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Tax credits 'crisis': Jeremy Corbyn's message to working families in the South

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has arrived at the Caterpillars Pre School to speak to parents about tax credit cuts.

Jeremy Corbyn in Sussex today Credit: ITV Meridian
Jeremy Corbyn speaks to parents and pre-school workers in Sussex Credit: ITV Meridian

He's been joined by Peter Lamb, the Labour Leader of Crawley Council. Mr Corbyn, has already clashed with the Tories over what he says will be a "crisis for three million families." He has demanded that David Cameron guarantees that working families will not be worse off.

The Government's plans to cut tax credits by £4.4 billion were defeated in October when the House of Lords passed a motion to delay any decision while further assessment is carried out.

New proposals are expected to be set out in the Autumn Statement this month. Mr Cameron has told MPs that the basic level of child tax credits would stay the same.

Jeremy Corbyn speaks to families and pre-school workers in Crawley Credit: ITV Meridian

Former Reading jail to be sold in government u-turn

Reading Prison is to be sold to make way for new housing

It's been empty for two years, but today, in a government u-turn, it's finally been confirmed that Reading Prison is to be sold.

The Grade two listed building - has stood in the centre of the town - for almost 170 years - housing thousands of prisoners - most famously - Oscar Wilde. But back in December 2013 it was shut - as part of the Governments plan - to modernise the prison system.

Now under new proposals, Victorian jails are to be sold to make way for new housing.

The interviewees featured in Mel Bloor's report are: Cllr Tony Page from Reading Borough Council; George Osborne MP Chancellor of the Exchequer; and Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East.

Challenges ahead for Island's tourism after £330k loss

Tourism industry on the Isle of Wight faces challenges ahead

The Isle of Wight Council is trying to persuade local businesses to contribute financially towards promoting the island as a holiday destination.

It follows an announcement from the authority last week, announcing that it was stopping its grant of £330,000 to the 'Visit Isle of Wight consortium', in a bid to save taxpayers' money.

The news is a bitter blow to an industry which is reeling from the loss of two of its longest running attractions - the Fort Victoria Aquarium and the Seaview Wildlife Encounter both closed down two weeks ago. Dave Russell has our report.

The interviewees are: David Thornton, CEO of Visit Isle of Wight; and Cllr Jonathan Bacon, Isle of Wight Council Leader.


Public told about changes to HS2 scheme

Hundreds of people in the Thames Valley have been packing public events this week - to get an update on how the controversial HS2 rail line will affect them.

The Government company behind the project says hundreds of changes have been made to take into account public concerns over noise and the environment. But many say they face misery and are left with homes that are worthless. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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