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Condor: 'We know this is disappointing for Weymouth'

Poole is a modern and well-connected port, well-liked by our customers.

We recognise that this is disappointing news for Weymouth. However, given the need for berth improvements and an Environmental Impact Assessment, Weymouth is not currently in a position to accommodate [the new ferry].

– James Fulford, CEO of Condor Ferries

Condor Ferries to pull out of Weymouth next spring

Condor Ferries will end services from Weymouth in spring 2015, and will operate its new cross-Channel ferry from Poole. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council spent around £3.4 million upgrading the old ferry terminal but it could not accommodate the company's new ferry without a full £10 million investment.

Condor's new ferry. Credit: Condor

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Taunton Deane Borough Council to move to County Hall

Taunton Deane Borough Council has finally voted to move to Somerset County Hall, one month after a similar proposal was narrowly rejected.

A sign outside the Council's current premises. Credit: ITV News

The council says it costs £650,000 a year to occupy the ageing Deane House off Station Road in Taunton. Its report also found that creating a public sector 'one-stop-shop' together with the County Council would make life easier for service users.

Discussions will now start with the County Council about how best to facilitate the move.

MP calls for Treliske staff parking plans to be halted

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Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has called for plans to increase car parking charges at the Royal Cornwall Hospital to be halted. The new system would mean some staff (who work more than 22 and half hours a week) at Treliske would have to pay £330 pounds a year-that's five times more than what they pay now.

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Alexander: Economic recovery is gaining momentum

Figures showing a fall in unemployment shows Britain's economic recovery is "continuing to gain momentum", the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander. Credit: PA Wire

"With record numbers in work and the claimant count falling, these figures show that our economic recovery is continuing to gain momentum," Mr Alexander said.

"It's further proof that our Liberal Democrat tax cuts for working people, support for apprenticeships and our determination to tackle the deficit fairly are working - and so is the country.

"There is still a long way to go, but this is solid progress and the significant fall in youth employment is particularly encouraging and welcome."

Unemployment rises to 145,000 in South West

The number of people out of work in the South West has risen by 10 thousand to 145,000. It is the only region in the country that has seen an increase.

Nationally, unemployment has continued to fall, while the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance is on course to dip below a million for the first time in six years.

The jobless total was 2.08 million in the quarter to June, down by 132,000 on January to March and the lowest since the end of 2009, giving an unemployment rate of 6.4%.

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Your views on family debt

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

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