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Driven close to the edge by Universal Credit

Many people from the North West say they are at breaking point due to problems with the Government's controversial benefit, Universal Credit.

Debbie Abrahams, the Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth is leading a debate in Parliament, calling on the Government to postpone its roll-out.

Labour claims it is causing unnecessary hardship.

Universal Credit is the Government's flagship policy for welfare reform, which aims to help people get back into work.

It brings six different benefits together into one payment. It was first trialled in the UK in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Oldham, Warrington and Wigan.

Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt has been speaking to one mum who says problems she's encountered with Universal Credit have driven her very close to the edge.

Calls for rethink on Universal Credit

A North West MP is leading calls for the Government to rethink the roll out of a new benefits system.

Debbie Abrahams says Universal Credit is failing in its core aim of making work pay.

The MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth is leading a Labour debate to persuade the Government to postpone the combined benefits, until a number of problems have been resolved.


13-year-old arrested after boy is stabbed in Moston

Forensic team at scene of stabbing on Worsley Avenue in Moston Credit: ITV Granada

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after a teenager was left fighting for his life after being stabbed in Manchester.

Police found the 15-year-old boy in Worsley Avenue in Moston at around 7 o'clock last night.

Matt O'Donoghue has been speaking to people who live in the area.

New Liver Bird has landed in Liverpool

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An eleven metre high sculpture of a Liver Bird made out of Meccano has landed in Liverpool.

The sculpture was hoisted into place at Liverpool shopping Park which is on the site of the first Meccano factory.

The shopping park opens to customers on Friday.

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