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Rent reduction for Kirkgate Market traders

Leeds City Council has approved a 20 per cent rent reduction for traders to compensate for trading conditions during the multi-million pound refurbishment to the market.

Rent reduction for Kirkgate Market traders

The report proposed a reduction for traders until September 2015 to compensate for trading conditions during the construction work. It also recommended £100,000 be put into the project, so as to allow for the temporary relocation of Fish and Game Row traders during more extensive works as part of the refurbishment.

The council says it is keen to ensure that as much of the market as possible remains open and trading during the period of construction.

It is essential that we improve Kirkgate Market to make it more attractive to today’s customers and traders, and to build on the many distinct advantages the market already has. We are aware however, that any project of this scale is going to cause disruption, and therefore we are putting plans in place early on to ensure we minimise disruption to traders and customers alike during this time of exciting change.

– Cllr Richard Lewis

Region's unemployment figures revealed

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 25,000 in the three months to July, official figures have revealed.

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 25,000 in the three months to July, official figures have revealed. Credit: Press Association

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 203,000 people were unemployed in the region between May and July.

The region's unemployment rate was 7.3% and saw a fall of 11% during the period. The worst area in the UK was the South West which recorded a 17,000 increase in the number of people without a job.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen below one million for the first time in six years, new figures showed.

The claimant count fell for the 22nd month in a row in July by 37,200 to 966,500, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is the first time the figure has been below one million since September 2008.

The Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith says getting people in to work gives them a better chance:

The jobless total was 2.02 million in the quarter to July, down by 146,000 on February to April, giving a lower-than-expected unemployment rate of 6.2%.

Analysts had forecast an unemployment rate of 6.3%.

The jobless total is now 468,000 fewer than a year earlier, the largest annual fall in unemployment since 1988.

Average earnings including bonuses rose by 0.6% in the year to July, while average earnings excluding bonuses were 0.7% higher.

There are now 30.61 million people in work, 74,000 more than February to April, the smallest quarterly increase since April to June 2013.

The Chancellor added that unemployment in Scotland was down to 6%, below the UK average.

Despite a steady two-year easing of unemployment with record numbers in work, the rise in average earnings is still a long way short of the pace of inflation at 1.5%.

The Bank of England halved its forecast for average wage growth last month, saying it now expects average salaries to rise by 1.25% this year.

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On-street parking charges to be considered in Lincoln

On-street parking charges could be introduced in Lincoln as the council begins to introduce a new parking strategy for the city.

On-street parking charges to be considered in Lincoln Credit: Press Association

Currently parking in many areas of the city is free but the council believe this is reducing the money collected by council operated paid car parks.

Previous proposals to implement on-street car parking charges in Lincoln were rejected by the City Council Executive Committee in 2011.

The council believe the recent plans are more likely to be approved as the increased revenue could lead to the introduction of a park-and-ride scheme as well as two new multi-storey car parks.

The plans will be discussed at a council meeting on 22 September.

Summat's brewin' for Women of Steel

A special beer brewed to honour Sheffield's Women of Steel and to raise money towards the statue planned to mark their wartime achievements will be poured for the first time today.

A model of the statue of Sheffield's Women of Steel Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Rotherham's Chantry Brewery will welcome some of the surviving Women of Steel to pull the first pint of "Women of Steel" - The Ale at a free-admission party that's open to everyone at town's Cutlers Arms in Westgate at 11am.

The £150, 000 statue will commemorate the achievements of hundreds of women who worked in the steelworks during the wars when their men were away fighting at the front.

It has been commissioned from Martin Jennings, whose other pieces include John Betjeman and George Orwell, and is expected to be unveiled outside Sheffield City Hall in 2016.

A public appeal has raised almost all of the money and with just £8,000 to go, the launch of the ale is one of the last major fundraising events which will take the total to its target.

The Chantry Brewery team had a special reason to produce the "Women of Steel" Ale and make a donation from every pint sold to the Women of Steel Statue Appeal.

We are all steel workers and when we heard about the Women of Steel Statue, we wanted to do something to support it and we're delighted to be producing a beer in their honour"

– Mick Warburton , head brewer

Hatfield deal a result of NUM faith in the future of coal in the UK

The National Union of Mineworkers says today's deal which secures the future of Hatfield Colliery for 18 months represents their faith in the future of coal in the UK.

It is thought around 500 jobs have been saved and officials say a new coal face will be opened in the coming months.

General Secretary Chris Kitchen told ITV Calendar that he hoped the deal was a stepping stone to future investment:

Funding saves 500 jobs for 18 months at colliery

Hatfield Colliery say today's announcement of funding from the National Union of Miners will save around 500 jobs until June 2016.

Funding saves 500 jobs for 18 months at colliery Credit: Press Association

An estimated £4 million deal has been agreed which will keep the colliery open and there are plans to open a new coal face in the coming months.

Bosses say they hope this deal will secure them more time to agree a deal which would keep the colliery open beyond 2016.

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Colliery given financial lifeline by union

One of only three deep mine collieries in the country has been given a financial lifeline by the National Union of Miners (NUM).

Hatfield Colliery could be saved until May 2016 Credit: Press Association

Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster, employs 430 men. The money, thought to be £4 million, could secure the future of the pit until May 2016.

The NUM said in a statement:

The NUM were approached by the Hatfield Colliery Partnership EBT Board for financial assistance on 1 September 2014.

The assistance was required to secure a future at the Mine and allow it to finish production on the current face 7’s and then transfer to the next face 9’s securing employment until May 2016 for around 430 employees.

The decision to make the investment was not one that has been taken lightly and involved the agreement of the Unions NEC, Yorkshire Area Council and Trustees following an extremely intense due diligence process. The investment is on commercial terms with the expectation that it will be repaid over 12 months plus interest.

This action is an unprecedented step for the Union but reinforces its commitment to the deep coal mining industry in the UK. It is the view of the Union that there is a future for coal in the generation of electricity in the UK for years to come and that the coal burnt should be UK mined coal securing employment for miners in the UK not imported from Russia and Columbia or anywhere else.

– National Union of Miners

Actor takes on marathon number 13

Actor George Telfer is preparing to take on his 13th marathon in his home town of Chesterfield.

Actor George Telfer prepares to tackle his 13th marathon Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The star, best known for his roles in the Auton film series and Emmerdale, will join 1,000 runners today at the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon .

George, 52, has previously completed 10 London marathons, eight of them in aid of children's charity Whizz-Kidz.

He has also completed the Kielder Marathon and the York Marathon.

It feels fantastic to be running in Chesterfield. I've been running lots of routes here for years so it's great to do an official run.

"I train all year round, normally around three or four times a week. I just love to run, I love it that bit more every year. It's become part of my daily life."

– George Telfer

The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will raise funds for Kids 'n' Cancer UK, as well as other charities including Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity.

Tunnel plans for Humber estuary

Residents of Humberside are being invited to view proposals for a mutli-million pound tunnel that is set to be created under the River Humber.

National Grid Gas is seeking the Government's permission to lay a high-pressure natural gas pipeline under the river which will connect the existing installations at Goxhill and Paull, on the North Bank.

They will be held at East Halton Village Hall, Townside, on Friday, September 26, from 3pm to 7pm; and at Goxhill Memorial Hall, Chapel Street, on Saturday, September 27, from noon to 4pm.

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