this is bbc news with the latest headlines: warnings that the cost of living crisis will continue for at least another year if oil and gas prices do not fall. but the government insists its financial aid will help people cope. we've erred on the side of making it universal because i think the scale of the shock is such that it will impact a very large number of people. tens of millions of households need that support, so i think that's the right approach. labour welcomes the move but criticised the government's response to the crisis, saying it called for a windfall tax on oil companies months ago.
what would make a difference to the cost of living crisis to you? do get in touch. the prime minister under pressure — more mps call for his resignation after the fallout from the publication of a report into lockdown parties at downing street. tributes are paid to the 19 children and two teachers killed in the texas school shooting, as parents criticise the police for not taking faster action against the gunman. and it emerges that the husband of one of the teachers killed by the attacker in texas died of a heart attack shortly after dropping off flowers at her memorial. economists are warning that the treasury is likely to face
further calls to help people pay their energy bills into next year — despite the chancellor unveiling a £15 billion support package. industry analysts are predicting that the price cap for england, scotland and wales will remain around £2,800 when it is re—calculated in april 2023. we will hear from the chancellor in a moment, who said the treasury does have what he calls the tools to help families. under the package of support, all households, regardless of income, will receive a grant of £400 towards their energy bills. plans for loans have been abandoned. on top of that, those on the lowest incomes, around 8 million households, will receive a one—off payment of £650. and pensioner households receiving the winter fuel allowance will also receive an extra one—off payment of £300. and pensioner households receiving the winter fuel allowance will also
receive an extra one—off payment of £300. and pensioner households receiving the winter fuel allowance will also receive an extra one—off payment of £300. people receiving disability benefits which are not means—tested will also receive an extra payment of £150. part of the cost will come from a temporary windfall tax of 25% on the profits of energy companies — expected to raise £5 billion a year and which could last until 2025. labour said the chancellor had finally been forced to adopt its policy of a windfall tax, an idea that's also been backed by other opposition parties. andrew plant reports. under pressure to act, the government's support is a mix of universal payments and help targeted at the most vulnerable. we will send directly to around eight million of the lowest—income households, a one—off cost—of—living payment of £650. the chancellor said they want to help those for whom the struggle is too hard, amid the cost—of—living crisis. under the new measures,
all households in the uk will get £400 this october to help with energy bills. the poorest households will also get an additional payment of £650. there'll be a one—off disability cost—of—living payment of £150, and pensioners entitled to the winter fuel allowance will get £300. the government says, in total, the measures provide support worth £15 billion. direct debit and credit customers will have the money credited to their account, while customers with prepayment meters will have the money applied to their meter, or via a voucher. speaking to the bbc, rishi sunak said he wanted to provide support for all households. we know this is a squeeze on ordinary working families, and whilst i can't solve every problem — no government could — we want to show that we are on people's side and where we can try and ease the burden a bit, we will. but people in bristol had mixed reactions about whether it would make a difference to them. i heard you mention £400,
but they reckon it's going to go up by £800, so £400 isjust not going to cut it. they do not target things properly, and that's what angers me. - i will see how much i will get, and if i'm 0k...i will put some of it into a savings pot. so where will the money come from? the chancellor says a tax on oil and gas firms who have benefited from globally high prices would raise around £5 billion. for the remaining 10 billion, that's still unclear. today it feels like the chancellor has finally realised the problems that the country are facing. a windfall tax was an idea they had previously rejected, but something labour had been calling for. they welcomed the u—turn, but said they were disappointed by how long it's taken. leading economists say the chancellor is doing a lot
for those on the lowest incomes, but some worries remain. what about those families who are just above the means—tested benefit level? they might be quite peeved that people looking very much like them are getting a lot of money and they're not. the question now is, will this be the last time the chancellor has to intervene? andrew plant, bbc news, in bristol. let's head to westminster and speak to our political correspondent nick eardley. labour are saying the government have been dragged kicking and screaming into this windfall tax and some tories have said it is not micro—conservative and yet here we have a conservative government doing it? -- have a conservative government doing it? —— they have said it is not two conservative. it? -- they have said it is not two conservative.— it? -- they have said it is not two conservative. the treasury said we will know more _ conservative. the treasury said we will know more once _ conservative. the treasury said we will know more once we _ conservative. the treasury said we will know more once we know- conservative. the treasury said we i will know more once we know what conservative. the treasury said we - will know more once we know what the autumn energy price cap is going to look like. we had from the chancellor this morning that it was
0fgem's comments on tuesday in parliament when they said the price cap in the autumn is likely to go up by hundreds of pounds again that persuaded him he had to act now. listen to what the chancellor told bbc breakfast. i have always said we stood ready to support _ i have always said we stood ready to support people to do more, and i said that — support people to do more, and i said that in — support people to do more, and i said that in the spring. the thing we were — said that in the spring. the thing we were waiting for was to have more certainty— we were waiting for was to have more certainty and — we were waiting for was to have more certainty and clarity about what would — certainty and clarity about what would happen to energy bills in the autumn— would happen to energy bills in the autumn and therefore, we could appropriately scale the size of the support— appropriately scale the size of the support we were providing. we had this week— support we were providing. we had this week from 0fcom, the independent regulator who sets those energy— independent regulator who sets those energy prices and the price cap, their— energy prices and the price cap, their view— energy prices and the price cap, their view of what bills would be in their view of what bills would be in the autumn and allows us to provide support— the autumn and allows us to provide support with more certainty. energy is the _ support with more certainty. energy is the biggest driver of the increasing bills we are seeing, and until we _ increasing bills we are seeing, and until we knew or had a better sense of what _ until we knew or had a better sense of what those bills would be, but they couldn't size our support
appropriately. there was a strong argument — appropriately. there was a strong argument to tax these profits fairly. — argument to tax these profits fairly, given that energy companies are making — fairly, given that energy companies are making extraordinary profits as are making extraordinary profits as a result— are making extraordinary profits as a result of— are making extraordinary profits as a result of prices that are elevated, in part due to russia's invasion— elevated, in part due to russia's invasion of— elevated, in part due to russia's invasion of ukraine. so there is an argument — invasion of ukraine. so there is an argument to— invasion of ukraine. so there is an argument to tax those profits fairiy~ — argument to tax those profits fairly. but we wanted to take the time _ fairly. but we wanted to take the time to— fairly. but we wanted to take the time to get it right so we could continue — time to get it right so we could continue to incentivise investment. so the _ continue to incentivise investment. so the way— continue to incentivise investment. so the way we are doing this is with a new, _ so the way we are doing this is with a new, generous investment relief so that those _ a new, generous investment relief so that those companies that invest more _ that those companies that invest more will— that those companies that invest more will pay less tax. we are making — more will pay less tax. we are making a _ more will pay less tax. we are making a transition to net—zero over time, _ making a transition to net—zero over time, but _ making a transition to net—zero over time, but in — making a transition to net—zero over time, but in the short term we do need _ time, but in the short term we do need to— time, but in the short term we do need to rely— time, but in the short term we do need to rely on natural gas, and we are fortunate to have supplies of that at _ are fortunate to have supplies of that at home. and i think the events of the _ that at home. and i think the events of the last— that at home. and i think the events of the last few months remind us of the importance of energy security. so we _ the importance of energy security. so we do _ the importance of energy security. so we do want to see investment in that sector — so we do want to see investment in that sector. that has been spelt out by the _ that sector. that has been spelt out by the prime minister, so that is something — by the prime minister, so that is something we would welcome. i think the broad package — something we would welcome. i think the broad package has _ something we would welcome. i think the broad package has been - something we would welcome. iiii�*u “ya; the broad package has been welcomed largely by mps and by those who have
been lobbying the treasury to do more, particularly the fact that a lot of the money is targeted to those households who are feeling the cost of living squeeze the most. the chancellor was saying this morning that it chancellor was saying this morning thatitis chancellor was saying this morning that it is progressive. he says three quarters of the cash he is spending will go towards those who need it the most. what is less welcome to some tories, though, is the windfall tax. we know some members of the cabinet are uncomfortable. the business secretary, for example, kwasi kwarteng, doesn't like windfall taxes, he has told us in the past. he is worried that they will lead to some companies investing less in the uk. we saw bp, for example, saying last night that it is going to rethink what it does in the north sea because of this windfall tax. labour, though, are delighted that this has been happening. they have been calling for something like this for the last few months. this
morning we heard from the shadow chancellor rachel reeves. it's clear that labour are winning the battle of ideas because, as you say, charlie, this is something i've been calling for, keir starmer has been calling for, for months and months now. and at every stage, the treasury ministers, the chancellor, the prime minister were resisting it and saying it would deter investment, that it was un—conservative, that it wouldn't raise enough money, that it would be silly to provide additional help. and yesterday, we had a full 180 degrees turn, which is very welcome because we all know that there are pensioners who are turning off their heating because they're worried about how they are going to pay the bills. you have got mums and dads skipping meals because they want to ensure that their children get three proper meals a day. and you have got working families who thought they were doing all right, but are now worried about how they're going to pay
for a new school uniform or any additional expenses. so it is welcome that the government has finally come to their senses and adopted labour's policy for a windfall tax to give help to people that need it. but i do have to ask, what on earth took them so long when it was blindingly obvious to everybody else that this was absolutely necessary? the message from the government this morning is that the economy will get through the current cost of living crisis, that the government has the tools to do things like bring inflation down. however, there is that question about how long energy prices are going to remain high, something that will continue well into next year. and the chancellor this morning has left open the door to another support package potentially next year if these high prices continue. that does make some conservatives a bit uncomfortable because it will add more to the debt. there was an interesting moment when rishi sunak was talking
to our colleagues on radio 4 this morning. he when told the today programme he was first and foremost a pragmatist who was looking at the current situation and reacting. a couple of minutes later, he also said he was first and foremost a fiscal conservative, and it sometimes feels at the moment like those two ideologies are conflicting with one another and rishi sunak is facing that battle between trying to keep taxes low and largely failing, and having to react to the cost of living crisis. and having to react to the cost of living crisis— living crisis. nick, thank you very much. living crisis. nick, thank you very much- nick _ living crisis. nick, thank you very much. nick eardley, _ living crisis. nick, thank you very much. nick eardley, our- living crisis. nick, thank you very much. nick eardley, our political| much. nick eardley, our political correspondent. let's speak to ramzan karmali. let's see what the reaction of economists has been. this is going to add to the debt and disinflationary, isn't it? there are ositives disinflationary, isn't it? there are positives and _ disinflationary, isn't it? there are positives and negatives _ disinflationary, isn't it? there are positives and negatives to - disinflationary, isn't it? there are positives and negatives to this, . positives and negatives to this, like every announcement from the chancellor. but broadly speaking, a lot of people are praising the way the chancellor is redistribute in
some of the well. the resolution foundation said a fifth of the poorest households will be over £1195 better off because of what he announced yesterday. the top fifth of households will be worse off by £456. so there is praise that he is redistributing some of this wealth. the negatives are that he keeps saying he is a tax—cutting chancellor, and that doesn't ring true with a lot of economists. they say if you look at what is happening to taxis over the next three years, if you look at national insurance and corporation tax, that is all going up. so for him to say he is a tax—cutting chancellor doesn't ring true to a lot of these economists. 0n the flip side, he has put out all these measures and there are now pressure on him to do more. the price of gas and oil is likely to stay at these elevated levels for some time, so when the next price cap is announced, or the one after next spring, prices are set to
remain similar, around £2800 for the average bill. so there will be pressure for him to do more again. so he has put himself in a position where he will be under more pressure this time next year.— this time next year. thank you very much, this time next year. thank you very much. ramzan _ this time next year. thank you very much, ramzan karmali. _ joining me now is carl emmerson, deputy director, institute for fiscal studies. this is something the chancellor may have to keep doing next year, is ramzan are saying?— have to keep doing next year, is ramzan are saying? there is a risk with this big _ ramzan are saying? there is a risk with this big package _ ramzan are saying? there is a risk with this big package that - ramzan are saying? there is a risk with this big package that if- ramzan are saying? there is a risk| with this big package that if energy prices stay high and we get to next april and they are at the level they are now, the question will be, should households get another £400? will there be a need for some extra support targeted at other groups who might be struggling? it is a big package for this year. it is supposed to be temporary, but these temporary measures often continue for much longer than was intended. what is your view of the way the
package affects different sectors of the population in terms of how generous it is relatively to different parts of society? it is generous it is relatively to different parts of society? it is a big giveaway- — different parts of society? it is a big giveaway. all— different parts of society? it is a big giveaway. all households . different parts of society? it is a | big giveaway. all households are different parts of society? it 3 a. big giveaway. all households are now going to get not £200 in october, but £400. but then there are much bigger sums targeted at those who are on means tested benefits, those receiving the winter fuel payment and those receiving some disability benefits. that is sensible because it is giving the money to those who are struggling most. they spend more of their budgets on food and fuel, and they are the things that are going up in price. if you're a full—time worker on the minimum wage and you are also universal credit, after this package, it is possible that you will be better off this yearin that you will be better off this year in real terms than you were last year. that is a remarkable change from how the situation looked a few days ago. if you are out of work and on benefits, on average the increase the government has given you might be enough to compensate
for the average increase in energy bills. so there is a large amount of support here for many of the poorest families. clearly, some households who are struggling but are not on benefits might be aggrieved that they are not getting more. there may be some who have fallen through the cracks, but it will make a big difference. 50 cracks, but it will make a big difference.— cracks, but it will make a big difference. ., , ., difference. so that is from the oint of difference. so that is from the point of view _ difference. so that is from the point of view of _ difference. so that is from the point of view of the _ difference. so that is from the l point of view of the consumers. difference. so that is from the - point of view of the consumers. what about fiscally? this is paid for not just by the windfall tax or the energy profits levy, as the government prefer to call it, but by borrowing. what does that mean for the economy and how inflationary is it? ~ the economy and how inflationary is it? . ., the economy and how inflationary is it? . . , , the economy and how inflationary is it? . y, .,' it? we heard yesterday about a £15 billion total — it? we heard yesterday about a £15 billion total giveaway _ it? we heard yesterday about a £15 billion total giveaway to _ billion total giveaway to households. the treasury thinks 5 billion of that will be covered by this new windfall tax on energy companies. the extra £10 billion remaining will come from additional borrowing. that is one of the risk here. we have an economy which is up against supply constraints. inflation is high and rising. interest rates are starting to go
up, so we have to be careful injecting big sums of money into the economy. it is a risk that the chancellor will be advised to not keep repeating. ﬁnd chancellor will be advised to not keep repeating-— chancellor will be advised to not keep repeating. and in terms of the windfall tax element, _ keep repeating. and in terms of the windfall tax element, the _ keep repeating. and in terms of the windfall tax element, the argumentj windfall tax element, the argument against this is that it disincentivising is big energy companies from further investment —— it will provide a disincentive for those companies to invest. that is always their argument, but is it a genuine danger? it is always their argument, but is it a genuine danger?— genuine danger? it is a concern. companies _ genuine danger? it is a concern. companies generally _ genuine danger? it is a concern. companies generally might - genuine danger? it is a concern. companies generally might be i genuine danger? it is a concern. - companies generally might be worried that if you don't have a certain tax system that is something happens that gives them big profits, the government might windfall tax them. so our preference would be to have a tech system which automatically taxes the energy companies at a higher rate when the energy prices higher rate when the energy prices high and a lower rate when the energy price is low is that we don't have that system. given that we don't have it, there is a good case for the windfall tax at the moment. the chancellor could have done a betterjob of making clear when that
windfall tax will go away. he said it would be removed once energy prices return to normal levels. he could have set out a clearer path to give certainty to energy companies when that day will come. cari when that day will come. carl emmerson, _ when that day will come. carl emmerson, thank— when that day will come. carl emmerson, thank you - when that day will come. carl emmerson, thank you very much. the health care regulator has ordered an nhs trust at the centre of concerns about avoidable deaths and injuries to mothers and babies to make immediate improvements. the care quality commission told nottingham university hospitals nhs trust it must make "significant and immediate improvements" to its maternity services — and it had serious staffing and cultural problems. the trust says it's working hard to make improvements. police in texas are facing criticism over their response to a mass shooting at a primary school which left 19 children and two teachers dead. witnesses say officers hestitated to confront the killer during the situation in uvalde.
barbara plett usher reports. this is what the centre of town looks like two days after a massacre. a marker for every one of the 19 children and two of their teachers. some came from outside uvalde to show solidarity. there was even a brief visit by the duchess of sussex, meghan markle — she laid flowers at the cross for an eight—year—old boy. jackie would have turned ten next month, but she'd already found her own voice, her uncle said. jackie was the life of our family. she had just recently received her first communion. so she was on fire. she felt like a rock star. he says his brother argued with police on that day, demanding that they move faster to storm the school and stop the gunman. he wanted to go in there and charge this guy, but they wouldn't let him. "you guys going to do yourjob? do something! you know, you got 20 guys over there, standing, doing nothing. just get in there!"
he goes, "you need to go back, scoot back." "no, we're not going to scoot back. you want to arrest us, arrest us, but we're not... we're not... you know, we're here. i'm not going to go anywhere until i see my baby!" the authorities defended their response to the shooting. they tried to provide answers, but many questions remain, a troubling undercurrent to a tragedy that is still unfolding. you got to understand, we're getting a lot of information we're trying to track down and see what is true — we want to vet it. with the latest news that the broken—hearted husband of a teacher who was killed had died of a heart attack, adding to the unimaginable pain here. there are so many bouquets now — we've seen those mounds of flowers grow throughout the day — and quite a few children here, as well. there is a memorial at the school, but this really feels like a safe space for the community to grieve and to remember. silva did not lose a loved one, but her world was shaken by those who did. we're part of the community
and it's people that, one time or another, we have been together in a baseball game, and a football game, and a city event, and it'sjust children from our community and... we're here and i have the blessing to have my children with me, and these families don't. it is the hardest of the hard realities that have changed this town forever. barbara plett usher, bbc news, uvalde, texas. six soldiers and a veteran have been arrested on suspicion of drugs and money laundering offences. the ministry of defence says they were detained across the uk during a planned operation by the royal military police. let's get more on this from our correspondent, sean dilley. what more can you tell us? the ministry of _ what more can you tell us? tie: ministry of defence say what more can you tell us? ti9: ministry of defence say it was what more can you tell us? ti9 ministry of defence say it was a preplanned operation where they executed activities across the uk. this will be slightly embarrassing for the irish guards to a degree, because they are due to leave the
platinum jubilee trooping the colour. in fact, their royal colonel, prince william, gave them their flag just last week. we colonel, prince william, gave them theirflag just last week. we know they are serious offences, conspiracy to supply drugs as well as the money laundering. next, there will be an investigation. the ministry of defence say those they are investigating will not take part in that trooping the colour. the army says it doesn't tolerate any form of fraudulent activity or behaviour, but they can't comment further while the investigation is ongoing. further while the investigation is onauoin. :, ~ further while the investigation is onauoin. :, ,, further while the investigation is onauoin. :, , further while the investigation is onauoin. :, ~ , : ukraine's president, volodymyr zelensky, has said the eastern donbas region could become uninhabited as a result of russia's offensive aimed at capturing more territory there. in his latest online video, mr zelensky said moscow seemed intent on reducing cities to ashes. severodonetsk — which the russians are trying to encircle — is coming under heavy attack. let's hear from joe
inwood who is in kyiv. it sounds like the ukrainian president accepts that they are struggling on the battlefield now in the east? :, , : :, the east? yeah, the mood music of these statements _ the east? yeah, the mood music of these statements both _ the east? yeah, the mood music of these statements both from - the east? yeah, the mood music of these statements both from the - these statements both from the president and his advisers and regional politicians really is changing. there is an understanding or even an acceptance that the town �*s like severodonetsk, crucial cities in that part of the donbas, are really coming under pressure. we understand there is intense fighting on the outskirts of severodonetsk and in the last ten minutes, the russian forces have claimed they have taken a crucial village just outside a place they have been fighting overfor a outside a place they have been fighting over for a while. outside a place they have been fighting overfor a while. so the screws are being tightened on ukrainian forces in the region. we have heard about astonishing levels of aerial bombardment, artillery fire and missiles coming in. that is
why president zelensky has used this phrase about trying to make the region uninhabitable, burning it to the ground. he even went further in his address, using the word genocide to describe what is happening in the donbas, to suggest that the russians are not only killing his people, but moving on their own. so a really grim assessment from the ukrainian president. we grim assessment from the ukrainian resident. ~ :, :, , :, president. we are also seeing that mr zelensky _ president. we are also seeing that mr zelensky has _ president. we are also seeing that mr zelensky has been _ president. we are also seeing that mr zelensky has been talking - president. we are also seeing that| mr zelensky has been talking again about the food crisis because of the blockade of ukraine by sea. he says the world is now facing a global famine because of this? absolutely. it is not famine because of this? absolutely. it is notjust — famine because of this? absolutely. it is notjust president _ famine because of this? absolutely. it is not just president zelensky - it is notjust president zelensky who has said that. david beasley of the world food programme has said this is going to see a hell �*s gate on earth, was his phrase from a couple of days ago, all because of that blockade of the black sea and the port of 0desa by the russians.
liz truss, the british foreign secretary, accused the russians of holding the world's tour to ransom using their blockade. the problem is that you have got about 20 million tonnes of grain stuck in ukrainian warehouses, and that needs to get out. a lot of it does go to the world's poorest people. this is often described as the breadbasket often described as the breadbasket of europe, but actually, it is the breadbasket of the developing world because large amounts of that grain are brought up by the world food programme. 50% of the world food programme's rain comes from ukraine, now it is all stuck, 20 million tonnes are stuck in warehouses. they need to export 18 million tonnes by the end of the year. although some can get out by road and rail, it is really only via the black sea ports that they can get out in the quantities needed. so we are seeing the impacts of this war in europe being felt around the world and it really is going to get worse as more planting seasons are missed, as more grain isn't exported. the world's poorest people are going to feel the
consequences of this invasion. joe. consequences of this invasion. joe, thank you- — we can now connect to our security correspondent frank gardner, who is in london. although the west has been flooding ukraine with weapons, ukraine is struggling in the east. what is your assessment of where we are in this incredibly consequential conflict in ukraine? the incredibly consequential conflict in ukraine? ,, :, , :, ukraine? the russians are winning in the east. it ukraine? the russians are winning in the east- it is — ukraine? the russians are winning in the east. it is that _ ukraine? the russians are winning in the east. it is that simple. _ ukraine? the russians are winning in the east. it is that simple. despite i the east. it is that simple. despite the east. it is that simple. despite the upbeat assessments we are given every day by the ukrainian ministry of defence and other analysts, the fact is that the russians are using overwhelming force of artillery and missile strikes and air strikes to encircle the ukrainian forces. they have been steadily taking village after village was the most of these names are ones of places that you and i probably haven't heard of, but they are steadily encircling the ukrainian forces that have been
defending there, moving towards their goal of taking over the whole of the donbas, the luhansk and donetsk regions. and russia will almost certainly annexed them the way it has done with crimea, but it will be annexing a wasteland, as president zelensky has said. you can see the way this is going to go. the russians initially bit off far more than they could chew. they were beaten in the north and it was a stalemate in the south. they couldn't go any further than near kherson in the south. but they have now concentrated their forces on the eastern russian speaking districts and they were probably then announce and they were probably then announce a ceasefire offer which will leave their forces a ceasefire offer which will leave theirforces in place. and ukraine will say no, so it will drag on. frank, you were recently in the baltics, and they are among russia's neighbours who are fearful at the moment that they could be next?
that's right, i was up at a security conference in italian and all the baltic states, latvia, lithuania, estonia and poland, are very concerned that if president putin prevails, if he succeeds in his aims and ukraine, essentially bringing that country to heal, as it were, and annexing parts of it, they worry that they could be next, not this year, but possibly the year after. and they are calling on nato ahead of the coming nato summit in madrid at the end ofjune, they are calling on nato to increase its reinforcements on the border. they are saying it's better to do this now when they baltics are peaceful, that at a time of crisis when russian units are moving towards the border, because then you have a very tense trigger situation. nato has already increased its presence on those borders. britain has added a second battle group size to the battle group that it leads in
estonia. and there are other reinforcements, but they are still short of air defence. let's be honest, the russian army is still, despite its losses in ukraine, it is so huge that if they chose to cross that border, any nato presence on the borders would simply be a trip wire to bring in america and then it would start to go global. so it is there as a deterrent. it is not going to defeat a big russian armoured thrust. it is there to say, don't do this. don't take on nato, because then you trigger article five and then it is the third world war. : , :, :, :, :, five and then it is the third world war. : :, :, :, :, , war. and in terms of what nato does now about ukraine, _ war. and in terms of what nato does now about ukraine, you _ war. and in terms of what nato does now about ukraine, you say - war. and in terms of what nato does now about ukraine, you say the - now about ukraine, you say the russians are winning in the east. nato and western countries have been pouring weapons into ukraine, but i suppose it is a race against time in terms of heavy artillery, to get that to the east to help in the fight back against the russian advance there?— fight back against the russian
advance there? that's right. the ukrainians _ advance there? that's right. the ukrainians are _ advance there? that's right. the ukrainians are using _ advance there? that's right. the ukrainians are using up - advance there? that's right. the - ukrainians are using up ammunition, as are the russians, at a phenomenal rate. so although they have received a huge amount of western military support, they need it on a daily basis. the same time, russia has been conducting a long—range programme of trying to break down ukraine's strategic logistics, hitting things like railway yards, the warehouses where these weapons are coming through, fuel depots, oil storage units, to try and deplete ukraine's ability to conduct this war. so ukraine is really stretched. it's a huge country. you have been there, you know how big it is. there are big distances that these weapons and ammunition have to cross. russia because it is now fighting the war on its doorstep, it is right next to the russian border, its lines of supply are very short. it is an
easier campaign for russia to fight now than the one it started in kyiv and kharkiv, where they didn't do well. :, ~' and kharkiv, where they didn't do well. :, ,, :, , now it's time for a look at the weather with matt taylor. hello. some pretty strong sunshine today across parts of wales, central and southern england. sunny spells further north, too, but we will see more in the way of showers, scotland especially. they have been blowing through on quite a brisk wind so far today and it will continue through the afternoon. the odd shower in northern ireland and may one or two in northern england, may be as far south as the peak district and snowdonia but the vast majority stay dry. the bluer the skies and the further south you are, 21 high, and 12 or 13 in northern scotland. tonight, many showers will fade, the odd one might clip down through the eastern coast of england into the morning and a bit of a breeze but with winter falling lighter elsewhere it is going to be a fresh night with temperatures in rural areas as low as four or 5 degrees.
this is what it will feel like in towns and city centres. but a cracking start to the weekend as far as sunshine is concerned. we will see a bit more cloud bubbling up through the day, more especially in northern and eastern areas, outside chance of a shower but the vast majority will be dry but a breeze will make it feel cooler along it is going to be a fresh night with temperatures in rural areas as low as four or 5 degrees. this is what it will feel like in towns and city centres. but a cracking start to the weekend as far as sunshine is concerned. we will see a bit more cloud bubbling up through the day, more especially in northern and eastern areas, outside chance of a shower but the vast majority will be dry. hello.
this is bbc news. i'm ben brown and these are the headlines. warnings that the cost of living crisis will continue for at least another year if oil and gas prices do not fall. but the government insists its financial aid will help people cope. labour welcomes the move but criticised the government's response to the crisis, saying it called for a windfall tax on oil companies months ago. the prime minister under pressure — more mps call for his resignation after the fallout from the publication of a report into lockdown parties at downing street. tributes are paid to the 19 children and two teachers killed in the texas school shooting, as parents criticise the police for not taking faster action against the gunman. and it emerges that the husband of one of the teachers killed by the attacker in texas died of a heart attack shortly after dropping off flowers at her memorial. an nhs trust at the centre
of concerns about avoidable deaths and injuries to babies has been told to make immediate improvements to its maternity services. #so if # so if you need me, darling, can't you hear me, sos. it's been more than 40 years since abba's last tour, but they finally performed on stage again last night — in digital form as abba—tars. sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's paul. a huge game tomorrow night that we're all looking forward to and waiting for a livable victory against real madrid. and lots of livable fans already in of course? yes, not long to go until one of the biggest games in world football. liverpool and real madrid supporters are arriving in paris ahead of tomorrow's champions league final.
the spanish champions won when the two sides met in the 2018 final, butjurgen klopp says his squad has evolved since then. he's been speaking to bbc breakfast�*s sally nugent. you are bringing lots of people joy, aren't you, after a really difficult time. cost of living is going up. people are struggling to pay their bills are. , people are struggling to pay their bills are-- it _ people are struggling to pay their bills are.- it is _ people are struggling to pay their bills are. yes. it is a difficult time. bills are. yes. it is a difficult time- how— bills are. yes. it is a difficult time. how important - bills are. yes. it is a difficult time. how important is - bills are. yes. it is a difficult time. how important is it. bills are. yes. it is a difficultj time. how important is it for bills are. 193 it is a difficult time. how important is it for you that you can bring a little bit of joy? that you can bring a little bit of joy? it that you can bring a little bit of 'o ? . that you can bring a little bit of 'o ? , :, , that you can bring a little bit of 'o ? , :, joy? it is the most important thing to do. football— joy? it is the most important thing to do. football is _ joy? it is the most important thing to do. football is the _ joy? it is the most important thing to do. football is the only - joy? it is the most important thing to do. football is the only reason, | to do. football is the only reason, well, football we are in the moment when we play, the 90 mitts, you are allowed to be focused on this and if you lose, you suffer together which, you lose, you suffer together which, you are not alone in this moment and if you win, you celebrate together, you are not alone in this moment so this is the most important thing. i think being lonely with your problems is the most difficult thing in life. if you are together with others, it is always how they say, a shared problem is half a problem. and so that is what we try to do but of course, i know it is not... it is
really tough at the moment out there for plenty of reasons. i am really happy that we can give our people this kind ofjoy in a way that they can really forget and maybe we get a boost for the next day and get the energy again for the next week and all of these kind of things. that is how it should be. liverpool will fly to paris later today. real madrid have already arrived at their hotel in the french capital. france striker karim benzema has had a brilliant season for the spanish giants — his appearance kept their supporters happy. but liverpool defender andy robertson hopes it's liverpool fans in full voice come the final whistle. all you want to do when you play for any club, you want to first of all do it for yourself and do it for family but you want to do it for the fans as well. you know, the fans are so important at any club and this club especially. you know, the amount of fans we've got, and the amount of expectations they have as well and the fact that we've been able to live up to that has been special and we just need to continue to do that. and we know the only way to make them happy is by winning
trophies and like i said, we hope to have another one on saturday. british number one cameron norrie is in french open third round action later today, but he won't be joined in the last 32 by dan evans. evans was hindered by a chest infection in his defeat to world number 95 mikael ymer. last year's runner—up stefanos tsitsipas is into the next round. after needing five sets to get through his first match, he needed four to win here. but he eventually made it past czech qualifier zdenek kolar. in the women's draw, world number one iga swiatek is safely through. she's remarkably now won 30 matches in a row. she's the heavy favourite to take the title in paris and made light work of american alison riske, winning in straight sets. the polish player has only dropped one set in her 30 consecutive victories. former champion simona halep suffered a panic attack during her second round defeat to china's zheng qinwen.
the two—time grand slam champion had led by a set and a break, but said afterwards she "didn't know how to handle" the situation when a rare panic attack took hold. halep's exit was the latest high—profile defeat in the women's draw. gymnast rhys mcclenaghan has been told he won't be permitted to defend his pommel horse gold medal at this summer's commonwealth games. a ruling by the international gymnastics federation has determined that he and two others are ineligible to represent northern ireland — despite being from there. commonwealth games northern ireland describe the decision as "reprehensible" and will challenge the ruling, which it says has been made because the gymnasts represent ireland in fig events. that's all the sport for now. last week, the footballer jake daniels became the first active professional in the uk men's game for more than 30 years to announce he was gay. the blackpool striker said he had been inspired
to speak out by another young player in australia, josh cavallo, who came out last year. the bbc�*s shaimaa khalil went to meetjosh and heard the advice he's been giving to jake. i was emotionally quite sad, but on the outside i looked happy and i wanted to change that and i couldn't be authentic. something was holding me back, and that was my truth. eight months ago, josh cavallo made an announcement that changed his life, and had a ripple effect around the world. there's something personal that i need to share with everyone. i'm a footballer, and i'm gay. what was the... what was the turning point for you that you said to yourself, "do you know what? i'm going to come out. i'm going to speak my truth"? it's exhausting. you know, iwas... i went through all my youth career and i started my professional career in the closet. and that's acting 24/7. you know, that's when i'm at training, acting like someone i'm not. having exhausting conversations of making up lies of who you're hanging out with or you've got a girlfriend, you haven't got
a girlfriend or "what are you doing on the weekend?" it's constant lies, and the pressure of also being a professional footballer on top of that — it's really... it's really bad. last week, jake daniels became the first british professional male footballer to come out in more than 30 years. josh was his inspiration. to know that i've influenced someone in such a small space of time, it's phenomenal to see. i'm just really excited that, through my story, it's changing lives. have you spoken to him? how is he doing? yeah, i speak to him quite frequently now. he's very excited and everything's still new for him. and i can have someone i can talk to now and relate — and we just get each other because we went through the same story, just in different countries. what was your advice to him, your main advice to him? it is a work in progress and it's not always going to be happy days. there's going to be days that are quite gloomy, as well, but he's prepared for that. my main advice for him is to embrace who you are and just to enjoy it. and, mate, you've opened a new chapter. this is your new life, so go out there and live it! singing.
the adelaide united fans have embraced josh's courage. he's been overwhelmed by the response. no—one blinked, if you want to put it as simply as that, but we were full of love and support for him. it's something that, like, i you feel that shouldn't need to happen in this day and age, but it has so much power- behind it when it happens. like, it's not the older players, j it's not someone middle—aged, it's someone that's fresh into life i and they're so comfortable coming out with it, so it's pretty cool. since coming out, he tells me he's become more confident on the pitch, but it hasn't all been easy. there is games where i have been booed before or have heard something that's quite homophobic and does hurt me. but, look, at the end of the day, i put that aside and i remember, for one bad person i have, i have 1,000 good people. you said that other athletes, other players are living in silence. and i'm wondering, after you came out, did any of them reach out to you and ask you for help? yeah. definitely. in all sports around the world — whether it's from water polo to track—and—field sports, to football, to afl in australia —
a lot of athletes have reached out to me. and everyone's at different stages and journeys in their life — you know, some people are ready to come out and some people just want to ask questions and, you know, i want the kids that are growing up now, that are in primary school, high school, and identifying themselves as gay, not to turn away from the sport, because i would hate to hear that the next messi or ronaldo is gay and turns away from football. i'm really excited to go overseas and this is the first... it's been an extraordinary time for the 22—year—old. he's just wrapped up the season here, and he tells me about his ambitions for the future. my dream is to go and play in the uk, in england, and that's something that i've been training for for my whole life. so if the opportunity comes up, you know, i would love to head to the championship or a league one team and to show the uk what i've got — this aussie battler over here! in spain, the lower house of parliament has passed a bill that would make it easierfor rape victims to prosecute their attackers. it still needs to be approved by the senate,
and comes as spain's lawmakers have approved a raft of measures in defense of women's rights. the bbc�*s azadeh moshiri has this report. the wolfpack case, the crime that shocked spain, and saw both women and men pour out onto the streets in anger for years to come. when pamplona celebrated its famed running of the bulls event, it was anything but festive. an 18—year—old woman was gang raped by five men. but a spanish court ruled they were only guilty of sexual abuse, and sentenced them to nine years injail. why? because the court ruled neither violence nor intimidation had been used, and central to the case was the fact the defendant had not said no while they raped her. after sustained pressure from the public and politicians, the supreme court convicted the men for rape and increased their sentence. next time, it won't be so hard,
say spain's legislators. thanks to a new law, victims will no longer have to prove they suffered violence or intimidation. it is all about consent and whether they said yes. translation: the feminist movement makes history again. _ we owed it to each of the victims. we owed it to ourselves. and most likely it will be one of the most important rights that we can leave to our daughters for the present and future. 0nly yes is yes, and long live the women's fight. the far—right party vox disagrees, arguing it is too difficult to prove consent and that the law could become a tool for revenge. it still needs to be approved by the senate, but for the thousands who took to the streets, this ruling is far overdue. azadeh moshiri, bbc news.
we mentioned earlier that president zelensky of ukraine has been speaking. he said that ukrainians are not eager that he talks to russia's leader, president putin, but he says, we have to face reality. in fact, but he says, we have to face reality. infact, president but he says, we have to face reality. in fact, president zelensky has said many times in the past that he is prepared to talk to vladimir putin but mr putin so far has never wanted to talk to him about any kind of peace agreement. mr zelensky is also saying now that around 12 million people have been displaced by the war in ukraine and about 5.5 million have left the country altogether. so out of a population ofjust altogether. so out of a population of just over 40 altogether. so out of a population ofjust over 40 million, a quarter has been displaced by war. he is also saying that he has repeatedly tried to organise a meeting with russia's president putin. we were
hearing earlier that mr zelensky has been saying that his forces are finding it very difficult indeed at the moment in the eastern donbas region, the huge russian offensive, which does appear to be cut from the russian point of view, making some progress. —— to be, from the russian point of view. the headlines on bbc news. warnings that the cost of living crisis will continue for at least another year if oil and gas prices do not fall. but the government insists its financial aid will help people cope. the prime minister under pressure — more mps call for his resignation after the fallout from the publication of a report into lockdown parties at downing street. tributes are paid to the 19 children and two teachers killed in the texas school shooting, as parents criticise the police for not taking faster action against the gunman.
preparations for the queen's platinum jubilee are well and truly under way. from street parties to parades, people will be taking to the streets up and down the uk next week to mark the queen's 70 years on the throne. 0ur correspondent fiona lamdin has been finding out how people across the country are getting ready. 0yez! 0njune 2nd here at porlock, there'll be a very special celebration marking the queen's 70 years at the head of her realms and this great nation! here in a pocket of west somerset, the village of porlock is already buzzing. we managed within three or four hours to clothe the whole place in all the red, white and blue and the flags that you see. so there's a tremendous amount
of willingness and excitement. the landlord's knitted the pub's bunting. next door, the estate agent's switched to selling corgis. and regalflowers are being planted up. and behind the scenes, this is thejubilee planning team. they've been meeting weekly for months. do you want to put these on? next week, the entire village will dress up to parade down the high street. led by terry, who's being the queen. well, that's the thing about it. you get all excited beforehand, but when you put the outfit on, when your tablecloth isn't your tablecloth but your royal dress and everybody looks at you and applauds, then you suddenly put on the right voice and you put the hand wave and everybody responds. so you suddenly start to feel regal, you see. while the rest of the village are busy baking, making sure there's enough cake for the feast. purple for the queen. it's a very regal colour and it seems to have been adopted as the colour for the platinum
jubilee. so i'm just practising and seeing whether it can look quite good on a cupcake. and in windsor, just across the road from the castle, the queen's neighbours in this retirement village are busy making jubilee decorations. many of them were in london for the coronation 70 years ago. margaret and john, who've been married for 66 years, are seeing if they can spot him. being in the raf, he lined the route. what i remember the most is being on parade for the coronation party. i was part of the royal air force regiment who lined the routes. it was just an amazing occasion. and patricia remembers, as a child, she'd frequently bump into the royal family in stjames's park. prince charles as a baby, he was exactly two years younger than my brother, he used to be taken out for walks by a nanny with a detective with one of the corgis. my brother once was on a tricycle, shot around the corner and went
straight into the royal pram. so the baby prince charles was leaning out looking at him and my brother was looking up and the crowd were sort of amused and my mother was hugely embarrassed! shall we see if we've got too much here? back in somerset, final adjustments for this special queen's guard. and a gift for all the children in the village, in the hope this next generation always remembers her majesty's seven—decade reign and the celebrations which marked it. god save the queen! fiona lamdin, bbc news. tributes have been paid to the actor ray liotta, who has died aged 67. the hollywood star was best known for his role as gangster henry hill in martin scorsese's goodfellas. he died in his sleep, while on location filming in the dominican republic. greg mckenzie has more. laughter. it's a good story, it's funny, you're a funny guy.
it's widely considered one of the greatest films of all time. seen here playing the real—life mobster henry hill — the movie that shot ray liotta to stardom — martin scorsese's goodfellas. the 1990s hit revolutionised the gangster genre. it received heaps of critical and commercial success, and went on to win six academy award nominations and one win after its release. you're leaving your car? he watches the car for me. it's easier... it was a career—defining role, in the famous single—take copacabana nightclub scene — a long, continuous shot by a single camera ofjust under three minutes. it's better than waiting in line. in paying tribute to the actor, the film's director, martin scorsese, issued a statement saying ray liotta was so uniquely
gifted, so adventurous, and so courageous as an actor. ray liotta did other great films after this — playing corrupt cops or law—enforcement officers — often drawing on his real—life experience and tough upbringing to enhance his character's toughness. the 67—year—old was born in newjersey, and had been abandoned at an orphanage before being adopted. put one right here. kevin costner co—starred in the 1989 movie field of dreams,
a year before he landed the role in goodfellas. costner said, he will always be shoelessjoe jackson in his heart, and says what happened that moment in the film was real — "god gave us that stunt, now god has ray." it was ray liotta's publicist who confirmed the actor's death — saying the movie star had died in his sleep in the dominican republic. he was there filming his latest movie, dangerous waters. he leaves behind his daughter and fiancee. it's been more than 40 years since their last tour, but last night abba hit the stage once more — well, sort of. the band have created digital versions of themselves as they were in their heyday — and these so—called abba—tars are performing with live musicians in london. 0ur entertainment correspondent colin paterson went along to watch the show.
the waiting was over. # so when you're near me, darling, can't you hear me? #sos...# more than 40 years after the last abba concert, they returned to the stage last night — albeit in digitalform, looking like they did in their 1970s heyday. the uncannily life—like abba avatars played 20 songs, including sos and mamma mia. kate moss was seen heading to the dance floor surrounded by bouncers, and the audience loved it. something you've never seen before and you'll be, like...they�*re looking around everywhere. oh, my god, when they did dancing queen, it was spectacular. what they put into this show is mind—blowing. it was so real, it was so alike, - it was better than i even expected. at the end, the members also came land it wasjust a dream come true. | absolutely, it looked so realistic, it really does. so clear — the lighting is fantastic. it just was fantastic. they were just awesome.
absolutely awesome. they were there! they were there on screen. it was just the best ever. did you cry at any point? i cried four times! what got you? seeing agnetha's face. so a lot of happy punters. and during the show, abba were sitting two rows behind me. during dancing queen, i turned around and saw frida looking out over the audience with a huge, beaming smile. cheering. and earlier on the red carpet, i'd spoken to the whole group. agnetha, frida, what made you change your mind and decide to work with abba again? i've dreamed of this for years! we love our music. we love to sing. we love the material that benny and bjorn write... excellent, and it's a challenge. abba has never left us, in my heart. in our hearts. so it was not so...difficult
decision, because the music is a part of us. how was the experience for you of seeing yourself as your younger self? it's amazing because, in a way, you look at yourself on stage. it's so well done, so you think, actually, it's real people standing up there, performing, and then you're sitting, yourself, watching yourself! it's a very extraordinary feeling, it's hard to describe, i must say! i think the only way - to understand what this is, you have to come and see it. yeah. it's sort of a non—explainable. we've tried this for two years, to explain what it is, what it. will be, but that's impossible. you need to go and see it. i think it's a new experience for all of us and it will be so exciting tonight because i haven't seen anything. and i think you can safely say that nobody�*s ever seen anything like this because this is a first —
this is pushing boundaries. the first reviews are in, and are very positive. there's already talk of a plan for the show to run in london for at least three years. and abba say they know of other major acts who are already thinking of copying their idea of copying themselves. colin paterson, bbc news, the abba arena. now it's time for a look at the weather with matt. is it the real matt taylor or is it an avatar? definitely the real one, trust me, i'm tired! if you were screaming out for some sunshine yesterday in the south, you certainly had your prayers answered, lots of that to come today but further north, there will be some sunshine but still a few showers pushing through on quite a stiff and rather chilly breeze. it is on the northern edge of this area of high pressure that has been pushing in from the south and the west which is why it is drier across
southern areas but on the edge of it, the showers are packing and across north and west scotland, basically in lines. there will be a few avoiding them altogether, a few showers getting into northern ireland, too. into the afternoon, the cloud could build up enough across northern england, may be north west wales for the odd isolated shower but most of england and wales will stay dry, in fact, most of you will stay dry today. bluer skies the further south you are and here, the highest temperatures. not quite as humid as yesterday but we have got sunshine to come so 21 or 22. 11—13 in northern scotland, thanks to the breeze. it helps to keep the pollen levels are low but further south, pollen levels up on yesterday and it is worth noting with the blue skies overhead, slightly lower ozone levels as well and usually will be very high for some of you in parts of the midlands and southern england and wales. this evening and overnight, a few showers continuing in northern scotland. most will stay dry with largely clear skies. these are the city centre temperatures but
in rural areas it could get down to around four orfive, in rural areas it could get down to around four or five, especially with lighter winds in the west. it takes us into a weekend which starts of lovely and sunny but gradually turns cooler and eventually during sunday, showers will gradually return. the details for saturday first, sunny start for the most part, a few showers in northern scotland, could not rule out an isolated one on the eastern coast of england. you will notice the breeze in these areas but come away from that, like the win and sunny spells through the day, a bit more cloud at times in the afternoon and the highest temperatures, 18 in south—west scotland, may be 19 or 20 in south wales and south—west england. that's slightly warmer air is nudged out of the way and the high pressure moves to iceland and polar air pushes its way in. at this time of year, the sun is strong enough to compensate but a bit more cloud and a few showers means it will feel cooler on sunday, especially across northern and eastern coasts. goodbye for now.
this is bbc news — these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. tributes are paid to the 19 children and two teachers killed in the texas school shooting, as parents criticise the police for not taking faster action against the gunman. and it emerges that the husband of one of the teachers killed by the attacker in texas died of a heart attack shortly after dropping off flowers at her memorial. warnings that the cost of living crisis will continue for at least another year in the uk if oil and gas prices do not fall. but the government insists its financial aid will help people cope. we've erred on the side of making it universal because i think the scale of the shock is such that it will impact a very large number of people. tens of millions of households need