Businesses across the Tees Valley will create hundreds of jobs after getting cash from a local jobs fund.
The money is being provided by Tees Valley Unlimited, which is a group of local businesses and public sector bodies.
The scheme offers to pay up to half of new employees’ wages. So far, 275 jobs have been secured as a result of the scheme.
Harvey and Hugo, a marketing firm in Darlington, is one of the first businesses to benefit from the funding.
Businesses across the Tees Valley will create hundreds of new jobs as part of a scheme funded by Tees Valley Unlimited.
Tees Valley Unlimited is a group of local businesses and public sector bodies that aims to boost jobs and growth in the area.
The scheme offers to pay businesses up to half of new employees’ wages. So far, 100 applications to the scheme have been approved, which will result in 275 new jobs.
Data revealed today as part of a Freedom of Information request by the charity Mind has found that the North East is among the highest areas for physical restraint being used on mental health patients.
A statement from the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys reads as follows:
Parents with children at schools across the Tees Valley are set to receive letters and consent forms over the next few days urging them to take up the offer of the MMR vaccination.
The move follows an outbreak of measles across the North East and is being carried out by the Tees Outbreak Control team.
The team are now introducing a school-based MMR vaccination campaign - to be offered to all children who have yet to be vaccinated against the illness.
The vaccinations will take place across the next few weeks.
Sunderland and the Tees Valley will be submitting proposals to the Government today to be considered for City Deal status.
The aim of the City Deal bid is to give regions control over new powers to boost local growth.
Newcastle was awarded a City Deal last year.
The Countess of Wessex will visit a number of community projects as part of her visit to the region today.
As part of the planned engagements she will visit Billingham Forum and officially open Hartlepool College.
The Chief Executive of a charity that offers advice and activities for children and young people with autism, says they must appeal for public help to support the demand for their services.
Daisy Chain has seen a 28% drop in income at a time when the need for services is on the rise. Staff say it is putting a strain on resources.
Labour and coalition backbenchers have clashed in The House of Commons over the future of smaller hospitals in the Tees Valley area and at the Friarage District Hospital in North Yorkshire.
The Teesside MP, Tom Blenkinsop, pointed to the closure of the Chaloner ward at Guisborough Hospital, the reduction of minor injuries provision and the downgrading of paediatric and maternity services at the Friarage. The latter is in the constituency of the Foreign Secretary William Hague.
MPs pointed out that 3,000 beds in community hospitals were lost under the last Labour administration. The Lib Dem MP for Redcar, Ian Swales, added that the maternity unit at Guisborough had been closed as far back as 2006.