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MP says young should stay in family home rather than claim housing benefit

Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake said he would be "appalled" if his children left home and claimed housing benefit.

He suggested young people should stay living in their family home where they already have a bed rather than moving out and costing the taxpayer cash.

Mr Hollinrake made the comments as MPs debated Government plans to stop 18 to 21-year-olds from claiming housing benefit.

The MP for Thirsk and Malton said: "As a parent of two children between 18 and 21 I would be appalled if I felt they were going to leave home to live a life on housing benefits while they have still got a bed in my house.

"Will the minister agree, will the minister confirm, that there will be support made available for those who are vulnerable or have complex needs?"

Work and pensions minister Caroline Nokes replied: "Absolutely, yes.

"For those who cannot live with their parents, for those who are in receipt of the main disability benefits, they will be exempt from this policy."


Dog rescued after being stung by bees and jumping in river

Bailey the dog has been rescued by fire crews after being stung by bees and jumping in the river Foss in Haxby.

Serious collision on A64 near Malton

The A64 in North Yorkshire is closed eastbound between the B1248 and the A169 near Malton due to a serious incident being led by North Yorkshire Police. This closure is affecting traffic heading towards Scarborough and the North Yorkshire coastal areas..

Police are diverting traffic via local routes and should allow extra travelling time to complete any journeys through this area.

Light aircraft crash near Malton

Crash site location Credit: ITV News Calendar

Emergency services are at the scene of a light aircraft crash near Castle Howard in in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Police received a number of calls from members of the public at around 10.40am. The plane crashed in fields between Castle Howard and the A64. There are believed to be two casualties on board.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch have been informed. Roads in the area have been closed to allow emergency services to deal with the incident and members of the public are advised to keep away from the area.


Baby saved from flooded van in North Yorkshire

A one-year-old baby girl had a lucky escape after being rescued from a van stuck in floodwater.

Firefighters were called to a van which had become trapped in one metre-deep flood waters near Malton, North Yorkshire, at around 12noon on Sunday.

A North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said two adults and a one-year-old girl were in the van when it became stuck in floodwater.

Nobody was injured in the incident and were saved using water rescue equipment.

Resurfacing work to begin on A64

Overnight resurfacing work is set to begin on the A64 near Malton tonight.

Contractors from Highways England will be resurfacing a half a mile stretch of the westbound carriageway between the crossroads at Barton Hill to the junction with Foston Lane.

The work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am for four days.

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation overnight and traffic will be restricted to 50mph.

From Monday 12 October, a half a mile stretch of the A64 will also be resurfaced between the villages of Crambeck and Huttons Ambo.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place between 7pm and 7am along with a temporary speed limit of 40mph. The work is expected to be completed on Tuesday 20 October.

Malton botanist struck with deadly virus

A leading botanist from Malton in North Yorkshire is in a coma on life support after being struck down by a deadly virus while working in China

Sophie Williams contracted Japanese encephalitis while carrying out research last month and has been flown to Liverpool for treatment.

Her family say they face an anxious wait to discover what the outcome will be for the 31-year-old conservationist. Grace Melody-Gardner reports.

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