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Protests over train fares set to take place across Yorkshire

Protests will take place at train stations across Yorkshire today after it was revealed fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages since the recession.

Rail unions will hand protest Christmas cards to commuters at stations including Doncaster, Leeds and Hull.

It comes as the TUC's Action for Rail campaigners revealed between 2008 and 2012 average rail fares increased by 26.6 per cent, with average wages rising by just 9.6 per cent over the same period.

The Association of Train Operating Companies announced a 3.9 per cent increase in average prices last week, with some fares set to rise by as much as 10 per cent from January.

Protests over planned cuts to disability benefits

Protests have taken place this morning in Hull, Sheffield and Leeds today over planned cuts to disability benefits.

Campaigners say a private firm employed by the Government to assess the sick and disabled is unfairly deciding some claimants are fit to work.

An ATOS spokesperson said: “We fully respect people’s right to peaceful protest and we understand this is a highly emotive issue.

“We do not make decisions on people’s benefit entitlement or on welfare policy but we will continue to make sure that service that we provide is as highly professional and compassionate as it can be.

"We do this through a constant programme of training and education for our staff, a rigorous recruitment process for healthcare professionals and through continual work with the Government, disability rights groups, healthcare professionals and those going through the process on the ground.”


Protests over disability benefit cuts

Protests in Hull Credit: ITV Calendar

Protests are taking place today in Hull, Sheffield and Leeds over planned cuts to disability benefits.

Campaigners say the private firm ATOS, which is employed by the Government to assess the sick and disabled, is unfairly deciding many are fit to work and should lose their welfare cheques.

Protests against ATOS are being organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to coincide with the opening of the Paralympic Games in London.