Several BBC Breakfast team members not yet committed to move

Key BBC Breakfast team members are amongst those who have not agreed to Salford Quays move.

BBC Breakfast is to relocate to Salford Quays but several team members have not yet committed.

With a 31 March deadline for the planned move to Salford Quays, inside sources at the BBC have stated that less than half of the staff at BBC Breakfast have committed to the move north.

Several departments are due to move over the coming year, including children's, sport, learning, 5 Live and technology, along with flagship programmes such as Match of the Day.

One of the programme's presenters, Sian Williams is said to be as yet undecided.

The move of several BBC departments has sparked controversy over the expensive relocation packages being offered to staff who are prepared to move.

Many who have refused to move are hoping to be transferred within the BBC, but warnings have been issued that not all staff will be accommodated.

Over 1,500 BBC staff are seeking new posts within the BBC.

This follows the 600 redundancies made at the World Service, and 300 BBC online job losses.

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.