£7m cuts to council services

A £7m package of cuts was approved by Lancashire County Council’s cabinet today, with warnings more cuts will be announced over the next two months.

Ashley Highfield

New reporters 'to hold local councils to account'

New reporters are being recruited to cover local councils across the North West.
There are fears the Fylde Coast could get left behind

An opportunity to prosper for Lancashire missed?

The government has offered regions of England substantial devolution of powers and funding. While other areas have grabbed the opportunity with both hands, Lancashire has lagged behind, and now progress has stalled completely.

Libor Funding Scheme

Bank fines set to help boost Lancashire army barracks

Two army barracks in Lancashire are set to receive a funding boost.
John Asquith, Operations Manager of Preston Bus

£1m boost for county bus services

Bus users in Lancashire are set to benefit from a raft of new and extended services from next month.

The community/council buildings in Garstang at the centre of the sale

Market town may miss out in £600k sale

Garstang may not gain anything from the sale of the town’s old council offices - with the cash potentially going to Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton or Cleveleys.

County Coun Geoff Driver

County Council leader Coun Geoff Driver's bail extended

The leader of Lancashire County Council Coun Geoff Driver has had his bail extended for three months.
Consultation continues on opening hours for Lancashire libraries

Have your say on library opening hours in Lancashire

Members of the public have just days left  to share their views about  proposed changes to opening hours at local libraries.
Celebrating Coun Jayne Nixon's by-election win:
Alan Ashton, election agent, Jayne Nixon, Jayne's husband Darren, and Staining and Weeton councillor John Singleton

Fylde welcomes new councillor after landslide vote

Fylde Council has welcomed a new member to its ranks following the election of a new councillor.

Former Wyre Mayor Bob Williamson

Tributes paid after death of former mayor

Tributes have been paid to one of Wyre’s most popular mayors, Bob Williamson, who has died, aged 85.

Coroner Peter Sigee warned that cyclists could die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes

New pothole repair rules will increase risk of cycling deaths, coroner warns

Cyclists could die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes, a coroner has warned.

Lancashire County Council leader Geoff Driver

Geoff Driver: My vision to tackle funding black hole

Lancashire County Council leader Geoff Driver CBE has been underfire over plans to shake-up County Hall. Here he explains the steps he is taking to change the authority.

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The disgraced former Tory deputy chairman believes the country is "sick of elections"

Lord Archer: Corbyn will become Prime Minister if election is held next year

Lord Jeffrey Archer has predicted the Conservatives will lose the next election if it takes place in 2018.

Priti unsurprising: Priti Patel has now resigned

Tory MPs reveal past Israel trips as Patel fallout goes on

Tory MPs on the Fylde Coast today revealed why they had travelled to Israel on fact-finding missions - and insisted they had done nothing wrong.

Wyre Council hopes to bring in the new measures next week

Fines plan to tackle fraud over benefits

Housing benefit claimants who are overpaid because they don’t tell the council about a change in personal circumstances face being hit with a £50 fine.
Lancashires new first lady Angie Ridgwell takes over the top job in January

Angie leaves government to take over County Hall

From Whitehall to County Hall might seem a curious step to take for a top civil servant like Angie Ridgwell.
Gerald Grosvenor, sixth Duke of Westminster, who died last year after falling ill near Garstang

Duke’s family ‘had no tax haven cash’

The international property empire of the Dukes of Westminster has flatly denied that any family member has benefitted from investments in tax havens abroad.
At the end of last year, there were nearly 56,000 "declared absconders"

56,000 foreign nationals disappear off Home Office radar

Tens of thousands of foreign nationals including convicted criminals and illegal immigrants have disappeared off the Home Office's radar, it has emerged.

Under Bar which was on Bank Hey Street

Eight Blackpool pubs on list of business rates bunglers

Town hall chiefs have been forced to write off more than £690,000 of outstanding business rates with eight pubs among those which have failed to pay.

The group is calling for childcare to be subsidised from when a child is six months old

Campaigners protest to improve rights for working mothers

A campaign to improve rights for working mothers is being stepped up with a series of protests across the UK.

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