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Calls for subsidised breakfast clubs

There are calls today for subsidised breakfast clubs in schools after it emerged that some teachers are bringing food in to school to feed pupils.

A report found that a fifth of teachers say they've seen a rise in number of children arriving at class hungry while seven in ten claim children who don't eat first thing find it harder to learn.

Jill Rutter from the Family and Childcare Trust says schools should provide breakfasts:

Teachers resort to 'bringing in food for pupils' says report

Almost half of teachers across Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire say they are bringing in food for children to eat in the morning, according to a study.

Teachers are bringing in food according to this study Credit: PA

Meanwhile figures for the East Midlands, which includes Lincolnshire, show four in ten teachers say not eating first thing makes pupils more disruptive. Over sixty percent claim it makes them unable to learn.


£23m leisure centres approved for Sheffield

Plans for two new leisure centres in Sheffield have been approved by the city's council.

£23m leisure centres approved for Sheffield Credit: Artist's impression

The developments, valued at £23 million, are the biggest investment in such facilities in a generation.

The developments, incorporating swimming pools and gyms as well as health and research facilities as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM), will be built on the site of the current Graves tennis and leisure centre in the south of the city, and on a corner of Thorncliffe Recreation Ground in High Green.

The £16m Graves development will include a six-lane 25m replacement for the existing swimming pool, a separate learner pool, a major new fitness suite and studios, two additional indoor tennis courts and the city’s first-ever dedicated gymnastics and trampolining centre.

This centre will be the city HQ for the new NCSEM - a 2012 Olympic Legacy project funded by the Department of Health - with extensive provision for health consultation, specialist treatment services and research facilities.

Meanwhile, the £7m North Active complex in High Green is set to include a six-lane 25m swimming pool and learner pool, a multi-use studio and a fitness suite, over two levels.

It will also house NCSEM facilities including health consulting rooms, treatment rooms and space for other services such as podiatry.

£23m leisure centres approved for Sheffield Credit: Artist's impression

I am pleased that the plans have now received formal planning approval and we can begin the creation of two major, modern leisure and health centres in the north and south of our city. There are also plans for further development of outdoor sport and leisure facilities at both sites and these will be confirmed in the coming months.

This is the biggest investment in sport and leisure in Sheffield in a generation and we are grateful to our funding partners who are supporting the building costs.

– Councillor Isobel Bowler, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure

One in five Yorkshire adults losing sleep over money worries

One in five adults in Yorkshire and the Humber are being kept awake at night worrying about money, according to findings by StepChange Debt Charity. They say they've seen a massive increase in the number of people contact its helpline since Christmas.

More and more people are plagued with severe financial worries that can have a huge impact on their health, relationships and even their ability to simply get a good night’s sleep. All too often, people face their debt burden alone, which can worsen the pressure and anxiety they are feeling. We would encourage anyone who is struggling with debt to take that first crucial step and seek free,confidential advice from StepChange Debt Charity.

– Mike O’Connor, chief executive of StepChange Debt Charity


Former MP warns payday loan rules could lead to more illegal borrowing

As a new cap on payday loans comes into play today, the former MP, John Battle, says the changes could lead to more illegal borrowing.

Rates will now be capped at just under 1 percent per day, and no-one will have to pay back more than twice the amount they borrowed.

The Financial Conduct Authority which introduced the new rules says people who are unable to repay should prevent taking our such loans. Many payday lenders have already closed beacuse of the changers.

PM: Rail network needs continued investment

Speaking in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Prime Minister David Cameron Britain was seeing "the biggest investment in our roads since the 1970s, but in our railways since Victorian times".

We've made sure that rail fares cannot go up by more than inflation. So the rail fare increase this year, as last year, is linked to inflation, and I think that's right. In previous years it's gone up by more than inflation. But, of course, what you're seeing on our railways is a £38 billion investment project. And that money is coming, of course, from taxpayers, from the Government, and from fare payers as well. And it's very important that we continue that investment because it's an absolutely key part to our long-term economic plan, which is about staying on the road to a stronger economy which you can only have if you have the infrastructure that a stronger economy needs.

– David Cameron
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Union: 'We have the highest rail fares in Europe'

At a TUC demonstration outside King's Cross, Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA transport union, said:

Wage rises are just not keeping up with fare rises. We have the highest fares in Europe.

People are forking out a large slice of their disposable income on fares.

Also, we are not encouraging the turn-up-and-go-railway because if you pay on the day the ticket price is very high.

– Mick Whelan, general secretary of train drivers' union Aslef
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