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Council tax contribution for Humberside Fire and Rescue frozen

There will be no increase this year to the amount people are asked to pay in their council tax towards the running costs of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. It is the fourth successive year the tax has been frozen and comes despite a reduction in income from the Government's grant funding.

Humberside Fire Authority made the decision at a meeting which was told how £5m of annual savings have already been put in place with further changes expected to save an extra £2.5m per year. The Government has reduced its contribution to the service by 27% over five years.

Officers have been planning for the current financial situation since 2009 and have implemented efficiency changes early enough to cope with the grant reductions without compulsory redundancies. The Fire Authority's priority would always be to provide an excellent service to the community and ensure the safety of firefighters. We are very proud of the service we provide to our communities and I am pleased that we have been able to do that without increasing the cost to hard-pressed council tax payers again this year.

– Cllr John Briggs, Chairman of the Humberside Fire Authority.

Cancer death rates have dropped in our region

Cancer death rates have dropped in our region by more than a fifth over the last 20 years, experts have revealed today.

The new figures come as a local awareness and fundraising campaign - which includes this TV advert - is set to be launched by Cancer Research UK. Every year, almost 28,000 people are diagnosed with cancer across Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Today cancer can be beaten and as these new figures show, mortality rates from this much feared disease are dropping significantly as the fruits of research are producing more effective treatments with fewer side effects.

"But while we're heading in the right direction, too many lives are still being lost to the disease, highlighting how much more work there is to do. Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer and the more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come.

– Nicki Embleton, Cancer Research UK

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Hospital death rates highlighted

North Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is among 16 NHS trusts in England showing higher than expected death rates, according to a major report.

The guide, from health statistics firm Dr Foster, showed 16 hospital trusts had higher than expected death rates among patients in hospital, down from 20 the previous year.

The analysis showed 13 hospital trusts scored poorly on at least two out of four main indicators relating to patient death.

The indicators included a standard measure of in-hospital deaths, deaths within 30 days of the patient leaving hospital, deaths after surgery and deaths among people with low-risk conditions who would normally survive.

Of these 13 trusts, five were investigated earlier in the year by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh over concerns about their standards of care.

They were Northern Lincolnshire and Goole, Blackpool, Medway, North Cumbria, and United Lincolnshire hospital trusts.

Overall, the new report showed that 28 trusts had lower than expected in-hospital death rates. Furthermore, more trusts scored low on two or more of the death rate indicators than scored highly.

Using all key measures, the data also showed that 10 hospital trusts have one or more hospital sites with a death rate higher than the overall trust level.

The number of people who died in hospital in England and Wales in 2012/13 was also higher than in the previous year but lower than 2010/11.

Some 237,100 patients died in hospital in 2012/13, 4,400 more than in 2011/12 but 5,300 fewer than 2010/11.

Campaign for more safety measures on Lincolnshire's roads

Drivers campaigning to make the A18 in Lincolnshire a safer road say the local council isn't doing enough to protect them. Their calls for more action come as a new report highlights the area as having some of the most hazardous 'A' roads in the country.

According to a report by the Road Safety Foundation, Lincolnshire is one of the most dangerous places to drive, while Yorkshire has the riskiest dual carriageways. An urgent review is now being sought. Fiona Dwyer reports.

Region's roads among worst for death risk

A report by the Road Safety Foundation has found that Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire's A-roads are among the worst for the risk of death and serious injury.

There are calls for an urgent review into the safety of our region's dual carriageways after they were revealed to be amongst the most hazardous in the country.

James Bradford from the Road Safety Foundation says more investment is needed in the nation's roads.

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First time buyers squeezed out of market

Most houses on the market are out of first time buyer's reach Credit: Press Association

Families looking for their first home can only afford 30 per cent of all homes that are for sale in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, according to a new report.

The Charity Shelter studied house prices on one day, and compared them with the mortgage that families on average wages could afford as first-time buyers. In York only three per cent were affordable, and two per cent in Harrogate.