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Positive reaction to the Church of England's historic decision to allow women to become bishops

There's been a positive reaction in the region to the Church of England's historic decision to allow women to become bishops.

More than twenty years after women were able to become priests the General Synod has given approval to allow the appointment of female bishops.

A previous vote in 2012 was backed by the Houses of Bishops and Clergy but blocked by traditionalists.

"Being realistic the vast majority of women priests are never going to be bishops. So it's not about becoming a bishop, it's about people wanting the church to acknowledge that women can be.

"And therefore when there is a post coming up, if there are women around who have the right experience and wisdom it's really good to know that they can be considered for the job alongside male candidates."

– The Very Rev Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich

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Cambridge best place to find a job

Cambridge city centre. Credit: PA Images

If you are after a job you might be interested to know that Cambridge was the best place to find one last month.

According to the search engine Adzuna there were seven jobs for every jobseeker in the city during May - up from just two a year ago.

Competition for work nationwide fell to a six year low last month. The average advertised salary in the East also grew to just over £29,900 last month.

MP warns solar farms and bio-energy targets are leading to a loss of agricultural land

A Cambridgeshire MP has warned that solar farms and bio-energy targets are leading to a loss of agricultural land in the region.

Sir James Paice said solar farms should be built on unproductive brownfield sites. His comments follow new research which shows the UK could run out of land to meet food demand by 2030.

"The most important thing is to realise that we are a population that is growing, growing from 66 million last year to around 70 million by 2020. That in itself is huge, the proportion of food we produce ourselves has been falling. We can't import it all we should even try."

– Sir James Paice, MP for South East Cambridgeshire

Fewer of us are taking time off sick

The East of England has one of the UK's lowest sickness rates among its workers.

Employees in East Anglia take an average of four and a half days off due to illness each year compared with a national average of 4.9 days.

According to manufacturers organisation EEF, sickness levels are at a record low but long term absence, due to stress and mental health disorders, is on the increase.

Sickness and absence levels in this region may be amongst the lowest in the UK, but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Driving down absence rates, helping more employees return to work earlier and encouraging their well-being is critical for our economy. But, despite employers increasing investment in managing sickness absence and providing their employees with more health-related benefits, the improvement in overall absence rates has more or less now plateaued.

– Jim Davison, Eastern Region Director at EEF

Tenants fear "revenge evictions" if they complain to landlords

Tenants increasingly fear becoming victims of "revenge evictions" according to Shelter. Credit: PA images.

A national housing charity says it has seen a record increase in the number of tenants reporting that they are afraid of being evicted from their homes.

The number of calls Shelter took from people in the East of England has more than doubled from 250 to nearly 600 in 12 months.

Nine per cent of the tenants it asked said they had avoided asking their landlord to repair a problem or improve conditions in the last year because they feared eviction.

Shelter is calling them "revenge evictions" and said a worrying 2% of people contacting them had become victims after they dared to complain about a problem that was not their responsibility.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins is reviewing whether to change the law to tackle the problem. Today, Shelter called for stronger protection from eviction for renters who reported bad conditions.

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East of England Ambulance Service patient survey finds most pleased with treatment

East of England Ambulance Service patient survey finds most are pleased with their treatment,

A survey of patients using the East of England Ambulance Service has found that almost all were pleased with the treatment they received.

Every month the Patient Experience Team questions people who have been treated and the results for January show 98% said their experience met or exceeded expectations.

131 people responded to the survey which covered things like ambulance response times and the attitude of staff. In the past the Trust has been criticised for poor response times.

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