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Teesside firm reacts to new funding

A Government Minister has been visiting a firm on Teesside, which is benefitting from the fifth round of the Regional Growth Fund.

Simon Hughes was shown around Tinsley Special Products in Stockton. It has received money from the scheme in the past and will use the latest funding to help create a new site in Peterlee. The RGF aims to generate jobs and growth in areas reliant on the public sector.

Stuart Arnold, Managing Director of Tinsley Special Products, said the new funding will allow him to boost the export side of his business.

Government Minister announces Regional Growth Fund winners on Teesside

Government Minister Simon Hughes visiting Tinsley Special Products on Teesside. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Justice Minister Simon Hughes has been visiting Tinsley Special Products on Teesside, which is one of 11 North East companies receiving money in the latest round of the Regional Growth Fund.

The RGF aims to help businesses expand and create jobs, and is aimed particularly at areas reliant on the public sector.

The Justice Minister Simon Hughes visiting Tinsley Special Products on Teesside. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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Government funding jobs boost

Hundreds of jobs in the North East will be secured and created thanks to a funding boost from the government.

Eleven companies across the region will get a share of £57 million being put towards business growth.

Cleveland Potash Limited is one of the eleven to receive a grant.

Strike: RMT says there's 'no option'

Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday. The claim is that management has left 'no option' other than to strike.

“Despite a rock solid 48 hour strike in February, and total support for the overtime ban, management refuse to take our members concerns seriously and have left us with no option other than to ratchet up the action with a week-long strike starting this Thursday.“This dispute has been forced on us by the management’s continuing and stubborn refusal to take the real nature of these jobs into account through the re-grading process and it is now down to them to rectify the situation. RMT remains available for talks.”

– RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash

Northern Rail maintenance staff announce week long strike

Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday.

It is the latest step in a continuing dispute over overtime and the grading of roles which staff say do not recognised the "complex and demanding role of this key group of staff".

There was a 48 hour strike in February but, according to RMT the issues remain unresolved and staff will now strike between Thursday April 10 and Wednesday April 16.

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Rail unions seek review over East Coast privatisation

Three rail unions are calling for a judicial review into the Government's decision to privatise the East Coast mainline.

Review requested into East Coast privatisation
Review requested into East Coast privatisation Credit: Press Association

ASLEF, RMT and TSSA believe that their members’ jobs and conditions, as well as the interests of passengers and taxpayers, are threatened by the Government’s failure to adequately consult over the future of East Coast.

The unions have significant concerns that despite the Brown review of rail franchising recommending that the procurement for rail franchise should take place over a minimum of 24 months, the Government is rushing through the privatisation of East Coast

They argue that, in its haste to push services back into the private sector, the Government has cut corners, including breaching its own commitment to proper consultation of stakeholders, including passenger groups and the rail unions.

ASLEF, RMT and TSSA are conscious of the disastrous end to the InterCity East Coast franchises run by GNER and National Express as well as the Department for Transport mistakes in the InterCity West Coast franchising competition.

The Unions are concerned that there is again the risk that overbidding by private operators and inadequate and rushed evaluation of the bids will, as on previous occasions, lead to cuts to staff and services and even the franchise collapsing again.

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North East house prices fall - now average £97,332

The North East was the only region in the UK where house prices fell over the last year, with a drop of 1.3% taking the average house price to £97,332.

Houses in the North East are worth an average £97,000 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

By contrast, the national average house price rose by 5.3% to £170,000 in the 12 months to February, according to data from the Land Registry.

Ed Stansfield, chief property economist at Capital Economics, said the figures show the "huge divergence in price pressures across the country".

He pointed out that unlike some house price surveys, the Land Registry figures include cash buyers, rather than just people who use a mortgage to buy a property.

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