David Cameron today announced that 49 more free schools have been given the green light in the final wave of approvals before the election.Read the full story ›
In this week's 'Party People' David Cameron talks exclusively to Rob McLoughlin about his bid to win over the North West and about the possibility of a coalition with Ukip.
We try and find out what 5 more years of David Cameron in Downing Street would mean for people in the region, for the NHS, for benefits, and for the so called 'bedroom tax'.
A severely disabled woman says she has fresh hope in her battle against the so-called bedroom tax after the Prime Minister agreed to personally look into her case.
Charlotte Carmichael, from Southport, suffers from Spina Bifida and needs a specialist bed to sleep.
Last year, a judge ruled that she should be exempt from paying for the second bedroom she says she needs.
The government are trying to overturn that decision and make her pay for it.
But in an exclusive interview David Cameron has told ITV News he will investigate the matter.
Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt has the story:
In a statement the Department for Work and Pensions said: “Since 2013 councils have received almost £500m of extra funding to support the most vulnerable, including £75m for disabled people.”
- Watch the exclusive interview with David Cameron in full on Party People at 10.40pm tonight on ITV Granada.
PM refuses to rule out a deal with Nigel Farage if he fails to win a majority at the election, saying he'll 'do what's best' for Britain.Read the full story ›
The Prime Minister refuses to rule out a deal with Nigel Farage if he fails to win a majority in the General Election on 7th May,Read the full story ›
David Cameron has warned Manchester town hall bosses not to slash services further - despite needing to make savings of £60m. Councillors will meet tomorrow to discuss where the savings will be made next year.
Council leader Sir Richard Leese has warned that Mancunians will be ‘shocked’ by the scale of the cutbacks.
But the Manchester Evening News reports Mr Cameron warned councillors not to ‘parade’ cuts to make a political point. It is the tenth-hardest hit authority in the country, behind Liverpool, Birmingham and a number of inner London authorities.
Yet more than 20 councils will actually end up with MORE money - all of them in the south, apart from Cheshire East.
But when presented with the figures by the MEN, Mr Cameron said “The discrepancy is this: that Manchester city council’s spending per dwelling in 2014 to 2015 is £2,518.
“That is £429 more than the English average, which is £2,089, so I don’t accept that there is an unfair discrepancy.
The PM went on to say: “I hope Manchester city council won’t do what it has done in some previous years, which is announce the most painful looking cuts and attempt to blame them on central government."
The Prime Minister is in the region ahead of a tour of the North West in which he'll be claiming the Government's policies are delivering for the people of this region.
He argues the Government is helping to support business and creating jobs so successfully there are record numbers of people in work in the North West.
The government's announced tens of millions of pounds for transport projects aimed, it says, at keeping the North west moving:-
The Prime Minster's been in the region this afternoon to see for himself the areas that might benefit.
Schemes getting funding include the M6 Heysham link road, the electrification of the Wigan - Bolton railway line and junction improvements on the M55 and M62.
Our presenters Ann O'Connor and Tony Morris questioned the Prime Minister about the announcement live in studio on Friday's Granada Reports:-
On tonight's Granada Reports, we'll be asking David Cameron live in studio will millions of pounds spent on road and rail schemes in the North West really make a difference ?
Join us from 6pm