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Good food heading for landfill given to charities

Food worth millions of pounds ends up in landfill every year, when it could be used by those most in need. Now, an organisation is collecting surplus, edible food from supermarkets and distributing it to various charities. FareShare has warehouses in Ashford, Brighton, Didcot and Southampton and provides meals to thousands of people. Tom Savvides talks to Li Brookman and Alan Bayford from FareShare, former rough sleeper Zeph Smith and James Duff from the Catching Lives homeless shelter.

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Surplus supermarket food going to those in need

Millions of pounds worth of food ends up in landfill every year Credit: ITV NEWS MERIDIAN

Food worth millions of pounds ends up in landfill every year, when it could be used by those most in need. Now the organisation "Fare Share", which has warehouses in Ashford, Southampton, Brighton and Didcot is collecting surplus, edible food from supermarkets and distributing it to various charities. Li Brookman is Operations manager and has been speaking to ITV Meridian.

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Government making 'tough decisions' over rail fare hikes

Responding to the announcement of an average 2.2% increase in rail fares January, Rail Minister Claire Perry said that the Government was "taking the tough decisions needed" to improve railways.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said the Government is taking 'tough decisions' over railway improvements Credit: PA

This Government has embarked on one of the biggest programmes of rail investment for a generation as part of our long term economic plan, investing £38 billion over the next five years.

Passengers are rightly concerned about the cost and complexity of fares. That is why last year we announced a real-terms freeze on regulated fares for the first time in a decade and this continues into 2015.

Significantly we have also removed the fares flex for 2015. As a further measure we have asked operators to improve the information passengers receive when buying a ticket.

– Rail Minister Claire Perry

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South West Trains fares to rise by 2.3%

South West Trains has confirmed that fares on its services will rise by an average of 2.3% from next month.

Fares will rise from next month Credit: Press Association

The cost of a single journey will rise by an average of 9.5pence, the lowest increase for five years.

Separately, the Government confirmed in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement that season tickets and other fares it regulates will rise by 2.5%.

Rail passengers can check ticket prices for 2015 at stations, online at southwesttrains.co.uk or through National Rail Enquiries.

Money from fares goes towards running and maintaining the railway which benefits every household in the country, by improving journeys, creating employment and helping to boost the economy.

Over the next five years, Network Rail is spending on average £27m a day building and maintaining a better railway that benefits passengers, communities and businesses across Britain alongside commitments made by train companies to improve services.

– Tim Shoveller, Chief Executive of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance
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Unions hit out at 'scandalous' rail fares rise

Transport trade unions have criticised today's announcement of an average 2.2% increase in rail fares from January 2.

The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) described the rise as an "annual persecution of passengers," while The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) called the increase "scandalous".

We have seen fares jump by as much as 245% on key routes since privatisation 20 years ago.

It is now cheaper for a family of four to fly to Iceland to see Father Christmas - £224 - than it is for one person to buy an any-time walk on return rail fare from London to Manchester - £321.

– Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union

After two decades of privatisation the British people pay some of the highest fares in Europe to travel on clapped-out, understaffed and overcrowded services while the private train companies are laughing all the way to the bank.

– Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT transport union
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Rail fares hike 'to improve services'

Following the announcement of an average 2.2% rise in rail fare from January 2, industry body the Rail Delivery Group said that money from train fares is fed back into rail services.

Over the next five years, Network Rail is spending on average £27 million a day on a better railway, alongside commitments made by train companies to improve services. That will mean more seats, better stations and improved journeys.

For every £1 spent on fares, 97p goes on track, train, staff and other costs while 3p goes in profits earned by train companies for running services on Europe's fastest growing railway.

The industry is continuing to work together to get more for every pound we invest to enable government to make fares decisions which work best for passengers.

– Rail Delivery Group director general Michael Roberts
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