Durham council is asking the public to help it decide how to save a further £29million next year.Read the full story ›
Teaching Assistants are taking part in a third protest outside Durham County Council headquarters over a decision to have their pay cut.Read the full story ›
Durham County Council say that plans to move their HQ could create 6,000 jobs and £370 million for the county's economy.Read the full story ›
Three people have been arrested following the seizure of an estimated £10,000 worth of illegal cigarettes and rolling tobacco.Read the full story ›
Taxi drivers in County Durham are to be trained to spot tell-tale signs of sexual exploitation of children.
All Hackney carriage and private hire drivers licensed by Durham County Council will undergo Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) awareness training.
It's after more than half of people responding to a consultation supported such action.
Already 683 taxi drivers – almost 40 per cent of the 1,757 drivers licensed by the council – have received CSE awareness training on a voluntary basis.
Further free training sessions have been arranged by the Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board.
ALL applicants will be required to undergo the training before they can be licensed.
Existing drivers who haven’t already completed one of the training sessions will have to attend one by 1 September 2016.
“One of the primary aims of taxi licensing is to protect and safeguard the public, especially our children and young people who are among the most vulnerable groups in society,
“By making it a requirement that all drivers undergo CSE training, we hope that we can help them spot signs of abuse and act on it accordingly.”
Teaching assistants are demonstrating outside Durham Council against proposed changes to their contracts.Read the full story ›
Improvement works to the changing rooms and poolside areas have been ongoing since November 2015.Read the full story ›
Councillors in County Durham have agreed to close 12 of their 17 adult day centres, because of falling numbers of people using them and budget cuts.
"Young people are choosing to go to other places within their local community such as theatre, cinema etc and the cost of running these centres is another look at.
We have to save £1.59 million and what we will do is work with people who have been using these services on a one to one basis and offer the support that is required."
The council has said it will offer support to find alternatives for those affected, and will keep five centres open to provide specialist services for people with complex needs.
These five centres will be: Durham Pathways, Pity Me; Spennymoor Pathways, Spennymoor Leisure Centre; Newton Aycliffe Pathways, Aycliffe Leisure Centre; Peterlee Pathways; and Stanley Pathways, Louisa Leisure Centre.
Durham County Council is to discuss proposals to close 12 adult day care centres by September 2016.Read the full story ›
The pair defrauded Durham County Council out of nearly £100,000 but were given suspended sentences.Read the full story ›