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105% in working housing benefit claimants

England may finally be emerging from recession but the recovery is distorted and leaves the country with a series of very different broken housing markets, according to a new report.

A study by Home Truths has found that more and more working people need help with housing costs to keep the roof over their heads, due to rise in rent, house prices going up, high unemployment and low wages.ranging from rising rents and house prices to high unemployment and low wages.

In Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire there has been a 105% increase in working people claiming housing benefit since 2009, and the largest rise in people claiming housing benefit overall.

Former England manager opens grassroots facility in Scunthorpe

Graham Taylor managed England and Lincoln City
Graham Taylor opening the Winerton Community Pavilion, Scunthorpe Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former England manager Graham Taylor has opened a new grassroots footballing facility in Scunthorpe.

Taylor, who also coached and played for Lincoln City is cutting the ribbon on the Winterton Community Pavillion at Newport Drive playing fields.

The new facility, funded by the Football Foundation, consists of four changing rooms with showers, a referee's room, a medical room, a large storage area in addition to a community room, a cloakroom and a modern kitchen.

The site will create a home for several local teams, including Dale Park Junior Football Club

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Motorhome makers hope for exhibition boost

The region's caravan and motorhome makers will be hoping for a boost from a new exhibition this week. It showcases the best of the products which are built mainly in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

It's not been an easy few years for the industry with the downturn in the economy and a subsequent fall in demand. But, as Chris Halpin reports from the National Exhibition Centre, even high profile TV stars are now big caravan fans.

Speedway champ opens new leisure centre

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Tai Woffinden unveils a plaque at Scunthorpe's new leisure centre Credit: ITV Calendar

Speedway's new World Champion was in his home town of Scunthorpe today for a civic reception in recognition of his achievements just hours after coming out from hospital.

Tai Woffinden had surgery on his broken collarbone, before officially opening ''the PODs'', the town's 21 million-pounds leisure centre. The 23-year old took the Speedway title a week last Saturday in Poland and is the first British competitor in 13 years to win it.

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Video: Firefighters on strike

Hundreds of the region's firefighters staged a four hour walk out this afternoon in a bitter row with the Government over plans to increase their retirement age and make them pay more for their pensions.

Volunteers, senior officers and non-union members answered almost forty calls-outs across the Calendar region,as full-time crews manned the picket lines.

Protest held over plans for recycling site near village

A protest's been held by angry residents living in a North Lincolnshire village, who are concerned over the plans to build a recycling plant there.

Campaigners against the proposals say if given the go-ahead the plant will attract vermin, lead to increased traffic and devalue local house prices. But the owner of the site say's that won't be an issue and will actually benefit the area. Sarah Clark reports.

Many in region 'eating themselves in to an early grave'

Up to 30,000 people in the Calendar region each year are having their lives cut short by heart disease, cancer, lung and liver disease - that's the equivalent of wiping out the population of a town the size of Pontefract every 12 months.

Public health experts blame poverty and a lack of education. Many of the deaths, they say, are needless. Jon Hill has our main story on the stark north-south health divide.

North Lincolnshire 'seadog' wins limerick competition

A man from North Lincolnshire has beaten off competition from more than 100 people in the UK, Europe and America to win a limerick competition celebrating life at sea.

Michael Green, from New Holland, triumphed in the annual contest organised by the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society.

Entries in the Seafaring Limerick Competition were judged by celebrity poet Matt Harvey.

There was an old seadog from Hull,

Whose features resembled a gull,

His voice was a squawk,

His waddle a walk,

And his outlook was invariably dull.

– Michael Green's winning limerick

Michael entered the competition due to his love of limericks and a family connection with the sea. His late Great Uncle served on the Queen Mary and his sister on the QE2.

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