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Government considers pension law change to speed up Tata Steel sale

Tata steel employs 500 people in Corby. Credit: PA

The government is looking at changing pension laws to help the sale of Tata Steel which employs 500 people at Corby.

A consultaton process has been launched to look at price index changes to the British Steel pension fund which many of the Corby workers belong to, that could potentially save billions of pounds.

Scheme launched to stop rogue traders targeting vulnerable people

Traders will be put through a strict vetting procedure. Credit: ITV Anglia

A new scheme is launching in Hertfordshire today to stop vulnerable people being targeted by rogue traders.

Local traders applying to the scheme will have to go through a strict vetting procedure, including a criminal record check.

It's been developed by the consumer organisation Which? and Hertfordshire County Council.

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Tata plants up for sale as future of Corby mill remains uncertain

Around 500 people are employed at the Corby plant. Credit: PA

Tata steel will begin the official process to sell its UK plants today, with the future of the Corby site still unclear.

The government says a number of interested parties have come forward, including Liberty Steel, who are said to have had "positive meetings" with the business secretary.

The steel rolling mill in Corby employs around 500 people.

Uncertain future for Corby steelworkers

Tom Pursglove MP has tweeted in reponse to the decision. Credit: ITV Anglia.

There is still uncertainty for the future of workers at Corby's Tata Steel Mill after the company announced it will try to sell all of its UK plants.

Six hundred jobs there are currently at risk as part of the latest cutbacks in steel production.

The decision was taken in India last night.

Since that decision the MP for Corby Tom Pursglove has tweeted his support for the workers in his constituency and the steel industry as a whole

200 jobs at risk as Essex dairy plant earmarked for closure

Arla Foods wants to move the majority of its production to their site in Buckinghamshire. Credit: Arla Foods

Up to 200 jobs could be lost with the closure of a dairy processing plant in Essex.

Arla Foods wants to shut the site in Hatfield Peverel by the end of July this year.

Some of the jobs could be moved to the company's Aylesbury factory.

As a farmer-owned dairy company, our mission is to return the highest value for our farmers’ milk, creating opportunities for growth.

The development of Aylesbury is helping us to deliver this vision in the UK, as the dairy approaches capacity.

We are entering into full consultation with all colleagues affected by both proposals, and their trade union representatives.

We are committed to supporting affected colleagues at this difficult time and will do everything we can to support them in their search for suitable alternative employment, either within Arla or elsewhere.

– Dan Kolding, Arla Foods

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Norfolk fire fighters protest over proposed budget cuts

Heacham in Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters from across Norfolk will be gathering outside county hall today to protest against proposed budget cuts.

Plans include shutting Heacham Fire Station- as well as closing two retained stations at either West Walton or Outwell.

The fire brigade's union says it's worried lives could be put at risk.

Fire fighters have protesting in the past about budget cuts. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police team up with College to recruit more Special Constables

Cambridge Regional College and Cambridgeshire police Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Cambridgeshire police is working with Cambridge Regional College to increase its numbers of Special Constables.

The college has joined the Employer Supported Policing initiative to inspire people to become special constables.

The partnership will mean active support from college staff who become specials, including five days a year paid leave for duties and training.

"The College's fantastic Police Academy already demonstrates really positive work between the college and the Constabulary and this initiative takes us on to another level. We are delighted that CRC has become one of the first colleges in the country, and the first in the county, to support the Special Constabulary in such a positive way."

– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins

"The students are benefitting hugely from working with the police through our Police Academy and many of them will be applying for the Special Constabulary."

– CRC Principal Anne Constantine

Unemployment figures continue to fall

Three years ago the region's unemployment figure stood at six per cent. Credit: PA.

Unemployment is continuing to fall across the region, according to the latest figures.

It is down by 14,000 in the East of England with just four per cent of the workforce - 119,000 people - not in a job.

It is the lowest of anywhere in the country outside the South East.

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