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Hundreds of jobs to be lost as pit closures announced

Hundreds of miners across the region have found out exactly when their pits will close and when they'll be out of a job. Thoresby in North Nottinghamshire will shut in just over a month's time while redundancy letters will drop through 200 letter boxes tomorrow signalling the end for Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire. By the end of the year neither pit will be in operation leaving just one deep coal mine, Hatfield in South Yorkshire, providing coal in the Calendar region. Martin Fisher reports.


Food banks feed equivalent to Dewsbury's population in last year

New figures from the Trussell Trust have shown that over 60,000 people in the Calendar region have relied on food banks in the last year.

The equivalent to the population of Dewsbury have used food banks in the last year Credit: Press Association

60,186 people received three days' emergency food from the charity's food banks the equivalent of feeding the population of Dewsbury for three days.

The charity has 450 food banks nationwide, which are run in partnership with churches and communities.

Last year the UK public donated 10,280 tonnes of food.


Morrisons boss sending office staff to shop floor

The new boss of supermarket chain Morrisons is sending head-office staff onto the shop floor in a bid to improve communication with shoppers.

David Potts, who started work on Monday, told 2,000 office workers that he will be working in a store over Easter week and that he wanted them to do the same for at least one week each year.

He has urged workers at the Bradford-based chain to "listen hard" to customers and colleagues while they are on the shop floor as the company looks to reverse a period of falling sales and heavy annual losses.

I want to listen hard and respond to the views of as many customers and staff as I can.

I strongly believe that we are all retailers and we can learn how to serve our customers better when we are working in our stores or when we do our own shopping.

– David Potts, Morrisons

Mr Potts, who has more than 40 years retailing experience at Tesco, recently replaced Dalton Philips, who was ousted after leading the retailer since 2010.

The shop-floor initiative mirrors one put in place by new Tesco boss Dave Lewis before Christmas when he asked more than 4,000 employees including senior executives to stack shelves and operate tills.

Morrisons recently reported a loss of £792 million due to the lower value of its property estate while it posted a drop in like-for-like sales of 5.9%.

However, the sales trend improved in its most recent quarter with a decline of 2.6%.

Meadowhall set for £50 million refurbishment

Meadowhall Shopping Centre, based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire has today announced a £50 million refurbishment programme to mark the Centre’s 25th anniversary.

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The refurbishment works will start later in the year and will complete by the end of 2017.

The works - which will largely be completed out of hours to enable all retail and leisure operators to trade throughout the period - will create districts within the centre, each with a different finish including wood and punctured metal. The works will also enable a number of retailers to install ‘double height’ shop fronts.

The refurbishment will further include new ‘way finding’, mall seating and lighting as well as the installation of lighting artwork.

This latest refurbishment announcement follows the recent £3 million upgrade of the Park Lane area of the Shopping Centre, which was completed in 2014.

Regional unemployment falls by 30,000

Unemployment in Yorkshire fell by 30,000 in the quarter to January, official figures have revealed.

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According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a total of 161,000 people were unemployed in the region between November and January.

The region's unemployment rate was 6% and saw a drop of 15.7% during the period.

Nationwide, unemployment has dipped to a near seven-year low after a fall of more than 100,000, while a record number of people are in work.

The jobless total is 1.86 million, the lowest since the summer of 2008 and almost half a million down on a year ago. The jobless rate is now 5.7%, compared to a European Union average of 9.8%.

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance fell by 31,000 to 791,200 in February - the 28th consecutive monthly reduction.

The ONS also reported that employment increased by 143,000 in the latest quarter to January to almost 30.1 million, the highest since records began in 1971.

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