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Reading council votes to build 'homeless hub'

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Councillors in Reading have tonight voted to build its own local temporary accommodation for the homeless.

The so-called 'homeless hub', its argued, will save money instead of putting people in expensive BNB's, sometimes as far away as Slough.

The council is looking to save a further £11 million over the next three years.

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Kids make film to fight Oxfordshire Children's Centres cuts

Clip from animation by two children fighting cuts

A family in Oxfordshire desperate to save children's services from closure, has come up with a novel way of getting their message across.

Lucy Marshall, aged 11, and her 8-year-old brother Oliver, have made their own animated film.

Their children's local authority is trying to save around £290 million pounds from its budget. In this time of austerity, some services are going to have to be cut or reduced over the next few years, and children's services are facing an uncertain future.


Ark Royal will be recycled - MOD statement

HMS Ark Royal as she awaits her fate at Portsmouth Naval Base. Credit: PA

Plans to preserve the legacy of the Royal Navy’s Invincible Class aircraft carriers have been outlined by the Ministry of Defence.

Invincible, Illustrious and Ark Royal came into service in the early 1980s and have spent the last thirty years protecting the UK’s interests across the world.

The last of the ships to be decommissioned, HMS Illustrious, is due to retire in 2014 and the MoD is seeking proposals from organisations interested in preserving her as a lasting tribute.

The 31 year old HMS Ark Royal was withdrawn from service last year, following the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The MoD can announce today that she will also be recycled as part of a £2.9 million deal with Leyal, the same company responsible for recycling Invincible in 2011.

Work will be carried out over the winter to enable her to travel from Portsmouth to Turkey, where she will be recycled.

Philip Dunne, of the MOD, said: “HMS Ark Royal, like her sister ships, served this country with great distinction. Retiring her five years earlier than planned was a difficult decision but it was the right one that, combined with her sale, has saved over £100 million."

Ark Royal decision 'difficult but necessary'

HMS Ark Royal Credit: PA

Former Navy flagship HMS Ark Royal will be sold on as scrap metal for £3 million as part of a move that the Ministry of Defence has described as "difficult but necessary".

An announcement in Parliament today is expected to reveal the details of the deal after the vessel was decommissioned in 2010 five years ahead of its expected sell-by date.

The decision comes following a bidding process which included proposals to turn the 22,000-ton ship into a helipad on the Thames, a museum, a hotel, a casino or a diving wreck off the South coast.

Last year HMS Invincible was also sold to a Turkish scrap metal firm as part of the MoD's drive to get its finances in order.


Former Royal Navy flagship "to be sold as scrap metal"

HMS Ark Royal sails into Portsmouth for the final time in December 2010 Credit: PA

It's been reported that an announcement is expected in Parliament tomorrow revealing that the former Navy flagship, HMS Ark Royal will be sold as scrap metal for £3million.

The ship was decommissioned in 2010, five years ahead of schedule and has been in Portsmouth harbour ever since.

On the deck of HMS Ark Royal Credit: PA

The light aircraft carrier led the British fleet during the Iraq invasion after leading the fleet in the Adriatic during the Bosnian War.

HMS Ark Royal Credit: PA
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