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And Theresa May has said she will publish her Brexit plan for
A survey ranks the county along with Plymouth as 14th on its least
It's calculated that property prices are seven times
Lucy Stokes is an estate agent in South Brent.
All day long she sells houses but she is also trying
She has just moved here from Worcester and she
There is a huge difference in the prices.
Up there you would be looking at around 150 as a first-time buyer
for a three bed and down here you'd be looking to start from about 250.
The US property consultancy says the least affordable place to live
in the world out of nine countries surveyed was Hong Kong,
with houses at 18 times the average household income.
Second was Sydney with prices at 12 times.
Listed tenth most unaffordable place was Bournemouth and Dorset at more
than nine times the income, with Plymouth and Devon coming 14th.
This survey focuses on the middle of the market -
housing affordability for average households.
In Devon and Plymouth the average house price is ?215,000,
the average household income is just over ?30,000.
This means house prices are seven times the average household income.
The authors of the report say the answer is to build more houses,
something the British Government says it is doing.
The woman who once ran NHS services in South Devon employed her husband
to produce newsletters but failed to make a declaration
Paula Vasco Knight denies two counts of fraud totalling around 20
thousand pounds while chief executive of the South
The trial at Exeter Crown Court continues.
A Plymouth Argyle footballer who was declared a rapist last week
following a civil action in Scotland has left the club.
Scotland international David Goodwillie and a former
team-mate were ordered to pay ?100,000 in damages to a woman
who said the men raped her after a night out in 2011.
The striker has now left the League Two side by mutual
consent after asking to be released from his contract to focus
The union Unison is taking legal action over workers
who lost their jobs when the NHS 111 service in Devon was transferred
In October the company Vocare were subcontracted by Devon Doctors
to take over the service, Unison says their terms
and conditions should have been protected and has issued legal
proceedings against all three organisations.
Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond joins me,
Some good jobs with the new provider company Mac but with Unison
describes as less favourable terms and conditions. Some got jobs with
south-western ambience at Unison says some of them had different
terms and conditions. The union claims that should have been
protected under employment legislation but talks through the
arbitration service Acas failed to reach a resolution on this and there
are Unison has issued legal proceedings against the three
organisations. It says workers have suffered through no fault of their
own. The case is ongoing and Devon Doctors, Vocare and south-west of
ambulance at yet to respond. Farmers in Somerset say they're
hopeful a new way of tackling rural crime will help
protect their livelihoods. Eighteen months ago,
140 sheep were stolen from Rob Walrond's farm,
costing him ?14,000. Now with the help of a new text
message service, police hope The farmers have been
asking us for some time. We've had a farm watch
system for several years where we communicate with them
via text, and we get messages out to them very quickly
by text and e-mail. For several years they've been
saying to us, we want to come back to you, we want to give
you information back. We haven't had the facility for them
to do that as quickly, so we launched this text back system
on Tuesday, 81819, where the farmers and the rural community can text us
with any intelligence There's a warning to bird owners
in the South West this lunchtime from the Government's Chief
Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, Some poultry have been spotted
outdoors in the region and this Those who let their birds out risk
unlimited fines or even, jail. Our Environment Correspondent,
Adrian Campbell, reports. Nigel Stevens is very
careful about bio-security He has put up the poly tunnel
to ensure they can't come into contact with wild birds
or their droppings which might Defra introduced strict
controls in December - they're still in force but Nigel
says they are very confusing. As to whether you should keep them
in cages but have a roof properly plasticed over,
it's all a bit of guesswork really. We went out and put up
a temporary poly tunnel to house ours in which does the job
and still gives them You don't have to look far to see
there is widespread confusion We filmed these birds
a week ago in east Devon. They should have been covered over
to protect them from the virus. Their owners told us they have
since been advised by trading standards that everyone must comply
with the law. The Government's chief
veterinary officer agrees. This particular strain isn't
a problem for people or for the food chain but it is very severe
in birds, especially chickens and turkeys but also potentially
ducks and geese causing severe It's not just hens and it's
not just in East Devon. Birds which should be undercover can
easily be found in the countryside. The owners of these birds told us
they needed to be outside But even people like Nigel
who are doing the right thing say I don't think I know
who is policing it at all. I don't know whether Defra
know who is policing it. But Defra insists we all
have an obligation to inform Trading Standards where the law
is being broken. weather. The photo is a little bit
like a rainbow but because the droplets are smaller than in rain in
the colours get muted so it looks quite instead of the normal bright
colours. It's very exciting. Thank you to Dorset Phantom for that
lovely photo. Through this afternoon we have bright weather for most,
Dorset still a bit of fog but good sunshine and quite breezy and that
is because high pressure is slapping away and continues into tomorrow so
brisk cold southerly winds feeling very nippy indeed and that low cloud
and for the class Dorset and lifts a bit more. Plenty of sunshine for
most through this morning and afternoon and some cloud to the
west. A breezy wind especially for western areas with temperatures are
doing fairly well and that sunshine. Tonight more cloud coming in
bringing a risk of a little patchy rain and drizzle and maybe a few
flurries of light snow. Not very much and you may believe in a notice
but if you see something a little height that will be what it is. The
risk of some nice as well as temperatures drop towards freezing.
Tomorrow a cold start with strong south of south-easterly winds for
western fringes and we should find skies are brightening up as we head
through the day. Some sunny spells emerging but it will feel like a
cold day when you factor in the wind the highs of five or 6 degrees will
feel law. For the Channel Islands some ice initially and a dry and
sunny day with good spells of sunshine but feeling cold and a
fresh wind and we see some outbreaks of rain for Friday, Saturday with
the risk of Henry Thunder showers but drier and brighter.
I'll be back with Victoria Graham for more on that and all the latest
news from the South West in Spotlight tonight at 6.30,
but from the lunchtime news, have a very good afternoon.
Should've seen Hillary's face. She was stood there with Bill.
Because she's going to an event to celebrate
a job that she didn't get and the person closest to her, to reassure
her, to tell her it's going to be OK,
is a person who's already had that job.
Yeah. She must be thinking, "Where can I go?"
It's just pain, but it doesn't feel like pain,
it feels much more violent, dark and exciting.