As part of his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne has frozen business rate relief for small businesses.
And that business rate news will be welcome on our High Streets.
Gregg Easteal has been to visit two stores with contrasting takes on whether tills are really starting to ring louder again on our shopping streets.
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Hundreds are expected to march against council plans to close North Yorkshire's only remaining middle school.
Metro services between St James and Monument will be suspended while a key track junction is replaced.
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