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1,900 jobs to be created at Lincolnshire off-shore development

More details have been released about the wind farm off Lincolnshire which it's hoped will create 1,900 new jobs.

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Two companies - RWE Innogy and Statkraft, both world leaders in renewable energy - have formed a partnership to jointly develop Triton Knoll and their 288 turbines, 20 miles off the coast of Mablethorpe.

£20 million has been spent so far on research and development. The company say the total investment is likely to be £3-4 billion.

Work should start in 2017 and enough electricity could be generated for up to 800,000 homes annually.

Waste incinerator plans set to be approved

Controversial plans for a £200million waste incinerator plant next to Kellingley Colliery could clear their final hurdle today despite fierce opposition from local villagers.

The plans would see 280,000 tonnes of rubbish burned on the site each year to create enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 60,000 homes. There'll be 38 new jobs, but local campaigners fear there will be hundreds of lorries carrying waste through the community each week. Planning officials at North Yorkshire County Council are recommending councillors give the go ahead for the scheme.

Over 300 jobs lost at Cooplands

More than 300 job cuts have been made across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire after the Doncaster based sandwich and cake company Cooplands went into administration. Shops that are closing include nine in Doncaster along with the company's head office and bakery which are based in the town. Three stores in Lincoln will also close. But some of the leasehold stores have been sold and will remain open.

Thousands of funding available to event organisers in Lincoln

A total of £75,000 in funding has been made available to event organisers in Lincoln to help get more people to visit the city.

Thousands of funding available to event organisers in Lincoln

The money is a key aspect of the Arts Council England-funded Cultural Destinations Project in Lincoln.

From today, events organisers in the city can apply for up to £10,000 of the money, provided that amount is not more than 20 per cent of their overall budget.

Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager Emma Tatlow said the aim is to attract new audiences from a wider catchment area and raise Lincoln's profile as a great cultural destination.

Events and festivals form a really important part of the city's offer. Local residents and day visitors benefit and this fund offers an opportunity to further enhance our existing events programme. The aim is to really put Lincoln on the cultural map and start to attract staying visitors from further afield.

– Emma Tatlow

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Leeds City Council announce rises in tax

Leeds City Council has announced that they are to increase council tax by nearly two percent and council housing rents go up nearly three percent.

Leeds city centre Credit: Press Association

The council say the situation is becoming “near impossible” as details of the annual budget to manage a further cut of £45.4million were released today.

By March 2016, Leeds will have received approximately £180 million less in total core funding representing a drop of more than 40 per cent in five years.

In addition to the loss of core funding, the council continues to also absorb the rising costs of services, in particular through the increased demand for services for older people.

The latest core funding reduction comes following recent warnings by the National Audit Office, the Office for Budget Responsibility and the Institute for Fiscal Studies of the dangers of continuing austerity on local authorities and public services.

The Centre for Cities Cities Outlook Report 2015 released last month also warned of the north-south economic divide widening and advocating the need for devolution of resources and decision-making powers to cities and city regions.

Aside from the council tax rise, the budget will also see council housing rents increase by 2.88 per cent and fees and charges across the council will go up by at least inflation as considered appropriate.

The budget-setting challenge this year has been the most difficult I have ever been involved with, facing choices none of us would ever want to make but there is simply no other way, the money is just not there anymore. It cannot be right that Leeds and authorities in the north are getting hit with massive cuts for another year while some of the most affluent parts of the country in the south get either no cuts or even an increase in their ‘spending power. That is deeply unfair. We have done everything we can to try and protect our most vulnerable residents as best we can, but I’m afraid it’s a near-impossible task and I’m sad to say over the next 12 months people will be suffering as a result. We wish there was another way but all the choices are just brutally hard now, and if as some say we are only halfway through austerity I fear for the future of councils and public services as more and more nationally-respected groups and bodies are saying this is already dangerously unsustainable.

– Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council
Leader of Leeds City Council Keith Wakefield says the tax rises are impossible to avoid Credit: ITV Yorkshire

157 jobs go as MTL Group enters administration

Over 150 job are to go at South Yorkshire based metal contracting specialists MTL Group as bosses announced the company has gone in to administration.

They blame difficulties on defence contracts and a failure to generate investment or sell the company.

We are assessing our options to keep the facility operating in the short term whilst seeking a buyer for the business and are continuing to provide product to certain customers. We would encourage any interested parties to come forward.

It is with regret that 157 people have been made redundant. We will work with those affected to help them claim outstanding wages and other payments from the Redundancy Payments Office.

– John Sumpton, administrator

157 staff have been made redundant while 146 have been kept to assist while a new buyer is sought.

MPs to join Kellingley rally to push for government support

A host of MPs are to join a rally urging the Government to help extend the life of Kellingley Colliery.

A host of MPs are to join a rally urging the Government to help extend the life of Kellingley Colliery. Credit: Press Association

Yvette Copper MP, Dennis Skinner MP and Ian Lavery MP will march with NUM General Secretary Chris Kitchen and others through Knottingley to the pit entrance from 10.30am today.

It's the latest in an ongoing campaign asking the Government to approve plans which would grant £300 million in state aid to the colliery, saving 8,000 jobs.

We have been fighting for the survival of the British Deep Mined Coal Industry for the last 30 years, we will continue to fight to the last. The UK gets over 30% of its electricity from coal and we must make sure that it is British Deep Mined Coal keeping British Miners in work rather than importing all our coal.

– NUM General Secretary Chris Kitchen

We have now received a plan from the company and will look carefully at their proposal, bearing in mind that we must make sure that taxpayers receive value for money. When we talk about state aid we are referring to taxpayers money and not a separate pot in Brussels that we can dip into. The European Commission considers what support Member States can give to companies but does not provide the funding for that support.

– A Government spokesman
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