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Hundreds of South West students join national protest

Hundreds of students from the West are heading to London today (4 November) to take part in a demonstration calling for free education.

The protesters are angry about the Government scrapping Maintenance Grants, its plans to raise tuition fees and slashing support for disabled students.

Around 10 thousand people attended a similar rally last year:

The student protests in 2014 Credit: ITV News

Under the plans, student grants, available to undergraduates from low income families, will be replaced by loans, in a shake-up of education funding. Critics say it could put the poorest students off attending university.

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Unemployment falls in the South West

There was good news on the jobs front today with unemployment in our region falling once again. New figures reveal the south west is one of the best places in the country to find work, second only to the South East.

But concern still surrounds the struggles facing young people - especially those without qualifications or training. Richard Payne reports.

Bristol students positive about job prospects

Students about to graduate in the South West say they're confident about their chances of getting a job. It comes after the South West had the biggest fall in unemployment in the country last month. New job figures are expected to be announced later today.

It's thought an increase in work based learning will give new graduates a better chance of getting employment.

William Richardson, a graphic design student, is excited for the challenges ahead:-

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