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tv   Britains Dangerous Buildings  BBC News  November 21, 2021 4:30pm-4:46pm GMT

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across the north of scotland with bits and pieces of rain coming through or what is not going to be more of a westerly breeze. so maybe notjust feeling as cold as it did do through the course of sunday, but still a high of only ten. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... ole gunnar solskjaer has been sacked as manchester united's manager. michael carrick has been placed
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in temporary charge. fires and fighting on the streets of the hague — lockdown protesters clash with dutch police in a second night of violence. in the uk — an investigation is being launched into whether there is racial bias in the design of some medical devices used by the national health service. the health secretary said people may have died as a result of the issue. chinese tennis star peng shuai has said she is �*safe and well�* in a new video call with the international olympic committee — and has asked for privacy. it follows international concern over her wherabouts after she went missing — following sexual assault allegations against a chinese official. the rac has issued a warning over soaring petrol prices as drivers face tough choices in managing their budgets. the motoring organisation has said the record prices at the pumps are hitting families at a time when pressures on finances
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are already high. rod dennis is from the rac and he told me more about the costs involved. the average price is found about £1 47 at the moment and £150 for diesel and what we are saying here at the rac is if we look at what is happening in the wholesale market, this is the price which retailers buy fuel in for, and there has been some dramatic drops in the last few days what we're saying to retailers especially the biggest ones is they really should be cutting petrol prices now. the price that drivers are paying on average at the moment simply isn'tjustified on the basis of what retailers are spending themselves. isn't there often are like, though between resale prices catching up with wholesale and they could explain away that way? i think that was the case if they were buying food on a sporadic basis, smaller retailers who don't top up that often perhaps winning new fuel deliveries every fortnight or so if you're one of biggest retailers
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and supermarkets you are buying fuel all the time and we have said this consistently at the rac that this effective rocket and feather and prices going up extremely quickly when wholesale markets going up or dropping really slowly when prices are going down and given what you said in the intro there we know there is a huge amount of pressure on household finances going into this winter particularly with high inflation, high domestic energy prices as well. we really think it is notjustified retailers to hold on to the amount of extra money they're making at the moment. the prices do seem particularly high because they did drop quite a lot during lockdown, didn't they, because people were travelling and the demand dropped. what sort of leverage have you really got, though, against these big buyers and sellers of petrol? it is a difficult one but i would like to think here at the rac we have got a good record of calling for retailers to cut prices for them to actually follow. what we're doing are looking at what is happening in the wholesale market which is all we ever do another time in the domestic energy markets inhibit the rac we do
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that the drivers when it comes to petrol and diesel prices. we know retailers are paying as much fuel at the moment and we would really like especially at the present time for those price reductions that retailers are benefiting from to be passed on at the pumps. what has been happening here is the amount of margin retailers are taking is around 10p on every litre at the moment and that is double what it was basically before covid—19 covid—19 was and they are taking significantly more at the moment and all we're saying is play fair especially people are particularly hard up and depend on their vehicles and actually start to charge petrol prices at much more affordable levels. britain's panto season has arrived and — as ever — audiences can expect songs, laughs and plenty of family fun. but the producers of the one show claim to have something a bit different. cinder—alyah is billed as the first ever muslim pantomime. shabnam mahmood has more. —— the producers of one show. sings in arabic.
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it's that time of the year again. oh, yes it is — rehearsals for christmas pantomimes have begun. the great muslim panto is not much different to your average production but this one has been made with muslims in mind. for the british muslim audience, there is nothing like this out there and itjust makes it for a very relaxed outing with the family, knowing that they can trust me, first of all — i've make sure that's clear — that everything will be on the halal side, there will be nothing inappropriate, they can bring kids of any ages to come and have a laugh. i've written it for the kids but also for the parents to enjoy as well. cinder�*aliyah follows the traditional story of a young girl mistreated by her evil stepmum and sisters. you're facing the wrong way! am i? like all pantos, it has plenty of songs, costume changes and comedy. i think people are eager to see representation and diversity on the screen and in the theatre and this is exactly what we are doing and it is
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what penny appeal are doing and i think, yeah, we're just trying to make it, you know, very inclusive. both scream. look! what is it? it's a spot! the performance is not restricted to a muslim audience. organisers are hoping panto can transcend religious boundaries. i think it's nice to just see other cultures, other religions and just see that they are just like everyone else. it's fun and you can resonate with them as well. now you've got a spot too! we're not shoving religion down people's throat, we're just saying this is a classic tale, you all know it, but hey, it's asian—style. this is — have fun with it, join us with this and just see that we're just as fun and eclectic as, you know, the western community. billed as the first—ever muslim panto, the show has proved to be a surprising hit since coming to the stage four years ago. and tickets for this year's tour have already almost sold out.
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where did the smoke come from? i have wind! the show is also hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity. shabnam mahmood, bbc news, wakefield. now on bbc news, sarah corker investigates britain's dangerous buildings. who should pay to fix britain's dangerous buildings? it's four and a half years since the grenfell tragedy, yet more than half a million people are still living in flats wrapped in flammable materials. from london to leeds, manchester to merseyside, many homes are unsaved and unsellable. what work needs doing on the building, what needs replaced? so, if you look, all the timber cladding that you see all has to come down. those who can least afford it are facing life—changing bills. i'm on universal credit and every penny counts. we are still facing high, huge, out of this universe type of bills. there are warnings this is becoming
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a mental health crisis too. it's a financial strain that is forced to be to take medication for my mental health. just to keep afloat. safety checks have exposed the failure of building regulations over decades. we were having meetings with governments in 2009 and 2010 with our concerns about the quality issues on building sites. this is britain's building safety crisis. but who is to blame? so this is the children's bedroom. they share a room which you can see is quite cramped, a lot of stuff in here. in south london emma has outgrown her one—bedroom flat. this is the living room and... this doubles as your bedroom? yeah. in the evening it's
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like changing rooms. and in here is my bed. it was 12 months ago when we first met. back then she had just been told that her block was so unsafe it needed round—the—clock fire wardens. i'm angry, i'm actually furious at it. this is ruining peoples lives. a year on they have had a fire alarm install but her block won't get any funding to fix the fire safety faults. 18 metres is the cut off government support. these apartments fall short. to know that we haven't got nothing and it's all down to us is just devastating. because you're four stories rather than six stories? yes, yes, wejust fall short. what colour was the cake? chocolate cake! oh, very nice. she is out of working
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on universal credit. she bought an affordable housing scheme years ago but her share to fix the building could be up to £30,000. how is the way you feel about your home change through all of this? my mum died when i was 19. so the deposit for my flat essentially was inheritance. i actually was sensible and thought well, i'll invest it into something for my life and for my future. fast forward to this now, ifeel like it's probably been the worst thing that i've ever done is sign on the dotted line. i'm stuck with something that potentially might ruin me. it's hard to think about it all because it's just too much, too heartbreaking. concerns over building safety were triggered by the grenfell fire in 2017. 72 people died. an inquiry found the type
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of cladding used known as acm was the primary cause of the fire's rapid spread. something wasn't right. since then the cladding crisis has only escalated, there have been a wave of demonstrations. safety checks on other tower blocks after the grenfell tower fire found notjust problems with cladding but many other fire safety defects too. flammable balconies, missing fire breaks, defective insulation. and the question at the heart of this issue is who's to blame for those failures, who should pay to fix them? more conservative mps are openly criticising their own government. please go on stage and join us. the mp for stevenage has been a thorn in the side of his own party. if we don't want another grenfell, if we want buildings to be safe -
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lease holders cannot be forced to pay. - i'm standing up for not only the leaseholdersl in my constituency but the lease holders over the country. - there are millions of people trapped and i don't want to live _ in a society where we write off millions of people. _ the government has announced a £5 billion fund to remove dangerous cladding on the highest risk blocks, above 18 metres, a 4% cladding tax on developers on profits higher than £25 million will help to pay for it. the buildings under 80 metres, plans for a loan scheme have been paused. currently there is no financial help for those living in smaller blocks. and the housing select committee estimates this is at least a £15 billion problem. that is just to remove cladding. i work so hard constantly, working to provide food for my child, working to provide a roof
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for my child that i did the thought that that could just go away in an instant because i already seen people become bankrupt because of the situation. sophie bought this two bed flat in chelmsford just weeks before her son reuben was born. but their world came crashing down. which part of the building is a problem? behind you you can see the acm panels. so this stuff here? that's the same type of cladding as grenfell. sophie is left to find out how much it may cost to remove and it's taking a toll on her mental health. i've had depression where you can't get up and couldn't see the point in anything. i've been able to pick myself up from the worst of it but since then i've had such bad issues with anxiety. some days i feel like i can't leave the house and i have physical problems leaving the house because i feel sick. sophie is not alone in her struggles. i've come to sheffield to find out
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more about how housing and health are interlinked. new research carried out by academics here and shared exclusively with the bbc found that the building safety crisis is having a severe impact on the mental health of some leaseholders. it was a kind of really catastrophic experience for some people. that's not something that exists today but kind of goes on in the future as well. and worst—case scenarios? several people as point of crisis through building safety problems. this is in a result of them needing to get immediate help from a gp. things like feeling that they couldn't go on, they were trapped and they couldn't see a way out of this crisis was leading to feelings of suicide and self—harm. if we don't see a change in policy, some action actually, where is this going to end? back in chelmsford sophie went to her gp for help and has been prescribed anti—anxiety medication. the doctor was so shocked by her situation he wrote
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to her local mp asking her to raise the issues in parliament. sophia's focus now on her son who has recently diagnosed with autism. the family is desperate to move somewhere bigger that meets his needs. on the very tip of the iceberg, the lucky ones that have support around me. my love for my son has enabled me to drag myself up from the depths of despair to go reach out to get help, to keep myself in check. graham has worked in the construction sector sector for four decades. he says building regulations are shrunk from 300 pages to 2a pages over the years and can be ambiguous. to what extent has this crisis been 30 years in the making? i think it goes back to the 70s and 80s in terms of the deregulation bandwagon.
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we were having meetings with governments in 2009,


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