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New charge for car charge

Durham County Council is introducing a fee for drivers of electric cars to use its chargepoints, to try to stop people hogging the spaces.

Until now, charging an electric car has been free, and any electric car can occupy a space as long as it is plugged in, even if it already has a full battery.

From now on, it will cost £1 per visit to use the standard parking sites and £5 to use a rapid charging point at Belmont park and ride.

The new fee introduced to stop space-hoggers

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Care home closure protests in County Durham

County Hall, Durham Credit: ITV

Protestors gathered outside of County Hall in Durham to campaign against the closure of care homes.

Durham People's Assembly and Newtown House campaigners plan to stage a second protest in less than a week over Durham County Council's decision to close the five remaining council run care homes across County Durham.

Protestors in County Durham Credit: ITV

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Council leader responds to cuts protest

"The Government sets the general direction on spending and has been very clear since 2010 that they would make large public sector funding cuts.

They set the level of funding that we receive and we have to operate within our budget. If we didn’t, it would not be a legal budget and decision-making would be taken away from local people and their elected representatives.

The majority of savings we are making this year are coming from back office functions and we continue to try to safeguard frontline services as much as possible.”

– Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council

Anti cuts protestors greet councillors arriving at headquarters ahead of Durham budget

Protestors outside Durham County Hall Credit: ITV News

An anti-cuts protest greeted councillors arriving at Durham Council's headquarters to set the authority's budget for 2014-2015.

Durham County Council are voting on its 2014/2015 budget on with the ruling Labour group proposing a 1.99% council tax rise and £23m of cuts.

Durham council agree to council tax rise

Council tax in County Durham will go up for the first time in five years.

Councillors agreed a 1.99% rise at a Cabinet meeting this morning.

The local authority predicts the additional income from council tax will generate £3.29m in 2014/15.

Since 2011, 1500 jobs have been axed at Durham County Council, but councillors vowed to keep further compulsory redundancies to 'an absolute minimum.'

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