Stroud in Gloucestershire is to be the trial venue for a radical scheme aimed at halting the increase in people needing to use foodbanks
Weston's derelict Tropicana swimming pool could be converted into a temporary leisure facility .
West Country bishops have urged the Government to tackle the UK's 'hunger crisis', saying it has a 'moral imperative' to act.
Taunton Deane Borough Council has finally voted to move to Somerset County Hall, one month after a similar proposal was narrowly rejected.
The council says it costs £650,000 a year to occupy the ageing Deane House off Station Road in Taunton. Its report also found that creating a public sector 'one-stop-shop' together with the County Council would make life easier for service users.
Discussions will now start with the County Council about how best to facilitate the move.
New signs are to be installed to direct people to an unofficial toll road near Bath.
Mike Watts, the businessman behind the scheme, says he has come to an agreement with the council.
He built the Kelston toll road as an alternative to the A431, which will be closed for repairs until Christmas.
Nikki Lewis from Job Centre Plus in Bristol says today's unemployment figures which show a rise of 10 thousand to 145,000 doesn't mean there aren't jobs available:
Figures showing a fall in unemployment shows Britain's economic recovery is "continuing to gain momentum", the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said.
"With record numbers in work and the claimant count falling, these figures show that our economic recovery is continuing to gain momentum," Mr Alexander said.
"It's further proof that our Liberal Democrat tax cuts for working people, support for apprenticeships and our determination to tackle the deficit fairly are working - and so is the country.
"There is still a long way to go, but this is solid progress and the significant fall in youth employment is particularly encouraging and welcome."
The number of people out of work in the South West has risen by 10 thousand to 145,000. It is the only region in the country that has seen an increase.
Nationally, unemployment has continued to fall, while the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance is on course to dip below a million for the first time in six years.
The jobless total was 2.08 million in the quarter to June, down by 132,000 on January to March and the lowest since the end of 2009, giving an unemployment rate of 6.4%.
We asked you for your comments on reports that many families are struggling to cope with rising levels of debt. Here are some of the views posted on our Facebook page.
"It started with struggling to buy treats days out new clothes etc. Now its struggling to pay the bills and rent each week. Being a working single mum aint all its cracked up to be. Times are tough" - Miranda Heath
"I found it difficult to begin with but with clever management i have been able to treat myself and daughter weekly. I keep a bill account and a shopping account. The bill account gets topped up weekly. I too am also a working single mum. (currently on maternity)." - Claire Louise
"A third of families borrow to buy essentials for children, the other 2 thirds sponge off the state" - Nigel Topp
Today we are looking in to a new report which suggests that more than 160,000 children across the west country are living in families with debt problems.
Research out today shows more than 1 in 10 families in the region are failing to keep up with household bills and loan repayments.
Below are some useful links to agencies which specialise in helping people who have financial problems.
Step Change: http://www.stepchange.org/
0800 138 1111 Step Change offer a free online advice tool, Debt Remedy, where you can enter your debt details and receive advice in 20 minutes.
My Money Steps: https://www.mymoneysteps.org/
0808 808 4000 My Money Steps is an online service from National Debtline, allowing you to get free online advice, and by phone.
Money Advice Service: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en
0300 500 5000 Chat to their online team, or call for free, unbiased, independent advice.
Christians Against Poverty: https://www.capuk.org/
01274 760720 A charity set up in 1996, CAP provide money courses, debt help, and have centres set up all over the UK.
Citizens Advice Bureau: http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/
08444 111 444 Citizens Advice can provide online, telephone, and in-person support with branches located throughout the UK.
More than 160,000 children across the west country are living in families with debt problems. New research out today shows more than 1 in 10 families in the region are failing to keep up with household bills and loan repayments. It also shows that a third of families have had to borrow money in the last year to pay for essentials for their children. There are calls today for the government to offer parents more support.
Rural crime cost the South West an estimated £5.5 million last year. The most common items targeted were tools, quad bikes and machinery.
Nationally the cost of rural crime has increased by over 5%. A spokesman for insurer NFU Mutual says that more high value items are being stolen across the UK.