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1000s of South West households paying bedroom tax

New figures from the National Housing Federation show that thousands of South West households are paying the 'bedroom tax' - a reduction in housing benefit for families with spare bedrooms. It was in introduced in April 2013.

  • Cornwall - 2826 households have seen a loss in housing benefit, totalling £768.95 on average
  • Plymouth - 1943 households, with an average loss of £710.75

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West Country estate agent calls for stricter self control

As house prices soar once again and the government's 'Help to Buy' scheme kicks in early, a West Country Estate Agent has said his industry needs to bring in stricter self control.

Darren Lawson's comments come in the same week a TV documentary highlighted some of the slightly underhand tactics used by some estate agents to secure sales and commissions. Jeff Welch reports.

Director calls for full regulation of estate agencies

Darren Lawson, the managing director of a Westcountry estate agent said the industry needs to bring in stricter self control.

"What I would ask for is full regulation of estate agencies," he said, "that shouldn't be too much of a challenge that deliver good practice aren't currently licensed.

"Those that are already licensed, well they already are where they need to be and it should sort out the charlatans from those that observe their moral obligations to look after the best interests of sellers and buyers alike."

Residents fear development would harm businesses

Residents in St Austell will get the chance to have their say on a proposed £110 million redevelopment this evening.

Residents will get their say this evening Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A public meeting organised by Cornwall Council will look at the plans for the 100 acre site at Coyte Farm, which would feature homes and a shopping complex.

Some residents are worried that the development would destroy town centre businesses.

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Public meeting to discuss £110 million development

A public meeting will take place tonight to discuss the plans for a new £110 million development near St Austell.

The proposed 100-acre site would have a housing and shopping complex.

Some residents are worried that the development would destroy town centre businesses.

They will be able to put forward their views at Cornwall Council's meeting this evening.

£1.1 million to revamp Cornwall’s mining heritage

Two buildings at the heart of Cornwall’s industrial mining heritage are to receive a revamp with £1.1 million of European finding.

The £1,126,248 grant from the ERDF Convergence Programme will help to conserve the Count House and Carpenters’ Shop complexes at King Edward Mine near Camborne.

The buildings will also be brought back to economic use.

Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture said:

World Heritage Site status for Cornish Mining brings with it international accountability and the responsibility to ensure that sites such as King Edward Mine are preserved.

Investing in the conservation and refurbishment of our historic industrial buildings so that they find new economic uses not only safeguards their future, but contributes to the local economy and often in the most deprived areas of Cornwall. The project will provide high quality, distinctive accommodation just outside Camborne, supporting the knowledge economy and creative industry sector.

Construction skills shortage could affect fortunes

A skills shortage in the construction sector could affect an upturn in the industry's fortunes

Many workers left the industry during the recession to find other work Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

While the latest figures show construction is at a six year high, many workers left the industry during the recession to find other work.

Property advice firm, Jones Lang LaSalle says the problem is compounded by a lack of investment in apprenticeships.

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