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Home repossessions increase

Home repossessions in some parts of the North East are more than three times the national average. Darlington and Durham had some of the highest numbers. Weak economic growth and austerity are blamed, with people being more affected by Government cuts due to dependency on public sector employment.

Military Cuts

Green Howards on patrol in Afghanistan Credit: ITV News

A dark cloud hangs over the region today with the news that more than a thousand armed service personnel are facing compulsory redundancy.

The Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond confirmed today that the bulk of the cuts will come from the Army. Overall the Ministry of Defence plans to shed 3,800 posts

A spokesman for MoD said there was "still some way to go" to bring the size of the Army down to 82,000 and confirmed that decisions on how to achieve those cuts "are yet to be taken."

Catterick Garrison Credit: Ministry of Defence

Details of exactly what regiments will be affected have still not been released. But the North East and North Yorkshire are traditionally areas where the Army recruits heavily. Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire meanwhile is the largest British army base in the World.

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Commons Clash over Cleveland Fire Services

MPs have clashed over possible job losses in the fire service. A host of Labour MPs questioned ministers from the Department for Communities & Local Government. Teesside MP Alex Cunningham said Cleveland fire service has to deal with the highest industrial risk in Europe. 180 jobs are at risk there.

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