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Food bank demand rises 800% in a year

Food banks surveyed for ITV News said they had more users last year than ever before. One, in Northumberland, saw demand rise by 800%.

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Nexus could add trams to the Metro network

Nexus is putting together plans to supplement the existing network with on-street trams. The change could see the service run to new locations like the MetroCentre and Cobalt.

Bernard Garner, the Director General of Nexus, said: "The really radical element in it is that we're saying that you might have two fleets in the future, one like-for-like replacement for our Metro cars... but then looking at another type of vehicle that can operate on-street."

Nexus boss: We will develop Metro to support North East economy

Nexus is putting together a multi-million pound bid to expand their existing network.

The plans would see the service run to locations including the MetroCentre and Washington. The company also want to replace some of their existing trains.

Bernard Garner, the Director General of Nexus, told ITV News Tyne Tees: "The process we are starting now is looking at how we can develop Metro to better meet the needs of the region and to support our economy."

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Tyne and Wear Metro services could be extended

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The company that runs the Tyne and Wear Metro is planning a multi-million pound bid to try extend the services to places like the Metrocentre, Washington and the Cobalt business park.

Nexus needs to replace its ageing trains, and hopes to convince the Government to fund line extensions across the North East.

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More women in the North East turn to prostitution to survive

A report into the sex trade says more women are having to turn to prostitution just to survive.

The study found that about 500 women are involved in prostitution on Teesside, some of them selling sex for as little as £5. Many of those are engaged in so-called "survival sex". when they are left with no choice but to exchange their services for essentials such as food or accommodation.

Around The House: Budget analysis from Westminster

A panel of MPs joined Helen Ford to give their verdicts on the Budget, including Redcar's Liberal Democrat Ian Swales and Newcastle North's Labour MP Catherine McKinnell.

They were joined by the Conservative David Mundell, who represents Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale.

Watch the debate here:

The next edition of Around The House is on Thursday 3 April at 11.35pm

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North East unemployment figures fall by 8,000

Unemployment in the North East fell by 8,000 in the three months to January, official figures have revealed. Despite the fall, the region still has the highest unemployment rate.

The Office for National Statistics showed 125,000 people were unemployed in the region between November and January. The region's unemployment rate was 9.5% and saw a fall of 6% during the period.

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