put on hold.