Northumberland County Council: Tories' first budget approved

The first Northumberland County Council budget by the Conservative administration which won power last May was passed tonight amid the usual political back and forth in the council chamber.

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Start of key plan process for town

The first step has been taken in the process to establish a neighbourhood plan in a Northumberland town.

A survey from the British Heart Foundation on organ donation.

Three-quarters of people would support law change on organ donation

More than three-quarters of people in the North East are in favour of a change in the law on organ donation, new figures reveal.

Coun Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, Norma Redfearn, Elected Mayor for North Tyneside,  and Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

Devolution deal rolls on after public have say

The next step has been taken in the process to implement the North of Tyne devolution deal on the back of a public consultation.

Ian Lavery MP at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Mining legacy will not be forgotten

We lost another bit of old Ashington last week when the Institute in the aptly-named Institute Road was finally pulled down.

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Tax-free childcare opens to parents in North East

Around 90,000 working families in the North East with children under 12 can apply for up to £2,000 of childcare support per child, per year, from today.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery int the Market Place, Bedlington.

Concern over key town centre sites

At the start of the new year residents, and indeed businesses, around our Wansbeck constituency need to know what is happening about a number of key sites across our district.

Members of Seaton Valley Council agreed the 2018/19 budget at a recent meeting.

Modest precept rise for council

Members of Seaton Valley Council agreed to restrict the increase in its element of the council tax for 2018/19 to two per cent at a recent meeting.

Cramlington town centre.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Youth council to be set-up in town after new report

In response to concerns about ‘gangs’ of young people congregating in large numbers around Manor Walks and other areas, Cramlington Town Council commissioned North East charity NE Youth to look at the issues facing young people in the town.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck visits the Salvation Army's Wawn Street Food Bank, with South Tyneside Churches Development Worker Jo Benham-Brown, and Major Stephen Slade.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck seeks support in fight against food poverty

South Shields’ MP has admitted her campaign to transform the way food poverty is measured hangs in the balance - just days ahead of it being debated a second time in parliament.

Ronnie Campbell, Blyth Valley MP.

Questions over Carillion scandal

Nothing makes me see red more than the sight of ‘fat cats’ being paid bonuses and salaries while struggling workers are losing their jobs and pensions.

Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland Conservatives, outside County Hall in Morpeth.

Post-16 transport charges to be axed in Tories’ first budget

Transport charges for post-16 students are to be abolished for the next academic year, the leader of Northumberland County Council has pledged.

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, the North East Alcohol Office.

Delaying introduction of MUP will cost lives, warns Balance

At least 75 North-East lives will be lost if the Government delays the introduction of a minimum unit price (MUP) in England for five years, the region’s alcohol office has warned.

Wansbeck General Hospital.

Find funding now to save our NHS

Last week my colleague and Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell wrote of his concerns about the pressure health services are currently under, and I make no apology for returning to that theme.

The Morpeth Northern Bypass was built by Carillion.

MP hits out after collapse of Carillion

A Northumberland MP joined Labour colleagues to ask why the Government awarded contracts to Carillion worth nearly £2billion following the company’s warnings over profits.

Hospitals are under pressure.

NHS has been failed on funding

Theresa May has apologised for the ongoing crisis in the NHS after the cancellation of tens of thousands of non-urgent operations to ease the pressure on hospitals.

Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

Administration to propose 2.99 per cent council tax increase for Northumberland

The leader of Northumberland County Council has set out the reasons why he thinks the maximum council tax increase allowed without a local referendum taking place is necessary for 2018/19.

Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council

Council welcomes post-Brexit funding assurances

The leader of Northumberland County Council has welcomed government assurances over funding streams post-Brexit but will still campaign for fully devolved, local control over crucial structural funding post Brexit - potentially worth hundreds of millions to our region.

Ronnie Campbell, Blyth Valley MP

Alarmed by high cost Brexit ‘deal’

What a year 2017 has been.

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Council tax freeze for town proposed

Cramlington Town Council has proposed its budget for next year, with the charge for its services set to remain at its current level.

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