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Activity packs lift spirits in challenging times
Published: 03 November 2020 11:07
From gardening and painting, to homemade afternoon tea - monthly activity packs have been keeping County Durham residents entertained at home this year.
Keep doing your bit now and we can get out of lockdown in better position
Published: 02 November 2020 15:36
The leaders of seven North East councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner have issued a joint statement in response to Saturday's announcement of a national lockdown.
Response to free school meals scheme demonstrates the need
Published: 27 October 2020 16:08
A scheme to extend free school meals over the half-term holidays received more than 4,000 applications within hours of its launch.
Council to step in to provide half term school meals support scheme
Published: 23 October 2020 18:33
We are stepping in to help families during next week's half term holiday by providing support to those who would normally receive free school meals.
Hard work paying off but no room for complacency
Published: 21 October 2020 10:52
The leaders of seven North East councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner have issued a joint statement once again calling on the public to do their bit to help reduce coronavirus infection rates.
North East councils seek an assurance of fair and sustainable Government funding package
Published: 16 October 2020 16:37
North East councils are calling on the Government for a financial settlement that allows them to continue responding to the coronavirus pandemic while providing the services people rely upon.
North East to remain in High Alert Level 2
Published: 16 October 2020 13:57
Following discussions with the Government today, the leaders of seven North East councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner have issued a joint statement.
Statement on council tax investigation
Published: 15 October 2020 16:18
Following recent news coverage of an investigation by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), we have issued the below statement clarifying that the decision not to backdate the payments was made by the VOA, which is an executive agency of HM Revenue and Customs.
Coastal community hub and café to be built at beauty spot
Published: 14 October 2020 11:59
A new coastal community hub is set to be built at a County Durham tourist spot for residents and visitors to enjoy when taking a trip to the seaside.
Recovery funding for culture in County Durham
Published: 14 October 2020 10:56
A music education service and some of County Durham's most popular arts venues have been awarded more than £800,000 to help sustain their future.
Statement from the LA7 leaders and North of Tyne Mayor on the new three-tier restrictions system
Published: 12 October 2020 18:47
Leaders across the seven North East local authorities have issued a joint statement in relation to the government announcement of a new three-tier restrictions system that will come into place on Wednesday.
Hand washing stations to be set up in schools to support safety measures
Published: 12 October 2020 13:27
Hundreds of hand washing stations will be set up in schools across County Durham as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Online meetings offer opportunity to influence council's work
Published: 12 October 2020 13:22
People across County Durham are being invited to have their say on the future of the area at a series of virtual events where residents will also be thanked for their good work during the pandemic.
Coronavirus testing centre to open in Durham City
Published: 30 September 2020 10:26
The first of a new kind of coronavirus testing centre is opening in County Durham next month.
Plans approved for dynamic heritage hub in the heart of County Durham
Published: 25 September 2020 13:34
A vision to create a new history centre showcasing County Durham's rich heritage can now become a reality after plans were approved this week.
Revamped hall attracts new community activities
Published: 24 September 2020 10:35
County Durham residents will be able to enjoy a range of sports and leisure activities in a newly refurbished community venue.
Thank you to County Durham's recycling residents
Published: 23 September 2020 12:13
This Recycle Week sees a big thank you to County Durham residents and workers who are all playing their part.
Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership appoints new chair
Published: 22 September 2020 13:19
A former assistant chief constable has been appointed as the new independent chair and scrutineer of Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership (DSCP).
North East lobbies government for stricter COVID control measures
Published: 15 September 2020 10:19
Leaders of North East local authorities have come together to take the unprecedented step of seeking greater controls from government to introduce stricter COVID-19 prevention measures ahead of national intervention.
Three-quarters of libraries in County Durham to reopen for browsing
Published: 11 September 2020 15:33
Bookworms will once again be able to browse the shelves of County Durham libraries from next week.
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