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Tesco to cut 1,700 shop floor jobs

BBC Beds Bucks Herts - 3 hours 59 min ago
The UK's biggest supermarket aims to make £1.5bn in cost savings by 2020.

Berkshire mum fakes road camera to tackle speeding cars

BBC Berkshire - 4 hours 4 min ago
A concerned mum in a West Berkshire village takes the law into her own hands.
Categories: Berkshire

Partick Thistle

Dorset BBC News Feed - 4 hours 5 min ago
Partick Thistle
Categories: Dorset

Lorry driver crashes into side of Halesowen house

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - 4 hours 8 min ago
Witnesses told paramedics the lorry driver had suffered "a medical episode" before the crash.
Categories: Birmingham

Work to strip cladding from Oxford tower blocks begins

BBC Oxford - 4 hours 16 min ago
Cladding on the Windrush and Evenlode towers in Oxford is being replaced after failing fire tests.
Categories: Oxford

Bristol City v Manchester City

BBC Manchester - 4 hours 18 min ago
Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's EFL Cup game between Bristol City and Manchester City.
Categories: Manchester

Bristol City v Manchester City

Bristol BBC NewsFeed - 4 hours 18 min ago
Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's EFL Cup game between Bristol City and Manchester City.
Categories: Bristol

Monday: Light Rain, Minimum Temperature: 8°C (46°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 4 hours 19 min ago
Minimum Temperature: 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 9mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1013mb, Humidity: 73%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunset: 16:39 GMT
Categories: Portsmouth

Tuesday: Thick Cloud, Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F) Minimum Temperature: 11°C (52°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 4 hours 19 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F), Minimum Temperature: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 17mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1016mb, Humidity: 97%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:53 GMT, Sunset: 16:40 GMT
Categories: Portsmouth

Wednesday: Heavy Rain, Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F) Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 4 hours 19 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 12°C (54°F), Minimum Temperature: 7°C (45°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 19mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1008mb, Humidity: 88%, UV Risk: 1, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:52 GMT, Sunset: 16:42 GMT
Categories: Portsmouth

Bafta-nominated actor in court over Faversham pub 'fake gun' charge

BBC Kent - 4 hours 20 min ago
John McEnery, the ex-husband of Stephanie Beacham, is facing a second imitation firearm charge.
Categories: Kent

Lords examines Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill

Parliament News - 4 hours 25 min ago
Parental responsibility and government reports on agenda
Categories: Parliamentary News

Planning referendum in Crick this week (22-01-18)

Daventry Council News Feed - 4 hours 27 min ago
Crick residents will go to the polls this week to decide whether they agree with the proposed neighbourhood development plan for their area.
Categories: Daventry

Brownhills stabbing: Mylee Billingham headmaster says school 'numb'

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - 4 hours 38 min ago
A 54-year-old man arrested over eight-year-old Mylee's death is understood to be her father.
Categories: Birmingham

Former England captain Jimmy Armfield dies aged 82

BBC Lancashire - 4 hours 42 min ago
Footballer and broadcaster Jimmy Armfield, who captained England 15 times, has died from cancer.
Categories: Lancashire

Princess Eugenie to marry boyfriend Jack Brooksbank

BBC Berkshire - 4 hours 49 min ago
Her marriage to Jack Brooksbank will take place at St George's Chapel, Windsor, in the autumn.
Categories: Berkshire

Major boost for waterfront regeneration

Hartlepool Council - 4 hours 52 min ago
THE regeneration of Hartlepool Waterfront has received a major boost with the announcement of a series of interim development projects.
Categories: Hartlepool

New approach will tackle rogue landlords and drive up standards of private rentals in Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - 5 hours 7 min ago

A strategy to drive better quality homes for residents in the private rented sector in Cornwall, by proposing the effective use of new enforcement powers, is currently being set out in a consultation by Cornwall Council.

With the delivery of more affordable housing and improved quality of privately rented homes being two of the Council’s key priorities, the new proposals acknowledge the growing demand for private sector accommodation in Cornwall and are designed to ensure that people who rent privately are getting value for money and can live safely.

There are currently upwards of 40,000 properties which make up the private sector rental market in Cornwall and a growing number of families with young children living in privately rented homes.

With an estimated 50% of accommodation in the private rented sector in Cornwall currently failing to meet the Government’s Decent Home Standard, the new strategy focuses on key areas for improvement, including:

  • Considering new forms of property licensing to regulate and improve standards in shared and single occupation properties, where they fall short
  • Working with landlords to improve the 4,500+ privately rented properties in Cornwall known to be poorly insulated and therefore very expensive to heat
  • Embracing new powers, such as banning orders and piloting compulsory purchase to tackle the worst landlords who continue to provide poor quality housing and place tenants at risk of harm
  • Creating better opportunities to widen access to private sector rented accommodation to those in the most housing need
  • Beefing up the existing Cornwall Responsible Landlords Scheme so that it helps more landlords comply with the raft of complex laws and regulations that apply to owning and managing rented homes.

In addition, to support the new strategy, new enforcement powers will see fines of up to £30k for landlords who break the law, and proposed increases of licensing fees for multiple occupation dwellings to fully reflect the true cost of delivery.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes, Andrew Mitchell said: “Private sector rentals are the backbone of a healthy and resilient housing market in Cornwall. The 40,000+ properties in Cornwall’s private rented sector perform a vital role in meeting the housing needs of thousands of Cornwall’s residents.

“At their best, landlords in this sector provide safe secure and comfortable accommodation that meets the expectations of tenants who live there.

“We want to work with these landlords to share best practise, in order to drive up the standards where accommodation falls below expectations or in some cases is unsafe or illegal.

“Safe, affordable housing is a key priority for Cornwall Council and this new strategy will help us to address the significant challenges and drive up standards in this vital area.

“The consultation on the new strategy is aimed primarily at landlords, tenants and key stakeholders in the private rental sector, ends on 23 February 2018. We want as wide a range of views as possible. It’s in everybody’s interests to shape a strategy that works for the sector and the many people who rely on it.”

Story posted on 22 January 2018

Categories: Cornwall

Ex-Corrie actress turns sex photo hack into 'positive thing'

BBC Worcestershire - 5 hours 12 min ago
The former Coronation Street actress Melissa Johns says she wants to turn her experience of having intimate photos leaked into a positive one.
Categories: Worcestershire