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'Gove effect' leaves the tourism industry out of pocket

Rules brought in by Michael Gove in 2013 mean parents are fined £60 for taking their children out of school in term time Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

A tourism business owner says the so-called Gove Effect is forcing her to sell off her holiday cottage.

Sarah Kitson from Lamerton near Tavistock says tougher rules where parents are fined for taking children out of school have had a drastic impact on holiday bookings.

Holiday cottage owner Sarah Kitson isn't fully booked this summer Credit: ITV West Country

It used to be from Easter til October we'd be fully booked but now we've got huge gaps. I've just had three weeks gap in a holiday cottage in Newquay, and it's just not worth keeping the holiday cottages running anymore as a holiday let business.

– Sarah Kitson

The rules brought in by Former Education secretary Michael Gove in 2013 mean parents can be fined £60 a day for taking their children out of school to go on holiday, or even prosecuted for it.

A recent report by the Tourism Society Westcountry said it's costing the industry £87 million a year.

The Tourism Society Westcountry and Visit Cornwall now calling for holidays to be staggered like in other European countries.

Police investigate Devon MP's expenses

Johnny Mercer denies any wrongdoing. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

A Devon MP's campaign expenses are being investigated by the police.

Johnny Mercer, Conservative MP for the Plymouth Moor View constituency, says he is co-operating with the inquiry, which is thought to include the cost of election flyers.

Former soldier Mr Mercer says he has committed no offence and that his expenses were well within the legal limit.


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Living wage for low-paid, welfare cuts for families

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Low-paid workers in the region could be getting a pay rise, as a compulsory living wage was announced in today's budget.

Chancellor George Osborne announced a new National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour for all over 25s next April. This will then increase to £9 an hour by 2020.

However he also fleshed out huge cuts to the welfare budget. Some people will see benefits frozen and tax credits cut.

These measures include a reduction in the benefit cap for households, an end to housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds, a two-child limit for child tax credits and a freeze in working age benefits for four years.

For more on what this means for you and your family, tune in to ITV News West Country from 6pm tonight.

Chancellor announces greater devolution for Cornwall

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Cornwall could have more power to make local decisions in the future.

The Chancellor has announced in today's budget that the government is "making progress" on a plan for greater devolution to the region.


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Tories pledge an extra £10 billion to the NHS by 2020

The NHS will receive an extra £10 billion a year by 2020, George Osborne said.

ITV News Health Editor Rachel Younger tweeted:

Welfare cuts expected in summer Budget

£12 million in welfare cuts are expected to be announced in the Summer Budget Credit: John Stillwell/PA

The chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce £12 billion in welfare savings in his summer budget this lunchtime.

In the first all-Conservative Budget since 1996, Mr Osborne is expected to make cuts in benefits for social housing and tax credits, whilst raising tax allowances.

Anti austerity campaigners say they fear the vulnerable will be worst hit. A mass 'die-in' is being held on Truro's Lemon Quay at 5.30pm by the People's Assembly Against Austerity to highlight the impact of more cuts.

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