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Lloyds Bank to 'foot the bill' for cashpoint giveaway

Lloyds Bank have said customers who wrongly received extra cash at a cashpoint in Mansfield Woodhouse yesterday, will not be made to give the money back.

Instead, they will pay the difference themselves.

The cashpoint has since been closed, but not before up to sixty people started queueing for the machine...

A spokesperson for the bank said today that an investigation into what went wrong was ongoing:

"It is unclear how much money is involved but we are aware that incorrect amounts were being dispensed. Customers will not have these taken from their accounts, Lloyds will foot the bill."

Up to sixty people began queueing to use the the cash-point after word quickly spread that it was giving out free money...

The cashpoint remains out of service.


Faulty cashpoint pays out money on demand to public

Customers at a Lloyds Bank branch got an unexpected windfall when a cashpoint started giving out free money.

Up to sixty people began queueing to use the the cash-point after word quickly spread that it was giving out free money...

The hole-in-the-wall in in Mansfield Woodhouse, developed a fault yesterday morning that resulted in it spewing out incorrect amounts of cash on demand.

Eye witnesses say that as word got round, up to 60 people were queuing to use the machine.

A customer reported the problem at lunchtime and Lloyds Bank finally closed down the cash point around 3.20pm in the afternoon.

One in 4 rural households living in fuel poverty

A pensioner suffering from fuel poverty Credit: Age UK

A report out today reveals that up to a quarter of rural Yorkshire households are living in fuel poverty

The Rural VCS Policy Group highlights shocking figures that a quarter of households in particular areas within Yorkshire are living in fuel poverty.

The districts with the highest score in terms of fuel poverty include Hambleton (20.6%); Scarborough (22.7%); Craven (23.6%); Richmondshire (24.3%) and Ryedale (26%).

According to Age UK, health issues associated with fuel poverty cost the NHS £1.36bn annually across the UK.

A pensioner suffering from fuel poverty Credit: Age UK

Children and young people and the elderly are most affected by fuel poverty. Living in a cold home more than doubles a child's chances of suffering respiratory problems like asthma, and teenagers are four times more likely to suffer mental health problems.

Older people living in cold homes are at higher risk of death and illnesses like heart and respiratory disease, and older people are three times more likely to die in the winter in a cold home as in a warm one.

Judy Robinson, chief executive at Involve Yorkshire & Humber, said: "Fuel poverty in rural areas has a detrimental impact on the health and well being of residents. Voluntary organisations can support people to find alternatives.'"_

Rural areas make up 81% of the Yorkshire and Humber region. _Fuel costs in rural areas are often higher than in urban areas but incomes are lower.

Households in rural areas are at a much greater risk of being classed as being fuel poor due to the age and type of homes people live in. 56% of homes in rural areas are in the lowest energy efficiency bracket, compared with just 7% in urban areas.

Simon Bowens, Friends of the Earth, said: "Identifying sources of heating that remove communities away from fossil fuels is to be recommended, fossil fuel prices will in the long term increase, further compounding the issues around fuel poverty and the health problems associated. _

"Where appropriate bio mass boilers, ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and hydro schemes should all be explored in the remoter rural areas especially as part of community-led planning for new development."

One in a million: New artwork on show in Beverley

Artist Leonard J Brown has created a sculpture of out one million pounds Credit: Calendar

Artist Leonard J Brown has created a sculpture of out one million pounds worth of bank notes. Her name is Eleanor Ridgy and depicts the poor and rich. It took him six months to build and £300,000 make up her chest alone. She is on display at Beverley Art gallery until 17th October.

Taxpayer-owned railway earns £208m

Train on the East Coast Main Line Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The nationalised railway company operating the East Coast main line , which runs through the Calendar region, has returned £208.7 million to taxpayers as revenues soared, fuelling the debate over plans to return it to private hands.

Directly Operated Railways (DOR), which took over the running of the key London-Scotland route four years ago, saw the figure increase by 6.6% in the year to the end of March.

Turnover increased 4.2% to £693.8 million while total sales were up by 4.2%, including ticket revenues, as well as catering and car parks.

The figures reignited the debate about the Government's intention to re-privatise the line - with a new franchise expected to start in February 2015.

Labour and rail unions have questioned the need for re-privatisation, arguing that DOR is returning a high level of money to the Department of Transport and receives a lower taxpayer subsidy than others.

Last week it was announced that Channel Tunnel high-speed company Eurostar was bidding to operate the route jointly with French firm Keolis. The successful bidder is expected to be announced in February 2015.


Council gets cash back from Icelandic investment

A further payment of £31,500 has been received by East Lindsey District Council, from Administrators of the Icelandic Bank Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander. In total the Council has now got back £3,223,185 of it’s original £4m investment in three Icelandic Banks that went into Administration.

The Council was one of more than 50 Local Authorities across the country affected by the collapse in 2008.

Portfolio Holder for Finance at the Council, Councillor John Upsall, said: “ We will continue to work closely with the Local Government Association to ensure we fight as hard as possible for every penny to be returned to this District.”

Lottery money helps wheelchair tag rugby club

More than 100 projects and good causes across Yorkshire and the Humber have been awarded a share of £1 million in the latest round of lottery funding.

In total, 120 projects in the region have shared the money from the Big Lottery Fund's (Big) Awards For All scheme. They are among 796 projects across the country which will share a total of £6,327,183.

In Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, the Halifax Wheelchair Tag Rugby League Club was awarded £8,000 to establish a wheelchair cheerleading group. The group will give local young disabled people the chance to get involved in a fun, new activity and they will perform at the rugby team's games.

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