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Good evening. A charity in Worcestershire which offers zero
interest loans to people struggling financially says demand is growing
so much it's just opened another office in neighbouring Shropshire.
The "No Interest Loan Scheme" in Tenbury Wells provides an
alternative to payday lenders or loan sharks for local residents who
can't get credit elsewhere. Nadine Towell reports.
When Graham Gordon had a stroke 14 years ago he was no longer able to
work. His wife Gail gave up her job to care for him, and suddenly the
couple went from having two incomes to living on benefits. The things
that we needed, you don't expect things to break down and things you
need to make things easier to Galway, and we found it very very
hard. So when their washing machine stopped working they simply couldn't
afford a new one. But a local charity which offers a zero interest
loan scheme proved to be their lifeline. And it's a resource
they've turned to on several occasions. Also, my cooker, we lived
in here and my sister gave me a cooker 14 years ago, and it was
really good. It lasted, but it came to the end of it stay they could not
afford a new one, so we went to No Interest Loan Scheme and they gave
us the money to get the cooker. The Tenbury "No Interest Loan Scheme",
or NILS, offers emergency funds to local people who can't get loans
elsewhere. It helps to pay for essential items like appliances and
school uniforms. There are lots of unscrupulous lenders out there, and
we are an alternative. People come to us knowing they are not charged
any interest. It is a place for poor people to come to us, people who
have usually financially excluded, but we all about financial
inclusion. The scheme operating here in Tenbury is though to be the only
one of it's kind in the country and is proving so popular they've opened
up a new office in Ludlow. The project is proving so popular they
are opening up a new office. Back at home with the Gordons, a working
washing machine which is now fully paid for. They say this scheme makes
living on a low budget just that little bit easier.
A teenager's been charged in connection with the stabbing of a
man in Birmingham. The 17` year`old's accused of causing
grievous bodily harm. It follows the stabbing of a 24`year`old man in
Erdington last week. He remains in a critical condition in hospital with
what police have described as "life`threatening injuries".
Demonstrators have staged a protest against plans to build thousands of
new homes which they say will ruin their Warwickshire village. The
group, from Long Marston, drove to Stratford`upon`Avon to urge
councillors to vote against the proposals. Our reporter Holly Lewis
was there. People who live in Long Marston say
building 3,500 houses on the nearby airfield will lead to gridlock. And
today they set out to prove their point by driving in convoy into
Stratford. We have moved here from London. We moved to a rural area,
and we don't want the character of the area to change. What is being
proposed as monolithic, not appropriate. This area is one of the
main attractions of this entire country, and you want to make it
like a suburb? You're killing the goose that lays the golden egg. The
campaigners say the development would increase local traffic
sevenfold. But a housing shortage means Stratford`upon`Avon District
Council has to build around 10,000 new homes over the next 15 years.
And they have to go somewhere. The houses are to be near where the jobs
are. And the fact is that most jobs are north of the River Avon. This is
a big settlement, south of the River Avon, and people are going to have
to get into their cars and drive to work. The development is one of five
options currently under discussion by Stratford district Council. It is
believed to be their second choice, the first choice being a development
at Aden. A final decision on a site for the first phase of development
is expected to be made in the middle of May.
About 100 people have signed up as volunteers on the Severn Valley
Railway following a recent recruitment drive. The railway
already has a team of more than 1,200 working on the line. The
latest recruits will help drive the trains, staff the booking office and
work in the carriages. It attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year.
Onto the day's football results, and in the Championship, Birmingham City
are just one place above the relegation zone after they lost 4`2
to Blackburn at St Andrews. In League One, Wolves go up as
Champions after beating Leyton Orient 3`1 in the lunchtime
kick`off. Elsewhere it ended goalless between Coventry and
Oldham. Shrewsbury look destined for relegation after they lost 5`2 away
at Preston. It finished 1`0 to Rotherham over Port Vale. And
Walsall drew 1`1 with Gillingham. In League Two Cheltenham won 2`0 at
Mansfield, Jamie Cureton with both goals. And Burton Albion drew 1`1 at
Newport. Finally at the foot of the
Conference, Tamworth won three`two at Dartford. Hereford United's fight
for survival will go to the final game off the season after their 3`2
win over Alfreton. Kidderminster versus Nuneaton ended goalless. How
about the weather? What is to come? It was a beautiful day today, high
of 17, 18 Celsius, down to amass of warm air wafting in from Europe. But
this is going to be pushed to one side because of a change in wind
direction in the next few days. The outcome of that is cooler conditions
and a few showers as well. We have had reports of hefty thundery
showers developing across the and Oxfordshire border. There will also
be showers across the northern half of the region as well. Overall, it
is murky" he tonight, lows of nine to 10 Celsius. Sharers will ease,
but it is going to be wetter than today. In between we will see
sunshine developing. Not quite as warm as today, 14, 15 Celsius. More
rain on Wednesday and further showers after that.
That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at 10pm with your next
update. Have a great evening. Goodbye.