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Postcode lottery decides your good or bad life chances

A report on social mobility suggests that where you live has a huge impact on your future. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new report has highlighted a stark postcode lottery across the Anglia region in your chances of getting on in life.

The State of the Nation report on social mobility suggests that where you live has a huge impact on your future.

Rural, coastal and former industrial areas are said to offer some of the most limited opportunities - with lower pay and fewer top jobs.

Corby in Northamptonshire comes fourth worst in the country with Wellingborough's at seventh and Waveney in Suffolk at 11th from bottom.

East Hertfordshire and neighbouring Uttlesford in Essex are among the best areas - near the top of the table at 14th and 20th respectively.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Byrd who has been to Corby

Memories of the brick makers who re-built Britain after the war

A history project has been started to record the memories of brick makers who came from Italy to work in Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

After the Second World War thousands of Italian men came to Britain to take up jobs in the brickworks around Bedford. They came to work in brickworks like the one at Stewartby which closed in 2008

Many stayed and made new lives for themselves in the area.

The John Bunyan Museum in Bedford has launched a project to record the memories of those workers who came from Italy and other nations - and made the bricks used to re-build Britain after the war.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

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Jobs at risk as insurance firm considers future of Norwich call centre

180 jobs could go at Swinton's Norwich call centre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Almost 200 jobs could go at a call centre in Norwich.

It comes as the Swinton Group announced plans to reshape its business model - putting more than 900 jobs at risk across the country.

The firm is investing £45m in enhanced IT and digital technology at its new head office and contact centre in Manchester.

The move means 84 branches are under review nationally as well as the call centre in Rosary Road, Norwich, which employs 183 people.

Swinton will now begin a formal consultation with all employees impacted by the proposals.

Where possible, affected staff will be deployed into other parts of the business.

Ever since Swinton started selling insurance door-to-door 60 years ago, this business has always evolved - first via branches, then contact centres and increasingly online. Our approach today, which is based on a high contact strategy, no longer meets our customers’ needs.

While branches continue to be an important part of our multi-channel business model, we need to ensure that we can interact with customers whenever, and however, they choose.

It therefore makes sense to continually review how we operate to ensure Swinton remains fit for the future.

– Gilles Normand, Chief Executive of Swinton
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