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SSE to slash gas prices by 4.1%

SSE to cut household gas prices at end of April Credit: PA Wire

SSE is to reduce household gas prices by 4.1% on April 30 before extending its energy price freeze until at least July 2016.

It is the latest energy firm to announce a cut in gas prices.

British Gas announced a five per cent cut in prices, npower is to cut its standard tariff by an average of 5.1%, E.ON reduced tariffs by 3.5 per cent, and Scottish Power announced a 4.8 per cent drop in prices starting February 20.

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

Counting the birds

This weekend sees the return of the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch, an initiative which encourages thousands around the UK to pick an hour over the weekend to discover wildlife in their gardens.

Budding bird watchers are encouraged to register in advance to get their free information pack, then take one hour to watch and record the number of birds in the garden or open space and submit the results.

The initiative has been taking place since 1979. Results enable the RSPB to monitor trends and understand how birds are doing and take steps to put them right.


Revisiting the town Mary Portas hired to 'turn around'

Kate Hemingway revisits a town in Lincolnshire which had its High Street thrown into the spotlight two years ago after the Queen of Shops Mary Portas, was hired by the Government to turn it around.

A regeneration team in Market Rasen is now putting plans in place to carry on the work - but some residents say the Portas scheme has failed to deliver.

Siemens project launched in Hull

Construction work has started on a £300million wind turbine production and installation plant in Hull, which is being hailed as the most significant investment in the Humber region for a century.

Siemens is investing the huge sum at the city's Alexandra Dock, which the company says will create up to a 1,000 full time jobs.

Experts say the region has the potential to be the a world-class renewable energy hub.

Fiona Dwyer was at today's ground-breaking ceremony:

Launch of £310 million renewable energy project

Renewable energy

Environment Secretary Ed Davey is in Hull this afternoon helping to launch the Siemens project.

The 310 million pound investment in renewable energy will create one thousand new jobs in East Yorkshire. The offshore wind turbine manufacturing and assembly facilities will be based in Hull's Alexandra Dock. And this afternoon there is an opening ceremony to mark the start of construction.


Parking charges set to return to Halifax town centre

Reprieve is over

Motorists will be charged for on street parking in Halifax town centre from February 2nd - after enjoying a four month reprieve.

A new Traffic Regulation Order will allow the Council to reinstate parking charges and enforce all parking restrictions across the 20 streets in the central area of Halifax.

On street parking charges were lifted in the town centre in October 2014, after it became clear that some of the Council’s TROs could not be legally enforced.

Details of the new order will be available to view on streets in the town centre from January 30th and on the council's website.

Dairy producers fear uncertain future

Dairy farmers across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire fear they will be forced out of business unless more is done to protect them from falls in milk prices.

Prices have come under pressure from a combination of rising supply and falling demand, particularly as a result of lower-than-expected demand from China and Russia's ban on food imports.

The industry has the backing of MPs who are calling for new powers to fine supermakets over disputes.

Chris Kiddey has been to meet one farmer from West Yorkshire:

Cheese production is 'lifeline' for dairy farmer

Michael Davenport, a dairy farmer from Osgodby in Lincolnshire, now produces cheese as well as milk.

He produces 500 thousand litres of milk a year and uses one third of that for cheese production. Michael says his cheese accounts for two thirds of his profitable turnover so it's a lifeline for his business.

Cheese offers a lifeline
Cheese making profits

Anne McIntosh: 89p for 2 litres of milk 'not enough'

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee says dairy farmers need greater protection in the face of sharp falls in the price of milk. It is urging the government to extend the Groceries Code Adjudicator's (GCA) remit to include dairy farmers in the scheme, which covers suppliers to the big supermarkets and retailers.

The Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh is chair of EFRA and she says the charging of 89p for two litres of milk in supermarkets is "not appropriate".

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