The Yorkshire Building Society is to pay out £247 on average to each borrower who paid fees for missing repayments on their mortgages.
Workers are calling on their local MPs to help save 800 jobs and safeguard the future of Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire.
Twenty-nine people convicted of offences after a climate change protest at Drax Power Station areappealing against their convictions.
Greg Mulholland MP, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, has tabled an early day motion that calls for a restriction on bonuses for bankers in banks that are partially or wholly owned by the state.
The motion, EDM 1026, has been tabled by Greg and a group of Liberal Democrat backbenchers and calls for action to control executive pay in state owned banks. Greg is the Convenor of the Liberal Democrat Backbench Group in Parliament.
The motion congratulates the Government on reducing bankers’ bonuses from £11.6 billion in 2008 to £1.6 billion in 2013 and welcomes the measures introduced by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which allow shareholders to determine executive pay and bonuses.
The motion supports a cap on bonuses and an overall cap on executive remuneration to prevent salaries being increased to compensate for lower bonuses, something that the previous Labour Government failed to do.
Bankers’ salaries were being increased to offset the reduction in bonuses which completely undermined the Labour Government’s weak attempts to control bonuses.
The motion also calls for a ban on bonus payments or increases in salaries for executives in banks wholly or partially owned by the state relating to a period where a bank has made a loss.
Students from schools across West Yorkshire gathered to pick up industry skills from British Airways and Leeds Bradford Airport at an ‘airline master class’. Staff from the airline and the airport volunteered their time to share knowledge and wisdom with the participants.
This year’s master class was hosted at Horsforth School, ex-pupil Sally Beardsworth of British Airways and Beverley Walker of Leeds Bradford Airport returned as industry volunteers to give advice to the students.
15 schools from around West Yorkshire each put forward a team of ten students to take part in the project and develop their business skills first hand. Each ‘company’ was given a virtual budget of £200 million to set up and run their own airline.
An extra 15,850 construction jobs are set to be created in Yorkshire and the Humber in the next five years, according to research released by CITB.
Fuelled by demand for 245,000 new homes across the UK each year, CITB's Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecast shows that average output for public housing in Yorkshire and the Humber will grow 4.2% annually to 2018.
Private housing is not far behind at 4.1%. Along with the commercial sector at 3%, these are the chief drivers of growth for the region.
Between now and 2018, Yorkshire and the Humber as a whole will see average annual output grow 2.2%, in line with the national average of 2.2%.
Key projects at a local level that are expected to contribute to this rise include a £1.5bn regeneration scheme between Bradford and Shipley town centre, where homes as well as office and retail space are to be built, and the £120m managed motorway works on the M1 junctions 39-42 around Wakefield.
With 3,170 new employees required each year to fulfil planned projects, the region's construction workforce will hit 190,010 in 2018 - a rise of 5% on 2013.
However, output and employment will still be down on pre-recession levels and caution is being urged amid signs of a recovery.
A war of words is threatening to sink plans to create up to 12,000 jobs and kick-start the Green Revolution on the south bank of the Humber.
Construction giant Able UK has been given Government approval to build a new marine energy park at North Killingholme.
But Associated British Ports has submitted plans to build a jetty on the same site. The conflict led to accusations today that ABP's claims that it supports the scheme are "misleading".
David Hirst reports:
– Association of British Ports
ABP are working on a positive compromise solution that will allow both the AMEP and Immingham Western Deepwater Jetty to proceed without delay and deliver the maximum benefit for the Humber.ABP expect to meet with Able UK shortly so that both parties can work constructively together to move forward.
Those behind a £450 million marine energy park in North Lincolnshire say the development is at risk due to a stand off with the Association of British Ports.
Able UK and the ABP are at loggerheads over a small area of land.
The energy developers say the land is vital to their project, but the ABP have also had plans accepted to build a new deep-water jetty.
Able UK are now warning that should the APB take the matter to the Government, it could scupper their plans.
The development could generate anything from between 4,000 to 10,000 jobs at a purpose-built renewables port and logistics facility at North Killingholme, on the South bank of the Humber.
Earlier this week, £15 million of Government funding was approved to accelerate the delivery of the energy park.
Almost £15 million of Government funding has been set aside to bring forward the Able Marine Energy Park, which could create 4,000 jobs in North Lincolnshire.
It is the single largest award made, and forms part of a £415-million economic cash injection announced by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today, as part of the Government's long term plans.
It also represents another huge vote of confidence in the £450-million scheme at North Killingholme from Westminster having received the Government's backing last month, with any legal challenges still to overcome.
Superfast West Yorkshire today announced that work has begun on the first phase of its expansion of high-speed fibre broadband, which is expected to help create jobs and boost connectivity in the region.
Thousands of homes and businesses in 14 exchange areas are included in the first phase of Superfast West Yorkshire's multi million pound programme.
The high-speed technology will be coming to Barwick in Elmet, Hipperholme, Illingworth, Sowerby Bridge and Arthington for the first time.
There will also be a substantial investment to make fibre more widely available in Halifax, Calder Valley, Brighouse, Hemsworth, Ilkley, Otley, South Elmsall, Royston and Sandal where many people can already get the technology.
Engineering work to lay the new network in these areas has begun with local homes and businesses expected to be able to order fibre broadband by the end of June.
Ian Gray, chair of the Superfast West Yorkshire project board, said: "Our research suggests there are a significant number of homes and businesses experiencing broadband speeds that are lower than expected across West Yorkshire.
"This project will improve coverage, particularly across rural areas, bringing superfast broadband to many places which would not otherwise have access.
"There are many benefits for businesses and residents from video conferencing, social networking and catch-up TV to internet shopping and banking. This project will boost economic growth and bring social benefits across our rural communities."
Leeds is the ninth fastest growing city in the UK, according to a new survey. The city has seen the creation of thousands of private sector jobs. Meanwhile Bradford, Sheffield and Doncaster are in the bottom ten.
Cities Outlook 2014, the annual health check of UK cities, warns that economic recovery is widening the gap between London and other UK cities.
Plans have been unveiled for a multi-million pound revamp of a Lincolnshire market town, which will see a new mutli-screen cinema, alongside restaurants and shops.
If approved the total cost of the renovation to Grantham will be six million pounds. Traders in the area hope it'll entice shoppers back after a decline in numbers. Matt Price reports.