UK360 - Episode 32 - Babita Sharma

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19 November 2012, 02:15

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Babita Sharma (BBC News anchor) presents episode 32 of UK360 – the programme that gives a voice to communities across the UK. Every week we bring you inspiring stories from the streets, covering the local issues that are important to you.

The Hardest Hit Campaign
First, we take a look at the Government's decision to replace Disability Living Allowance with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment, which has left many disability rights campaigners extremely concerned. UK360 caught up with Martyn Sibley on his way to a protest to find out why he believes the changes could force thousands of disabled people out of work:

Donna's Dream House
The name Donna Curtis probably isn't familiar to most people, but to some families across the country with terminally ill children, the name will have huge significance. Donna died of cancer in 1996 at the age of 20; her final wish being that a holiday home be built in Blackpool as a place for terminally ill children and their families. In this film, UK360 filmmaker Leanne Worsley visits Donna's Dream House and finds out how the charity coped in the aftermath of a terrible arson attack:

BAAF: National Adoption Week
Adopting a child is a lifelong commitment and, like all parenting, means sticking with it through both the good and the hard times. To celebrate National Adoption Week, this film tells us why, despite its challenges, adopting a child can be extraordinarily rewarding and a chance to transform both your own and the child's life forever. If you'd like to find out more about adoption, not just in Scotland but across the UK, visit the British Association for Adoption and Fostering website at

UK360 Reporter Christelle McCracken: Cyberbullying
The recent and tragic suicide of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd brought the subject of cyber bullying to many people's attention. Unfortunately, in recent months the number of cyber bullying linked suicides has been rising and it is estimated that 1 in 3 children in the UK suffer cyber bullying. UK360 reporter Christelle McCracken investigates the rise in cyber bullying and internet trolling.
If you have been affected by cyber bullies or trolls then you can contact Cybersmile at for support and advice.

If you want to be a UK360 reporter like Christelle, email and we'll send you a production pack with details on how you can get involved.

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