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this is bbc news with the latest headlines. the family of former british soldier jordan gatley announce he's been killed fighting for the ukrainian armed forces in the eastern city of severodonetsk. a leading business group tells the bbc they believe households in the uk will go in to recession this year. that consumption, spending that we all make in the high street and on discretionary goods, that is going to go negative already this year. unions criticise plans by the government to repeal a legal ban on agency staff filling in for striking rail workers. there is no other train drivers out there. there are no other signallers out there. control staff, so grant shapps isjust... it's just fantasy. disability campaigners are taking legal action against the government,
for not backing a recommendation from the grenfell tower inquiry to give vulnerable residents of high—rise buildings personal fire evacuation plans. and queen elizabeth ii becomes the world's second longest serving monarch — only louis xiv of france has ruled for longer. a very good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. we will have more news on that breaking story aboutjordan gatley, the former british soldier who has been killed fighting in eastern ukraine, from our correspondent in kyiv. we willjoin him injust we willjoin him in just a few moments. but first, aleading business group has told the bbc
that households have been cutting back on spending because of the cost of living crisis, and will go into their own recession this year. tony danker, the director general of the confederation of british industry, says the government needs to take action. meanwhile, the competition regulator has promised to look into government concerns that the 5p cut in fuel duty is not being passed on, in full, to customers. our political reporter peter saul has this report. is there a more visual manifestation of the cost of living crisis than this? eye—watering forecourt prices up and down the country. for the average family car, it now costs north of £100 to fill up. it's a killer, it is actually a killer. i don't know how we're going to carry on affording travelling. it's horrendous, i don't know how people are going to survive. i rely on my car all the time and it is a huge cost to everybody. today, i can announce... in march, the chancellor announced a cut in fuel duty of 5p per litre but ever since, there have been concerns it is not being passed on to consumers, and now ministers have instructed
the independent regulator to investigate. we have asked the authority now, the market authority, to have a look at this, to make sure, do a quick review, a proper review but quickly, to see why and how this money is being passed on to customers. we want to see this reduction being passed on to the public. a review is something the labour party had been calling for. i see the business secretary has finally got around to saying that today because naming and shaming, which was their previous policy, was never going to work. we need to make sure we have a functioning energy market, that when fuel duty is cut and indeed, when oil prices come down, that is actually experienced by people in their pockets. petrol retailers insist the cut is being reflected in prices at the pump. other european countries have slashed fuel duty by much more than 5p, and there are calls for britain to follow suit, but of course, it is notjust petrol and diesel that is costing more.
food and energy bills have pushed inflation to its highest level in decades, and now, business leaders are using the r word — recession. i think the truth is, households are going to go into recession this year. what do i mean by that? i mean that consumption, spending that we all make on the high street and on discretionary goods is going to go negative already this year. he also urged the government to make big decisions quickly, warning that it can'tjust be business as usual. the prime minister may have survived a confidence vote last week but the economic storm clouds are gathering. peter saul, bbc news. as we have been reporting, a former british soldier has been killed fighting in ukraine, his family have announced. jordan gatley, who left the british army in march, died in the battle for the eastern city of severodonetsk, the scene of intense fighting in recent days. our correspondentjoe inwood is monitoring events from the capital, kyiv.
what do we know aboutjordan gatley and how he died? what do we know about jordan gatley and how he died?— and how he died? everything we have found out so — and how he died? everything we have found out so far _ and how he died? everything we have found out so far has _ and how he died? everything we have found out so far has come _ and how he died? everything we have found out so far has come from - found out so far has come from emotional facebook tribute paid by his father dean. we understand jordan gatley was a british soldier, he left the army in march to come and fight in ukraine. according to his family he had been involved in training at the start of this but that had changed because he was in the city of severodonetsk which is very much the front line of this work and it was there that he died on friday. according to his father they had been told he was doing difficult and dangerous but necessary work. they say they are incredibly proud of him and he will forever be a hero in their hearts. there was some division in government about whether people should go and fight in ukraine.
clearlyjordan gatley had clearly jordan gatley had professional experience clearlyjordan gatley had professional experience as a soldier. do we have any idea how many people in that sort of situation may be operating in ukraine now? mot situation may be operating in ukraine now?— situation may be operating in ukraine now? not really. i was s-ueakin ukraine now? not really. i was speaking to — ukraine now? not really. i was speaking to the _ ukraine now? not really. i was speaking to the spokesperson | ukraine now? not really. i was. speaking to the spokesperson for ukraine now? not really. i was- speaking to the spokesperson for the foreign legion, the unit of the ukrainian army in which these soldiers served with a few days ago and they wouldn't tell us, it is classified information to the figures are closely guarded but we know there are many thousands of them. they were instrumental in the battle for kyiv and i was looking at footage of some czech soldiers fighting in severodonetsk. jordan gatley�*s death confirms that there are british soldiers there, we don't know how many. you mentioned divisions and that's interesting because it's notjust a question of these men are risking their lives but if you look at the two former british soldiers who had been captured in mariupol and have now been put on trial as mercenaries,
thatis been put on trial as mercenaries, that is the other reason for this concern, it's for their safety but also the fact that because a briton�*s role in leading the condemnation of this work, they are seen to have a high price on them so there were a number of reasons for that concern but foremost among that is the death we have now seen from two british soldiers as a reason people should be careful the government is considering a plan carefu ., , ., _ , ., coming out here. the government is considering a plan to use agency staff to fill in for workers who go on strike. the potential change in legislation could allow companies to hire temporary workers in order to minimise disruption. if the plan goes ahead it would not come in time to affect the three days of rail strikes planned for later this month. i spoke earlier to our business correspondence, simon browning, who explained more about the background to this call.
50,000 workers are due to walk out on the 21st ofjune, a huge number of workers you would need to acquire for the whole rail industry but already this morning both sides of the industrial dispute, the unions involved in the action and also rail industry sources, are saying there are big concerns about safety. people who work on the railways run safety—criticaljobs, signallers and train dispatch, on platforms, you cannotjust bring in agency workers to fill those jobs without huge amounts of training so both sides have said they are worried, we heard from aslef concerned about that, the rmt union who are taking this action, said many of their members perform safety—critical roles and it appears grant shapps wants to have a shadow casual workforce, downgrade standards and safety. this dispute from the government and network rail, they want to modernise the network, £16 million
the government has pumped into railways since the pandemic and only 70—80% of passengers have come back so changes need to be made. with me now is neil carberry, chief executive of recruitment agency, rec. what do you make of this suggestion from grant shapps? this what do you make of this suggestion from grant shapps?— from grant shapps? this is a suggestion — from grant shapps? this is a suggestion we _ from grant shapps? this is a suggestion we have - from grant shapps? this is a suggestion we have seen - from grant shapps? this is a i suggestion we have seen before from grant shapps? this is a - suggestion we have seen before from this and other governments, it's not one agencies were representative bodies support because we don't think injecting someone else's staff into the middle of a dispute between an employer or workers is the right thing to do, you should look for a resolution and that only fans the flames of dispute. i5 resolution and that only fans the flames of dispute.— flames of dispute. is there any reason agency _ flames of dispute. is there any reason agency workers - flames of dispute. is there any | reason agency workers couldn't flames of dispute. is there any - reason agency workers couldn't felt some of these roles? not all will be safety dependent like drivers and signallers where you might need to have good knowledge of safety. you
can sell tickets from a ticket office as an agency worker. there are other practicalities _ office as an agency worker. there are other practicalities decides i are other practicalities decides whether agency staff could do the job. we are always clear that agency work is a high—quality secure option for people too tight. one big challenge is asking the question now in a tight labour market in the uk we have morejobs among agencies than we can fill with candidates are available, how many will be willing to take a job that involves crossing a picket line by comparison to not crossing that line? that is one of practicalities around this being a predicable option for the government evenif predicable option for the government even if we also think it's not the right thing to do. the even if we also think it's not the right thing to do.— even if we also think it's not the right thing to do. the answer may de-end right thing to do. the answer may depend on — right thing to do. the answer may depend on how— right thing to do. the answer may depend on how much _ right thing to do. the answer may depend on how much you - right thing to do. the answer may depend on how much you are - right thing to do. the answer may - depend on how much you are prepared to pay them because some people do these jobs as freelancers because they get more money. in these jobs as freelancers because they get more money.— these jobs as freelancers because they get more money. in cases that is true but injecting _ they get more money. in cases that is true but injecting another -
is true but injecting another companies staff into an industrial dispute is clearly not heading towards resolution. i don't want to take a position on this dispute but in almost every country it is illegal to replace striking workers with agency workers, in fact our globalfederation, it is with agency workers, in fact our global federation, it is one of the core tenets of its code of conduct so from an agency perspective it's not something we want to happen. can ou not something we want to happen. can you help us with why it has over time, because at some point it has been legislated for, there are reasons this has happened so can you explain why countries have adopted that approach and why we have adopted it here? what was the cause to legislate on that basis? essen; to legislate on that basis? every country in _ to legislate on that basis? every country in its — to legislate on that basis? every country in its own _ to legislate on that basis? every country in its own legal - to legislate on that basis? every country in its own legal tradition has a right for workers to remove their labour when they have a dispute and almost every country sees not immediately replacing those
workers is something that should be put in place to make sure that the right to strike is protected. that's what the trade unions are talking about today. from an agency perspective inserting your workers into a tense situation carries health and safety concerns and we have spent decades proving that agency work is at the heart of the british labour market, it is not insecure or low cost so we don't want to be dragged into this debate. let me ask you since you are at the heart of an important part of the economy, how do things look at the moment for agency workers? is there still a market out there for both the combination of the tightness of the combination of the tightness of the labour market which might be a good thing but concerns about recession creating pressures in terms of people saying we won't hire an agency worker because we were worried whether we will have orders
in six months? the worried whether we will have orders in six months?— worried whether we will have orders in six months? the long-term outlook is troublin: in six months? the long-term outlook is troubling lots _ in six months? the long-term outlook is troubling lots of _ in six months? the long-term outlook is troubling lots of countries _ in six months? the long-term outlook is troubling lots of countries but - is troubling lots of countries but we published our data from may last friday, it has been the best first half of a year many agencies have ever seen so if you are looking for an agencyjob right now it is a great time to be looking. an agency job right now it is a great time to be looking. pleasure to seak great time to be looking. pleasure to speak to _ great time to be looking. pleasure to speak to you- — the northern ireland secretary says a bill due to be published tomorrow overriding parts of the post—brexit trading protocol with the eu, will not break international law. the protocol arrangement sees certain goods getting checked when they cross the irish sea to northern ireland from great britain, in case they cross in to the republic of ireland and therefore in to the european union. loyalists in northern ireland want to see these rules scrapped but republican politicians say that is against the wishes of the people of northern ireland. relatives of a 15—year—old boy who was fatally stabbed in manchester have said he was a "funny and cheeky boy" who is a "hero" to his family. jakub szymanski died on thursday night.
his mother was also treated for serious stab wounds. police are continuing to hold a 44—year—old man from manchester who was arrested on suspicion of murder. the bbc�*s been told the government faces legal action after deciding not to deliver a recommendation of the grenfell inquiry requiring building owners to provide personal evacuation plans for vulnerable people. ministers say they're too expensive and impractical to deliver. with the anniversary of the fire approaching on tuesday, "stay put" remains the advice for most people when a fire breaks out in a tower block. the government believes it is the safest option. tom symonds has more. a tower block fire. a major lesson from grenfell — sometimes staying put is dangerous. so the london fire brigade has beefed up its training in evacuating buildings.
there are new smoke hoods for residents, a new app to track information. you might think stay put would no longer be the policy. but five years after grenfell, the government has reemphasised that when there is a fire, people should stay put in their flats because the walls of the flats protect them. the question is because of grenfell, will people want to stay or will they want to go? michael is moving his stuff out of his south london apartment because fire swept across its roof in april. thankfully, he was not at home. if i had been in the building, i think i would have tried to get out. he would have ignored the stay put advice. i probably would have seen it on twitter before anything else. people across the road sharing videos of a fire on the roof, if i'd seen that i'd think, i'm not hanging about. after grenfell, not staying put is the new rule for people in buildings with safety defects.
and what if you live with a disability like sarah rennie? her lift is not designed to work in a fire. she has had an expert draw up a personal evacuation plan. we had a fire in february in this building and what it meant was that the fire was on the eighth floor and i got below the fire to the seventh floor before the fire service had even arrived. before they came? before they arrived. so that is a huge reduction in the risk and increase in the chance of me getting out and staying alive. what is the impact on your state of mind about that? it means i can sleep at night. her plan includes this special evacuation chair but other plans identify neighbours who can help or improvements to building safety. the grenfell tower public inquiry recommended the owners of blocks provide a plan for any resident with mobility problems.
but the government says that is not practical. how can you actually evacuate a mobility impaired person from a tall building before the professionals from the fire and rescue service arrive? in proportionality, how much is it reasonable to spend to do this at the same time as we seek to protect residents and taxpayers from excessive costs? instead, ministers want to improve the way information about residents with mobility issues is shared with firefighters so they can better coordinate rescues. but sarah and another campaigner are planning legal action against the government. a stand—off five years after grenfell, a fire in which 15 disabled people lost their lives. let's talk to baroness brinton. she served as president
of the liberal democrats from 2015 to 2020. she is currently the vice chair of the appg on fire safety you use self or a wheelchair. in terms of evacuation planning, do you have a evacuation plan in parliament? i have a evacuation plan in parliament?— have a evacuation plan in parliament? ., ., ., , ., ., parliament? i do and it has had to be used on _ parliament? i do and it has had to be used on more _ parliament? i do and it has had to be used on more than _ parliament? i do and it has had to be used on more than one - parliament? i do and it has had to. be used on more than one occasion and the one occasion it went wrong, i was in the mps' new office building at portcullis house and i went to the refuge point and nothing happened. i had no idea if it was a fire alarm or a realfire but having had that they then reviewed the peep notjust had that they then reviewed the peep not just for had that they then reviewed the peep notjust for me but had that they then reviewed the peep not just for me but for everyone else to make sure if we were on another building on the site people would know what to do. i use them in hotels and other officers. it is part of a disabled person's everyday way of life.
part of a disabled person's everyday wa of life. , ., , , part of a disabled person's everyday wa of life. , . , , , way of life. presumably the belief ofthe way of life. presumably the belief of the inquiry _ way of life. presumably the belief of the inquiry was _ way of life. presumably the belief of the inquiry was that _ way of life. presumably the belief of the inquiry was that it - way of life. presumably the belief of the inquiry was that it has - way of life. presumably the belief of the inquiry was that it has at i of the inquiry was that it has at least the potential to save lives. it certainly does and inquiry evidence was really shocking about the statutory guidance provided by the statutory guidance provided by the government in 2011, which is exactly the same at the moment, saying it's too impractical, it's too expensive to have these arrangements and at that attitude that i am afraid because so many deaths at grenfell of disabled people. it has to be changed but i would argue there is something else going on, disabled people have the right to live their lives and under the equality act peeps gives them that bright. i laid three amendments in the building safety belt that made that link. i had the support of fire chiefs, i took to the local government association, everybody said we can make this work, the only
people who think it cannot work by the only people who think it cannot work either minister and his department. work either minister and his department-— work either minister and his deartment. ., ., , , , department. you have presumably -ushed department. you have presumably pushed the — department. you have presumably pushed the minister _ department. you have presumably pushed the minister on _ department. you have presumably pushed the minister on this. - department. you have presumably pushed the minister on this. what | pushed the minister on this. what explanation you quoted a bit of him there. it’s explanation you quoted a bit of him there. �*, , , ., there. it's practicality, how can ou there. it's practicality, how can you evacuate — there. it's practicality, how can you evacuate somebody - there. it's practicality, how can you evacuate somebody from l there. it's practicality, how can you evacuate somebody from a there. it's practicality, how can - you evacuate somebody from a tall building before the professionals turn up, and proportionality, and thatis turn up, and proportionality, and that is what worries me. proportionality is, is it too much bother for landlords to know the status of everyone in their buildings? the minister will say we will have to have 2a shifts of people, but you do not, you just need a system which ceremony talked about which is about having bodies are available to help you, having a system which ensures the information is updated when it's needed, making sure everyone knows if a fire alarm
goes off, where are the flats with disabled people will need help? dare i sa it, disabled people will need help? dare i say it, presumably that is locally information that can be held by the fire service if they are given it but also information that people like caretakers could have or the resident key—holder in a building. absolutely right and in a very big building you might have someone responsible on each floor to know who the people are that they have to keep an eye on, and in a previous life before i was in the house of lords i was bursar of a cambridge couege lords i was bursar of a cambridge college and we had the same arrangement for our students because i had to make provision for cambridge students. we i had to make provision for cambridge students. i had to make provision for cambridae students. ~ ., ., ., ., cambridge students. we have to go to sort in a cambridge students. we have to go to sport in a second _ cambridge students. we have to go to sport in a second but _ cambridge students. we have to go to sport in a second butjust _ cambridge students. we have to go to sport in a second butjust to _ cambridge students. we have to go to sport in a second butjust to be - sport in a second butjust to be clear, you cannot predict for certain what would happen but there was a good chance the government will lose a legal challenge on this basis given what the existing law on
disability equality cells. i basis given what the existing law on disability equality cells.— disability equality cells. i believe the would disability equality cells. i believe they would but _ disability equality cells. i believe they would but if _ disability equality cells. i believe they would but if they _ disability equality cells. i believe they would but if they think - they would but if they think disabled people cannot be safe, they must provide alternative accommodation for them. baroness brinton, accommodation for them. baroness brinton. very _ accommodation for them. baroness brinton, very good _ accommodation for them. baroness brinton, very good to _ accommodation for them. baroness brinton, very good to speak - accommodation for them. baroness brinton, very good to speak to - accommodation for them. baroness brinton, very good to speak to you. j brinton, very good to speak to you. thank you. sport now, and here's a sarah mulkerrins. world champion max verstappen led a red bull 1—2 in the azerbaijan grand prix, in what could be a key moment of the title race, as charles leclerc and ferrari had more engine problems. leclerc started on pole, but red bull's sergio perezjumped ahead of the ferrari on the start line.
his lead was short—lived, he was chased down by teammate verstappen who took control. more trouble for leclerc, he suffered his second engine—related retirement from the lead in three grands prix, and teamate carlos sainz also retired with issues. the win means verstappen extends his championship lead from 9 to sa points. england's cricketers have made a good start to day three of their second test match against new zealand, as they chase down the tourists' mamoth first innings total at trent bridge. england resumed on 90—1, chasing new zealand's 553, and they've only lost the one wicket so far on day 3. alex lees, who made his maiden test match 50, is the only man to go so far. ollie pope has got his second test century, he's still there on 139, withjoe root going very well alongside him, 97 not out. maybe a century on the wait for him. england 237 runs behind. you can follow that on the website and test match special. to tennis and andy murray
is facing world number 10 matteo berrettini in the final of the stuttgart open. he's attempting to secure his first atp tour title since victory back in antwerp in 2019. but he has lost the first set there after going 3—1 he battled back, but beretini took that 6—4. into the second set, 2 games all there. murray hasn't been at a tour level final on grass for 6 years. meanwhile, organisers are investigating racism claims made by nick kyrgios during his semi—final defeat to murray, yesterday. the australian wrote on instagram, "when is this going to stop? dealing with racist slurs from the crowd. when i retaliate to the crowd i get penalised. this is messed up." it's finals day at the nottingham open with both sixth seed alison riske and british number one dan evans in action. evans faces australian jordan thompson later this afternoon in the men's event, but before that we can check in on the women's final live. alison riske faces beatrice had died my arm. you can follow it now under
bbc iplayer on the bbc sport website. hadad mayad took the first set and races into the second, much more even in that set. northern ireland are looking for their first point in the nations league as they face cyprus at windsor park today and cyprus are winning 2—0 in belfast after two goals from andronikos kakoullis. ian baraclough is feeling the pressure, it now 13 nations league matches without a win, and only one point from three games in a group in which northern ireland started as top seeds. so it could well be 1a soon. that is in the second half there. great britain have finished second in the mixed relay at the world triathlon series in leeds today. the gb team were without johnny brownlee and alex yee,
who both crashed out on the the cycling leg of yesterday's men's event. gb were in the front for periods of the race but in the end, it was germany who managed to just edge it out to take gold, with georgia taylor—brown bringing home a silver for great britain, with france finishing third. you can stay up to date with all the latest sports news on the bbc website and the app and i will see you again in the next hour. we look forward to it. the queen had a lot to celebrate last weekend — now she has another achievement to chalk up, as the second longest serving monarch in world history. she passed the record of the late thai king who died about five years ago. her majesty has been on the throne for 70 years and 127 days. only louis xiv of france has ruled for longer. his reign began when he was just four years old — and lasted more than 72 years. now it's time for a look
at the weather with ben rich. it has turned into a decent afternoon for many parts of england and wales, for northern ireland and scotland more showers, some on the heavy side, 1a degrees in glasgow, if you showers further south but most places stay dry with highs of 22 in the south—east. tonight many showers will fight but cloud rolls into western scotland late in the night with patchy rain, where we keep clear spells it will turn chilly and tomorrow the best weather across england and wales in terms of dry and bright conditions, northern ireland will see more cloud and the odd spot of rain, more cloud working across scotland, rain in the far north and north—west. quite breezy in the north, 1a degrees for stornoway, 21 in london but those temperatures towards the south—east will rise in the week, getting into the low 30s by friday, the further north and west you are it will stay
cooler and breezy with some rain at times. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the family of former british soldierjordan gatley say he's been killed fighting for the ukrainian armed forces in the eastern city of severodonetsk. a leading business group tells the bbc they believe households in the uk will go in to recession this year. the consumption, spending that we all make on the high street and on discretionary goods —
that will go negative already this year. unions criticise plans by the government to repeal a legal ban on agency staff filling in for striking rail workers. there are no other train drivers out there. there are no other signallers out there. there are no other control staff. so grant shapps isjust... well, it's just fantasy. disability campaigners are taking legal action against the government, for not backing a recommendation from the grenfell tower inquiry to give vulnerable residents of high—rise buildings personal fire evacuation plans. and queen elizabeth ii becomes the world's second—longest—serving monarch — only louis the 14th of france has ruled for longer. now on bbc news, life at 50c — the gulf: killer heat.
summer in qatar is is very hot. very, very hot. i'm talking temperatures of 50 degrees celsius. unbearable, to be honest. unbearable. thanks to climate change, the gulf is heating up at twice the global average rate. temperatures regularly hit 50 degrees. citizens of these oil—rich countries can keep the heat at bay for now. you can find air conditioning everywhere — in the car, in your home, in the office, in the malls, in the cinema, everywhere. but for the migrant workers, it's a different story. it's important to recognise . the symptoms of heat stress in yourself and others. boss, boss!
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