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Poor childcare "forcing Mums to stay at home"

Half of stay-at-home mums in the North West want to work but can’t get the childcare they need. Save the Children estimates there are over 104,000 stay-at-home mums in the North West who would prefer to work if they could arrange good quality childcare which is convenient, reliable and affordable. The charity says childcare issues are the number one barrier preventing mums in the North West from working.

Childcare problems are a huge barrier for mums wanting to work Credit: pa
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Northern convention could boost region's economy

The mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region are calling for a special convention to boost the northern economy:

Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham want political leaders from across the North to come together in June.

They'll discuss rail investment, Brexit and devolution.

Convention would focus on devolution, transport and Brexit Credit: ITV

House sales "slower" in Liverpool

Selling your house in Liverpool will take longer than almost anywhere else in the UK. A new survey by the Post Office found that it takes almost three months to complete a house sale.

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The average house sale in the UK takes 96 days. In Liverpool its 112, with only Belfast taking longer for a sale to go through.

POST OFFICE MONEY'S TOP TIPS FOR HOUSE SELLERS :

    1. First impressions are key, so make sure the property looks well-maintained and cared for from the outside.
    1. Anything too personalised can be a turn-off, so keeping colours neutral can help.
  • 3. Clear your garden of any litter and make sure the lawn is mowed, leaves are raked away, weeds are removed and overgrown trees are cut back.

  • 4. Giving your kitchen a quick freshen-up is a cost-effective way to improve the appearance of your home.

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Families in poverty hit by shortfall of thousands

The north west has more than 150 thousand families who're classed as fuel poor. The charity National Energy Action says many people will not have the cash to meet basic living expenses as winter begins to bite. It says that families in fuel poverty are facing an income shortfall of up to £9000 per year.

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The report also warns many low-income and vulnerable consumers who miss out on current support such as the Warm Home Discount will not currently benefit from the proposed safeguard price cap for vulnerable customers this winter.

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