The housing market in the South West is now booming thanks to a boost in the economy and a number of Government incentives.
Figures out today show there's been a small rise in the number of people out of work across the South West - despite a fall nationally
New figures from OFSTED claims more and more children in the south west are going to schools rated as 'good' or 'outstanding' schools
One in four parents in the South West are too embarrassed to ask for advice about money problems.
Research by the charity Action for Children found that 26% would put off seeking financial advice, compared to a national average of 20%.
Action for Children provide free money management courses at their centres around the West Country and say there's no shame in asking for help.
Kate Haskell has Tuesday's forecast:
Manali Lukha has Thursday's forecast for the region:
House prices in the South West will jump 7% next year, according to a new forecast from property experts, RICS.
It says there is increasing demand but also a shortage of new properties coming on to the market. It claims the cost of renting the home will rise by 2%
The south west's small farmers are hoping for good news on grants today.
The government is expected to switch more money from the European Common Agricultural Policy to grants for looking after the landscape and wildlife.
The south west gets more money than any other region for so-called environmental stewardship schemes.
45,000 people in our region use foodbanks according to the Trussell Trust charity, which runs food donation programmes across the south west. The situation is being debated in the House of Commons today, 18 December.
OFSTED’s first-ever South West annual report says the proportion of good or outstanding schools in the region has increased. But
But it says that children from poorer backgrounds are not doing well enough.
Bradley Simmons is Regional Director for the South West at OFSTED and says in more affluent areas, as well as in more economically deprived communities, pupils eligible for free school meals do not achieve as well as their peers.