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Working families say low wages and rising prices are pushing them into poverty

Working families have been telling how low wages and rising prices are pushing them into poverty.

Granada Reports correspondent Daniel Hewitt has been exploring the rise in the number of children growing up in poverty, even though their parents are working.

Val Coles and her son Michael live in Morecambe in a flat above the shop where she works.

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Arriva bus strike cancelled for ballot

Striking bus staff Credit: ITV Granada

A bus company says services will run as normal on Tuesday after a new pay agreement was tabled with unions.

Arriva North West says unions will ballot drivers and engineers over the deal early next week.

Members of the GMB and Unison had announced a series of strikes across the region in the weeks before Christmas.

“We are pleased that the unions have agreed to cancel strike action on Tuesday 12 December.

“We believe our latest offer guaranteeing a two year pay rise represents a fair and decent deal for our drivers and hope the pay offer is accepted by our staff and we can return to delivering the best possible service to our passengers and the local economy.”

– Phil Stone, Managing Director, Arriva North West

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Watch: Court battle over Liverpool Chinatown

People who've lost their life savings in a property development that's never happened will have been watching a court case today very carefully.

It all centres on the future of Liverpool's New Chinatown.

The City Council and the Developer have been at loggerheads over who owns the leases that would allow the scheme to be built.

Apartments and shops in the project have already been sold to mainly foreign investors living in Hong Kong and China.

But work has stalled and it's claimed most of the money has gone.

Liverpool Council wants the leases back to get the project delivered.

Matt O'Donoghue has been following this case:

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