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Christmas lights face council cuts in Derby - full report

Three hundred and fifty more jobs are to go at Derby City Council as it has announced a further 9 million pounds in cutbacks.

The council set its budget in January but is having to cut further services because it's getting less from central government than it previously thought.

And now things like the city's Christmas lights and bin collections are under threat. Chris Halpin reports.

Derby City Council helping first-time buyers onto property ladder

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Derby City Council and Lloyds TSB will today join forces to help first-time buyers purchase a home with a deposit of just five per cent.

The move to help people onto the property ladder, has already been rolled out by some councils across the Midlands, including Lincoln, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stafford and Gelding.

Derby City Council has set aside £1million to help 35 to 40 buyers on to the property ladder through the Local Lend a Hand scheme.