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Hull Council approve budget

Hull City Council has approved new budget proposals which include a 1.95 per cent rise in council tax.

The authority said it was struggling against central government cuts of £41 million.

Councillors said the increase of council tax was preferable to adding to the £28 million the council already needed to save in 2015/16. Library opening hours will also be limited in an attempt to cut costs, while leisure services will be transferred to an "arms-length" council company.

Ahead of the city hosting the City of Culture celebrations in 2017, the city's gallery is to be refurbishes with £1 million in capital funding and a further £500,000 is to be put towards hosting the Turner Prize that year.

James Webster reports:

Helicopter search and rescue launched at Humberside Airport

The country's controversial privatised search and rescue helicopter service has been launched today at Humberside Airport.

Two helicopters will be based at Kirmington, one of ten locations around the UK.

The deal, with the Bristow Group ends 70 years of search and rescue from the RAF and the Royal Navy.

The company will operate the service on behalf of the Coastguard. Critics have expressed concerns that lives could be endangered, claims rejected today:

Report sheds light on scale of Savile abuse

Reports published today shed new light on the scale of Jimmy Savile's abuse and the ease with which he targeted vulnerable victims at hospitals across the country.

At one of them, Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, ten people told authorities how Savile had assaulted them, yet each of their complaints was ignored. It was just one instance of how Savile's celebrity status allowed him to carry on his reign of abuse over four decades.

You may find some of the details in David Hirst's report upsetting:

On Calendar we spoke to Peter Saunders, who is the founder of the support charity the National Association of People Abused as Children:

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Hull Council approve new budget

Hull City Council has approved new budget proposals which include a 1.95 per cent rise in council tax.

The authority said it was struggling against central government cuts of £41 million.

Councillors said the increase of council tax was preferable to adding to the £28 million the council already needed to save in 2015/16. Library opening hours will also be limited in an attempt to cut costs, while leisure services will be transferred to an "arms-length" council company.

Ahead of the city hosting the City of Culture celebrations in 2017, the city's gallery is to be refurbishes with £1 million in capital funding and a further £500,000 is to be put towards hosting the Turner Prize that year.

For the full budget proposals click here

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Humber NHS Trust chief confirms fresh Savile investigation

The chief executive of Humber NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that the authority has launched a fresh investigation into the conduct of disgraced TV personality Jimmy Savile.

The investigation focuses on a period of time in the 1970s and is being carried out in light of fresh information that has come to light.

We will continue to thoroughly investigate the allegations into the activity of Savile on our premises, as we would any serious incident, with oversight via statutory local safeguarding arrangements. The Savile Legacy Unit has supported the establishment of our investigation process.

It is important that the investigation is thorough and robust. The report will be published once the investigation is completed.

– David Hill, Chief Executive of Humber NHS Foundation Trust

New probes are also being carried out at Mersey Care and Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust in London.

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