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NHS campaign group march to Mansfield

A group of mums who are fighting to save the NHS are marching from Chesterfield to Mansfield today.

The women are joined by hundreds of supporters, and they are following the route of the 1936 Jarrow March.

The group want to see a repeal of the Health and Social Care Act, and want to halt the privatisation of the NHS.

New flat rate for Leicester parking

Drivers will pay no more than £1 an hour to park in Leicester city centre from November
Drivers will pay no more than £1 an hour to park in Leicester city centre from November Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Drivers will pay no more than £1 an hour to park in Leicester city centre - at any time and on any day.

The new flat rate for parking will be introduced in council run car parks in November.

New payment machines and credit and debit card parking will also be installed.

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'Save Our NHS' march arrives in Nottinghamshire

Today, the '999 Save Our NHS' march arrives in Mansfield
Today, the '999 Save Our NHS' march arrives in Mansfield Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A three hundred mile protest march by campaigners fighting to save the future of the NHS arrives in Nottinghamshire today.

More than 35 women supported by hundreds of followers set off from the North East earlier this month on the route of the 1936 Jarrow March.

Today, the '999 Save Our NHS' march arrives in Mansfield. The group aims to protect the health service from privatisation and to keep it safe for future generations.

Govt: 'Businesses turning away customers if business is not accessible'

Businesses could boost their income by millions of pounds by becoming more accessible to people with disabilities according to the government. It says that homes in the West Midlands that have someone classified as disabled have £19 billion of disposable income, while the figure in the East Midlands is £15 billion.

The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, says businesses are turning away customers if their business is not accessible.

Government urges businesses to be more accessible to disabled people

The government is urging businesses across the region to be more accessible to disabled people. It comes after a warning that shops could be excluding millions of customers.

Research among 1,200 disabled people showed that shopping was the most difficult experience for accessibility. The cinema, theatres or concerts, and pubs and restaurants, were also on the list for accessibility concerns.

We want businesses up and down our high streets to realise they're excluding more than 12 million customers and their families if they fail to cater for disabled people.

That's the equivalent to the populations of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Cardiff and Manchester combined.

It's not just about fairness, it makes good business sense to be accessible.

– Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper

The minister has written to more than 200 of Britain's biggest businesses and more than 80 trade organisations as part of a call to communities to be more accessible to disabled people and their families.

Rising London rents sees mother 'evicted' to Midlands

by Chris Halpin

When it came to light two years ago that councils in London were moving tenants to the Midlands because of a social housing shortage, critics claimed it amounted to social cleansing.

In April 2012 it emerged local authorities in the capital were telling social housing tenants who couldn't afford London rents, they'd have to move to cities like Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton.

Now mother-of-three Cecilia Bruce-Annan says because of Government benefit caps, she's in rent arrears and is being forced to move away from her family in Harrow, 150 miles to Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire

Her local council says that with rising rents, and shrinking benefits, her housing allowance is unsustainable unless she moves a place where rent is more affordable.

Chris Halpin reports.

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New West Mids PCC meets with police officers

The new Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, David Jamieson, has met police officers and PCC staff.

It follows the announcement earlier of his election, after a low turnout to the polls.

More: Labour's David Jamieson elected as new PCC for West Midlands

Results coming in for West Midlands PCC election

The results are coming in for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election.

There's been an extremely low turnout with only around 10% of people turning out to vote.

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Stage 1 WM PCC result - Birmingham: Jamieson (Lab) 39,406, Jones (Con) 17,338, Khan (LD) 7,543, Rowe (UKIP) 9,162 #wmpcc14

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Stage 1 Walsall: Jamieson (Lab) 10,071, Jones (Con) 5,790, Khan (LD) 892, Rowe (UKIP) 4,134 #wmpcc14

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Stage 1 Solihull: Jamieson (Lab) 5,790, Jones (Con) 8,317, Khan (LD) 986, Rowe (UKIP) 3,419 #wmpcc14

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