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Businesses in County Durham are being invited to seek financial support following the extension of grants schemes. Durham County Council is extending the business rates grants schemes it has been administering on behalf of the government during the coronavirus pandemic, and is encouraging companies that were not previously able to access support to apply. The […]

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Thank you notes to bin crews do not go wasted

by Craig Martin on 29 May, 2020

A big thank you to the bin crew- that’s the message being displayed on County Durham bin wagons as people continue to support one another. County Durham bin crews are showcasing some of the thanks they have received for their work during the pandemic, as letters and drawings from residents have been blown up and […]

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Changes to concessionary travel in County Durham

by Craig Martin on 21 May, 2020

A temporary relaxation of concessionary travel arrangements in County Durham will end next week to help bus companies manage social distancing. As more people return to work, public transport operators across the region face the challenge of meeting this extra demand, while ensuring a safe environment for passengers. Passenger numbers are highest at the beginning […]

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Members of the public are being reminded to social distance and follow the latest government guidance when visiting County Durham’s parks, beaches and open spaces. In a TV broadcast on Sunday night followed by the publication of The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out how people can exercise as many […]

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Cutting financial support

by Craig Martin on 15 May, 2020

Labour have cut a key welfare benefit from £1,000 to £500, on the basis that too much of the funding is being used. We’ve called for this decision to be reversed and the additional funding to be found. Especially considering the current crisis we’re currently in concerning Covid. It is shameful that a benefit the […]

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County Durham’s fire service has come to the rescue of a local café thanks to a new volunteering unit aiming to support local organisations during the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership was set up by County Durham Together as part of its work to match organisations in need with businesses and individuals who have volunteered their […]

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Supporting County Durham’s community venues

by Craig Martin on 11 May, 2020

County Durham’s community centres and village halls are being given a helping hand to survive the coronavirus pandemic. Local community organisations have been left struggling as a result of current restrictions, with many relying on income from room hire to keep their buildings open. They’re now being supported by Durham County Council’s 14 Area Action […]

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Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in County Durham will reopen in the next two weeks in line with government guidance. Last week, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, announced that he would be issuing guidance to councils to begin reopening HWRCs. Since the announcement, Durham County Council has been […]

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Business Durham is linking up companies across County Durham to help them find solutions for their current business challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. While many businesses have had to shut down during the crisis, others are adapting to new ways of working and producing new products to support the efforts to tackle COVID-19. By matching […]

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Welfare Assistance Cut by Labour Council

by Craig Martin on 29 April, 2020

A Labour-run North East council has cut key assistance for homeless people or people fleeing domestic violence from £1000 to £500. Durham County Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme helps people in urgent need of rehousing. It assists with their moving and set up costs. The program also helps make sure someone does not end up having […]

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