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Fears for the traditional High Street as big stores close

Fears for the traditional High Street as big stores close

There are fresh fears for the future of Northampton high street with Marks and Spencer set to close and businesses claiming they're losing trade to a new out-of-town shopping centre.

The multi-million pound Rushden Lakes site opened last July and bosses insist it gives people more reason to visit the entire area.

But some of Northampton's independent stores say the town centre needs more investment to help them make ends meet.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers


Working Lives: A look at people just starting out in their careers

In the third and final part of ITV News Anglia's series 'Working Lives' Elodie Harper looks at those who are just beginning their career.

For workers entering the job market today, the only certainty is change, with technology expected to shift both how we work and the jobs we do.

We're also seeing more part time and short term contracts. In fact just under a million people in the UK are currently on 'zero hours contracts' according to new figures released.

Watch Elodie Harper's report.


Councillors in Cambridgeshire 'reluctantly' agree to raise council tax by nearly 3%

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Councillors in Cambridgeshire have agreed to raise Council Tax by almost three per cent.

It says it is currently the third lowest funded County Council in the Country and the increase will protect vital services.

The move will add an extra £1.14 to the average householders bill.

  • Cambridgeshire gets £75m less in Government funding than an average London Borough.
  • £13.7m less than an average County Council.

The County Council has projected a budget gap for 2018/19 of £4.3m despite a range of transformation and efficiency plans already being undertaken.

Members reluctantly recommended the additional 2.99% council tax increase in its 2018/19 budget which will be put to a Full Council meeting on February 6th for final approval.

"If the outdated and broken funding formula had been rectified by now or if transitional funding was appropriately maintained, we would not need to consider whether to increase Council Tax in Cambridgeshire.”

– Cllr Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council

More people visiting the East of England

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Official tourism figures show the number of overseas visitors to the East of England grew last year.

VisitBritain says more than 1.8 million international tourists came to the region in 2017. That's a rise of about 3% compared to the previous year.

However it wasn't such good news for the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire. The number of overseas visitors there fell by 5% to under a million.

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Nationally in the first nine months of 2017 there were a record 12.7 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2016.

Boosting inbound tourism throughout Britain is at the heart of our work, so it is very encouraging to see the growth across our nations and regions. Tourism is one of our most valuable export industries and we are forecasting that growth will continue in 2018, with 41.7 million overseas visits to the UK and visitors spending almost £27 billion.

– VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates
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