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Campaign against school holiday price hikes

A parent from Essex is spearheading a campaign calling for a cap on holiday price hikes outside term times.

Peter Higgins from Southend says the difference in price is vast and he simply cannot afford to take his family away during the school holidays.

He wants to raise awareness so travel firms offer fairer prices in future.

Serena Sandhu reports.

East of England Ambulance Trust told to improve 999 response times

East of England Ambulance Trust told it must improve 999 response times.

The East of England Ambulance Trust's been told it must improve 999 response times as well as increasing staffing levels in a new report.

An inspection carried out by the Care Quality Commission in December found the trust did not meet the correct standards of care for people on life-threatening calls.

They were also critical of low staffing levels. But the CQC also said that the Trust had made significant progress in other areas, with the number of complaints against them reducing.

House sales booming in the East

"It's fantastic at the minute, what we're finding is that the supply isn't strong enough for the demand of people that are looking. We listed three houses last Thursday and all of them had sales agreed within 24 hours. One of them in particular had fifteen viewings and six offers from that and it achieved over the asking price."

– Darren Neave, Arnolds Keys Estate Agents

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New figures show the East is in the grip of a building boom

Building boom will create almost 26,000 jobs. Credit: PA Images

New figures show the East is in the grip of a building boom that will create almost 26,000 new jobs over the next 5 years.

The Construction Industry Training Board says it will make the region one of the strongest performers in the country with private housing, industry and infrastructure projects fuelling the growth in jobs.

The figures come as Estate agents in the region say they are seeing an increase in buyers in the housing market.

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