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Thousands of new homes to fix "broken market"

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The government has pledged to fix Britain's "broken housing market" by unveiling plans to build thousands of new properties each year.

It published a White Paper outlining plans to develop on brownfield sites and a new Lifetime ISA to help first-time buyers save a deposit.

The average price for a flat in Winchester is around £250,000 which is an increase of 32% since 2007.


Decision due on future of West Berkshire libraries

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A decision on the future of libraries in West Berkshire is due to be made at a council meeting later today.

Campaigners have been protesting about council budget cuts which could mean they face severe cutbacks and closure.

Discussions have already been held with Parish Councils and Community groups to collectively think of ways to raise £150,000 to keep services open.

More than 1200 people responded to the recent Library Service Review to help shape the future of our libraries in West Berkshire. It is resoundingly clear that local people want to be involved in saving this much valued service. Although we were faced with many challenges, it was hugely encouraging to see positive and innovative ideas coming through from Parish and Town Councils and communities who want to help deliver this much valued service."

– Councillor Dominic Boeck, Executive Member for Culture

Campaigners continue fight to stop NHS cuts

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Campaigners in Brighton are planning their next move in their fight to stop the government making cuts to the NHS.

More than 1,000 people have already taken to Brighton's streets defending the service.

The government says it's spending record sums to meet 'unprecedented demand'.

A public meeting will be held on 16th February in Kemptown to discuss further action.

MP Caroline Lucas is set to attend along with the national head of health at the Unite union, among others.

More savings planned for Hampshire

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With an annual spend of nearly £2 billion, Hampshire County Council will be looking to get its budget recommendations approved today.

It says it's on track to make £98 million worth of savings - agreed two years ago - having already made substantial cuts. The council says it plans to protect vital services while keeping the council tax at one of the lowest levels in the country.


Plans for flightpath changes to be announced

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An announcement is expected later from the Government about radical plans for new flightpaths.

It would be the biggest change for 50 years allowing up to 50% more flights.

Under the scheme aeroplanes would fly more concentrated routes, which the industry says would save on fuel and reduce emissions.

Campaigners say it just means there will be more noise.

One year in - inside the 19th century hospital at centre of half a billion pound redesign

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton contains some of the oldest buildings in the NHS, dating back almost two hundred years.

It is now the centre of one of the most expensive redesigns in the country - costing nearly half a billion pounds. But while eight years of work goes on patients have to be looked after as normal.

So, with the first twelve months completed, Andy Dickenson went to see how doctors, nurses and patients were getting on. He speaks to clinical director Peter Larsen-Disney, patient Geoffrey Price and ward manager Zingy Thetho.

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