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Government is 'not cutting' domestic violence funding

Domestic violence victims are increasingly likely to be at risk of having their children being taken into care, according to Family Rights Group.

The charity also claims that victims are being failed as services to help women escape violent partners are being cut.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker told the Guardian: "The Government is not cutting funding for domestic violence services. On the contrary, we have ring-fenced nearly £40 million to provide support for victims to escape abusive situations."

Minister: Network Rail 'causing' avoidable delays

Network Rail are not "managing their day to day activity as well as we would like" and causing avoidable delays and cancellations, a transport minister has said.

Norman Baker told Daybreak he had already spoken to the chief executive of Network Rail about their poor performance.

"I made it plain to them that with the £37 billion we're investing in the traditional railway in the next five years, we want it to be delivered efficiently and effectively."

Regulator: Network Rail paying 'inadequate attention'

Network Rail are not delivering the upgrades or basic maintenance needed, the rail regulator has said. Credit: PA

Britain's railways are not up to scratch because Network Rail has failed to upgrade them, despite having billions of pounds of public money invested, a regulator has said.

Failures in the firm's drainage and embankment systems have increased tenfold during the past two years, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) revealed.

It found the company paid "inadequate attention" to this area which slowed down preparation for adverse winter conditions.

There was also a backlog of maintenance work and found improvements in efficiency have slowed down, following an annual assessment.

Rail Minister Norman Baker is expected to confront bosses again this week over continued delays and an apparent lack of preparation for bad weather.

He accused Network Rail of failing to rectify numerous problems "of its own making".

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