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North East Benefit Claimants More Likely to Be Sanctioned, MPs Find
A group of cross-party MPs sitting on the Commons Public Accounts Committee has found that benefit sanctions can vary a great deal depending on which part of the country claimants live in and which private company is responsible for getting them into work. The MPs – which include Bridget Phillipson,...
A Cruise Ship possibly like or even the same as that used for Rock the Boat 2017
A cruise ship company sailing out of the Port of Tyne has hit upon a novel way to entertain its guests. This September will see the ship Magellan embarking for a water-borne rock festival entitled Rock the Boat 2017. Cruise ship firm Cruiseco hopes its idea will appeal to rock...
Portrait of Ken Loach smiling and pointing to his mouth
A jobcentre manager from Newcastle has criticised Ken Loach’s popular recent film I, Daniel Blake. Steve McCall, employer relationship manager at Jobcentre Plus in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, said, “I hope people don’t think the film is a documentary because it’s a story that doesn’t represent the reality...
View of river and bridges
Do you know that a survey last year ranked Newcastle as the happiest city in the UK? And not only that, the Toon also came in as the tenth happiest city in the whole of Europe. A European Commission survey, whose results were published in 2016, drew these conclusions after...
A piggy bank with a leather belt around its waist.
Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, could soon be enjoying a significant pay rise. Newcastle’s Independent Remuneration Panel has proposed an increase that would take Cllr Forbes’s allowance to £36,000 per year. While there are many in the public and private sectors that earn a lot more than...
Jacob Polley posing in a meadow of waist high grass and flowers, holding a book.
A poet from the north east has won a prestigious literary prize. Jacob Polley, a Newcastle lecturer, clinched the prize for his collection Jackself, a disturbing work about the loss of innocence. After reading many manuscripts and months of deliberation, the three judges chose Mr Polley’s collection from a shortlist...

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