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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.

Bus strike over - according to Arriva

Striking bus staff Credit: ITV Granada

Arriva North West say that bus drivers have accepted a deal which ends the ongoing strike action..

Drivers have staged a number of walk outs over pay.

Tonight management have announced that all strikes have been cancelled after union members accepted a two year wage agreement

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.

“Arriva North West is delighted that our latest offer of a two year pay agreement has been accepted by our drivers. Throughout this dispute we have maintained that talks and compromise on both sides are the only way to find a resolution. This new agreement means our passengers no longer face the prospect of disruption in the run up to Christmas.

We hold our drivers in the highest regard and this pay offer is a demonstration of our commitment to invest in our workforce. We apologise to our passengers for the disruption over recent weeks and are delighted we can now return to delivering the best possible service to our passengers and the local economy."

– Phil Stone, Managing Director, Arriva North West



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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