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today at six: the health and social care tax rise — while mps debate the plan, care workers give their verdict. most of the billions raised will head to the nhs in england — the care sector will not get its share of the extra money straightaway. unfortunately if a ship is sinking now, you can't wait three years before you provide the plug for the hole. it is just not going to happen. services are already deteriorating in quality. many of us knows someone who needs care — but are we all willing to pay for it in extra taxes? it isa it is a belief in some ways that we can actually — it is a belief in some ways that we can actually think about planning our finances for the future —— it is
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a relief _ speaking to the bbc, borisjohnson guarantees that the nhs will not be allowed to swallow up all the extra money. also tonight... high security ahead of an historic terror trial in paris — salah abdeslam will face justice for the bataclan attack six years ago. one is a famous footballer, the other is a famous rugby player — so how and why did the education secretary mix them up? from great britain, and raducanu! she's on court now — emma raducanu is playing for a place in the us open semi finals on her first appearance there. even she calls it surreal. she has just she hasjust won she has just won the first set. and coming up on the bbc news channel, we will look ahead to a big night of action for the home nations in world cup qualifying. wales host estonia knowing a win would move them up to second in their group.
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good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. in around an hour mps will vote on the tax rises announced by borisjohnson yesterday. though much of the £36 billion raised is headed for the nhs, ministers have portrayed the measures as a groundbreaking attempt to address the thorny issue of social care in england. but the big question today is whether it is the solution the care sector has been waiting for. here's what we know so far. anyone in england with assets less than £20,000 will have their care costs fully covered from october 2023. those with assets between £20,000 and £100,000 will receive state support, but it will be means tested. and from october 2023 no—one starting care in england will pay
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more than £86,000 on personal care across their lifetime. these changes will only apply in england. scotland, wales and northern ireland have separate arrangements for social care but they will receive more money. 0ur social affairs correspondent alison holt has been talking to care workers. mind the corner. this is where the government's reforms have to make a difference — the care front line where the pressures to support more people and to find enough staff are felt most acutely. between them, marilyn and nigel have a0 years�* experience as care workers. they've seen problems increase and need persuading that things will change. some shortages are normal now, which means the current staff are working their hours plus. there is no overtime pay and no bank holidays. i'm not very happy about the tax going up, because that's not going to give us any more staff and they won't be paying more money than what they should be.
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the and we will be paying more money than we should be. this is a family business with four dementia homes in norfolk. they need 122 permanent staff. they have 78. they welcome reform, but are sceptical that more money will be shifted from the nhs as promised in three years. unfortunately, if the ship is sinking now, you can't wait three years before you provide the plug for the hole. we read reports every day of care homes failing in quality issues. they're not failing intentionally, they're failing because they don't have the necessary people. for care home residents, whilst the new care cap will limit what they have to pay to £86,000, only care costs will count towards it, not accommodation costs. the government also says local authorities will be expected to increase their fees and negotiate for self—funders so they don't pay more than council residents. there has been a cross—subsidisation in the sector
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from people that are paying privately, and that needs to end and this new funding will mean that local authorities will be able to pay more for the care package, which hopefully will then translate itself into even more support for the workforce. it's fair to say that there's been a mixed reaction from people who work in, commission or use care services. 0n the one hand, there is relief that there's a plan for them to work with. but they are also worried about the money. i'm told that in local government, the mood is one of despair. they can see the new levy increasing wages, more demand coming from people now eligible for support, and they're not convinced the money is there to cover it. conservative—run somerset county council is one of many authorities already struggling with the demand for care. here, requests have increased by 34% since the pandemic. the leader says reforms are needed, but don't ease immediate pressures. i'm pleased to see that something is being done, but our problem is now, and then we've got all the dangers
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of a winter epidemic or winter problems for people if we come into a really cold period. people need additional help. so i think there's a real challenge here as we go through the next few months. they are pressures that mean there is still some way to go before those at the heart of care will be convinced that the system is going to be fixed quickly enough. alison holt, bbc news. even some critics of the government's proposals accept that it is at least trying to tackle the issue of social care, something previous governments have dodged. but in the commons today much of the debate has centred on who will end up paying the new taxes and whether the measures meet boris johnson's own pledge — that no—one will have to sell their house to fund their care. here's our deputy political editor vicki young. no, your eyes aren't deceiving you. the conservative government is about to put up your taxes to raise money for the nhs, and labour will vote against it. it feels like a distortion of the political landscape and it
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brings risks for the prime minister and the labour leader. borisjohnson�*s overriding some tory anxiety. he believes voters are prepared to pay for better funded public services. in order to deal with the problems of the nhs backlogs, you also have to fix social care. we are taking the tough decisions, mr speaker, that the country wants to see, we are putting another £36 billion in. but the labour leader says the extra taxes are falling on the wrong people. working people will pay higher tax, those in need will still lose their homes to pay for care and he can't even say if the nhs backlog will be cleared. well, he gesticulates but they are all breaking their manifesto promises and putting up taxes on their working constituents for this?! of all the ways to raise public funds, why is the prime minister insisting on hammering working people? mr speaker, we are proud of what we have been doing
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throughout this pandemic to look after working people. under the plans, some will still have to fork out as much as £86,000 for their care, which could force them to sell their home. mrjohnson�*s promised to stop that happening, suggesting people will be able to take out insurance to protect themselves. there's no doubt borisjohnson�*s taking his party down and unfamiliar path, notjust these tax rises but others announced back in march. together, that is set to take the uk tax take to historically high levels, the highest level it has been since 1969, and at levels that haven't been sustained in the uk's history. so it really is uncharted water. and for some tories it goes against every instinct. if you create an nhs tax, you have an nhs tax forever. it will never go down, it can only go up. no party's ever going to stand an election saying, "i've got a good idea, vote for me, i'll cut the nhs tax." 0ther conservatives share this concern but very few
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will oppose the plan. and right now borisjohnson and sticking to his own mps behind closed doors, he has apparentlyjust told them they are the party of low taxation, maybe trying to reassure them. there is no sign of a tory rebellion, partly because many tory mps have hundreds if not thousands of constituents waiting for nhs care, they are concerned, i think, that money is being handed over but there are no clear targets yet for there are no clear targets yet for the nhs or details on social care reform. at one thing is very obvious today, borisjohnson is delighted that in one hour labour mps will vote against these tax rises which will mean more money for the nhs. studio: thank you. ministers have made it clear that the lion's share of the extra cash raised by the new taxes will initially go to the nhs — and not the care sector.
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theyjustify that by pointing to the huge backlog in those waiting for nhs treatment in england, made worse by the pandemic. but speaking to the bbc, borisjohnson refused to set any targets for reducing waiting times. he was speaking to our health editor hugh pym. you see people come forward... the prime minister was back at the hospital trust where he was treated in intensive care during the first covid surge. he's announced a new three—year funding dealfor the nhs in england to help clear the backlog of cancelled operations. this is a training area at the st thomas�* trust with no patients, so no masks required while i asked what impact the new money might have. in england, there are more than 300,000 waiting more than a year for an operation. before the pandemic, it was nearer 1,000. how much is that going to come down? give us an idea. we are going to work as fast as hard as we can, hugh. but don't you need to give some targets as to where you want to get to? we want our nhs to... they think they can do 9 million treatments with the money we're giving them.
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we hope that that will be... i'm sure they can do it, and we want the backlogs to be cleared as fast as possible. now we need to put the funding in to fix the backlogs, to pay the nurses, also to do the underlying reforms. can you get those one—year waits down to where they were pre—pandemic? of course that's what we want to do, but i'm afraid, and we should be very clear about this, things may well get more difficult before they get better because we don't, as we sit here now, we don't know the rate at which people are going to come back. but health service representatives have said the funding is less than what's needed to tackle all the challenges ahead. we are grateful that there is extra money for us to address this backlog, but it's important for us to be honest and to say that if covid continues,
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we won't have enough to address both that and the backlog. covid will continue and the question is how much and for how long. hospital admissions are rising week on week, and the prime minister struck a downbeat note. the numbers of infections remain high or high—ish, and i am certainly concerned. what i'm particularly concerned about is that in great hospitals like this, 75% of the people who are succumbing to covid still are not vaccinated. he denied claims that the proceeds of a new levy would be entirely consumed by the nhs, and said social care would get a fair allocation. that's for the longer term. he knows for now, the virus is the main priority. hugh pym, bbc news. in the 2a hours since borisjohnson announced the tax rises for health and social care he's been repeatedly accused of breaking a conservative election manifesto pledge.
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his defence is that people across the uk will understand the need to raise extra cash after the exceptional spending to deal with the pandemic. well, is he right? our special correspondent ed thomas has been asking people in leigh in greater manchester. it's been a long road. this is respite for the wigan and leigh carers�* centre. everyone here needs help. this is mary, she is 87. 18 months ago she was diagnosed with vascular dementia. and also alzheimer's. i live with her, help her get dressed, help her wash, 24/7. me and her husband are selling our house to move in with her. there is optimism that this social care reform will transform their lives. if this means that you will be able to get home care, what difference will that make to your life? i think eventually, it will mean a lot to us. there is going to be a stage
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sometime in the next ten years that it's going to come to a point where we need outside help to come in. i used to look after my mother—in—law full—time until she went into a care home. i now look after my wife, hazel, who had meningitis and then major brain surgery afterwards. so these changes, too late for your mother—in—law, but what about your wife? it's a relief in some ways that we can naturally think about how to plan our finances for the future. what is at stake? everything. being looked after. my kids being looked after in the future. leigh is a town that has struggled through covid, and so have the young. charlene and phoebe are just starting their careers, with a sense of unfairness. so what is your reaction to the new health and social care levy? the younger generation, it is not fair on those who have to pay so much tax. and it is going to go
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in their pocket and not ours when we are working so hard for it. to get on the property ladder and to save for a better life and things like that, we have got to pay for something that should have _ already been paid for by the people who are benefiting at the end of the day. remembering simpler times. 60s nostalgia inside neil's cafe. right now, the priority is to survive the pandemic. at the moment, we are just about keeping going. the fear is that employer contributions for social care reform will be too much. i fully understand that we need to address this, but it is an extra 50 or 60 quid a week. multiply that by three or four staff and it is seriously going to see a lot of businesses off. there is uncertainty, but also hope for those who desperately need care. ed thomas, bbc news, leigh. it has just it hasjust gone it has just gone quarter past six.
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our top story this evening. mps debate plans for the health and social care tax rise — reaction is mixed from both the care and business sector over the proposals. a spike in covid cases wreaks havoc in schools across northern ireland, as swathes of children are forced to isolate at home. the stormont assembly is being recalled. on the bbc news channel, the open championship is returning to royal portrush in 2025, it will be the third time the courts in northern ireland has staged a major after welcoming it back in 2019. in paris, the trial of 20 men accused of involvement in the attacks which left 130 people dead in november 2015 began today. it is an historic moment. for the thousands who were affected, directly or indirectly, on that night of terror, it will be a painful reminder of what happened, but also a chance to see justice done.
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as our paris correspondent lucy williamson reports, gunmen targeted the capital's bars and entertainment venues including the bataclan concert hall. the sirens sounded again in paris today for the man accused of terrorising the city six years ago, sounds that once accompanied that fear and panic, sounds that once accompanied that fearand panic, now sounds that once accompanied that fear and panic, now accompanying the defendants on their way to justice. it was a night when security felt uncertain, when no one in paris knew where to run. as islamist gunmen targeted bars, restaurants, the football stadium, the bataclan concert hall. explosion. the only attacker to survive that
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night is facing the most serious charges. 19 others are accused of involvement including a man also wanted by belgian prosecutors in connection with the attacks in brussels. today, a message from abdessalem ayouni. as the trial opened, the dad asked for his profession. fighter with the islamic state, he replied. this case includes almost 2000 civil plaintiffs, many of whom have opted not to testify. plaintiffs, many of whom have opted not to testify-— not to testify. translation: the sufferinu not to testify. translation: the suffering is _ not to testify. translation: the suffering is unspeakable. - not to testify. translation: the suffering is unspeakable. it - not to testify. translation: the suffering is unspeakable. it is - suffering is unspeakable. it is inexpressible, but they expect tough justice. the acts these defendants are accused of are particularly monstrous. are accused of are particularly monstrous-— are accused of are particularly monstrous. . , , monstrous. the trial is being held in a specially _ monstrous. the trial is being held in a specially built _ monstrous. the trial is being held in a specially built chamber- monstrous. the trial is being held in a specially built chamber insidej in a specially built chamber inside the old courts ofjustice to fit its scale and security demands. this trial is the antidote to the chaos and panic of that night six years ago, the moment when the french state reasserts control and turns national trauma international history. joseph's wife died in the
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bataclan that night. they had gone out to celebrate the launch of the riverboat company he now runs a loan. how does he feel about looking the main protagonists in the eyes? translation: to me, he is nonexistent, he isjust a translation: to me, he is nonexistent, he is just a face. translation: to me, he is nonexistent, he isjust a face. i have seen the attackers myself at the bataclan. when they were shooting at us, they shot at us twice. the first time, we were able to escape. the second time, no. joseph told me he was afraid of coming here today. fear is something he knows about. justice is the antidote he needs. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. as if the education secretary gavin williamson didn't have enough on his plate, he's now had to clarify how he confused the england and manchester united footballer marcus rashford and the england rugby star maro itoje in an interview he gave to the evening standard.
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this afternoon his department said he'd made a "genuine mistake," but it hasn't stopped a flurry of activity on social media. our political correspondent damian grammaticas is at westminster for us. this all sounds embarrassing. yes, it is uuite this all sounds embarrassing. yes, it is quite a — this all sounds embarrassing. yes, it is quite a gaffe _ this all sounds embarrassing. yes, it is quite a gaffe by _ this all sounds embarrassing. yes, it is quite a gaffe by the _ this all sounds embarrassing. yes it is quite a gaffe by the education secretary. he was asked by the newspaper if he had ever met the england footballer marcus rashford, a high—profile campaigner. mr williamson said yes, we met over zoom, heating and can be engaged, compassionate and charming. his aides then had to step in and point out that he had actually met the england rugby player maro itoje. mr rashford's side have released a statement in which they said that these are two incredibly successful young black men, but there is little more that they have in common. rashford has campaigned based on his expenses of poverty going up for free school meals. maro itoje, from london, has campaigned for access to computers for children through the
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pandemic. they have both made light of this. maro itoje has tweeted, i thought it was necessary to confirm that i am not marcus rashford and while we are here, my name is not mario either. marcus rashford has tweeted at his manchester accent could have been a giveaway. but mr williamson has come out and said that it was him conflating the issues, he made a genuine mistake. he said he has respect for both men. but this is a bit awkward for him. there have been questions about his competence in exams in england last summer and the return to school now, and also talk about a possible cabinet reshuffle in the near future. ., ~ , ., the home secretary, priti patel, has been meeting her french counterpart to discuss the surge in the number of migrants crossing the channel in small boats. this year has seen a significant increase in those arriving here compared with the previous 12 months. more than 1,000 people have made the dangerous journey this week alone. nick beake reports from calais.
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they'd set off in the early hours, and by mid—morning they were being escorted on to british soil. they'd made it. a perilousjourney, but one more migrants are prepared to take now the weather in the channel has improved. at the same time, the home secretary was talking to her french counterpart about how they can stop this latest surge in crossings. the government have accused the french of not doing enough. my right honourable friend the home secretary is dealing with it in the best possible way, which is to make sure that they don't leave those french shores. we depend to a large extent on what the french are doing, but clearly as time goes on and this problem continues, we are going to have to ensure that we use every possible tactic at our disposal. hundreds of mostly young men are in the calais area, dreaming of a new life in britain. we were told smugglers are asking for £3,000 for a place on a boat, money that most do not have.
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we met 23—year—old mohammed, who was a medical student in sudan. he says he will keep on trying the sea route, because there is more chance of success than trying by road or railway track. i go to port maybe four times per week, but i am not successful to now. by track, it is more difficult, and the degree of success may be, like, 10%. but by the sea, maybe, like, 70 to 80%. tourists enjoying perfect conditions on the northern french coastline this afternoon, but in the coming days these calm waters will be the starting point for more attempted crossings. the authorities here say the smuggling gangs are using one specific tactic more and more. they put maybe a dozen migrants in a small boat and attract the attention of the french coastguard, but actually it is a decoy and further down the shore hundreds of migrants are able to get into much larger
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boats and leave undetected. the local mp here claims they have doubled patrols but face an impossible task. we need also to tackle why the migrants want to cross. it means the british government needs to change some pieces of internal law to make it harder for migrants, illegal migrants, to find accommodation, houses and jobs in the uk. but this is a long—standing problem that has resurfaced in this post—brexit world, and will need cross—channel cooperation. nick beake, bbc news, calais. so let's take a look at the latest uk coronavirus figures, and there were nearly 39,000 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means an average of 38,925 cases per day in the last week. the figures also show
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there were 7,907 people in hospital being treated for coronavirus yesterday. 191 deaths were reported in the latest 2a hour period, that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. that takes the average number of deaths per day to 133 over the last week. on vaccinations, nearly 89% of people over the age of 16 have had theirfirstjab, and just over 80% have had both doses. schools in northern ireland have been overwhelmed by what teaching unions are calling a tsunami of absences due to covid. pupils who are close contacts of a positive case, and who haven't had the virus in the last 90 days, are advised to stay at home until they get a negative pcr test — whereas most schoolchildren in england, wales and scotland can continue to go to school unless they have symptoms or test positive. many parents in northern ireland are struggling to book tests. the stormont assembly is being recalled on thursday to discuss the situation.
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our ireland correspondent emma vardy has this report. one of the pupils in the class has been tested positive for covid, so you need to come and collect your daughter at school now. less than three weeks into the new term, and more than half of larne high school's 700 pupils are at home self—isolating and waiting for covid test results so they can return. it has just been crazy, lots of people off. last year we all went off and came back better, but it has almost come back worse. she will need to isolate, then. and the school has just been notified of another positive case. as well as having to contact everyone in that pupil's form class, they will have been in other classes for different subjects too, so the list grows longer. normally, this class would have a year 12 geography class doing gcse, but as you can see today, there are no children in the room. in northern ireland, the job of contact tracing has fallen to schools themselves, but many say it is not sustainable. by 10:20pm on sunday, we had had to contact over 300 families and ask
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did you ever imagine it would be so many pupils off at one time? no, we didn't. i think what we are really looking for is a long—term strategy, and probably vaccination will be at the heart of that strategy so that children can continue to come to school for prolonged periods. new proposals are being put together to deal with a high rate of absences ahead of the assembly being recalled tomorrow, and it is likely that the responsibility for track and trace will be taken away from teachers and become the job of northern ireland's public health agency instead. the first minister of northern ireland, paul givan, has suggested going further. instead of sending pupils for the more time—consuming pcr tests, to use instant lateral flow tests instead, but there is not the same confidence in the results. it is very, very disruptive for the children. i'm so bored, i can't be bothered. in lisburn, adele's son has been sent home twice in two weeks.
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the only available drive in centres for testing were in derry, which is about an hour and a half from here. to me, itjust seems very strange. everybody knows the schools are going back in september, why hadn't they prepared for that? it's shambolic, to say the least. more support from the public health agency emma vardy, bbc news. emma raducanu's latest battle in the us open is under way, making her the youngest british tennis player to play a quarterfinal there in more than half a century. the 18—year—old's match against switzerland's belinda bencic began just over an hour ago at flushing meadows. samira hussain is watching. the teenagerfrom kent the teenager from kent now finds herself the hottest new attraction
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in world tennis. one reason she has made it this far is her apparent ability not to get distracted by the new fame and attention. the other, of course, is her skill on the tennis court, currently on full display. tennis court, currently on full disla . ., , ., tennis court, currently on full disla. ., , . �* ., ., display. from great britain, emma raducanu! emirati_ display. from great britain, emma raducanu! emirati kanu's- display. from great britain, emma i raducanu! emirati kanu's aggressive s le of -la raducanu! emirati kanu's aggressive style of play has _ raducanu! emirati kanu's aggressive style of play has got _ raducanu! emirati kanu's aggressive style of play has got her— raducanu! emirati kanu's aggressive style of play has got her this - raducanu! emirati kanu's aggressive style of play has got her this for - style of play has got her this for —— emma raducanu. she has seemingly breezed through her previous matches, but today's opponent only last month won olympic gold in tokyo. but as in the last round, the british teenage sensation quickly composed herself, finding her rhythm and winning the first set. and it was raducanu who looked strongest at the start of the second set too, dictating the play and breaking her opponent again. raducanu seems close
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to clinching that win and making it on into the semifinals. but george, no matter how this ends, it is clear that emma raducanu has won over the hearts of the crowds here in new york, just as she did back injune at wimbledon. we will certainly be seeing a lot more of her in the future. yes, what a talent. thank you. time for the weather, i gather there has been record breaking weather in scotland? , , , ., , , ., scotland? yes, this short spell of hot weather _ scotland? yes, this short spell of hot weather is _ scotland? yes, this short spell of hot weather is starting _ scotland? yes, this short spell of hot weather is starting to - scotland? yes, this short spell of hot weather is starting to come i scotland? yes, this short spell of| hot weather is starting to come to an end, but this was the scottish borders earlier today, where temperatures reached 29 degrees. it has been the hottest september day in scotland since 1906. it was 29 degrees at article, but that temperature was met in many other parts of london and wales. the higher temperatures were in heathrow, where it was 30. in south wales, it has not been as hot today
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