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South West firms set to take on new staff

The CBI says the outlook for job seekers in the south west is 'positive' Credit: PA

A survey says half of businesses in the south west expect to take on more staff this year - with job prospects for younger people also improving.

More than a hundred firms were questioned by the CBI. The organisation says the outlook for the year is 'positive'.

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Plans to stamp out illegal tobacco in South West

Campaign to stop sale of illegal tobacco in South West Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A new campaign gets underway today to stamp out the sale of illegal tobacco in the region

This comes after new figures show 8 out of 10 people in the South West think the product-often smuggled in and unregulated- is a danger to children.

As it is cheaper than normal tobacco, it's also believed to make it easier for children to start smoking.

Thousands of tax workers on strike across region

More than two thousand tax office workers are striking across the West Country today angry about proposed job cuts. The office in Barnstaple is one of those scheduled to close. It's the biggest in the region and thirty jobs are at risk.

Unions are staging walk-outs across the country this week. Twenty three tax offices are on the verge of closing.

Dartmouth Lower Ferry enters digital age

Dartmouth Lower Ferry enters digital age Credit: ITV News West Country

Dartmouth Lower Ferry will today begin offering customers a new digital card for ferry crossings. It's expected to speed up the ticketing process and can be scanned through a car's windscreen. Anyone who still has paper tickets will still be able to use them until they run out.

League fixtures out today

The West Country's league teams find out who they'll be playing and when next season later today. The league fixtures are out this morning and fans will keen to see when those crucial west country derbies are scheduled for. The opening day of the season is Saturday August 9th.

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Capital One Cup fixtures announced today

The World Cup may be in full swing in Brazil, but the domestic season moves a small step closer today as our local teams find out who'll they'll play in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Ties will be played during week beginning the eleventh of August. The draw is split between northern and southern sections. League fixtures will be released on Wednesday.

Survey says house prices have gone up in region

House prices gone up Credit: Press Association

A new survey says house prices in the South West have gone up by more than 6 per cent in the last year.

That's according to the latest data from one estate agent.

According to Rightmove, in June 2013, the average cost of a house was just under £270,000. That's now risen to around £285,000-an increase of roughly £15,000.

Many people in region aren't aware of bowel cancer symptoms

Many people in region aren't aware of bowel cancer symptoms Credit: PA

A new survey indicates an alarming amount of ignorance about bowel cancer in the region. The report from Bowel Cancer West says nine out of ten adults they spoke to weren't aware of symptoms of the disease and were embarrassed to go the doctor. But early diagnosis is crucial to survival.

South West fisherman to receive extra funding

South West fisherman to receive extra funding from Europe Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The West Country's fishing industry is in line for an increase in funding from Europe - but the biggest rise will go to Scotland.

Fisheries minister (and Cornish MP) George Eustice has welcomed a deal in which Scottish fishermen and marine businesses will get a six per cent rise, against only one per cent for England. He says this is reflects the size of the industry and past take-up of the fund north of the border.

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