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  1. Tim Scott, ITV News

Parents' anger at plans to cut school crossing patrols

Parents across St Helens say they're worried for their children's safety after proposals to cut funding for crossing guards - or lollipop men and women to many - were announced.

The council say it's because they have to make millions of pounds in savings in the face of what they describe as 'unprecedented financial challenges'.

Tim Scott reports from a school in Rainford, who look set to lose their lollipop lady.

Homeless Fund open for applications, says Burnham

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Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham will add weight to the region's recovery push by announcing the Homelessness Fund is open for business and invite applications for funds.

The fund has topped £50,000 in just five weeks and now community and voluntary organisations - any group established to help homeless people - are encouraged to apply for money to help tackle the issue.

Mr Burnham has said he wants to end rough-sleeping in Greater Manchester by the end of his first term as Mayor.

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that by September 2016 1,600 children were living in temporary accommodation in Greater Manchester - more than double the number two years earlier.

He began his tenure as mayor of Greater Manchester by committing 15% of his £110,000 salary to kickstart a Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.

And to support this he reinvigorated his call for people to donate any money they would spare, but also their time as volunteers, buildings that could help deliver support to the homeless, food, bedding or any goods that might be useful to the cause.

The fund will work with established organisations to provide money for projects designed to make a difference to people living on the streets. It will not compete with anything that already exists to provide support and is aiming to make it as simple as possible for people to apply for money.

To find out more about the criteria to apply for grants from the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Homelessness Fund and make an application visit the website hereor email GMHomelessFund@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk.

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