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Workers to get a boost in pay

Thousand of workers will get an extra 50p per hour Credit: PA

Thousands of workers will receive an extra 50p an hour pay rise today.

The National Living Wage means over 25s must receive at least £7.20 an hour, instead of £6.70.

Some say it is long overdue, but critics say it could put struggling firms out of business and may lead to job losses.

There is more information on the Government's living wage website.


Secrets of city's past are uncovered

Its been a year since the main shopping centre in Oxford closed and the bulldozers moved in to demolish the Westgate.

Rows of shops, the multi-storey car park and pedestrian walkways have been razed to the ground ready for a new £440m development.

At the same time, archaeologists moved in to try to uncover the secrets of the city's past. Penny Silvester has been to see how the work is progressing.


Martine supports the Big Bike Revival

Many people have an old, neglected bike gathering dust in the garage or the garden shed. But despite 40% of people owning a bike, only 2% actually cycle regularly.

One person who does is actress and singer Martine McCutcheon, who supports a project called the Big Bike Revival. Last year dozens of cycle centres hosted two weeks of events aimed at getting more people to cycle.

It was so successful, the government's funding it again this year. Emma Wilkinson reports from the Guildford Bike Project in Surrey.

Interviewees: Paul Tuohy (CTC, the national cycling charity); Robert Goodwill MP (cycling minister); Martine McCutcheon; Jim Philpott-Saunders (Workshop supervisor at the Guildford Bike Project); Trevor Strudwick (Volunteer at the Guildford Bike Project).

Shake-up at the top as Hornby battles poor sales

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Shares at the Margate-based toymaker Hornby have surged by 35 per cent after an announcement its chief executive is standing down.

The company - which owns brands such as Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi - said chairman Roger Canham would take over as executive chairman following the departure of Richard Ames with immediate effect.

The shake-up comes after the company warned of mounting losses last week.

The group had said UK trading was far worse than expected in January as its new year promotions failed to boost flagging sales.

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