West Country bishops have urged the Government to tackle the UK's 'hunger crisis', saying it has a 'moral imperative' to act.
From April 1 2012 major changes will be made to the benefits system. And 2 million people will face a 25% cut in housing support.
The new 'bedroom tax' comes into force in April 2013. Here we explain how it will work and who will be affected.
Parts of Weston-super-Mare's sea defences are to be replaced - after they were installed just three years ago.
The council confirmed it takes up to four hours to put the defences in place after a flood warning.
Now they want to spend up to £200,000 on gates that can be put up more quickly, Robert Murphy reports.
A skills shortage in the construction sector could affect an upturn in the industry's fortunes
While the latest figures show construction is at a six year high, many workers left the industry during the recession to find other work.
Property advice firm, Jones Lang LaSalle says the problem is compounded by a lack of investment in apprenticeships.
The Packhorse Inn in Southstoke near Bath is back on the market following months of uncertainty.
The pub is being offered to villagers by owner Martin Sherry, who bought it only last year after it was put up for sale by Punch Taverns.
Villagers in Southstoke are following in the footsteps of other Bath drinkers at the Bell on Walcot Street, which was bought by 500 of its customers who raised £600,000.
And the Richmond Arms in Lansdown where supporters persuaded Punch Taverns to take the pub off the market.
Twelve people are to lose their jobs after a long established engineering firm in Bristol went bust.
Brislington-based Melhuish & Bateman had been involved in specialist work for the construction industry for nearly 15 years.
But 16 jobs have been saved after part of the business was sold to an associated company.
Faulty plumbing work is costing us more than £2.5 billion a year, according to a survey of home owners which reveals many do not use qualified tradesmen.
In the South West 29% do not check people's professional credentials, David Wood reports.
In the South West 66% of people said they do not always expect their plumber to do a good job.
John Sutcliffe's sports club was left with a dangerous boiler and faulty heating after hiring a rogue plumber, his company had taken out a loan to cover the costs.
He said: "For the first quarter of 2011, our revenue suffered."
"The reinstallation costings of the wet system alone, would be approaching almost £100,000," he added, "the consequential losses were somewhere in the region of £250,000 to £400,000 to the club".
Faulty plumbing work is costing us more than £2.5 billion a year, according to a survey of home owners which reveals many do not use qualified plumbers, as they put price ahead of experience when hiring a plumber.
- In the South West 66% of people said they do not always expect their plumber to do a good job
- 12% said they would hire an unqualified plumber to undertake plumbing work
- 29% said they don't check the professional credentials of the plumber they hire
A topping out ceremony will be held at the regeneration project in Keynsham today
The tradition marks the placing of the highest beam on a new building, £34 million is being spent on transforming the town centre.
Haulier and shipping group Charles Gee, which transports huge parts for nuclear power stations and wings for the latest generation of Airbus aircraft has been forced into administration after 126 years.
The company with offices in Somerset called in restructuring firm FRP Advisory after suffering "acute cash flow pressures" following years of tough trading.
Job losses among its 250 staff are possible, administrators warned.
The board of Equality South West has announced that the company will cease trading as at 31 October 2013.
A statement on the company's website read:
The Board of Equality South West is announcing with great regret that Equality South West will cease trading as at 31 October 2013. Despite every effort on the part of our trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters, we have been unable to secure resources sufficient to allow Equality South West to continue.
The Board has noted with sadness that in the current economic and political climate, grant funding and contractual work are very difficult to obtain either for the promotion of equality and diversity or for challenging discrimination. In these circumstances the Board has decided that it has no option but to close Equality South West.
We are determined to celebrate everything we have achieved and to leave a lasting legacy to enable individuals, organisations and communities in the South West to continue championing equality and working towards a fairer and more inclusive society for everyone.