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GM Mayor calls for end to Universal Credit

Mayor claims links between Universal Credit and homelessness

Greater Manchester's Mayor has called on the Government to halt their welfare reforms or risk making the homeless crisis even worse.

Andy Burnham - who opens a new hostel for the homesless, today - says his plea is backed by the entire public sector.

They claim Universal Credit - trialled in this region - has forced people onto the streets.

Inquiry looks into Rochdale abuse

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The long- awaited public inquiry into allegations of historical child abuse in Rochdale is expected to get underway in London later.

It'll hear evidence about the town's late MP Cyril Smith and his involvement at the former Knowl View School and Cambridge House Boy's Hostel.

The Labour and Liberal Parties will also be asked about how much they knew and what - if anything - they did with the evidence of abuse.

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Protestors take to streets as Conservative conference opens in Manchester

Tens of thousands of protesters have descended on Manchester today to coincide with the Prime Minister arriving for the Conservative Party conference.

They included anti-Brexit campaigners and protestors angry about the government's austerity policies.

Police say there were no arrest.

Ralph Blunsom has this report

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