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Nottingham City Council workers protest

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Workers at Nottingham City Council are protesting against a freeze in their wages today. Unions claim the lowest paid staff are struggling to have a basic standard of living. The council says the freeze has secured 150 jobs since 2011.

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3000 news jobs for Derby by 2020

27 new businesses and 3000 new jobs are to be created in Derby by 2020.

The announcement is part of a £40 million programme by Derby City Council which is being backed by the government's Regional Growth Fund.

The money will be used in the aerospace, rail and automotive supply chains for various projects.

The Regional Growth Fund resources were allocated to Derby last October and these funds are used to support businesses to grow.

Vince Cable MP, Business Secretary, said: "We need growth that is more evenly balanced across the country. This is why we are supporting manufacturing centres like Derby through the Regional Growth Fund."

£138m for Midlands jobs

Manufacturing industry
Manufacturing industry Credit: Mark Duncan/AP/Press Association Images

More than £138m is to be invested in projects across the Midlands. The Government funding is aimed at creating and safeguarding thousands of jobs in manufacturing firms and small businesses.

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