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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.

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Banksy's £20million boost for Weston-super-Mare

Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare Credit: PA

Banksy's pop up exhibition Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare opens it's doors for the final time this weekend.

It's brought in an estimated £20million to the local economy.

The impact of the Banksy Exhibition is triple what was first thought, according to Visit Somerset, the official Destination Management Organisation for the county. Initially predicting a £7m economic boost.

A concert tonight features Pussy Riot and De La Soul among the lineup. Visitors have been asked to wear masks so Banksy can attend incognito.

The final batch of tickets sold out within minutes - with people desperate to get inside before the bemusement park closes for good on Sunday.

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.

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Somerset Council let the public balance its budget

We've all had to get a bit better at cutting our cloth over the past few years as the weekly shop gets more expensive and those bills and direct debits keep coming in.

Sometimes we have to cut back on a few things just like County councils have to do.

But when they're deciding where to spend our council tax and when they make cuts to their services, it can really have a big impact on people's lives.

Today the people of Somerset have been having a go at balancing a council budget themselves.

Each bag on the scales represents a different council service and they've been deciding what to protect and what gets left behind.

Bob Cruwys reports.

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