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Woman claimed almost £8,000 to care for dead father

A woman from Lincoln has been ordered to repay £7,786 and undertake 200 hours of unpaid community service after claiming money to care for her dead father.

Joanne Heyward pleaded guilty to fraud at Lincoln Magistrate's Court after an investigation by Lincolnshire Police found she had ignored letters and phone calls about the account after her father's death in October 2011.

Lincolnshire County Council are warning people to be vigilant against fraud in their communities:

This sends a strong message that we will not tolerate Direct Payment fraud and will seek prosecution for anyone who abuses the system. If you know that this is happening in your community, I would urge you to contact the county council so that we can investigate and reclaim funds for people who should rightfully receive them.

– Pete Sidgwick, assistant director of Adult Care at Lincolnshire County Council


Centre for Retail Research: Boots takeover could be 'bad news' for Nottingham

Professor Joshua Bamfield, from the Centre for Retail Research, based in Newark, has told ITV News Central he's concerned about the impact the takeover of Boots may have on employees here in the UK:

"Walgreens haven't announced what they're going to do so we don't know what impact this will have on Nottingham just yet, but in the medium term, I think job opportunities will be curtailed. It's bad news.

"It's possible that the new company will be vibrant and exciting and everything will go well but the reality is that Walgreens will want to run everything from the US.

"The firm will now try to work out where they make savings. They'll be asking 'where can we make the savings to justify this purchase?' They tend to be made in staff numbers."

– Professor Joshua Bamfield, from the Centre for Retail Research

Waiting for deliveries: The hassle of internet shopping

Waiting for parcels to arrive can be a nuisance Credit: PA

It's supposed to take the hassle out of shopping, allowing us to buy whatever we want, wherever and whenever we want - and at the click of a mouse.

But for many of us, internet shopping is far from hassle-free.

A recent survey has found thousands of people are having to take time off work to wait in for deliveries, only for them not to show up or for them to be faulty or damaged.

Consumer experts are warning it's happening all too often, and some customers are delivered nothing but disappointment.

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Revealed: Number of council staff on more than £100k

The Taxpayers' Alliance says the number of high council earners is falling Credit: PA

The TaxPayers' Alliance has revealed that 2,181 council staff earn more than £100,000.

In the East Midlands, Derbyshire County Council had the most employees receiving remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2012-13 with 11.

The biggest remuneration package was received by the Director of Children and Young People's Services at Leicestershire County Council - £232,000.

In the West Midlands, Staffordshire County Council had the most employees receiving remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2012-13 with 28.

The biggest remuneration package was received by the Chief Executive of Herefordshire County Council - £281,166.


'Too many local authorities' increasing top earners' pay

"Too many local authorities" are still increasing the number of highly paid staff on their payroll, the Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance has said.

Jonathan Isaby's comments come as the TaxPayers' Alliance reveals the number of council staff earning more than £100,000.

It is good news that the number of senior council staff making more than £100,000 a year is falling, although that may only be because many authorities have finished paying eye-watering redundancy bills.

Sadly, too many local authorities are still increasing the number of highly paid staff on their payroll. It's particularly galling in places where councils are pleading poverty and demanding more and more in Council Tax.

Taxpayers expect their council to be filling potholes, not pay packets. Many rank-and-file staff in local councils will be equally appalled. At a time when councils across the country are freezing pay, it appears the money they're saving is being used to line the pockets of town hall tycoons.

– Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance

Search for Shropshire £1m lottery ticket holder

Lottery ticket Credit: PA

The National Lottery are holding an event in Telford today in the hope of finding a millionaire ticket from Shropshire.

The Lotto winner hasn't come forward to claim the £1million prize since the draw on June 28th and it will expire on Christmas Day.

Santa, his elves, a snow-making machine and a spokesperson from Camelot will be there.

The numbers were 8, 12, 28, 30, 43 and 49. The lucky ticket-holder matched all six of these numbers.

Staffordshire based JCB takes £35 million order

JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Staffordshire based JCB has taken its biggest order of the year.

One thousand machines, worth a total of £35 million will be made in the Midlands for a UK customer.

It puts the firm, which employs 12,000 people around the world, on course for their best year since 2007.

81% of homes in the East Midlands "unaffordable" for average family

New research from the housing charity Shelter has found that 81% of homes on the market in the East Midlands are unaffordable for the average family.

The charity looked at asking prices for thousands of homes in the region and compared them with average mortgages that first time buyers and families can afford based on average wages.

Single people in the East Midlands have the least chance of getting on the property ladder, with only 6 out of every 100 homes on the market affordable for someone on an average wage, according to Shelter.

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