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Cumbria's energy supply will be 'massive' says councillor

A member of Cumbria County Council's Cabinet, who deals with nuclear issues, has voiced support for the new nuclear deal.

The deal, between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and NuGeneration, in which Toshiba owns 60% of shares, will see the development of a new nuclear plant at Moorside, Cumbria.

It's said the plant will cost at least £10 billion and create up to 21,000 jobs.

'The scale of the contribution that Cumbria is set to make in securing a low-carbon future for the UK's energy supply is massive. This site will be a powerhouse for UK plc and also a huge engine of growth for the Cumbrian economy, which is already the home of Britain’s nuclear skills and expertise. There’s a massive amount of work to do, but it is amazing to think that in 10 years time Moorside could be delivering power to the nation’s homes.'

– Councillor David Southward

21,000 jobs could be created by nuclear development

Toshiba has acquired a 60% stake in NuGeneration Credit: PA

Plans to build a new nuclear power station in West Cumbria have moved a stage closer.

The Japanese electronics giant, Toshiba, has acquired a 60% stake in NuGeneration - the company that plans to build three reactors at Moorside near Sellafield.

They could be in operation by 2024, creating up to 21,000 jobs.


Could you be entitled to Wonga compensation?

If you have taken out a payday loan with Wonga and think you might be affected by today's announcement on compensation, you can call the claim line on 0800 840 0836 to check.

Wonga is paying out millions in compensation to customers Credit: ITV News

The compensation relates to loans taken out between October 2008 and November 2010.

Read more on this story on the ITV National page here.

Wonga apologises 'unreservedly' for debt collection tactics

The payday loan company Wonga has been ordered to pay out over two million pounds in compensation to customers over "unfair and misleading debt collection practices."

Wonga contacted customers in arrears under the names Chainey, D'Amato & Shannon and Barker and Lowe Legal Recoveries threatening legal action if the debt was not repaid.

Neither of these firms existed and Wonga was using this tactic to maximise collections by piling the pressure on customers, the Financial Conduct Authority said.

Wonga has apologised "unreservedly" for the failings, which took place between October 2008 and November 2010.


Jedburgh and Selkirk sheriff courts could be saved

A study that recommended the sheriff courts in Jedburgh and Selkirk be allowed to remain open has been approved by the Scottish Court Service Board.

The feasibility report concluded the best way to keep an integrated justice service in the Borders would be to keep the courts in the two towns, which have up until now been threatened with closure.

The study will be considered by the Scottish Borders Council at its meeting later this week.

“I welcome the feasibility study conclusions, reached after extensive dialogue with a wide range of justice organisations on future justice services in the Scottish Borders. I am confident this gives us a solid platform to deliver the best services for the people of the Scottish Borders.

“The feasibility study shows that while it is right we test the concept of justice centres it equally important it is that we tailor approaches that are right for local communities, and we will continue with this approach as we consider Justice Centres in other locations”

– Eric McQueen, Scottish Court Service Chief Executive

Cost of decommissioning Sellafield nearly £50 billion

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has released a report estimating that it could cost nearly fifty billion pounds to decommission the site at Sellafield over the next 100 years.

The authority say that while this is a six billion pound increase upon last year's figure,

"...It was always the case that cost estimates for the complex projects associated with decommissioning Sellafield’s historic waste facilities would increase as these projects mature and our understanding increases."

£6 billion nuclear clean-up overspend

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published its latest financial accounts and has revealed that the cost of cleaning up Sellafield nuclear plant in West Cumbria was nearly six billion pounds over its estimate for last year.

The authority described the decommissioning of Sellafield as "one of its most challenging environmental restoration projects."

Last year, nuclear management partners - who were awarded the contract, were heavily criticised for initial overspend on the clean up project.

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