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Landlady urges MPs to save our pubs

The House of Commons is due to debate an amendment to the Small Business Bill Credit: ITV

A Norfolk landlady is urging MPs to back changes which she believes could help stop the growing number of pubs closing.

Dawn Hopkins, landlady at The Rose Inn, said: "Pubs are getting turned into supermarkets, being developed for housing. Licencees are struggling and, if you have a pub company involved, it's even harder to make a living with the rents they charge and charging you double the amount for your beer that you would pay if you went directly to the breweries."

The House of Commons is due to debate an amendment to the Small Business Bill. It could help to secure fair rents and cheaper beer prices for licencees tied to big pub companies.

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c2c named the UK's most punctual rail firm

c2c named best for rail punctuality Credit: ITV News Anglia

National Express train operator c2c, which serves parts of Essex, has been named the UK’s most punctual rail company, according to the latest figures released by Network Rail.

In the four weeks to Saturday 8th November – the last day of c2c’s old franchise – 96.9% of c2c trains arrived on time. This was more than any other UK train operator, and compares to the UK average of 84.5%. Over the past year, c2c’s overall punctuality stands at 96.3% – the best performance in the country.

Last week c2c started its new 15-year franchise under National Express.

“We finished the old c2c franchise exactly where we wanted to be: as the UK’s number one rail company for punctuality. We’re now aiming to retain that reputation for punctuality, while adding other improvements like extra capacity, new ways to pay for travel, and more compensation when passengers are delayed.”

– c2c Managing Director Julian Drury

From 2016, c2c will apparently become the UK’s first rail company to offer automatic compensation to registered passengers who are delayed for as little as two minutes.

Stansted sees 16.9% passenger hike

Stansted Airport has enjoyed its highest monthly passenger increase for nearly 10 years. Stansted airport in Essex handled more than 1.88 million passengers in October 2014 - a 16.9% rise on the October 2013 figure.

Stansted Airport Credit: PA Images

It took the number of passengers handled at the Essex airport for the 12 months ending October 2014 to more than 19.4 million - a 9.8% rise on the total for the 12 months ending October 2013.

Stansted said the growth in passengers continued to be driven by increased frequencies on key routes across Europe plus an increase in the average number of seats sold on each aircraft - up from 81.6% in 2013 to 85.2% in October 2014.

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

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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

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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