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Rent at 'all time high' claim letting agents

Rents have eased slowly up to reach an all-time record high as the rental market approaches its autumn peak. The average residential rent across England and Wales is now £761 per month. This is £3 higher than the previous record £758 set in October 2013 according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from the UK’s largest lettings agent networks, Your Move and Reeds Rains.

In the North West the rise was 3.3% which was higher than London's price hike.

“Autumn is when more people move to take up new opportunities, to build new careers and to start new chapters. That is what the rental market is all about for many people by providing flexibility and it’s what it does well – at a cost that’s risen in line with inflation for at least half a decade. “No year is the same, and already 2014 has been like no other. The reawakening of mortgage lending startled the property market into a new spring of life earlier in the year. The benefits have been felt across the board, not just for first-time buyers but for tenants too. Investment means rents are now only 1% higher in real terms than at the start of 2010.

– David Newnes, director of estate agents Reeds Rains and Your Move, comments

Greater Manchester tops list for liver disease admissions

Greater Manchester tops the list in the North West Credit: PA

Greater Manchester tops the list in the region for hospital admissions for emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease. The North West and the North East have the highest number of admissions in England according to a new map created by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Death rates linked to alcohol-related liver disease have risen "considerably" over the last few decades, according to the NHS The place with the highest rate of admissions was Greater Manchester where 45.8 people out of every 100,000 living in the region were admitted as an emergency. In Merseyside there were 41.3 admissions per every 100,000 people and in Lancashire there were 38.9 admissions per 100,000 of the population. HSCIC chairman Kingsley Manning said: "This map paints a powerful picture of one of the many impacts that alcohol has on patients and the NHS in this country." Learn more here www.hscic.gov.uk.

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North West amongst worst for liver disease admissions

The North West has some of the highest hospital admission figures for liver disease according to a new map created by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Health officials have mapped out the places in England which have the highest rates of people admitted to hospital as an emergency for alcohol-related liver disease. Death rates linked to alcohol-related liver disease have risen "considerably" over the last few decades, according to the NHS. Nationally hospitals admitted 10,500 cases of alcohol-related liver disease between April 2013 and March 2014, according to HSCIC. To see the map visit: www.hscic.gov.uk.

The map shows that the North West and North East have most admissions Credit: PA
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One in six children not eating enough in school holidays

It is claimed children in the North West are not getting enough food to eat during the summer holidays.

Research carried out by Kellogs reveals that families are struggling to provide for their children during the six week break.

The same research also reveals that teachers in the North West have reported some children returning from the school holidays showing signs of weight loss.

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Children go hungry during school holidays

Pupils in the North West are going hungry during the school holidays according to new figures. Kellog's claim almost 20 per cent of parents struggle to feed their children three meals a day and over a quarter claim the holidays put an extra burden on their food budget.. Victoria Hale, from Manchester, said making ends meet is often difficult

81 households at risk of losing home everyday

81 households are at risk of losing their home every day in the North West according to new research. Homeless charity Shelter says based on information from the Ministry of Justice almost 30 thousand homes in the region were at risk of eviction or repossession last year.

It also identified the latest hotspots across the region where people are most likely to face losing their home, with Salford and Halton topping the list. Other hotspots in the region's top ten included West Lancashire, Manchester and Liverpool.

The housing and homelessness charity is warning that sky high housing costs are pushing more and more families in the North West to the brink. Shelter is currently struggling to meet demand for its services and is calling for support so that it can help more people stay in their homes. Since 2011, across the country the charity has seen the number of callers struggling with rent arrears more than double, while those calling about mortgage arrears rose by nearly a fifth.

"81 households at risk of losing their home every day is 81 too many. Each one of these will have had their lives turned upside down by this experience, as they faced seeing their home, the foundation of their life, ripped away from underneath them.

Tragically we are seeing more and more people coming to us for help, people who have been struggling to make ends meet and then just one change of circumstances has pushed them spiralling towards homelessness. We urgently need people's support so we can help more people in the North West avoid the nightmare of losing their home."

– Campbell Robb, chief executive

Sex workers attacked weekly in the North West

New figures have revealed there have been 922 reported crimes against prostitutes in the UK in the past two years.

According to information received by the so-called Ugly Mugs scheme a quarter of those reported were rapes, while 39% were sexual assaults and 44% were violent attacks.

In the North West region police received 176 reports. The Ugly Mugs project collects information on violent and potentially dangerous clients, and circulates it to sex workers on an online database.

Sex workers can anonymously report rapists and robbers by phone or online, helping police to build intelligence and identify serial offenders.

Alex Bryce, manager of the National Ugly Mugs scheme, said: "Sex workers have the right to police protection and this sends the message that, as far as the Met police is concerned, there is no grade of victim and crimes against sex workers will be taken seriously."

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