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Middlesbrough's Citizen of the Year anounced

Yasmin Khan receiving an earlier award

A leading Teesside community worker has been named Middlesbrough’s Citizen of the Year 2013.

Yasmin Khan will receive the prestigious award from Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon at a special ceremony at Middlesbrough Town Hall tonight (December 17).

Currently Yasmin is involved with a number of community and voluntary sector organisations.

Middlesbrough’s Citizen of the Year award was set up to honour members of the local community who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of others.

Community Centre Cuts

Councillors have approved plans which leave the future of dozens of community centres in doubt. Durham Council has been responsible for 120 buildings and rooms across the county, some of which it inherited when it became a unitary authority.

Councillors have now agreed to close 15 of them and want local people and other groups to take over the running of another 70 buildings. The authority will spend two million pounds refurbishing 36 centres.

It carried out a lengthy consultation before reaching its proposals. The council leader Simon Henig says the current economic conditions mean tough decisions have to be made as savings of £120 million have to be made from the budget.

Cuts to Community Centres

The future of one hundred and twenty community centres across County Durham is being discussed at a special cabinet meeting. A number are at risk due to council budget cuts, with £120 million of savings to be made in four years.

The authority has put together a £2 million package to refurbish 36 centres but 15 will close and another 50 may not receive any more money from the council. It is hoping members of the community will take over the running of their centres.