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Crackdown on council tax fraud

3:40pm Monday 28th July 2014

A DISTRICT council is employing the services of a private company to carry out checks on people it suspects are wrongly claiming a council tax discount.

North Yorkshire gas plant plan is scrapped

6:53pm Friday 11th July 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to develop a gas processing plant at Thornton-le-Dale, in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, has been scrapped.

Voters should be allowed to judge if council hall tax increases are justified

Darlington and Stockton Times: PLANNING MATTERS: Darlington town hall, where council planning officers have agreed an extension to the Neasham Road gypsy site

12:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

TOWN halls should be free to push through any council tax increase, MPs say – and be judged by voters on “election day”.

Luke makes history as youngest civic leader

Darlington and Stockton Times: COUNCIL CHAIRMAN: Luke Ives with his mum Louise.

1:39pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

AN apprentice accountant has made history – after becoming what is believed to be the youngest-ever chairman of a local authority.

Charges introduced for garden waste collections

Darlington and Stockton Times: John Brown, recycling officer for Ryedale District Council, with one of the leaflets being sent out to residents this week.

2:56pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CHARGES are about to be introduced for the garden waste collection service in the sprawling Ryedale area of North Yorkshire.

Full steam ahead for gas pipeline

6:05pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

PLANS for a 15 kilometre underground pipeline running through part of the North York Moors and gas production at an existing well have been approved by North Yorkshire County council.

From collecting big cheques to climbing Kilimanjaro - welcome to the world of a Macmillan fundraiser

Darlington and Stockton Times: Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager Michelle Muir is trying to raise £700,000 for the charity this year

12:20am Friday 14th March 2014

There is a lot more to being a fundraiser than attending giant cheque presentations. Lizzie Anderson discovers what a typical day entails for charity worker Michelle Muir.

Council tax shake-up punishing poor people, MPs warn

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, described a privately run out of hours GP service in Cornwall as substandard

6:00am Tuesday 11th March 2014

POOR people are being punished by a controversial shake-up of council tax, a committee of MPs warns today (Tuesday, March 11)

Council workers prepare for day of protest

Darlington and Stockton Times: Members of Unison outside the Civic Centre

6:09pm Monday 3rd February 2014

LOCAL government workers will take part in an official day of protest tomorrow (Tuesday, February 4).

Blueprint for the future of market town

Darlington and Stockton Times: Helmsley Plan looks at the town's future up to 2027.

5:53pm Monday 27th January 2014

A BLUEPRINT for the future of one of North Yorkshire’s market towns has now been published.

Government 'acting like a bully' over planning reforms - MP

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop

4:00pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

AN MP claims reforms to the planning system which could mean developers are able to push ahead with applications without council approval “kicks sand” in the eyes of local communities.

Work starts on flood prevention scheme after Government funding agreed

Darlington and Stockton Times: Flood waters edge closer to Beck Isle Museum in Pickering during November’s heavy rain

2:14pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

WORK has started on a long-awaited £2m flood prevention scheme in North Yorkshire, after funds became available from the Government.

North councils to face £179m in cuts while some Southern authorities see rise in Government funding

Darlington and Stockton Times: Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis

12:30am Thursday 19th December 2013

THE region has been hammered with a further £179m of council cuts – while many authorities in the South will enjoy a spending rise.

'Troubled families' scheme half-way to success - Pickles

Darlington and Stockton Times: Communities secretary Eric Pickles

12:10am Monday 25th November 2013

THE Government is half-way towards achieving its goal of turning round the lives of 120,000 so-called troubled families, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles claims today (Monday, November 25).

Domino drive

1:47pm Wednesday 13th November 2013

A domino drive will take place at Kirby Sigston Village Hall, near Northallerton, on Wednesday, November 20 at 8pm. Admission is £3 including supper.

Thousands of region's poorest households facing council tax legal action

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bill Dixon

6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013

GOVERNMENT welfare reforms have left more than 10,000 of the region's poorest households facing legal action for non-payment of council tax.

Fly tipping costs region's taxpayers £3.3m a year

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rubbish dumped in Durham City

6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013

COUNCIL chiefs have appealed for the public’s help in tackling fly tipping, after it emerged clearing up illegally dumped rubbish cost the region £3.3m last year.

Council agrees not to contest ruling on its accidental decision

3:15pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

A COUNCIL has agreed not to contest any ruling made on its decision to approve a housing estate - made when a councillor pressed the wrong button in a vote.

Government to order councils to provide loans for care home fees

6:00am Thursday 18th July 2013

EVERY older person facing care home fees must be offered a local council loan to avoid having to sell their own house, the Government will say today (Thursday, July 17).

North-East councils in danger of going bust, shock analysis warns

12:00am Friday 5th July 2013

EVERY local council in the North-East is in danger of going bust, a shock new analysis has warned.

Housing proposal recommended for refusal over lack of affordable homes

6:14pm Thursday 30th May 2013

PEOPLE campaigning against plans to build more than 200 homes in a North Yorkshire market town warn it fails to tackle a lack of affordable homes in the area.

Tougher enforcement of parking restrictions implemented in North Yorkshire

5:28pm Wednesday 29th May 2013

TOUGHER enforcement of parking restrictions are due to come into effect tomorrow (Thursday, May 30) in North Yorkshire.

New scheme will create more apprentices in Ryedale

12:51pm Tuesday 28th May 2013

A MAJOR new grant scheme has been launched in the hope of helping young people establish a career in their own area.

Councils spent £500,000 hosting Olympic Torch relay

Darlington and Stockton Times: Paul Collingwood used the Olympic torch as a cricket bat as he set off from Durham Cathedral

6:00am Monday 20th May 2013

COUNCILS in the North-East and North Yorkshire spent more than £500,000 hosting the Olympic Torch for last years games, according to new figures.

Durham council under fire after 22 staff get over £100,000 despite budget cuts

6:00am Friday 10th May 2013

THE North-East’s biggest council has come under fire for paying six-figure remuneration packages to 22 staff – more than the previous year, despite unprecedented budget cuts.

Councils to be 'named and shamed' if they don't cut heart deaths

11:00pm Monday 25th March 2013

LOCAL councils will be ‘named-and-shamed’ if they fail to cut deaths and disability from sudden heart attacks, under new Government plans.

New apprenticeships to be created

6:13pm Wednesday 13th March 2013

RYEDALE District Council is funding two apprentice schemes for young people and businesses over the next two years.

Apprenticeships hailed as vital for North Yorkshire's future

1:29pm Monday 11th March 2013

THREE schemes to improve young people’s employment opportunities and boost the North Yorkshire economy have been hailed at the launch of National Apprenticeship Week.

District councils reject proposal to unite authorities

4:41pm Friday 8th March 2013

A PROPOSAL to save taxpayers’ money by twinning district councils in England’s largest county has been rejected.

Councils fail to record successes in tackling problem families

6:00am Tuesday 5th March 2013

FLAGSHIP plans to tame “neighbours from hell” have yet to record a single success in most of the region, it was revealed yesterday (Monday, March 4).

North-East councils cut £16m from managerial wage bill

12:10am Wednesday 20th February 2013

NORTH-East councils cut nearly £16m from their management wage bills last year, new figures suggest.

More than £150m taken from Tees Valley councils

6:08pm Wednesday 13th February 2013

WELL over £150m has been taken out of the Tees Valley economy in the last four years due to Government cut backs to council budgets, The Northern Echo has discovered.

Thoughtless parking makes towns "no-go" areas for blind people

4:58pm Monday 11th February 2013

PARKING on pavements is making parts of the region “no-go” areas for blind people, a leading charity warned last night.

Business mentoring in Ryedale

5:21pm Friday 1st February 2013

A series of free interactive workshops and one-to-one business mentoring sessions are being offered to Ryedale businesses.

Eric Pickles steps up his council tax war with local authorities

Darlington and Stockton Times: Communities secretary Eric Pickles

8:00pm Monday 28th January 2013

FEW town halls in the region have agreed to freeze council tax next year - putting them at risk of financial 'punishment' by the government.

Ministers' attacks could hit Tory re-election campaign - senior councillors

5:00pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013

SENIOR Tories have demanded the Government stop attacking local councils – warning David Cameron if the criticism continues, it could hit the party’s re-election campaign.

Councils highlight impact of Government grant cuts

2:53pm Friday 18th January 2013

COUNCILS across the North-East have jointly highlighted the impacts of the provisional local government grant settlement for authorities in the region.

More than three million expected to welcome Tour De France to Yorkshire for the Grand Depart

Darlington and Stockton Times: Fireworks mark the occasion at Leeds Town Hall

8:33pm Thursday 17th January 2013

THREE million people are expected to line the streets of Yorkshire to watch the opening stages of the Tour De France when it comes to the region next year.

North East councils worse hit than south, councillors claim

2:29pm Wednesday 16th January 2013

NORTH East taxpayers are being unfairly punished by Government cuts while helping to subsidise southern authorities, a leading councillor has claimed.

Council awarded charter

5:24pm Wednesday 16th January 2013

Ryedale District Council has been awarded a Local Government Yorkshire and Humber Member Development Charter.

Lone parents and disabled hardest hit as bill passes Commons hurdle

7:54pm Tuesday 8th January 2013

LONE parents and the disabled will be hit hardest by real-terms cuts to benefits, ministers admitted tonight (January 8) - as the controversial measure cleared its first hurdle.

Pickles accused of waging war on North-East councils

Darlington and Stockton Times: Eric Pickles

7:00am Thursday 20th December 2012

MINISTERS were accused last night of again waging war on North-East councils with "unfair" cuts - while authorities in leafy parts of the South escape the agony.

Government cuts councils' spending power by 1.7%

Darlington and Stockton Times: Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles

2:36pm Wednesday 19th December 2012

COUNCILS in England will see their spending power cut by 1.7 per cent next year, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.

Councils get £18m to fix potholes

Darlington and Stockton Times: £18M - BUT DOES IT GO DEEP ENOUGH? Local authorities warn of a 'pothole crisis' on the regions roads

7:00am Wednesday 19th December 2012

TOWN halls across the region were handed more than £18m of government cash yesterday (Tuesday, December 18) for road maintenance - amid warnings of a looming "pothole crisis".

Councils await next year's funding settlements

7:00am Wednesday 19th December 2012

CASH-strapped local authorities will today find out their financial settlement for next year - with one district council already revealing it will have no need to cut services.

Pickles tells North-East council leaders of "talking tosh" over spending cuts

Darlington and Stockton Times: Nick Forbes

10:30pm Thursday 13th December 2012

A CABINET minister yesterday told North-East council leaders to stop moaning about painful spending cuts - accusing them of talking "complete tosh".

Councils handed Government cash for building homes

3:43pm Monday 10th December 2012

TOWN halls across the region were handed almost £9m of government cash yesterday as a "reward" for providing an extra 6,500 new homes.

Hundreds of council workers facing redundancy despite Government promise of fair funding deal

12:00am Monday 10th December 2012

THOUSANDS of local authority workers are facing a bleak Christmas with union leaders warning of a fresh wave of redundancies set to hit the region’s embattled town halls.

New cuts may lead to 1,000 lost jobs

Darlington and Stockton Times: LOST SLICES: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig used a cake to show how much the authority lost out in the Comprehensive Spending Review last year

9:50am Thursday 22nd November 2012

MORE than £100m of further spending cuts – and an extra 1,000 job losses – are about to strike North-East town halls, a bleak study warned yesterday.


3:43pm Friday 16th November 2012

RIPON Salvation Army is holding a Christmas fair on Saturday, December 14 at the Reach-Out Centre on Lead Lane Ripon


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