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Good evening. Nations
Hundreds of people have taken part in a march
in Shropshire over proposals to change education funding.
They claim the county could lose over ?13 million a year for schools,
but the Department of Education says overall funding would go up by 0.1%.
Organisers say more people than expected turned out
for the march in Shrewsbury today, such is the level of anger
at the proposed changes to school finances.
It was organised by unions and schools fearful of the future.
We live in the fifth richest country in the world and we're now cutting
education drastically, and it's just not right.
The Government says they are spending more
on education than ever, but the National Audit Office say
there'll be cuts of 8% per pupil over the next two years.
The Department for Education says it wants to end what is a postcode
lottery in school funding, and that Shropshire were actually
lottery in school funding, and that Shropshire will actually
figures not accepted by those protesting today.
I think what's happening to our schools is very poor.
And it's going to affect our children's and their
It'll affect the adult centre, the FE sector, and really
the implications of that for the whole of society will be
Medium and larger schools are the ones that are going to be
very hard hit by the proposed new funding formula,
and that means that for us, 45% of schools
negatively; 65% of pupils will be affected negatively.
The march ended with a rally in Quarry Park, and the Department
for Education says it's keen to listen to views during what is
now a consultation period, ending on March the 22nd.
The Care Quality Commission has said it will investigate after claims
were made in the Sun newspaper that two female staff at home care
company Caremark were selling sex chats,
and removing clothes for online viewers, while at work in Walsall.
Its Chief Executive says he is shocked by the allegations,
which appear to have taken place in an administrative office,
The owner of the local franchise says he's also shocked,
Police are appealing for help in tracing a 28-year-old Gloucester
Officers say they are concerned about Shane Marsden's welfare,
after he sent his family messages on Tuesday.
The CLA, which represents landowners in rural England and Wales,
has called for more legal action to prevent fly-tipping
In one of the latest incidents, a huge pile of rubbish was dumped
on Tuesday on land owned by the Enville Estate,
off the Bridgnorth Road near Stourbridge.
Managers say the Environment Agency is investigating, but it will cost
them at least ?10,000 to clear it up.
To sport now, and in the Premier League
West Bromwich Albion lost to Everton 3-0.
In the Championship a welcome win for Aston Villa,
Burton Albion won at home, beating Nottingham Forest 1-0.
Birmingham City drew against Cardiff City
1-1, while Wolves beat Rotherham United 1-0.
In League One, Walsall drew 1-1 against Charlton Athletic.
Shrewsbury Town also ended 1-1 in their match against Chesterfield,
but Coventry City lost 2-0 to Bradford City,
while Port Vale beat Swindon Town 3-2.
In League Two, Cheltenham Town went down to Doncaster Rovers 2-0.
Solihull Moors drew 3-3 at home to Braintree Town.
Bromsgrove Sporting drew 1-1 against Cleethorpes.
But Coleshill lost 2-1 to South Shields.
and here's Jennifer Bartram with the forecast.
A fairly mild night ahead, quite a lot of cloud around,
and we will see some outbreaks of rain as well.
Now, the rain is going to be mostly light and patchy; we could see
the old heavier burst here and there.
dropping down to around 9 or 10 degrees Celsius.
So that does mean it's going to be a mild start to Sunday morning.
Quite cloudy, a bit misty and murky initially.
We'll see a brief spell of brighter weather,
before some further rain pushes in in the afternoon.
That will all clear away by late afternoon, and we'll see
temperatures up to a high tomorrow of around 12 degrees Celsius.
Into the start of next week it stays fairly mild,
with some lovely spells of sunshine on Monday.
Midlands Today will be back with more news
at ten to six tomorrow evening, but from all of us here, goodbye.
Good evening. Some of us managed to get some decent weather today, not
everybody but some of us. Lovely picture from a weather watcher in
Northern Ireland, Enniskillen, and in Northern Ireland we have the
warmest day of the year for Northern Ireland, 16 Celsius. The Southeast a
little warmer weather cloud broke up, 18 Celsius, but we have also had
some light rain, and if anything this coming even in the clouds will
thicken up again in some areas, so for a number of us it is going to be
a cloudy and damp night. Mild at around nine or 10 degrees. Tomorrow,
a mix of a day, rain