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Extra funding as Norwich named 'social mobility coldspot'

Norwich has been identified by the government as a 'social mobility coldspot' in need of additional education funding.

The Education Secretary Justine Greening says the city will be one of six new Opportunity Areas which will support children and young people in disadvantaged areas.

The government will give £60 million to the areas identified as facing challenges to social mobility. The cash will see tailored plans developed in collaboration with local communities, educational institutions and business organisations, aimed at unlocking the potential of children and young people.

Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced £60m of extra funding for 10 areas including Norwich. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

“Ensuring all children can access high-quality education at every stage is critical. This is about giving children in these areas the right knowledge and skills, advice at the right time, and great experiences.

“My department will work with local authorities, education and skills providers, businesses, and the wider community, not just to focus on what we can do to help inside schools, but also create the opportunities outside school that will raise sights and broaden horizons for young people.”

– Justine Greening, Education Secretary


First fines issued in Cambridge punt tout crackdown

A punt on the River Cam. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Fines have been issued to punt touts in Cambridge for the first time after new rules came in this summer.

The £75 fixed penalty notices were introduced to stop people touting for business in certain parts of the city centre.

Cambridge City Council said two fines had been issued to people selling punt tours on Saturday in an area covered by the new public spaces protection order.

The order covers areas including Quayside, Silver Street, and the walkway from Quayside to Jesus Green.

Cambridgeshire councillor misses out on UKIP leadership.

Cambridgeshire councillor Lisa Duffy has failed in her bid to replace Nigel Farage as the leader of UKIP.

The election was won by the party's deputy chairman Diane James who polled nearly eight and a half thousand votes.

Cambridgeshire councillor Lisa Duffy has failed in her bid to become UKIP leader Credit: ITV News Anglia

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