You don't have to go to University after A Levels. If your results did not reach the standard you hoped for, there are alternatives
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Stroud in Gloucestershire is to be the trial venue for a radical scheme aimed at halting the increase in people needing to use foodbanks
We will be reading out a selection of A Level congratulation messages on ITV West Country tomorrow night from 6pm. If you would like yours to be one of them, then please email it to email@example.com.
Please include where you are from, where the A level student is off to next term, and any other interesting snippets!
Our Education Correspondent Richard Payne has been to meet a group of young people in South Gloucestershire awaiting their A level results tomorrow (Thursday 14 August).
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.
New figures show there's been a rise in rural crime across most of the West - with high value farm equipment such as quad bikes increasingly being targeted.
- Somerset - Up 9%, costing £1.2m
- Gloucestershire - Up 11%, costing £820,000
- Wiltshire - Stayed same, costing £1m.
- Dorset - Down 12%, costing £660,000.
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.