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Government response to public forest report expected

The Government is expected to set out its response to the report from the Independent Panel on Forestry today.

The panel were set up to consider the future of England's woodlands, following the outcry over the Government's proposals to dispose of publicly-owned woodlands to businesses, communities and charities.

The Forest of Dean, one of the the country's heritage woodlands which could be affected by the Government's plans Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive

The report urged the Government to put more resources into England's public forests, for all the health and recreation benefits they provided to the public.

It accused ministers of cutting funding for public forests from £20 million to less than £13 million by 2015.



Cuts to disability allowances 'a joke'

A Royal Marine who lost an arm and a leg while serving on the frontline in Afghanistan has criticised government plans on cuts in disability allowance.

Ben McBean, who's from Plymouth, served with Taunton-based 40 Commando. He fears he'll lose his benefits under the plans and says they are 'a joke'.

The government says the new system is fairer and gets the money to those who need it most.