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Morrisons announces huge losses and store closures

Stores to close

The Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons which today announced pre-tax losses of £792 million for the year to February 2015 is to close 23 convenience stores, with the loss of 300 jobs.

The supermarket is under severe pressure from the discount rivals Aldi and Lidl, as well as its traditional competitorss Tesco, Asda and J Sainsbury. Morrisons is waiting for its new chief executive Dave Potts to take over next week after predecessor Dalton Phillips quit.


East Coast mainline privatisation branded as "madness" by unions

Rail union campaigners have protested at stations along the East Coast main line to mark the route's return to private ownership.

The RMT union say it should stay in the public sector because it's provided the Treasury with millions of pounds since it was taken over six years ago following the collapse of National Express.

But from tomorrow it will be handed over to be run by private firms Virgin and Stagecoach.

Cold homes 'could kill 11,000 in region by 2030'

Almost eleven thousand vulnerable people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire could die in the next fifteen years because they're unable to heat their homes.

The charity National Energy Action's released figures warning about the threat to vulnerable people from cold homes Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

That's the stark warning from the charity National Energy Action says domestic energy consumers are being hit hard by Treasury energy taxes. They're calling on politicians to address the issue as a matter of priority ahead of the general election.

Government figures show there are currently 4.5 million households which are unable to properly heat their homes across the country.

  • In Yorkshire and The Humber, 244850 households (10.8%) live in fuel poverty.
  • NEA believes that of the 3000 'excess winter deaths' in Yorkshire and The Humber every year, 30% of these were attributed to cold homes.
  • Fuel poor households in Yorkshire and The Humber typically need to pay£440 more than their more affluent neighbours to sustain a warm home.


Thousands of families facing dilemma over heating or eating

Thousands of families across the region are facing a daily dilemma - whether to eat, or heat their homes.

The Children's Society says almost two hundred and twenty thousand children are living in families who've fallen behind with their energy bills, and they're three times more likely to live in damp, mouldy conditions and suffer illness.

Now the charity's joining forces with the north of England's gas distribution company to help people out of fuel poverty:

27,000 letters issued on Lendal Bridge repayment

Refunds for Lendal bridge fines

York City Council is sending out letters to 27,000 people who have currently not claimed refunds in relation to penalties incurred crossing Lendal Bridge.

Letters informing motorists of refunds due to them have been sent to their last known address and are expected to be fully distributed in the coming weeks.

They include information on the refund process as well as notifying them that the deadline of the online process for Lendal Bridge repayments has been extended to 31 December 2015.

For more information about Lendal Bridge repayments, including full FAQs and background information click here

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