The economy in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire could lose £332m a year if planned tax credit cuts go ahead, according to the trade union Unison.
More than a quarter of a million working families in the region receive tax credits from the government.
Chancellor George Osborne is set to announce his autumn spending review later today.
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The last bolt has been fastened into position on the structural steel frame for the new £10 million events and exhibition hall at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.
The hall is expected to be completed for next summer’s Great Yorkshire Show. It will provide an additional 4,320m (sq) of open span, versatile space, making it one of the North’s major event venues. The development will enable the Great Yorkshire Showground, owned by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), to support a wide range of events throughout the calendar from blue chip company conferences to large dinners, exhibitions and sporting occasions.
In addition to the exhibition space, New Hall 1 will also offer a café, large foyer, offices and dedicated seminar space, all set within a 250 acre site located on the edge of Harrogate. Work on the Hall will be complete by summer 2016 and it will connect with the adjoining Hall 2.
We are delighted that our construction partner Clugston and architects P+HS have reached this exciting stage in the project, which is the largest in the Society’s history. There’s so much potential in this development for us, our region and beyond and passing each construction milestone is cause for celebration.
Yorkshire Water say they hope to restore tap water supplies to all those in Pocklington affected by the burst water main 'later this evening.'
Work on repairing the main is 'progressing well' and four bottled water collection points will remain in operation until water supplies are fully restored.
These manned collection points are at The Oval (Pocklington), Pocklington Fire Station, Francis Scaife Sports Centre and the BP filling station on Barmby Road.
We sincerely apologise to the customers in Pocklington and some surrounding areas who have been left without water for many hours. The repair to the burst water pipe is progressing well and we hope to restore tap water supplies to all those affected by later this evening. In the meantime, the four bottled water collection points will remain in operation until water supplies are fully restored.
A new study has found that schoolchildren are carrying up to £400 worth of hi-tech kit in their schoolbags every day.
It says a third of students are now also using expensive tablet computers to complete their homework at night.
So are they spending too much time staring at a screen rather than talking to each other?
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Virgin Trains has announced a multi-million million refurbishment programme for its fleet of 45 trains on the East Coast route from York to London and Edinburgh.
The travel company will spend £21 million to give 400 carriages a complete refurbishment, with 24,123 seats replaced, and leather seats to be fitted in First Class.
New toilets, carpets and curtains will also be fitted and 35 new engines will be installed on the diesel High Speed Train fleet.
This is not only one of the biggest investments of its kind ever seen on the East Coast route, but also three years ahead of the introduction of new Super Express Trains as part of the Government’s InterCity Express programme.
We’re investing now so our customers can benefit from new seats and a great new on-board environment before we get a new fleet of 65 trains from 2018.
Around 2,500 households are still without water supplies in Pocklington due to a burst water main.
Engineers are working to fix the pipe which is under a field. Residents are bring given bottled water from collection points in the town.
We sincerely apologise to the customers in Pocklington and some surrounding areas who have been left without water for many hours. We want to reassure local people that we are doing everything we can to restore supplies as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, official bottled water collection points have now been established at The Oval (Pocklington) and Pocklington Fire Station to help us manage proceedings. We would urge people to use the bottled water supplies sparingly, as it is not known how long it may take to repair the burst main. Fresh supplies of bottled water will be arriving at these sites at approximately 11am and will be replenished throughout the day. Vulnerable customers are being contacted directly with bottled water being delivered directly to their homes.
There are traffic delays in York after a bus broke down on Fishergate. All inbound traffic from the A19 is being diverted onto Cemetery Road.