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british gas is to increase its electricity prices by more than 12%, affecting three million customers. the company says it's because of rising costs, and government environmental policies. we'll ask whether the government might introduce an energy price cap. also this lunchtime: anthony scaramucci is fired as white house communications director before he's even started the job — the third official to go in ten days. a new treatment for pancreatic cancer increases the number of patients whose surgery is successful by nearly a third — a charity says the findings are exciting. what are you doing out here? the rnli rescues a man a mile out to sea in a toy dingy — and warns about the risks of taking to the water unprepared. and the first male editor in the magazine's history, edward enninful, takes over today
at the helm of british vogue. how did i get into fashion? i was spotted on a train when i was 16 years old to be a model. and coming up in the sport on bbc news... champion gymnast ellie downey will miss october's world championships in canada, after having ankle surgery. she plans to return for the commonwealth games. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. british gas will increase electricity prices by 12.5% in september, a move which will affect more than three million customers. its parent company, centrica, said the price rise is because of the increasing cost of transmitting energy to people's
homes, and government environmental policies. the government has indicated that it may still legislate to impose a cap on energy prices. our business correspondent, theo leggett, reports. british gas likes to say it is putting its customers in control will stop but even if they turn the heating down, those on a standard variable tariffs will see their bills going up. after the increases announced today, the cost of an average dualfuel energy announced today, the cost of an average dual fuel energy bill, electricity and gas, provided by british gas, will be going up. it will now cost £1120 a year, an increase of £76 compared to last year. it is not the cheapest among the big players any more, but it is not the most expensive. british gas says it does mean 3 million people will pay more for their energy, but
another 5.3 million customers will not be affected. british gas‘s owner centrica says it has little choice but to increase bills because of the cost of providing electricity in particular which has increased sharply. the reason for this is the transmission and distribution costs have been going up as well as the environmental and social policy costs, and recently, we have been selling electricity at a loss. those are the reasons why we have had to put prices up, beginning in the middle of september. over the past six months, centrica has seen profits from its home energy business falling sharply and it has also lost hundreds of thousands of customers. it is gas has had pressure on its profits, and the domestic side, reflected in this announcement which they argue is because the price freeze and they argue most recently they have made a loss and electricity overall, so there is a on them i guess to make sure they are not loss—making.
earlier this year when other major energy companies raised their prices, the regulator of gems that the increases were notjustified. but plans for a cap have been watered down. the government needs to urgently look at what they do for the customers paying over the odds. there has been so much discussion about the energy market and it does not work for consumers, the discussion needs to end and we need to see some action. regulators want more people to shop around and switch suppliers to find a cheaper deal. but not everyone is willing to do that. for the sake of my case of nearly £20 saving a year, it is not worth it. not worth my time. nearly £20 saving a year, it is not worth it. not worth my timem nearly £20 saving a year, it is not worth it. not worth my time. it is dear enough as it is, that is why i have both and gas and electric together because you have the 10% discount. if i could together because you have the 10% discount. ifi could get together because you have the 10% discount. if i could get a together because you have the 10% discount. ifi could get a better deal somewhere else, i will always look for the best deal possible. centrica says it would welcome some changes to the energy market including the abolition of the expensive standard variable tariffs. our business editor,
simon jack, is here. what are the things that are really driving this as far as the companies concerned? centrica look like clear today, it is not the price of the electricity itself in the wholesale markets, that has gone down, it is the transmission costs. when the goodman says they want to use more renewables, that comes with a cost, and you have to connect the renewable sources to the network. there the things the companies have to do, things like rolling out smart and subsidising installation. these are government policies which they say have a knock—on effect. so the price of the stuff is not going down, but the permit is saying, we are not having that. we will not ta ke are not having that. we will not take the blame for these prices going up. but it is a big hit for a lot of households and could have an impact on inflation generally, it is a big part of everybody‘s bill going
up a big part of everybody‘s bill going up by a big part of everybody‘s bill going up by 12.5% and we saw rises earlier in the yearand up by 12.5% and we saw rises earlier in the year and there might be more to come which will have a knock—on effect on inflation. 0ur assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. what chance did you think ultimately some kind of price cap coming in? put it this way, i would not hold your breath. it is like expecting england to win the world cup, england to win the world cup, england men. it could happen, but on balance, probably not. and the reason we will not get the big price cap to cover 70 million customers is our old friend brexit, she is taking up our old friend brexit, she is taking up so much of the government's time and energy, there simply is not a legislative space to push through this sort of huge measure. the government had the option to include it in the queen's speech and decided against that. and many tory mps do not like the idea of a cap, it is not like the idea of a cap, it is not a tory sort of thing. but ministers want to talk top, to leave
it on the table almost as a stick to say to the energy companies, behave, or else! more likely, we could get a much more limited cap targeted on the most disadvantaged families, those on the warm homes allowance, around 2 million families. the regulator 0fgem will issue a report later in the summer which is expected to be one of their recommendations. we will not get the big cap covering all 17 million customers, we might get a mini cap. norman, thank you. the white house communications director, anthony scaramucci, has been fired just ten days after his appointment. he was dismissed last night, hours after generaljohn kelly, a retired marine general, was sworn in as the president's new chief of staff. officials say mr scaramucci made "inappropriate" comments to a magazine journalist.
it means three top officials have been sacked in the last ten days, as richard lister reports. my my start state is going to be in a couple of weeks so it is 100% tone —— totally cleansed and clean. anthony scaramucci never made the official start state, the white house decided what had to be clea nsed house decided what had to be cleansed was him. why? looked at his comments to the new yorker magazine where he said of the then white house chief of staff, reince priebus isa house chief of staff, reince priebus is a paranoid schizophrenic. and of the chief strategist of donald trump, iam the chief strategist of donald trump, i am not trying to build the chief strategist of donald trump, iam not trying to build my own brand on the strength of the president, i am own brand on the strength of the president, iam here own brand on the strength of the president, i am here to serve the country. but as it turned out, not for much longer, the victim of a vicious political culture he had spoken out to the bbc. one of the things i cannot stand about this town is the backstabbing that goes on here, where right grow up, in my neighbourhood, we are front—stabbers. neighbourhood, we are front-stabbers. this is the man who
helped to wield the night, the new chief of staffjohn kelly, the first retired general in the post since the nixon administration. his task is to bring order to the white house. as i think we have made clear a numberof times house. as i think we have made clear a number of times over the last couple of days to several people individually, general kellie has the full authority to operate within the white house and all staff will report to him. president trump has nothing but praise for generaljohn kelly but friends say the general was reluctant to become his chief of staff and will want to drive the white house agenda forward.“ staff and will want to drive the white house agenda forward. if the president of the united states is disrupted in himself, i think general kellie will have frank discussions about things he could do that would help the situation and improve it. with three high-level departures from the administration in two weeks, general kellie's job to maintain discipline will be a challenge. the question is, will we
see a more disciplined president trump and that is the big question going forward. keep in mind, the departure of scaramucci is perhaps the easiest thing that john departure of scaramucci is perhaps the easiest thing thatjohn kelly will be able to get done in this white house. general kellie will be watching this space, the president's twitter feed, which described yesterday's extraordinary sha ke—up is simplya yesterday's extraordinary sha ke—up is simply a great day at the white house. medical researchers have revealed details of a new approach to treating people with pancreatic cancer — one of deadliest forms of the disease. scientists in birmingham say a pilot treatment increased the number of patients whose surgery was successful, by almost 30%. the charity pancreatic cancer uk says the findings are "incredibly exciting". 0ur health correspondent, michele paduano, reports. kate rigby was amazed at how smoothly the nhs worked when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. within seven days, she had had surgery at the queen elizabeth hospital in birmingham. i feel quite emotional, actually.
i feel privileged. i can't control nhs budget, and all the other things for all the poor people who aren't as lucky as me, but what i can do is spread the word. normally, patients with jaundice like mrs rigby have a stent put in to relieve symptoms, which delays the main operation. but the hospital bypassed this step. a nurse was employed to speed up treatment from two months to 16 days. cutting out the stent also saved the nhs £3,200 per patient. we save the nhs potentially £200,000 per year, with the number of patients that have surgery within our team. and so that, then, is a reproducible model that other units up and down the country could use to go forward. at this point in time, you would want to go forward with the operation if you could, rather than go off and have a stent and the operation seven weeks down the line. pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate.
the survival rate is only about 7% in the uk, so sadly very low. i think what this provides us is a glimmer of hope for the future. it provides us with that all—important surgical technique, faster, and with proven results in terms of outcome. it will be two years before doctors can say whether treating patients more quickly actually means that they live longer. and if they do, that will beg the question as to whether or not other aggressive cancers should be treated more quickly. for now, kate rigby knows she's been given the best chance possible to survive pancreatic cancer. michele paduano, bbc news. a hospital trauma unit in oxford is being closed for up to a year because of fire safety concerns. cladding on the building at thejohn radcliffe hospital was assessed following the grenfell tower disaster. 52 inpatient beds will be moved to other wards in the hospital by friday. the local nhs trust says a combination of fire safety factors is the reason for the closure.
they found a number of things. first, they found the cladding was flammable. second, they found that the measures in place to stop fire from spreading from to floor were not as good as they should be. we have good measures to stop fire from spreading within a single floor, but we do not have measures it turns out in that building to stop spread from floor to floor as reliably as we want. all babies born in the uk will today be offered a new vaccine to protect from hepatitis b. it also immunises against five other diseases including diphtheria, polio and looping cough. it replaces the so—called five in one injection which has been given up until now. relatives of two opposition leaders in venezuela say the men have been re—arrested, just two days after a controversial vote to change the constitution. the daughter of one of the men — antonio ledezma — posted this video on social media.
she says it shows her father being taken away by officers from the intelligence service. the wife of the other man — leopoldo lopez — said she would hold the president responsible if anything happened to her husband. let's speak to our correspondent, will grant, in caracas. what is happening here? well, it is a worrying development. certainly, the authorities in venezuela have claimed for a long time that they are not a dictatorship, as has been said by the opposition over and over. but this sort of action in the dead of night, with the opposition leaders in their pyjamas as they are dragged away by armed and masked men of the security forces does nothing to strengthen that argument. 0n social media, there has been a huge reaction by their supporters, who
say this is simply a further step into autocracy and controlled by the government of nicolas maduro, but the government says the two men violated the terms of their house arrest by calling for action on the streets and violence during this recent and very controversial vote on creating a new legislative body in venezuela. so an extremely complex picture and things like this do nothing to calm the tensions of ordinary people on the streets not just of caracas, but across venezuela. thank you. the time is... our top story this lunchtime: british gas is to increase its electricity prices by more than 12 percent — affecting 3 million customers. and still to come... a makeover for the cloth—trading hall which was once at the heart of britain's textile industry. in the sport, hearts have sacked
head coach ian cathro after six months in charge. it follows their shock exit from the scottish league cup. a man who drifted a mile out to sea in a toy dinghy had to be rescued by a lifeboat crew last night, as he battled against the wind and tide off redcar. the alarm was raised at 7.30 in the evening — after he was spotted near a wind farm off the coast. the man was wearing just shorts and a top. it comes as the rnli says the number of near fatal incidents in uk waters is highest in august — and it's launching a campaign, urging people to take proper precautions when heading out on the water. rick kelsey reports from cornwall. tens of thousands of people will go
into the water of the uk this month. 0ne into the water of the uk this month. one of the most popular places is here in newquay. how would you describe the conditions? it is pretty good, pretty solid out there. josie has thejob pretty good, pretty solid out there. josie has the job of watching hundreds of surfers and swimmers here. on a beach like this, what are the trickiest things that could cause a problem? for holiday-makers, they just don't understand cause a problem? for holiday-makers, theyjust don't understand the water like we do. theyjust think they can go wherever they want. sometimes when you tell them, they don't like to be told what to do. every year, under 200 people die on the coastline and thousands more are injured. anthony miller was 23 when he went into the water. they were drinking, partying, and he said, i'm
going skinny—dipping. he ran in the sea and disappeared. i really, really wa nt sea and disappeared. i really, really want people to be aware that when you are on holiday or a live by the sea, and your out drinking, by all means have a good time but the water. because you may not come back out alive. the temperatures do not get much about 16 celsius, which is about the same that comes out of your. it is also the time that the quys your. it is also the time that the guys that work in this lifeboat station are the busiest. you could be out slipping on rocks, if you end up be out slipping on rocks, if you end up in the water you will be in your clothes, because you were not prepared. i want you to on your back, push your chin as chin as high
as you can towards the air. it is that initial part of giving yourself 90 seconds, let your heart rate go back, get your breath back, compose yourself. trainer lewis wants people to go against their natural reactions. despite the warnings, the amount of injuries and deaths has remained steady and the rnli want fewer people to get into trouble with this device. greater manchester police is facing fresh investigations by the police watchdog in connection with 3 fatal firearms incidents. the bbc‘s victoria derbyshire programme has learned that the independent police complaints commission is examining new evidence in the cases, which date from 2008 to 2013. many of the officers involved are still serving in the force. greater manchester police says its armed units do a very difficult job under the highest levels of scrutiny. simon cox reports. anthony grainger was shot dead in the village
of culcheth in cheshire march 2012. police believed he was planning an armed robbery. there were known violent criminals with him but they were unarmed. what do you mean, he is shot? we're not in america. and then they said the police did it. and i just collapsed. but i didn't believe it. even up until i saw his body. there was a public enquiry into his death. it was argued that there were mistakes in the police intelligence. some of the armed officers had failed training courses & the most senior officer had changed his notes on the operation. you've got separate failures which brings up the big picture of an organisation that is questionable. it looks farfrom good. we've discovered there's a new investigation into the case by the police watchdog. it follows evidence given
at the public enquiry. we've learned there's another new investigation into a shooting involving firearms officers from greater manchester police. ian terry was devoted to his job as a firearms officer. he was killed on a training exercise at this disused factory in 2008. an inquestjury ruled he would have been saved if the training had been properly prepared. we were told there had been an accident at work and everyone had done all they could but could not save him. john foxcroft ran the firearms training unit at greater manchester but left over safety concerns in 2006. i thought we were getting a little too much into the aggressive tactics. the more aggressive you get, the more likely you are to have people shot. earlier this year, the ipcc launch the new investigation into the case ofjordan begley, his mum called the police after a row with
neighbours. i've called the police as quick as i can. you're not going out! he died after being tasered and restrained by officers. greater manchester police says the firearms officers volunteer for the role and do a very difficultjob, quite rightly, under the highest levels of scrutiny. but with many of the officers still serving, it poses tough questions for greater manchester police. simon cox, bbc news. pakistan's parliament is to elect a prime minister to replace nawaz sharif, who was forced to resign last week in the wake of corruption allegations. the ruling party has nominated a former minister to serve as an interim leader — until mr sharif‘s 0ur south asia correspondentjustin rowlatt is in the capital islamabad. the thought has taken place in the
last few minutes. what happened. we got the result through. it's exactly what we expected. he has been elected prime minister of pakistan. this is by the members of the assembly, not by the people of pakistan. he is only in place for two months. the man appointed by the former prime minister, disgraced and kicked out of office, he nominated his brother to succeed. his brother is not actually an mp. he will be elected by the parliament as a prime minister succeeding biscay. we have
a new prime minister but he won't last for long. for now, thanks. britain's only surviving cloth trading hall reopened today, after a 19 million pound renovation. the piece hall in halifax once operated as a centre for handloom weavers, and was at the centre of the world's wool trade. the refurbishment of the grade—1 listed building has taken three years. 0ur correspondent fiona lamdin is there now. fiona... yes. the great gate opened this morning. thousands came flooding in. there were locals, we met a couple who came all the way from cornwall. extraordinary to think that in the 19705 this place was nearly demolished. it was saved byjust one vote. i've been taking a look back at its history. for the last two and at its history. for the last two and a half centuries, the piece hall has
stood at the heart of halifax. people came to trade pieces of cloth. there were 315 individual rooms built for the sale of cloth, from which clothiers would have sold the wall to merchants, who came from quite far afield, the wall to merchants, who came from quite farafield, including the wall to merchants, who came from quite far afield, including europe. the trade went back to europe and also to the americas. this is the only surviving cloth hall. 315 individual yet identical trading rooms. it seems such a waste that this beautiful building was only opened for two hours every week. but after the industrial revolution the cloth was mainly made and sold from the mills. in its place, the piece hall was filled with fruit and veg sellers. 0ne century on, this is how
it looked. a blot on the landscape, flattened to make way for a car park. 0ne flattened to make way for a car park. one of those who fought to saveit park. one of those who fought to save it was mary. she had a shop on the second floor. she's not been inside for decades. we took her back. isn't that lovely! when i first came in it was all black. there were warehouses and vehicles. double hulls that there were —— there were holes on the floor and it smelt cats. at 10am on the dot today, the people of halifax were welcomed back in. it is brilliant. it isa welcomed back in. it is brilliant. it is a plus for the tone. welcomed back in. it is brilliant. it is a plus for the tonelj
welcomed back in. it is brilliant. it is a plus for the tone. i am born and bred here. fantastic. good to see it how it is back to where it should be. i used to come here and hang out with my mates. it is really nice to see it. i hope that it takes off and people come and visit it because it is a fantastic place to be. nothing is new for these old stones, who have witnessed that before. you would think we are in italy. we've got the lovely weather. those i've spoken to are confident this will pull people to the region. it is extremely fitting that the day that it opens is yorkshire day. glorious, how fantastic. british vogue has a new editor today — the first man at the helm in the magazine's history. edward enninful has taken over from alexandra shulman, who was the editor for 25 years.
the uk fashion industry is worth 26 billion pounds a year to the economy — so people will be watching closely to see how mr enninful shapes the magazine. he's already made some some staffing changes, as our arts correspondent david sillito reports: he looks very eccentric and that will be perfect. i got into fashion, i was spotted on a train when i was 15 years old. it is a massive change. edward enninful is today in charge of one of the most important names in british fashion. vogue. it does not happen very often. the last british editor was in place for 25 yea rs british editor was in place for 25 years and from day one, change is a foot. they've gone on to snapchat
and there is a more diverse team. he has 500,0001nstagram and there is a more diverse team. he has 500,000 instagram followers. he has 500,000 instagram followers. he has appointed steve mcqueen, independent professionals who rely on social media to keep building their brands. vogue is the top of their brands. vogue is the top of the fashion tree and features clothes only a few can afford. it has been a pretty torrid time for the magazine business. there is new competition. fashion on your phone. n ewsa g e nts competition. fashion on your phone. newsagents have been closing. sales of glossy magazines have been dropping. people like whitney have been shaping the business. this is my blog. everybody wants fashion today, what is cool right now. that is why social media is so important.
do you still read the magazines?” do. people have been predicting the death of print for a few years and it hasn't happened. it is the excitement of flicking the page. waiting for the shoot to come up, for the new trend. it's everything. it's a new era and a new name in charge for business that is changing fast. let's catch up with the weather prospects. looked into the atlantic, an area of low pressure bringing these weather fronts with it. for today, a bit like yesterday,