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Essex firefighters set further strike date in dispute over job cuts

Essex firefighters walking our on a previous strike. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Fire Brigades' Union in Essex has announced a further strike on Thursday 6 August in their long-running dispute over cuts.

The union says Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) faces budget cuts which will see 187 job losses.

“Our service has suffered cut after cut. These attacks are nothing less than a dismantling of the fire and rescue service in Essex.

"If ECFRS are allowed to continue decimating our frontline service, the public will have to wait longer for their fire engines to arrive in an emergency. It is only a matter of time before there are casualties."

– Alan Chinn-Shaw, FBU


300 jobs created at Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport.

300 jobs have been created at Stansted Airport - the second phase of it's £80 million pound terminal expansion has just been finished and that means there are 12 new cafes, bars and restaurants that need staffing.

The airport says the expansion has resulted in a 70% increase in seating along with free Wi-Fi, charging points and flight countdown info screens.

Young people in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk "nervous" about employment prospects

Half of young people in Cambridgeshire say they're nervous about their employment prospects. Credit: PA

Half of young people in Cambridgeshire say they're "nervous" about their employment prospects, according to new research by charity 'Action for Children.'

In a survey of 15 to 26-year-olds, one in five (15%) also said they feel like they can never have the career they want, while one in three (37%) said they didn't think they had the right skills or training.

It was a similar story in Norwich, where 40% felt they didn't have the required skills and 36% said that that they believed they weren't worth being employed.

New jobs for Peterborough engine-makers

Perkins Engines in Peterborough is to create about 175 jobs over the next three years after the company won a £13 million Government grant.

Perkins Engines export their goods worldwide Credit: ITV

Perkins has turned around its fortunes, after making hundreds of staff redundant in 2009 as profits struggled during the recession. The company exports off-road diesel engines to buyers worldwide and will use the money, secured through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, to develop low-carbon technologies for running diesel engines.

"This collaboration with DENSO INTERNATIONAL UK, Loughborough University, Imperial College London and CMCL Innovations, each of who we have worked closely with over the years, is focused on engine performance, fuel economy and exhaust emission improvements and will support the development of innovative technologies for off-highway diesel engine applications.”

– ark Stratton, Perkins Engines


Hertfordshire County Council release video to aid social worker recruitment drive

Hertfordshire County Council have made a new video to encourage people to apply to be social workers. Credit: Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council is recruiting 80 new social workers to work in its child safeguarding department.

They've made this video to encourage people to apply.

It'll be funded by £4.8 million of government money.

Click below to see the video

“This will be the first time that all these professionals will work together, under one roof, to tackle the root causes of harm in families. The aim is to work with all members of the family to solve issues that put children at risk, so children can stay at home wherever possible, rather than enter care.

The changes will ensure our child protection services are run in the most efficient and effective way, but most importantly help us ensure all children in Hertfordshire have the opportunity to live in a safe home where they can thrive.”

– Sue Williams, Director of Family Safeguarding

Launch of new Lotus helps create 150 jobs

The new Lotus Evora 400. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The boss of Norfolk-based Lotus Cars says the launch of their new model at the Geneva Motor Show today will help create 150 new jobs.

Jean-Marc Gales said the Evora 400 would go into production in the summer.

It marks a turn around for the company which last year had to make more than 200 redundancies.

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List of Tesco stores set for closure

These are the stores that Tesco have revealed are set to close.


  • Bedlington
  • Chatham
  • Connswater and Cregagh Road in Belfast
  • Doncaster
  • Kirkcaldy and Wrexham Dodds Lane

Homeplus shops

  • Bristol Cribbs Causeway
  • Chelmsford
  • Chester
  • Edinburgh
  • Southampton
  • Staines

Tesco Metro

  • Bicester
  • Bootle
  • Caerphilly
  • Crossgates
  • Devizes
  • Grangemouth
  • Mexborough
  • Morecambe
  • Ormskirk
  • Runcorn
  • Smethwick
  • Woodseats

Tesco Express convenience stores

  • Bearwood
  • Belvedere
  • Church Street, Ballymena
  • Heaton Chapel
  • Heybridge, Essex
  • Houghton Regis
  • Liverpool Kensington
  • Longbridge Road, Barking
  • Northfield, Birmingham
  • Raymouth Lane, Worksop
  • Sheffield Manor
  • South Tottenham High Road
  • Tredegar
  • Troon
  • Walsall Wood
  • Wealdstone
  • Whitley Bay
  • York Road, Hartlepool.
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