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at six — the government's ambitious new plans to make the uk carbon—neutral by 2050. to balance out any greenhouse gases released, a big push for electric cars, renewable energy, and milllions of trees to be planted. push for electric cars, renewable energy, and millions of trees to be planted. going green at home — government help in england and wales to replace gas boilers in thousands of homes, with heat pumps. we'll be able, one day, to bring down the prices of green technology, evs and heat pumps and solar panels, in a way that we so rapidly made microwaves and mobile phones affordable. we'll be asking if the government can achieve its green goals by 2050 and what the price will be. also tonight.
a damning report says children who claimed they'd been sexually abused by the late labour peer lord janner were let down by the police and state. the elder brother of the manchester arena bomber salman abedi leaves the uk, after being ordered to appear at the inquiry into the attack. la palma's volcano is still erupting, overa la palma's volcano is still erupting, over a month now, la palma's volcano is still erupting, overa month now, it la palma's volcano is still erupting, over a month now, it has destroyed 2000 homes. and coming up on the bbc news channel. scotland take a big step towards qualifying for the super 12 stage of the men's t20 world cup, with a second win in three days. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. in less than 30 years�* time,
the united kingdom should be a net—zero country, putting nothing into the atmosphere which would make climate change worse — that is the ambitious target that the government has set out today. anything that does produce greenhouse gases, like industrial processes and aircraft, will be balanced by measures to absorb carbon dioxide — like planting more forests. the plans include £620 million grants for electric cars and charging points. it comes ahead of the united nations cop 26 climate conference in glasgow, which begins next month. with more here's our science editor, david shukman. every aspect of life is going to have to change as we go zero carbon. and now, after a long delay, the government is laying out its plans. and the key to it all is a belief that new green technologies will quickly become cheaper. the market is curowin , quickly become cheaper. the market is growing. is — quickly become cheaper. the market is growing. is going _ quickly become cheaper. the market is growing, is going green. _ quickly become cheaper. the market is growing, is going green. and - is growing, is going green. and people know that we have the technological solutions to these problems and they want to go green.
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in the global spotlight. so, promising action isn't enough. david shukman, bbc news. more than a fifth of the uk's greenhouse gas emissions come from heating buildings — homes, offices. and from next april, the government will be offering households in england and wales a subsidy to help meet the cost of replacing gas—fired boilers with low carbon heat pumps. so, what are they, and how much do they cost? well, it will vary, depending on the type and size of your home. they are costly — between £6,000 and £18,000 — but the government will give households £5,000 to bring the price down. £450 million is being set aside for this scheme over the next three years, but that will only cover the installation of 90,000 pumps. up to 25 million homes are currently heated by gas boilers. here's our consumer affairs correspondent, colletta smith.
it's time for the final checks on a newly—installed boiler. and like the vast majority of homes, this one runs on gas. james's company fit about 1,000 boilers a month across the country. all people want to do is turn the tap on and get hot water and turn the heating on and get heat. and it's a light box on the wall. thomas just forked out for a new home when he needed to replace the boiler. so even with an extra five grand from the government, there is no way he could have matched that with his own cash. you may want to make a greater decision, but you are limited by cost, i suppose. across the street, 91—year—old lottie made the same choice. she got a new gas cooler because it's cheapest. not everybody's got that. it costs over 2,000 l for this only last year. so it's draining - your bit of savings, you see.
heat pumps work by taking warmth from the ground or the air, squashing it, which makes it harder, and then pumping it round your house. margaret and john fitted an air—sourced pump to their home in anglesey, and she's delighted with the results. oh, my goodness, the difference it makes. actually fantastic. yes, it reduces our running costs, but it is costly to do it. it's good that the government is waving a little tiny green flag. it is not enough. for many people, a heat pump is an expense they cannot afford. it'sjust not going to be generous enough to help them do it. we're talking about households for whom investments and long—run returns on investments and their properties, it's just a foreign language. we all know that for the whole country to cut emissions, we will need to change our trains and our buses and even the cars we drive, but lots of people haven't clocked that to cut around a fit of our missions
—— fifth of out emissions, that change will have to take place right here in the heart of every household. james thinks the effort of installing insulation and the radiators would put most people off. 0nce into the transformation that would have to go on and the people that would need to be done in an existing property, then it becomes, right, well, maybe not me, then. every home is different, so there's no easy solution but, despite this, extra money and the government still need homeowners to be willing and able to pay for the change. colletta smith, bbc news, in pontefract. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth is at westminster for us now. will it be enough? these are long—awaited plans, it is worth saying, and no surprise they are being published less than two weeks before world leaders get together for a crucial summit on climate change in glasgow. the first key question is, do they go far enough, fast enough? the second is, what is the cost, to the treasury and therefore taxpayer, and families up and therefore taxpayer, and families up and down the country? the prime
minister is keen to stress this move to greener living doesn't have to be painful, the government says this isn't about making people by electric vehicles tomorrow all swapping your boilers for heat pumps next week of this is about encouraging people, and providing grants and support packages so hopefully these processes become easier and cheaper over time. the treasury has signed up to this plan, but they are conscious of the cost. they have done their own analysis and although they have not put figures on it, they talk about the impact on the tax system and the impact on the tax system and the impact on the tax system and the impact on public finances more broadly so they are conscious that there is a price tag. and there is some concern on the labour benches, and the conservative benches, about how affordable this is going to be for some of the households on the lowest incomes who are already facing a squeeze on their budget. this is a plan the prime minister will say when he meets those world leaders pretty soon is that the uk is leading the way, the big challenge is for the government whether they can take people with them. ., ~ whether they can take people with them. . ,, i.
a public inquiry has found "multiple failures" by police, prosecutors and council officials resulted in child abuse allegations against the late labour peer lord janner not being properly investigated. lord janner died in 2015, facing criminal charges relating to nine people who had been in children's homes that spanned back three decades. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. greville — later lord — janner, mp for leicester, well—known, a keen magician, a man who was repeatedly accused of sexually abusing children. you thought it was black and white, didn't you? you haven't a clue, have you? i haven't a clue! one of the first was mark, who, in 1991, told police lord janner had assaulted him as a child. it was like being embarrassed, feeling dirty, and it's something you wanted to keep private. the scars, you can't get rid of, you know, knowing that
if it had gone to court, you would have had yourjustice. there were two key moments which prevented that, according to the report. in 2000, police didn't pass the statements of mark and another man to prosecutors. that was "serious and inexcusable", the inquiry found. in 2006, a prosecutor decided not to push ahead with the investigation, a decision which was "unsound and strategically flawed". this is very recent history. it's not 50, 60 years ago. it would never be acceptable, but we're talking about - investigations that failed i to properly pursue multiple allegations of child sexual abuse, . on the basis that they were children in care and wouldn't be taken seriously. i lord janner wasn't arrested, he remained an mp, and he wasn't charged for nearly a decade — by which point, he was too ill to stand trial. he died shortly afterwards. justice wasn't done. not for the accusers or the accused.
no trial, and alleged victims abandoned attempts to sue in the civil courts. lord janner and his family had no opportunity to mount a defence. his son daniel said the report... but leicestershire police directed its response at the alleged victims. i'd like to start off with an apology to the victims involved in this case and also to commend their bravery, their bravery for coming forward. and we should've secured the charges against lord janner far earlier than we did. lord janner always denied the allegations, but because attempts to get to the bottom of them were "shut down", in this inquiry�*s words, the truth can never now be established beyond doubt. tom symonds, bbc news, at the child abuse inquiry. michael gove had to be escorted by police in westminster this afternoon, after anti—lockdown demonstrators attempted to surround him in the street.
footage shared on social media showed the communities secretary being encircled by police, after protesters approached him and began shouting. the met police said there had been no arrests following the incident, but will review the footage. the incident occurred amid heightened concerns over security for mps, following the fatal stabbing of sir david amess last week. cctv footage from a convenience store in north london shows a man believed to be the main suspect in the case of sir david amess walking towards gospel 0ak overground towards gospel 0ak overg round station. towards gospel 0ak overground station. the 25—year—old ali harbi ali is being held under the terrorism act and officers have until friday to question him. the elder brother of the manchester arena suicide bomber has left the uk, ahead of an appearance at a public inquiry he had been ordered to attend. 28—year—old ismail abedi has always
refused to answer questions from the inquiry into the attack, which killed 22 people in 2017. 0ur north of england correspondent judith moritz has more. ismail, bbc news, can i ask you a few questions, ismail? this is the last sighting of ismail abedi, when i tracked him down in manchester a year ago. why won't you help the inquiry, ismail? why won't you speak to the inquiry? he wasn't prepared to answer my questions then, and he also refused to co—operate with the public inquiry into the arena bombing. the bomber�*s brother has been ordered to appear at court this week, but that now seems highly unlikely. we understand that he is not currently in the country and there is no indication as to when he will return. ismail abedi clearly has important evidence to give to the inquiry and we urge him today, sir, to make contact with the inquiry legal
team — either directly or through his own legal representatives. as he surely must understand, if he does not do so, the public may infer that he has something to hide and so, sir, may you. ismail abedi was arrested on the day after the attack in 2017. he was found to possess extremist propaganda, but was released without charge. last year, greater manchester police said they were still investigating ismail abedi and were going to make further attempts to speak to him. but the bbc understands that a few weeks ago, he left the uk, on a flight to the middle east. and some of the families bereaved by the arena bombing have told us they're furious that he's been able to go abroad. a friend of salman abedi's, ahmed taghdi, has been ordered to appear too, but has also refused to comply with the court so far. unfortunately, he attempted to leave the country yesterday and, as a result, was arrested, so we have a high degree
of confidence that he will attend the hearing on thursday. a convicted terrorist who is alleged to have radicalised abedi, abdalraouf abdallah, has also been ordered to appear at the inquiry. tomorrow, it's expected that he will be brought to court from prison to face questions. judith moritz, bbc news, manchester. the time is 6.17pm. our top story this evening. the government announces ambitious new plans to make the uk carbon neutral by 2050, which includes planting trees on a mass scale. and coming up, a giant puppet of a syrian girl arrives in the uk to highlight the plight of migrants. coming up in sportsday on the bbc news channel: there's a big night of action in the champions league — jurgen klopp's liverpool are in the spanish capital to take on atletico madrid with top spot in the group up for grabs for the winner. for months, questions have been asked about professional footballers and how mnay have had
the coronavirus vaccine. the issue has until now remained shrouded in secrecy with several high profile players deciding not to reveal their vaccine status. but today the premier league has finally given details revealing that 68% of their football players are now double vaccinated. 0ur sports editor dan roan reports. the premier league season may be in full flow, but persuading footballers to get vaccinated has proved a challenge, with rates trailing behind other top sports. professorjonathan van tam has led the fight against covid, and today here at boston united, the lifelong fan of the club told me why it's so crucial that top players getjabbed. i'm mad about football. you know, most of this country is mad about football. and they are role models. whether they like it or not, they are role models, particularly for young adults and for children and young people. and so, what they say and do really matters.
we don't want, you know, any more squads that are short, that can't fulfil fixtures because half of them have got covid. liverpool bossjurgen klopp's expressed frustration with unvaccinated footballers, but today, after weeks of secrecy, the premier league revealed 68% of players are now fully protected, with 81% having had at least one jab. well, that's brilliant. i mean, that's a massive leap forward, isn't it, from where we were. and i can say here, that at boston united, of the total players and support staff, 90% now are double—vaccinated. so, we're in a very strong position, and i've had the privilege of vaccinating a couple players myself. despite the recent improvement, football here still lags behind top us professional sports, where full vaccination rates are above 90% and unprotected athletes have been subject to stricter protocols. why do you think it's taking longer here in the premier league? i worry about, you know, the influence of social media and the influence of untrusted sources.
of course it's disappointing when you see things like that, but i think the latest data that you've just given me on the premier league show that that tide is now very clearly turning. but what about the fans? from this week, in scotland, those going to events with over 10,000 attending have to have been vaccinated. these celtic supporters this afternoon the first to be asked for proof before entering. so, could it happen in england? it's clearly out there as an option. inasmuch as scotland has now already applied that rule. you know, i think we have to see what this winter is going to bring us. it could be very difficult. in tennis, unvaccinated players are unlikely to be allowed to take part injanuary�*s australian open. defending champion novak djokovic today expressing doubts he'll play. for the sporting elite, this issue not going away. dan roan, bbc news. the government's latest
coronavirus figures show there were 43,738 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means there were almost a5,000 cases on average per day, in the past week. currently, there are 7,749 in hospitalfrom covid. there were another 223 deaths, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive test — that's the highest daily figure for seven months, since the middle of march. hugh pym is with me. a fall in cases since yesterday — but the highest daily death toll for seven months,the government says it is keeping a very close eye on the figures. how concerned how concerned are how concerned are the government? the underlying rate week on week shows that hospital admissions, cases and deaths are rising by 10% or more and that is why downing street that it be known today that they were keeping a very close eye on case rates. officials are looking at a new type of the delta variant
which has been detected just to see whether it spreads more rapidly than delta itself. there is no firm evidence at this stage that it does but they are watching that, although they say it's not at this stage a variant of concern or officially under investigation. it is against that backdrop that amanda prichard, head of nhs england, when challenged by mps about boosterjabs said that invitations were going out as soon as people became eligible, at least six months after the second dose, but take up was not as rapid as it had been back injanuary and she said it was vital that people did take up their invitations because covid, in her words, was serious and still with us. an 80 year—old former soldier who was on trial in belfast accused of the attempted murder of a man during the troubles has died. unionist politicians had criticised the decision to prosecute dennis hutchings because of his poor health. our ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. almost five decades since
dennis hutchings was displayed —— deployed on the streets of belfast as a young soldier, he returned here to appear as a defendant in court. the trial�*s been extremely controversial in northern ireland, where the issue of prosecuting former soldiers for their actions during the troubles deeply divides communities. i mean, basically it came out of the blue after 40 yea rs. half the police force of devon and cornwall and some of them from here, belfast, came and arrested me. dennis hutchings always denied the charge of attempted murder in relation to the killing ofjohn pat cunningham, who had learning difficulties and was shot in the back when running away from an army patrol in 1974. it was myjob, when i was here, to try and help keep the peace, to protect people, which i did. and we're being treated like cannon fodder. recently, several cases against former soldiers have collapsed, but there are several hundred others involving killings by both the british army and paramilitaries which continue to be re—investigated.
what do you say to those families and victims who say there were injustices, and if northern ireland is to move on from the past, that people must be brought to justice in some form? i totally agree with you. but let's talk about justice for people, the hundreds of other incidents that are not investigated the same as what they're trying to investigate the military, who were sent here to do a job. the government has proposed ending all troubles—related prosecutions, but it's bitterly opposed. this woman has spent decades searching for answers. her mother was one of nine unarmed civilians killed by british soldiers in ballymurphy in 1971. if there's evidence, real evidence there, it has to be used. when you see trials collapsing, and there seems to be such a small chance of ever really getting the justice that you're looking for, is it still worth it to bring these cases to court? the public prosecution said there's
evidence there they've done wrong, of course they have to. on both sides of the political divide in northern ireland, there is opposition to the possibility of a complete amnesty. the proposals which they have put. on the table at this moment in time are not acceptable to anybody, victims' groups, families, political parties, - so they need to get back to the bones of the good friday- agreement and deliver upon that. what we need is a proper process that treats everyone the same and that allows cases to go forward only where there is new and compelling evidence. dennis hutchings, who passed away last night, had said he hoped to live long enough to clear his name. prosecutors say the case was in the public interest, but its outcome leaves resentment in northern ireland on all sides. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. a volcano on the spanish canary island of la palma, is continuing to spew lava, one month on from the initial eruption. nearly 2,000 buildings on the island have been destroyed and hundreds of people have been displaced. our correspondent danjohnson
is in la palma for us tonight. yes, there are around 7,000 people away from their homes because of this eruption which continues, and that volcano has actually grown over the last few weeks as more lava has built up and set hard in layers and there is no sign of that eruption relenting any time there is fresh lava pouring from the vents, and overhear where you can show you where the lava is flowing, because it is going right down the hillside here, having destroyed homes, villages and farmland. you can see right across here, down to the sea, all of that is lava that has flowed in the last month having destroyed everything in its path, and there are fresh fires breaking out all of the time with different forks of lava. over2,000 buildings the time with different forks of lava. over 2,000 buildings destroyed now, so are really difficult situation for the authorities to manage, but miraculously, nobody has been killed and nobody has been injured but there is a rescue mission under way tonight because
there are three dogs trapped in the yard of a home that has been cut off by lava and they have been fed by drone over the last month but now there is an attempt to drop in net and scoop them up and rescue them. a really complicated situation for everyone to manage. this is amal — a giant puppet of a nine—year—old girl from syria — made by the creators of the stage play, war horse. and she just arrived in the uk after trekking across europe. she started her long walk in turkey injuly and has covered thouands of miles to highlight the plight of young refugees. our arts correspondent david silitto has been to see her in folkestone. little amal, a 3.5—metre—tall puppet refugee, and... ..this is the beginning of the final leg of what is an 8,000—kilometre journey. there have been many stops across europe.
it takes you back when you see the physical reaction that we're getting, but also she's amazingly evocative. so, she's doing herjob. she has provoked strong feelings. in rome, the pope came out to meet her, but not everywhere has been quite so welcoming. especially at one stop in greece. people were stoning a puppet arriving? people were stoning a puppet arriving, which is nothing we expected, and feeling very strongly about it as well, shouting at her with everything they had. and here on the kent coast, which sees regular migrant arrivals along the shore, there is considerable local debate. this man is a ukip councillor, and he wasn't going to be meeting little amal. the event that's taking place in folkestone today is all about raising awareness,
about being welcoming to refugees. you would rather folkestone was less welcoming? personally, yes. but i would welcome . them if they came over here with a passport - or equivalent documentation. but by folkestone harbour, the crowds were out. this refugee was getting a hero's welcome. these interactions are about empathy and trying to be curious about somebody you don't know. and welcoming somebody that you don't know. she may only be a puppet, but she's already proved she's provocative and powerful piece of theatre. david sillito, bbc news, folkestone. and finally, the queen may be 95 years old, but she has turned down the oldie of the year award — saying you are only as old as you feel. in a letter written by her assistant private secretary, it says the queen sends her warmest
best wishes but does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept the award. the prize went instead to the french actress, leslie caron, who is 90. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz schafernaker. it has been a bizarre day of weather across the uk with strong winds, showers but the temperatures up to 21 c in parts of east anglia and the south—east, so really quite a warm day and if we have a look at the reason, it is this current of warm air which has originated in the tropics. in fact, air which has originated in the tropics. infact, if air which has originated in the tropics. in fact, if we trace it back, looking at the wind arrows and we are across the azores, here is the coast of the us and canada, and here we have the caribbean, so that is where the air has come from and it does sometimes happen. it is a little unusual but there is a lot of energy in that current over us in terms of strong winds and weather fronts crossing the country now. and