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Walk-out after council decides to shut children's centres

Credit: OCC

Member of the unite union are to stage a walk-out after Oxfordshire County Council voted to shut all forty four children centres - including in the prime minister’s Witney constituency.

Unite, says cutting £8 million from its children services budget for 2016/17 – a 50 per cent funding cut - will hit families and young people hard. The union’s members voted by 83 per cent in favour of strike action and will strike for 24 hours from midnight on 15 February to midnight on 16 February.


Cathedral holds auditions for Girls' Choir

Auditions are being held for children Credit: ITV

Winchester Cathedral wants to recruit schoolchildren for the famous Girls' Choir. They would like to hear from girls in school years 6 & 7, aged 10-12. The cathedral says it is an excellent opportunity for those looking to further their singing and musical education. Auditions will be held later this month.

Extra free childcare for parents who work

It's come a year early, but parents in our region have welcomed plans to double the amount of free childcare they can receive - if they work.

At the moment if you're both employed and your household income is below £100,000 - or if you're a lone parent - then you qualify for 15 hours free childcare if your child is aged three or four years old.

But while parents are breathing a sigh of relief, the nurseries say the scheme must be better subsidised if it's to benefit everyone. Andrew Pate reports.


Centre to help women offenders 'turn their lives around'

The project aims to stop women from offending Credit: Press Association

Brighton Women's Centre has been awarded £30,000 to help women offenders to turn their lives around.

The grant from the Ministry of Justice match-funded a previous grant from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

Centre managers say helping more women to access support services can stop them from offending in the first place or going on to reoffend.

HIV is still growing, even when undetectable in blood

A team of international researchers - including scientists from Oxford University - have found that HIV still develops in the body, even when undetected in the blood.

The study challenges previous beliefs about a dormant virus and says it can lay 'undetectable' in patients on potent anti-retroviral drugs and still grows in the lymphoid tissue.

The findings give a new perspective on where and how the virus can be targeted, revealing new avenues for more effective HIV treatment.

Researchers say drugs need to penetrate in areas of the lymphoid tissue to cure HIV.

The study is exciting because it really changes how we think about what is happening in treated patients. It helps explain why some strategies that tried to clear the reservoir have failed."

– Professor Angela McLean, Professor of Mathematical Biology, Oxford University

By learning more about how HIV continues to exist within treated individuals, we are one step closer to finding a cure."

– Dr Helen Fryer, Oxford Martin School, Oxford University

University library to get major overhaul

Reading's library refurbishment plans get green light Credit: University of Reading

The library at Reading University is to get a £40 million redevelopment.

The exterior of the building will be re-clad and replacement windows installed. More space will be created for student study, with new furniture and better wheelchair access.

There will also be better security and increased energy efficiency.

How the new cafe may look Credit: University of Reading
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