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Dairy farmers 'staring into the abyss', union representative tells ITV News

A representative from a key farmers union has told ITV News dairy farmers are "staring into the abyss" at the beginning of 2016 after a key retailer said it was slashing the price it pays for milk.

The Chairman of the National Farmers Union dairy board Rob Harrison said it looked like being a particularly bleak year for dairy farmers and warned that the industry was in absolute crisis.

Meanwhile dairy farmers from another group are planning a march on Downing Streetas the row over milk prices deepens.

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Wiltshire Council announces council tax rise as it tries to make £25 million savings

Cllr Dick Tonge, CON, Wiltshire

The region's largest local authority has announced it is putting up rates by the maximum 4%.

People in Wiltshire will see a 2% rise in council tax and another 2% on top as part of a social care levy. It will mean a band D bill will increase to £1270.

Wiltshire Council also announced it wants to make £25 million worth of savings in the next year.

Council announces first tax rise in six years

Bath and North East Somerset has announced a rise in council tax for the first time in six years.

The 1.25 per cent rise has been dubbed a "last resort", and councillors say it will protect frontline services and help meet the rising cost of caring for an aging population.

Alongside a need to save more than £40million over the next four years, in December B&NES Council learnt it had to identify a further £3.6million worth of savings in the coming year alone.

The council's cabinet has now proposed the 1.25 per cent rise - which would raise almost to £1million - ahead of it meeting on February 10 to set the 2016/17 budget.

The cabinet's proposals will enable the protection of core frontline services such as:

  • Children and youth services, including children's centres and child protection services.
  • Adult social care services.
  • Street cleaning, waste recycling, environmental health services, and public toilets.
  • Planning, regeneration and business support.
  • Leisure services, including planned investment in new leisure facilities in Bath and Keynsham.

More people charged after alleged Bristol mosque attack

Three more people have been charged in connection with an alleged attack at a mosque in Bristol Credit: ITV News

Three more people have been charged in connection with an alleged attack at a mosque in Bristol.

It happened at the Jamia Mosque in Totterdown on Sunday (Jan 17).

Alison Bennett, 46, and Mark Bennett, 48, both of Spruce Way, Patchway, Bristol, and Angelina Margaret Swales, 31, of West Town Avenue, Brislington, Bristol, have all been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

A total of four people have now been charged. They've been released on bail on condition they don't go within a hundred metres of any mosque.

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