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The People's Millions: Wednesday's Vote

The projects going head-tohead in tonight's vote are Freedom 2 and Scoot-a-Boat.

Here’s your chance to vote for the project you’d like to see get the money. To vote from a landline call 09015 228206 or from mobiles ONLY call 6228206 and press option 1 for Freedom 2 or press option 2 for Scoot-a-Boat.

Mobile and BT landline votes cost 15p. Other landlines may vary. Lines close at midnight tonight. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO VOTE IF YOU ARE WATCHING ON DEMAND.

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The People's Millions - Day Three

Voting is underway in The People's Millions competition Credit: ITV News West Country

Lines are now open for day three of voting in The People’s Millions competition. Today in the West Country Freedom 2 goes head to head with Scoot-a-Boat.

A grant of up to £50,000 is up for grabs for the winner. The other project is still in with a chance of winning National Lottery cash if it gets the highest number of runner-up votes.

Details of how to vote here for terms see here

The People’s Millions is a long-running collaboration between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund. We want to help projects that capture the public’s imagination, inspire local people to get involved and to make a lasting difference to those in their area through improvements to the neighbourhood.

The People's Millions

Voting has started in this year's People's Millions competition Credit: ITV News West Country

Lines are now open for day one of voting in The People’s Millions competition. Today in the West Country Acorn To Oak goes head to head with Search & Rescue Drone.

A grant of up to £50,000 is up for grabs for the winner. The other project is still in with a chance of winning National Lottery cash if it gets the highest number of runner-up votes.

Details of how to vote here for terms see here

The People’s Millions is a long-running collaboration between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund. We want to help projects that capture the public’s imagination, inspire local people to get involved and to make a lasting difference to those in their area through improvements to the neighbourhood.

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Rise in people afraid of becoming homeless

The homelessness charity Shelter says it has seen a surge in people in the region getting in touch who are worried about losing their homes.

It has dealt with more than 4,500 calls over the the last year.

The charity is now appealing for support for its helpline.

More people in the South West are afraid of becoming homeless Credit: ITV News

Christmas money worries for 1 in 4

More than a quarter of people in our region are worried about how they will afford Christmas this year, according to a new survey.

The Money Advice Service says almost a third of us will turn to credit cards to help fund our celebrations, while 1 in 25 will take out a payday loan.

It is urging shoppers to plan their festive spending carefully, including making a budget, comparing online and high street shops and looking for special offers.

Christmas shoppers should spend wisely Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Environment Agency criticised over flood spending

A new report has criticised the amount of money being spent on some flooding projects by the Environment Agency.

According to the National Audit Office, many schemes are only being maintained to a 'minimal level' because they only protect a few homes.

The Agency has defended its record, insisting it is making record levels of investment.

Dredging begins on the River Parrett, near Burrowbridge in Somerset, where the area suffered flooding. Credit: PA

Holiday of a lifetime for South West children

It's the trip of a lifetime for children with serious illnesses and disabilities - every year the charity Dreamflight takes nearly 200 youngsters to Orlando in Florida, where they visit theme parks and go swimming with dolphins. Among them are children from Dorset and Somerset.

Forget VIPs, they're known as VICs - 'Very Important Children'. Our reporter Lauren Hall went with them to find out how they got on.

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