The Prince of Wales is to travel North today to visit businesses in Cumbria.
The heir to the throne will see how communities are coping with the aftermath of Storm Desmond which left thousands of homes and businesses under water.
Parts of the county were deluged when an entire month's rain fell in just 48 hours.
The family of a six year old boy from Manchester are celebrating after the NHS has agreed to pay for his drugs.
Aydin Bakari from Chorlton has a degenerative disease called Morquio Syndrome. In July his medication was withdrawn following a three year trial. But he's been told the health service will now foot the bill.
Vimzin - which is the only treatment available - costs £395K per patient per year.
More than 10,000 people in the North West called a debt helpline in the first half of this year, desperate for advice on their finances.
Figures released by the StepChange Debt Charity show at least 1 in 5 people are now in financial difficulty. The average debt of those who asked for help was £13,053.
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Greater Manchester Police are warning people not to use loans sharks if they're struggling to afford the cost of Christmas.
An estimated 310,000 households across the country are in debt to a loan shark, and the force says with Christmas approaching there are fears more people will be targeted. 20% of victims in previous cases took out a loan to pay for Christmas.
During the week of activity, police and partner organisations will visit schools and community centres, as well as holding special educational events across the region to raise awareness of loan sharks, and provide people with alternatives and assistance if they are struggling financially.
A poster campaign will warn against using loan sharks in areas where they are known to have been operating. Police are also promising enforcement action to take loan sharks off the streets.
“Loan sharks usually appear helpful at first, but they quickly trap their borrowers into spiralling debt. As the debts can’t be legally enforced and claimed back through the courts, many lenders will resort to the most extreme tactics to enforce repayment including threats, violence and intimidation.
"These people create fear and anxiety, and exploit vulnerable people with their savage debt collecting system. They often play a key role in funding organised crime groups and that is why we are working with partners to find them, and stop them.
"By taking these lenders off the streets we are effectively removing the funds they have to fund other criminality or illegal possessions such as firearms or drugs. I want communities to know that they do not have to live in fear – speak out and we will act immediately on any information received."
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A woman from Liverpool says that changes to the national retirement age mean that her future plans have been shattered.
When the state pension age was changed in 1995 it meant thousands of people were unable to retire at 60, as they'd planned.
Now campaigners have raised an online petition to get the law changed back.
Andrew Fletcher reports: