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Exeter Citizens' Advice Bureau warns of soaring debt

The Citizens' Advice Bureau is calling for more Government support for people on benefits Credit: ITV News

A charity in Exeter is warning the amount of debt facing its clients has risen by almost £3,000 this year.

The Citizen's Advice Bureau says the average amount of urgent debt owed is more than £6,000 for expenses such as mortgages, rent and council tax.

The charity is calling for more Government support with benefits and help to buy or rent property.

Petition for fairer police funding delivered to Downing St

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A petition calling for Devon and Cornwall Police to get a fairer funding deal and prevent hundreds of jobs being lost in the force was handed in to Downing Street this afternoon.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg joined MPs from the region to say that a planned change to the current formula would be disastrous for the South West.

Petition calling for fairer police funding to be handed into government

Tony Hogg says the standard of policing the public is used to would not be sustainable with the new funding plans Credit: ITV West Country

An 8,000 signature petition calling for fair funding for Devon and Cornwall Police is due to be handed in to 10 Downing Street later.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg, says changes in the way police funding is calculated will mean the force will lose 24 million pounds - the equivalent of 500 hundred police officers.


Plymouth City Council payments hit by bank problem

RBS has had major issues with its BACs transactions which is having a knock on effect Credit: PA

Plymouth City Council has issued the following statement about problems with direct payments due to a national banking problem.

Many people will have seen the national media coverage around RBS who have had a significant issue with their BACs processing system, and this is also affecting other banks such as Nat West, which are part of the same group.

Unfortunately this is having a knock on effect for Plymouth City Council, in common with many other local authorities. The BACs transactions are not being received by the banks so therefore Direct Payments to some of our Adult Social Care clients are not being received.

It is anticipated that the banks will have the issue resolved by Saturday 20 June.

There is unfortunately nothing the Council can do until the banks have resolved this issue, however, people can contact our Contact Centre on 01752 668000 if they have concerns.

– Plymouth City Council spokesperson

Derriford Hospital spent thousands coping with black alert

Derriford Hospital spends thousands coping with black alert Credit: ITV News

Derriford Hospital spent nearly £2 million on over time and agency staff in just one month as it coped with huge demand due to its black alert status.

For the first three months of this year the Plymouth hospital declared black alert as it dealt with what it describes as "unprecedented and sustained" demand.

As people will know, we faced a significant period of unprecedented and sustained demand on our emergency and medical services, which impacted right across the hospital.

During this time, on numerous occasions, we put out internal and public appeals to our staff to ask if they would work extra shifts and offering overtime, to enable us to meet the pressures we faced and to ensure our patients continued to be well cared for. Our staff responded admirable during these difficult times.

It was also necessary for us to have a flexible temporary workforce resource during this time. We did this by redeploying staff and utilising NHS Professionals (our supplier of bank staff) and where these options were not available to us then, as an absolute last resort, we used agency staff.

– Kevin Baber, Chief Operating Officer for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Is the West's healthcare in crisis?

All our major hospitals in the region remain on a heightened state of alert tonight as they approach one of the busiest Bank Holidays of the year.

Demand for frontline services and beds is continuing to place immense strain on the system - and all this as healthcare remains one of the top-three election issues in voters minds.

Kathy Wardle reports

ITV's Robert Murphy raised these issues with the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt who was on the campaign trail in Yeovil this afternoon.

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