Campaigners trying to save a children's heart unit in Yorkshire have secured a meeting with the man who proposed its closure.
Sir Neil McKay, chairman of the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts will travel to Yorkshire to hear the concerns of those against plans that could leave Yorkshire patients travelling to Newcastle, Liverpool or Birmingham for treatment.
Councillor Jim Clark will speak on behalf of North Yorkshire at the meeting.
"Closing the LGI unit would be a serious blow for the whole region".
"Securing a personal appearence with Sir Neil gives us some hope that we will be able to demonstrate how misguided the proposal is."
A three year programme to help support more than 1,580 troubled families in Nottinghamshire have been unveiled. The authority will receive £2.3m over the next three years as part of the Government’s Troubled Families Programme.
During the first year 2012 – 13, 439 families will receive support. Close links will be built with other agencies including the police, the probation service, health and the targeted youth support services.
Support will be offered to households that meet all of the following criteria:
A former PCSO has been sentenced to ten years in prison after previously admitting child sex offences. Gary Hastings, 48, of Wright Street, Hull, pleaded guilty at York Crown Court last month to seven counts of sexual activity with two boys. More follows.
Parents will step up their campaign to keep Kirklees' Sure Start Centres open with a protest march through the centre of Huddersfield this lunchtime. There are fears that some of the district's 32 childrens' centres may be axed due to budget cuts