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Oakwood Clock to chime for another century

Oakwood Clock Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Leeds's historic Oakwood Clock, which has stood on the southern edge of Roundhay Park for over a century is set to chime for another hundred years.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given £100,000 grant to The Oakwood Traders and Residents Association who have campaigned for two years to get landmark refurbished.

The Oakwood Clock has been a feature in north Leeds for just over 100 years - ever since it was moved from Leeds City Market.

Originally it served as a tram shelter but since the demise of the trams it has been a meeting place, provided shelter and somewhere to sit for generations of people visiting Oakwood. It is a well loved landmark for local people and for those visiting Oakwood

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Council tax: 'Expensive homes should lose discount'

The Local Government Association suggests people in larger homes should lose their discount Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

People living alone in large homes should lose their council tax discount to free up more money for struggling families on low incomes, local authorities say.

Single dwellers currently receive 25% off their council tax bill, but under new proposals the Local Government Association (LGA) wants councils to be able to adjust the discount for working people living alone in homes rated council tax band E and above.

Its own analysis has shown that it is costing councils more than £200 million a year to give the compulsory discount to people living in such properties, which are typically bigger and more expensive than the average family home.

At the same time, it said one in three local authorities expects they will have to reduce council tax support for families on low incomes because of a major shortfall in Government funding for the subsidy.

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Jobs boost for former Hull dry dock

The east coast has been given a job boost after the government announced investment from the Coastal Communities Fund.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury made the announcement in Hull, where he revealed the Government is to invest £300,000 in a new digital technology centre and support services in the city.

Ministers have also earmarked more than £2 million to help build a leisure centre in Bridlington.

Fiona Dwyer reports:

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Region's gamblers lost £110m last year on "fixed odds betting machines"

Fixed odds betting machines
Fixed odds betting machines Credit: ITV News

Figures released today are expected to reveal that more than £110m was lost by Yorkshire gamblers last year on controversial betting machines.

Figures due to be published this lunchtime will reveal an estimated £112m was gambled away in the region last year on fixed odds betting terminals.

In total, estimates by lobby group the Campaign for Fairer Gambling will suggest more than £3bn was staked on the addictive machines in Yorkshire in 2013 - around £600 for every man, woman and child.

The region's gambling hot spot is Leeds, where an estimated £16m was lost by punters last year, on 414 machines spread across 114 betting shops. Next highest was Doncaster, followed by Hull, Huddersfield and York.

The highest losses per head of population were in the Parliamentary constituency of Hull West and Hessle, where punters lost nearly £50 for every man, woman and child.

Campaigner Graham's drive to get motorists' fines overturned

Motorist Graham Auty from Leeds is taking on the system over a road camera that has netted four hundred thousands pounds in fines.

Graham's wife was driving when it snapped them in Manchester. He later successfully appealed against the fine, arguing that no warning signs were visible.

But not content with that, he is now taking his fight to Parliament to try to overturn those fines handed to thousands of other motorists. Helen Steel reports.

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Household energy spending rises by 55% over decade

The ONS said sharpest increase occurred between 2004 and 2009 after "significant price rises" by energy companies. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

New figures show a sharp rise in UK households' energy spending over the past decade, with an increase of 55% from 2012 compared to 2002.

The Office for National Statistics said the average spending on electricity, gas and other household fuels rose from £69-a-month in 2002 to £106-a-month in 2012 after adjusting for inflation.

ONS statistician Richard Tonkin said the increase came despite households cutting back their energy consumption in recent years, explaining: "This reduction has been more than offset by rises in energy prices."

The poorest fifth of households spent 11% of their disposable income on household energy in 2012, up from 8% in 2002, while the richest fifth spent just 3% in 2012, up from 2% in 2002, the ONS said.

ABP to go to parliament over Able UK development

The port operator, Association of British Ports, is to ask parliament to decide on the future of two projects at North Killingholme on the south bank of the Humber.

The Able UK Marine Energy Park

It wants to build its own deep water jetty in an area where another company has already been given permission to build a marine energy park.

Last month Able UK said the port operator was putting its plans in jeopardy, threatening the creation of thousands of jobs.

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