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North East unemployment rate rises

Credit: PA

Unemployment in the region is up by 3,000 to 98,000 between May and July.

7.5% of people in the North East over the age of 16 are currently out of work.

The North East still has the highest number of unemployed people in the country.

North East unemployment rate.
National unemployment rate.


  • Unemployment has fallen by 39,000 to 1.63 million between May and July, official figures showed.
  • The number of people on the claimant count in August increased by 2,400 to 771,000, the Office for National Statistics said.
  • Average earnings increased by 2.3% in the year to July, 0.2% down on the previous month.

Shoe store Brantano goes into administration

Credit: Brantano

More jobs could be at risk after footware store Brantano announced it's to go into administration.

There are eight stores across the North East employing 85 people.

The administrators say Brantano has been hit hard by the change in consumers' shopping habits and the changing retail environment.

The company is a value shoe retailer operating 140 stores and 60 concessions across the UK and employs around 2,000 staff.

Pricewaterhousecoopers (PWC) have been appointed as joint administrators of Brantano Limited.

The administrators are continuing to trade the businesses as normal whilst we assess the trading strategy over the coming days and weeks. Staff will be paid their arrears of wages and salaries, and will continue to be paid for their work during the Administration.”


Around The House: the new world of private pensions

Anyone planning for retirement - or just about to retire - will still be taking in the monumental changes to private pensions announced in the Budget.

Teesside Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop and North Yorkshire Conservative Anne McIntosh joined Helen Ford to discuss the reforms, on this month's political programme from Westminster:

The next edition of Around The House is on Thursday 15th May.


Around The House: treatment decisions for the NHS

The new head of the NHS began his task with a visit to our region this week.

Our political programme Around The House looked at one of the most sensitive subjects facing the health service: how to decide on the prescribing of treatments, while ensuring the best use of resources.

Helen Ford and a panel of MPs discussed the proposed guidelines, which have just gone out to consultation:

The next edition of Around The House is on Thursday 15th May.

Around The House: Tonight at 11:40pm

Topical debate from Westminster with the region's MPs Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

On this week's Around The House, we debate the Chancellor's promise to work towards full employment. Helen Ford is joined by the Stockton South Conservative MP James Wharton, the Berwick Liberal Democrat Sir Alan Beith and the Labour MP for the City of Durham, Roberta Blackman-Woods.

We also explore the implications of radical changes to pensions. Are the consequences of the Coalition's reform plans any clearer?

Join Helen and her guests tonight at 11:40pm

Pensions: How will the Budget changes affect us?

Experts are still poring over the radical reforms to private pensions, announced in the Budget.

Ending the legal requirement to buy an annuity - which provides a guaranteed income for life - is a landmark change, allowing individuals to use their pension pot as they wish.

On tonight's Around The House, Helen Ford talks to Teesside Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop and North Yorkshire Conservative Anne McIntosh, and asks how people will be encouraged to manage their retirement income:

You can see the full interview on Around The House tonight, Thursday 3 April, at 11.40pm on ITV.

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