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Small businesses will drive northern economy says Shadow Chancellor

The Shadow Chancellor has been in Rotherham to see the town's so-called "high street vision" for the future.

John McDonnell joined the town's MP - Sarah Champion - as well as the council leader this afternoon. Mr McDonnell says small, independent businesses will drive the northern economy - and wants to see Rotherham used as an example to town centres right across the country.


Hebden Bridge youngsters' sweet tale

A group of children have rallied round to save their favourite shop from going under - after the Boxing Day floods.

Youngster who ran makeshift shop give their takings to help flood victims Credit: ITV Yorkshire

'Something Sweet' has re-opened now after being deluged with water for the second time in four years.

Youngsters from the town ran a makeshift shop of their own when it had to close.

But they decided to give their takings - almost £200 - to a good cause.

Whistle blowing helpline set up after Rotherham abuse scandal

A whistle-blowing helpline for employees to raise concerns about child protection failures in the workplace will go live on Monday.

The helpline is run by the NSPCC on behalf of the Home Office Credit: Pool image

The helpline, run by the NSPCC on behalf of the Home Office, follows the Rotherham abuse scandal, in which at least 1400 children were sexually exploited amid a series of collective failures by the authorities.

The charity says its a "vital" service which will help children in danger and that any concerns raised will be passed on to relevant authorities to investigate.


Calls for better deal for dialysis patients

A father from Hull is calling for kidney dialysis patients to be automatically entitled to disability benefits - after his own battle with the Department for Work and Pensions.

Stephen Beet has 15 hours of dialysis a week - and has just been awarded Personal Independence Payments - but only after a long struggle to convince assessors that he should get the money. Michael Billington reports.

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