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Tata Steel goes to ACAS to try to solve dispute

Tata Steel UK goes to ACAS to try to solve pension dispute Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tata Steel UK says it's approached the conciliation service ACAS to try to resolve a pension dispute wth its workforce.

The company has sites across the North East, at Hartlepool, Skinningrove, Lackenby, Darlington, York and Blaydon.

A one day strike is planned for later this month. Tata says it's facing a projected shortfall of more than £2 billion pounds this year. The Unite union says it's provoking the biggest crisis in the steel industry for a generation.

Parents and babies invited to Neonatal unit reunion

Tiny hands welcome at reunion Credit: PA

Staff on Scunthorpe's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are holding their annual reunion today and inviting any parent who has spent time on the unit to go along, no matter how long ago.

The drop-in event is being held at Frodingham Community Centre, in Rowland Road, between 1pm and 3pm. Staff nurse Kerry Grimbleby, who has organised the event, said:

"Those that have spent more than two weeks on the unit since our last reunion have been sent an invite. It is a chance for us to see how parents, families and their little ones are getting on. We build bonds with families during their stay on NICU so it is always nice to hear from them once they leave us."

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£1.5 million set aside by council for National Rail College

Doncaster Council has made £1.5 million available for the National Rail College development in the town.

£1.5 million set aside by council for National Rail College Credit: Doncaster Council

Capital funding of £1.1 million will be put towards pre-construction preparation, including detailed design work and surveys to support the planning application. That money will be returned to the council when government grant funding is secure later this year.

In addition, £400,000 has been approved for the development of the curriculum and developing opportunities for people in the area to access the college when it is up and running.

The College is fundamental to the rail sector's future and Doncaster is right at the heart of it. I am committed to driving our economy forward and the National College of High Speed Rail will continue to do just that. It will enable our existing world-class rail companies to flourish and be a magnet for attracting new private sector investment. This combination of benefits will in turn deliver high quality jobs and sustained economic growth for residents across the borough and wider Sheffield City Region. It is tremendous news that such good progress is being made with this key project.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster

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Anti-austerity protesters gather in Leeds

People are gathering in Leeds city centre to protest against austerity.

Anti-austerity protestors gather in Leeds

It comes on the day the Queen's delivered the first Conservative Government speech in over two decades.

The protest in Leeds has been organised by Leeds Youth Fight for Jobs and will take place at the same time as similar protests in Bradford, Huddersfield, Grimsby and other cities.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance receives biggest ever single donation

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) has received its largest ever single donation, getting plans for a new helicopter off to a flying start.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance receives biggest ever single donation

The donation of £944,254 was made by Yorkshire Building Society based on deposits placed in its Yorkshire Air Ambulance affinity savings accounts over the past year.

It will contribute towards the Charity’s plans for a future replacement helicopter and takes the total donated by the Society to YAA since 2007 to more than £2 million.

Yorkshire Building Society is committed to supporting good causes where our members and colleagues live and work. To have been responsible for the largest ever donation to the YAA is something the Society is very proud of. We are delighted to be able to help such a vital service as Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which is close to the hearts of many of our members in the region.

– Gary Lacey, Yorkshire Building Society Savings Product Manager

This is the largest, single donation the Charity has ever received and we are overwhelmed by the support of the Society. We are currently looking at provisions for a future replacement helicopter for one of our current aircraft, so these monies will significantly contribute towards the reserves we are starting to build to cover these costs

– Peter Sunderland, Chairman of the YAA
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