Live updates


West Midlands punter nets nearly three quarters of a million pounds betting on Villa to lose

Villa played their part in the biggest FA Cup Final bet ever. Credit: PA Images

Despite Aston Villa suffering a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final yesterday, they did play a part in the biggest FA Cup Final bet ever.

One William Hill client from the West Midlands netted just over three quarters of a million pounds after betting on Arsenal to win.

Villa played their part in the biggest FA Cup Final bet ever - a West Midlands online client of ours had £500,000 on Arsenal to win at 8/15 and collected £766,666.67 as a result.


Children's pocket money on the slide in the Midlands

Young girl putting money in a piggy bank Credit: PA

Research claims children in the West Midlands receive the less pocket money that anywhere else in the UK.

They are given an average of £5.45 per-week, which was the smallest amount in a regional survey by a high street bank.

The research by Halifax found children in the East Midlands receive an average of £5.64 per week.

Giles Martin, Head of Halifax Savings, said:

A fall in the amount of pocket money children receive for the second year running shows the financial pressures that some households are still under, despite the improving economy.

Nevertheless, parents will be pleased to know that on the whole, children are satisfied with the amount of money they receive.

– Giles Martin, head of Halifax Savings

Smoking puts 400,000 children 'in poverty'

Stock photo of a cigarette Credit: ITV News Central

Smoking is putting four hundred thousand children in poverty according to researchers from the University of Nottingham.

It is the first UK study to highlight how smoking impacts on family finances.

It suggests some parents are likely to forgo basic household and food necessities to fund their addiction.


  1. Anglia

Three counties to bid for more power from Government

Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council says forming a ground-breaking alliance with two other counties would bring billions of pounds worth of investment and create thousands of new jobs in the area.

Northamptonshire, along with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire are going to put a joint devolution bid to the Government this summer.

Whilst keen to stress this would not merge the council councils, they would work together on key issues.

The county council says the alliance would ‘swell’ economic growth by a further £9 billion, creating at least 135,000 new jobs by 2020.

Jim Harker Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This area has an economy larger than that of Greater Manchester and we'd like similar devolved powers, over transport and strategic planning in particular.... As the name suggests, England's Economic Heartland is one of the powerhouses of the UK economy but we believe we can further build on our competitiveness in global markets with this innovative new model, and help ensure the UK is an even more prosperous major economy.

– Councillor Jim Harker, leader of Northamptonshire County Council

Study reveals £15,000 pay gap in the East Midlands

A study revealed an average pay gap of up to £15,000 depending on where you lived in the East Midlands. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

There is a huge pay gap between the best and worst paid workers living in the East Midlands according to a survey by recruitment consultants ManpowerGroup.

Their new figures reveal that people living in Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire the best paid, earning more than £15,000 more than those living in Boston, Lincolnshire.

ManpowerGroup's analysis revealed full time workers living in Rushcliffe earn £41,100 annually, whereas workers living in Boston receive an average of £24,500 per annum.

Load more updates