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Cash boost for Coventry and Warwickshire projects

Three big projects in Coventry and Warwickshire will be boosted by a cash sum of over £21 million through the Local Enterprise Partnership.

The CW LEP has been granted about £24.4 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, which has now been approved and is ready to spend.

The cash will be allocated to three areas – access to finance, support for strategic companies and for help with infrastructure and large projects.

Three key projects have been picked to get funding. The Friargate scheme planned for the area around Coventry Station will receive £12.7 million; Junction 12 of the M40 will get £3 million, while an extra £6 million will be given for road transport upgrades north of Jaguar’s global headquarters.


European cash for better broadband in Nottinghamshire

Plans to start superfast broadband speeds to bolster industry could go further and faster after Nottinghamshire County Council got an extra £2.7m in European funding for the Nottinghamshire Broadband Plan.

The European Regional Development Fund money will benefit business premises which have little or no broadband access at the moment.

It increases the overall public sector investment in superfast broadband in Notts to £10.5m.

The extra funding will most likely mean the Nottinghamshire Broadband Plan will now exceed the Government’s national target for 90% of premises to have access to superfast broadband speeds by the end of 2015.

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Derby clears name of woman vilified for PM murder plot

Alice Wheeldon plaque Credit: ITV News Central

The city of Derby is today taking a first step towards rehabilitating a woman vilified for almost a century for plotting to murder the Prime Minister.

The city council will today unveil a blue plaque in honour of peace activist Alice Wheeldon.

Alice, a 50-year-old shopkeeper who lived in Pear Tree Road, was found guilty of planning to poison David Lloyd George in 1917.

Sentenced to 10 years, she was released after nine months due to ill-health from hunger strikes.

But she never recovered fully and died in 1919.

Her family and supporters believe the Government framed her because of her radical anti-war beliefs and support for conscientious objectors during World War One.


Cash transactions for metal recycling scrapped

Sorting scrap metal Credit: PA Pictures

Cash transactions for scrap metal weighed in at recycling plants will be scrapped today.

It's in a bid to crack down on cable theft that's been plaguing the railway industry for years.

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act has been amended to close loopholes that allows criminals to weigh their stolen scrap metal in, for cash.

Incidents of cable theft have dropped from more than 2,600 in 2011 to under 1,300 so far this year, but it is still considered high compared to recent years.

Under the change, all cash transactions for metal at recycling yards across the country will be outlawed to get rid of the "cash-in-hand, no questions asked" culture.

Report: thousands of families missing out on free school meals

Thousands of the country's poorest families are missing out on free school meals and other subsidies. Credit: ITV Central

Thousands of the country's poorest families are missing out on free school meals and other subsidies.

That's according to researchers at the University of Birmingham which say schools are also losing out on Government payments to support the most disadvantaged.

Calls for government to freeze fuel duty

An East Midlands haulier is backing a national campaign calling for the Government to freeze the duty on fuel.

The Advance Group based at Melbourne in Derbyshire says it has had to cope with a large increase in its fuel bills.

It spends a hundred thousand pounds a year and bosses say they're being put at a disadvantage against foreign firms who don't have to pay as much.

Today the Tax Payer's Alliance started a new campaign to highlight the problem.

Freight Manager - Steve Hodson says after three years of recession prices have to be passed onot the customer. Credit: ITV Central

"We spend, as freight forwarders and export packers, over a hundred thousand pounds a year on fuel.

"Even a small one pence, two, three pence increase affects our total drastically. We can't absorb these.

"After three years of recession, we can't absord these prices. It has to be passed on to our customers."

  • Freight Manager - Steve Hodson
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