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Reading council votes to build 'homeless hub'

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Councillors in Reading have tonight voted to build its own local temporary accommodation for the homeless.

The so-called 'homeless hub', its argued, will save money instead of putting people in expensive BNB's, sometimes as far away as Slough.

The council is looking to save a further £11 million over the next three years.

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Kent councillors vote for 15% allowance increase

Councillors in Kent have voted themselves an allowance increase of 15%.

Their critics say this gives them the biggest allowances in the whole country, when their pay review body had recommended an increase of only 1.5%.

But the councillors themselves say the rise is wholly justified and the Leader of Kent County Council told our reporter Tony Green that they'd had no increase for many years, and the new figures represented good value for money.

Tony spoke to Cllr Paul Carter Leader, Kent County Council, Con & Cllr Rob Bird Kenty County Council, Lib Dem & Steve Wiggett Chairman, Independent Remuneration Panel & Ryan Slaughter UNISON organiser, Kent Local Government.

King and Queen of Spain delight school children during visit to Oxford

The King and Queen of Spain have been on a state visit to the UK for three days and spent their final day of their tour in Oxford.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia visited the new Weston Library in Broad Street to meet staff and students and gave a speech at the city's Divinity School before the couple were taken on a guided tour of Exeter College in Turl Street.

Our reporter Mary Stanley was there.

What a difference a year makes for Theresa!

It's been a year since Maidenhead MP Theresa May became Prime Minister. And what a year it's been.

Tackling Brexit, leading a country through several terror attacks, calling a general election - and ending up with a smaller majority in the Commons than she started with.

According to the polls her popularity has plunged while her rival Jeremy Corbyn has seen his rise dramatically.

What a difference a year makes! our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby reports.

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