Protests against controversial welfare reforms have been held across the region despite assurances from the Government that the most vulnerable will be protected.
Parents of children with disabilities and foster carers have been told they won't be forced to pay extra towards their rent or move to smaller houses once the Government's so-called ''bedroom tax'' comes into force. But some say that the exemptions don't go far enough. Charlotte Wilkins reports.
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A woman has avoided a jail sentence for possessing more than 600 indecent images - of children and pornographic images of animals.
Friday afternoon's forecast for the east of the region
Friday afternoon's forecast for the west of the region