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Hundreds of children jet off for dream trip to Disney

For any child, a trip to America would be a dream come true, especially if it involved riding rollercoasters, swimming with dolphins and meeting Mickey Mouse and friends.

200 children with serious illnesses or disabilities have jetted off to Walt Disney World in Florida. Credit: ITV News

So there was much excitement there was when a group of children from the Anglia region joined 200 others from across the country to fly out to Orlando in Florida at the weekend.

The annual trip is run by the Dreamflight charity, for children living with an illness or disability,

Click below to watch a report by ITV News' reporter Lauren Hall


Protests against factory closures

Hundreds of people are expected to protest in Norwich on Saturday 14th April against plans to close tens of factories that employ people with disabilities.

It comes after a Government announcement in March 2012 that 36 of Remploy's 54 factories are to close because they are not financially viable.

The GMB Union says it could mean compulsory redundancies for 1,752 workers, of which 1,518 are disabled, and that it expects the remaining 18 factories to close in due course.

The Government says the closures will allow the money saved to be spent more effectively.

"We have been absolutely clear that the £320m budget for specialist disability employment services has been protected. But by spending the money more effectively, we can support thousands more disabled people in work."

– The Department for Work and Pensions