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Council's campaign to support staff suffering domestic abuse

Newcastle City Council launches campaign to help staff who are suffering domestic abuse. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Newcastle City Council has launched a strategy to support staff who are suffering domestic abuse.

The council wants its managers to recognise the problem among colleagues and offer help. It is estimated that one in 10 working people suffers abuse.

The aim is to make the workplace a safe haven from violence suffered at home.

City Council blocks access to payday loans companies

Newcastle City Council has become one of the first in the country to block access to the websites of payday loans companies via its own computer system. The council is also planning to try to stop the lenders advertising on some billboards in the city.

However, not everyone is against the loans companies - a survey by uSwitch found half of people who had taken out a payday loan found it a positive experience.

Gregg Easteal reports.

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Council blocks payday loans company websites

Newcastle City Council has blocked access to the websites of payday loans companies across its entire computer network, including offices, libraries and council-owned community centres. It is also looking at how to prevent them advertising on some billboards in the city.

The companies promise very quick, short-term loans, but come with high interest rates and penalty charges Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

However, a survey published by uSwitch found 50% of people who had taken out a payday loan found it a positive experience. Almost a third would take out another loan.

Full Report: Councils club together to become LA7

Councils in the North East have voted to form a new Combined Authority, that would gain more powers and funding from central government.

The seven local authorities, from Northumberland to Durham, will establish the new Authority, to make decisions jointly in areas from public transport to training for young people.

Watch the full report from Lucy Taylor below.

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