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.
A man has been told he faces a long jail sentence after defrauding the Wiltshire-based charity Help for Heroes out of £300,000.
Garage owner Christopher Copeland organised charity supermarket collections with teams of volunteers, but failed to give the money to the charity.
The 51-year-old pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced on 15th September.
There are 40 miles of stop-start queues on the M5 southbound, between junctions 14 (Thornbury) and 23 (Bridgwater North). Travel time between the two is 120 minutes. There are no accidents; congestion is due to the sheer volume of holiday traffic.
The great summer getaway is underway with Bristol Airport expecting 90,000 people through its gates from today until Monday.
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The great holiday getaway is already underway.
Bristol Airport says the total passenger number that will be travelling through Bristol Airport this weekend (Friday to Monday inclusive) will be 90,000.
Up to two million Brits are expected to fly abroad this weekend despite temperatures in the UK remaining high.
Spain is the number one destination in Europe according to travel organisation Abta. Bristol Airport estimates 45,000 will take off from there this weekend.
However the current hot weather has boosted the numbers of people taking last-minute trips in the UK. Businesses in Somerset are hoping the weather helps to attract more people to the region, which is still struggling following the winter flood with some companies seeing a 25% reduction in bookings.
We're being warned to expect one of the busiest weekends of the year on the region's roads, as the school summer holidays begin.
Industry leaders say they've seen a drop in bookings for this season over the last couple of months compared to previous years. Some businesses say trade is down a quarter. But they're hoping sunny summer weather will help boost takings.
A Somerset MP has criticised the county council after reports that it pays senior staff the highest salaries in the country.
Tessa Munt, MP for Wells, says she's appalled that the head of Children's services gets £318,000 - more than twice the Prime Minister.
More than seven thousand motorists who were fined in a controversial traffic scheme in Bath have had their money back.
The Dorchester Street bus gate was set up earlier this year to ease congestion, but drivers kept missing the signs. At one point fines were being issued at a rate of one a minute. Bath and North East Somerset Council scrapped the scheme and is returning a total of 2 hundred and 22 thousand pounds.
The Government received good news on the jobs front today with the latest unemployment figures showing a record number of people in work.
Over 30 million people are now in work, which is an increase of almost a million in the past year - the best figures since records began in 1971.
There is an employment rate of 73.1%, with just over 78% of men and 68% of women in work.
More than 4.5 million people are self-employed, which is the highest since records began in 1992 after an increase of 404,000 over the past year, Office for National Statistics showed.