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West Country food banks see 20% rise in users

Over 38,000 children needed food from a West Country food bank in the last year Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

More than 100,000 people in the region have had to resort to food banks in the past year.

The Trussell Trust says numbers of those in need have risen a fifth in the past year demonstrating that, despite economic recovery, a growing number of people are in crisis. 106,292 people received three days' emergency food from the charity in the last year - the equivalent to double the population of Weymouth. Of those, over a third were children.

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South West bucks national trend as unemployment figures rise

The South West was the only region to see a rise in unemployment Credit: PA

The number of people out of work in the South West has risen in the last quarter - the only region to see a rise in Great Britain.

The South West has bucked the national trend, with the figures revealing unemployment has gone up by 7,000 to 126,000 in the three months to Feb 2015 - an increase of 4.6%.

But, despite the numbers, our region continues to have one of the highest employment rates with 76.8% in work.

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