21/04/2014 Midlands Today


21/04/2014

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Good evening. A charity in That's it.

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Good evening. A charity in Worcestershire which offers zero

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interest loans to people struggling financially says demand is growing

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so much it's just opened another office in neighbouring Shropshire.

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The "No Interest Loan Scheme" in Tenbury Wells provides an

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alternative to payday lenders or loan sharks for local residents who

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can't get credit elsewhere. Nadine Towell reports.

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When Graham Gordon had a stroke 14 years ago he was no longer able to

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work. His wife Gail gave up her job to care for him, and suddenly the

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couple went from having two incomes to living on benefits. The things

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that we needed, you don't expect things to break down and things you

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need to make things easier to Galway, and we found it very very

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hard. So when their washing machine stopped working they simply couldn't

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afford a new one. But a local charity which offers a zero interest

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loan scheme proved to be their lifeline. And it's a resource

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they've turned to on several occasions. Also, my cooker, we lived

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in here and my sister gave me a cooker 14 years ago, and it was

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really good. It lasted, but it came to the end of it stay they could not

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afford a new one, so we went to No Interest Loan Scheme and they gave

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us the money to get the cooker. The Tenbury "No Interest Loan Scheme",

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or NILS, offers emergency funds to local people who can't get loans

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elsewhere. It helps to pay for essential items like appliances and

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school uniforms. There are lots of unscrupulous lenders out there, and

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we are an alternative. People come to us knowing they are not charged

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any interest. It is a place for poor people to come to us, people who

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have usually financially excluded, but we all about financial

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inclusion. The scheme operating here in Tenbury is though to be the only

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one of it's kind in the country and is proving so popular they've opened

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up a new office in Ludlow. The project is proving so popular they

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are opening up a new office. Back at home with the Gordons, a working

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washing machine which is now fully paid for. They say this scheme makes

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living on a low budget just that little bit easier.

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A teenager's been charged in connection with the stabbing of a

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man in Birmingham. The 17` year`old's accused of causing

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grievous bodily harm. It follows the stabbing of a 24`year`old man in

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Erdington last week. He remains in a critical condition in hospital with

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what police have described as "life`threatening injuries".

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Demonstrators have staged a protest against plans to build thousands of

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new homes which they say will ruin their Warwickshire village. The

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group, from Long Marston, drove to Stratford`upon`Avon to urge

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councillors to vote against the proposals. Our reporter Holly Lewis

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was there. People who live in Long Marston say

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building 3,500 houses on the nearby airfield will lead to gridlock. And

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today they set out to prove their point by driving in convoy into

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Stratford. We have moved here from London. We moved to a rural area,

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and we don't want the character of the area to change. What is being

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proposed as monolithic, not appropriate. This area is one of the

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main attractions of this entire country, and you want to make it

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like a suburb? You're killing the goose that lays the golden egg. The

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campaigners say the development would increase local traffic

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sevenfold. But a housing shortage means Stratford`upon`Avon District

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Council has to build around 10,000 new homes over the next 15 years.

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And they have to go somewhere. The houses are to be near where the jobs

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are. And the fact is that most jobs are north of the River Avon. This is

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a big settlement, south of the River Avon, and people are going to have

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to get into their cars and drive to work. The development is one of five

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options currently under discussion by Stratford district Council. It is

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believed to be their second choice, the first choice being a development

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at Aden. A final decision on a site for the first phase of development

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is expected to be made in the middle of May.

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About 100 people have signed up as volunteers on the Severn Valley

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Railway following a recent recruitment drive. The railway

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already has a team of more than 1,200 working on the line. The

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latest recruits will help drive the trains, staff the booking office and

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work in the carriages. It attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year.

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Onto the day's football results, and in the Championship, Birmingham City

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are just one place above the relegation zone after they lost 4`2

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to Blackburn at St Andrews. In League One, Wolves go up as

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Champions after beating Leyton Orient 3`1 in the lunchtime

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kick`off. Elsewhere it ended goalless between Coventry and

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Oldham. Shrewsbury look destined for relegation after they lost 5`2 away

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at Preston. It finished 1`0 to Rotherham over Port Vale. And

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Walsall drew 1`1 with Gillingham. In League Two Cheltenham won 2`0 at

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Mansfield, Jamie Cureton with both goals. And Burton Albion drew 1`1 at

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Newport. Finally at the foot of the

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Conference, Tamworth won three`two at Dartford. Hereford United's fight

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for survival will go to the final game off the season after their 3`2

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win over Alfreton. Kidderminster versus Nuneaton ended goalless. How

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about the weather? What is to come? It was a beautiful day today, high

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of 17, 18 Celsius, down to amass of warm air wafting in from Europe. But

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this is going to be pushed to one side because of a change in wind

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direction in the next few days. The outcome of that is cooler conditions

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and a few showers as well. We have had reports of hefty thundery

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showers developing across the and Oxfordshire border. There will also

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be showers across the northern half of the region as well. Overall, it

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is murky" he tonight, lows of nine to 10 Celsius. Sharers will ease,

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but it is going to be wetter than today. In between we will see

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sunshine developing. Not quite as warm as today, 14, 15 Celsius. More

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rain on Wednesday and further showers after that.

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That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at 10pm with your next

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update. Have a great evening. Goodbye.

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