South West housing market improving

The housing market in the South West is now booming thanks to a boost in the economy and a number of Government incentives.

Increase in unemployed in SW

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

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SW parents embarrassed by finances

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.

Action for Children found that 26% of parents in the SW would put off seeking financial advice. Credit: PA

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House prices to rise

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%

House prices in the South West are forecast to rise by 7% in 2014 Credit: ITV News West Country

Hopes for EU farming grants

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.

The south west's small farmers are hoping for good news on grants today. Credit: ITV News West Country
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