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One in five in the East paid less than the living wage

More than one in five people in the East of England are receiving payment below the living wage. It's despite a rise of 20p in the hourly rate announced on Monday.

It's down to employers whether they pay the living wage rather than the lower minimum wage.

The number of companies signing up to this voluntary agreement has doubled in the past 12 months. A campaign has been launched for others to join them.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Rising prospects for airlines boosts prosperity in East of England

Ryanair, which has its main UK base at Stansted Airport in Essex, has announced half yearly profits are up by a third.

Meanwhile Luton-based Easyjet, says strong passenger demand at the Bedfordshire airport has enabled it to launch six new routes with more on the way.

Thousands of people are employed in the airline industry across the Anglia region and travel experts say increasingly it's driving prosperity here.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

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Cambridge best city to find a job

Cambridge and Milton Keynes fertile grounds for job hunters. Credit: PA Images

Cambridge is the best city in the country to find a job, according to a new report by the search engine Adzuna.

The research looked at how many jobseekers there were applying for each vacancy.

Milton Keynes is also fertile ground for job hunters - coming in 10th on the list. And the average salary across the East of England is up almost 3% on last year.

Cambridge: Shadow Business Secretary launches small business campaign

It's not every day you have the chance to have a cup of coffee made for you by a leading politician.

But shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna was whipping up the lattes as he launched Small Business Saturday...a campaign which encourages us all to use independent traders in the run up to Christmas.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

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Airport reduces carbon footprint

Stansted Airport has reduced its carbon footprint by two-thirds Credit: PA

Stansted Airport says it's reduced its carbon footprint by two-thirds over the past year, from just under 30,000 tonnes to just under 10,000.

The airport's just published its first corporate responsibility report since being taken over by the Manchester Airports Group.

Stansted also now diverts 93% of its waste away from landfill, while more than half of passengers using the airport get there on public transport.

£1.3 million in Government funding for Northampton company

Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

£1.3 million from the Regional Growth Fund has been announced for a Northampton company to bring 150 jobs to the town.

Dalepak Limited, a packing, warehousing and distribution company, will receive the award as part of a £9.5 million expansion project for the region.

Baroness Kramer, the Minister of State for Transport, will tour the company to see how the money from the RGF is helping to boost jobs and growth in the area.

"The Government's Regional Growth Fund is helping create thousands of permanent jobs that stimulate private sector investment and rebalance the economy. The people of Northampton will benefit significantly. Companies like Dalepak Limited and the people that work there are helping us to build a stronger economy."

– Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport

£1.3m funding to give Northampton a jobs boost

Dalepak is located on the Brackmills Industrial Estate in Northampton. Credit: Google Street View

The government has announced £1.3 million worth of funding to help an Northampton company bring 150 new jobs to the town.

Dalepak, which is a packing, warehousing and distribution company, will receive the cash as part of a £9.5million expansion project that is set to provide a boost to the East Midlands.

“The Government’s Regional Growth Fund is helping create thousands of permanent jobs that stimulate private sector investment and rebalance the economy.

“The people of Northampton will benefit significantly. Companies like Dalepak Limited and the people that work there are helping us to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for this generation and the next.”

– Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer
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