Parents in Greater Manchester were hit with £280,000 in truancy fines last year as many went away on cheap term-time holidays.
All this week, Granada Reports has tried to help reunite families with missing loved ones. Rob Smith reflects on days of special coverage.
All this week, Granada Reports is trying to help families with missing loved ones find those they desperately need back.
The government has faced fierce protest over the decision to charge people in social housing for their spare bedrooms.
Today, a cross party report said the reform could end up costing more money, increase homelessness and badly affect the poorest in society.
All this week on Granada Reports we're trying to help reunite relatives wth missing loved ones.
The family of a missing man from Oldham say they spend their days endlessly searching for any sign of him.
21 year old Ciaron Nuttall disappeared two years ago.
His brother says he constantly scans traffic queues and crowds for anyone who looks like him.
Rob Smith reports.
Paul Fahy from Liverpool had a wedding to prepare for, when he vanished.
He was a much loved Dad, and his family have been without him for more than a decade.
All this week Granada Reports correspondent Rob Smith is trying to help several families in their search for missing loved ones.
The two largest teaching unions, NUT and NASUWT, have announced a series of industrial actions in response to their dispute with the government over pay, pensions and workload.
The actions include:
- National rallies across England and Wales in April and May
- National strikes starting in the North West on June 27
If the Education Secretary does not "respond positively to the unions’ demands" there is also a chance of further strike action in the Autumn term, including a one-day nationwide strike.
Nearly one in five gas appliances North West homes are unsafe.
The Gas Safety Register has inspected more than 16 hundred properties since October.
They've found more than 17% had potentially dangerous equipment, that could have resulted in explosions, fires or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man wanted on recall to prison. Anthony Clough was released on licence on 18 January 2013, having been jailed for an aggravated burglary in Wigan in 2010.
Last week Clough breached the terms of his licence by failing to reside at a specified address. He has links to the Worsley Mesnes and Skelmersdale areas.
Anyone who has seen him or knows of his current whereabouts is asked to call police on 0161 856 7221.
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The Electoral Reform Society says the elections have been a failure.
An anti-crime campaigner from Manchester says the money would be better spent recruiting more police officers.