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NHS workers say they're worse off than in 2010

Health workers from across our region have been taking part in a four hour strike as part of an ongoing dispute with the Government over pay.

Many NHS staff including ambulance crews and midwive at the top of their pay bands, say they haven't had a pay rise in five years and are now far worse off in real terms than they were in 2010.

Staff on strike outside Addenbrookes Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

In a statement though the Department of Health told us no-one would see their pay frozen.

"The 55% of NHS staff not receiving a 1% increase will get an incremental increase - the average incremental increase is 3% and the highest is 6%. The remaining 45% of staff will get a 1% increase this year and a 2% increase next year."

– Department of Health

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Fund wants your ideas for its cash

A funding programme for local groups and organisations wants people to apply with ideas for community projects.

The People's Health Trust has launched the Active Communities Programme, giving grants from £5000 to £25,000. Projects should be small, for example between a few villages or a group of streets.

For more information click here.

Previous ideas the organisation has funded include:

  • Mediation service run by tenants on a housing estate
  • Women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women
  • Computer skills support group run for and by older people
  • Support for local people to become community organisers
  • Setting up a green space in urban areas

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

Children in East Anglia get lowest pocket money in Britain - but still outstrip their parents' wages

Children's pocket money has risen more than twice as fast as their parents' wages since 1987.

Research by Halifax has found that pocket money has risen four fold with the average child in Britain receiving £6.35 per week. Meanwhile their parents' wages have only risen by 188% in the same 27 year period.

Two thirds of children do chores to earn their pocket money, and nearly 9 out of 10 of the youngsters surveyed understood that adults get money from working.

But whilst children in London get the most pocket money, with an average of £8.26 per week, East Anglian pocket money is only £5.15, the lowest in Britain.

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University of Northampton sees more than 100 members join Credit Union in first year

The University of Northampton.

The University of Northampton says more than 100 members have joined its Credit Union in the first year.

It's among a handful of educational unions in the UK - and lets students, staff and graduates borrow at rates of just 1%. It's aimed to help students avoid high-interest loans.

Click below to watch Olivia Paterson's report:

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