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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Kids from poorer backgrounds not doing well enough

The report said pass rates of children from poorer backgrounds are 'well adrift' from national pass rates Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Too many children and young people from poorer backgrounds in the South West are not doing well enough according to a report from Ofsted.

The report said despite the increase in 'good' or 'outstanding' schools in the region, pass rates of children from low income families are much lower than the national pass rates.

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First report on SW education standards

School inspectors are to publish their first-ever report on education standards in the South West later this morning.

The Ofsted report will say that too many children are not doing well enough despite the growing number of good or outstanding schools in the region.

It will also compare the performances of individual local authorities.

School inspectors are to publish their first-ever report on education standards in the South West

Restaurant Academy bucking the jobs trend

Unemployment across the UK fell today to its lowest level for three years. But here in the South West it went up - again.

Numbers rose by 11,000 between July and September. That puts the total number of people out of work across the region at 173,000 or 6.4% of the population.

At a time when many businesses are losing staff, the Restaurant Academy in Plymouth is bucking the trend. It's been set up to help the long-term unemployed get back into work.

As Jeff Welch reports.

Rise in jobless

The South West had the biggest increase in unemployment in Britain between July and September. Jobless figures saw an increase of 11,000, putting the unemployment rate at 6.4%.

Apprenticeship schemes are trying to ease the problem across our region.

A new restaurant academy in Plymouth is helping young people to get into the hospitality industry. Daniel Dean is a trainee chef there.

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Clear up takes place after storms hit the region

The West Country is clearing up after a night of heavy rain and damaging winds, the strongest gusts in our region were recorded at Yeovilton in Somerset at 75 miles per hour.

Although it was not as bad as first feared, the storm still brought down trees, in some cases damaging properties.

The high winds and rain also meant trains were cancelled and widespread disruption for Monday morning commuters, Seth Conway reports.

Cattle struggle to find fields after river floods in Devon

Cattle in East Devon are struggling to find fields either side of the river Culm after the river burst its banks following the storm.

Water surrounds the cow in Devon fields Credit: veggiesoup4thesoul@gmail.com
Cows struggle to find grass through the water Credit: veggiesoup4thesoul@gmail.com
A lone cow in the water in Devon Credit: veggiesoup4thesoul@gmail.com
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