County Council's children's services still under scrutiny

Much improved – but could still do much better. That is the verdict so far on Lancashire’s crisis hit children’s services.
Security minister promises to use ‘full force’ on those responsible for poison attack on ex-Russian spy

Security minister promises to use ‘full force’ on those responsible for poison attack on ex-Russian spy

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the Government was ready to respond with “the full force of the United Kingdom’s resources” once they had established who was responsible for the attack.


Minister pleges to cut working hours for teachers in bid to tackle staff shortages

Damian Hinds will today pledge to cut teachers’ hours and workload in a bid to tackle staff shortages in schools.

Victims are cyber crime are being urged to report it to police

Minister suggests calling time on children’s use of social media

Children could have time limits imposed when they are on social media sites, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport has suggested.

Angie Ridgwell

Lancashire County Council to raid rainy day cash in funds crisis

The extent of the financial stress Lancashire County Council is under to balance its books has been laid bare by new research.


Pupils get taste of political life

School pupils have told how they were immersed in live politics when BBC’s Question Time came to town.

Coun Michael Green

County Council's message to fracking inquiry - don't take our planning powers

A "hands off our planning powers" message is being delivered to Westminster by Lancashire County Council.

Coun Dowding: Public awareness of problems of our throwaway culture is at an all-time high.

County Council to consider banning plastic cups and crockery

The plastic cup, disposable crockery and other single use plastic items could be outlawed from county hall and other council premises - if Councillor Gina Dowding gets her way.

County Coun Paul Greenall puts his amendments during  the County Hall debate

County Councillors' expenses slammed as "gravy train for fat cats"

Lancashire’s county councillors totted up an expenses and allowances bill of nearly £1.3m in the last financial year.

Chorley Grand Prix professional cyclists race

Bike star Brian Cookson’s plans to create Lancashire cycling boom

Plans have been unveiled to put Lancashire at the centre of a cycling revolution, thanks to one of the biggest names in the sport.

Lancashire County Council awarded the 104m contract to Virgin

Privatising county NHS contract 'will only save 0.07%'

A controversial move to privatise parts of Lancashire’s health services would save just 0.07 per cent, it has been revealed.
County Coun Azhar Ali

Call to end stalemate on devolution deal for Lancashire

The campaign to gain devolution for Lancashire has been kickstarted this week by the county council’s Labour opposition group.

Budget cuts are shrinking our bus services

Budget cuts are shrinking our bus services

Buses across Lancashire are covering 4.5 million fewer miles than four years ago, according to new figures.

Cabinet member Coun Keith Iddon watches a pothole being repaired in Chipping recently.

Axed pothole policy ‘put lives in danger’

A new repair policy to tackle Lancashire’s escalating pothole crisis has been withdrawn by the county council amid claims it could endanger lives.

Blackpool link road, watched by civic officials in 1986. The road follows the old railway line to the site of Central Station and is named after Lancashire County Council surveyor Harry Yeadon (far left), it was opened on the 3rd January 1986. Louise Ellman in light coloured coat

The first female leader of Lancashire County Council talks about her journey into politics

Voting Louise Ellman into office was a ground-breaking moment for women in the North West - the first female leader of Lancashire County Council.

Coun Christine Wright

New plan to tackle Blackpool's homeless problem

Blackpool Council has announced its new plans tackle homelessness.

County Coun John Fillis, deputy leader of the Labour group

County councillors clash over leaked pay for top executive

A County Hall row over leaked information on top salaries has escalated after leaders of the two biggest political parties lodged complaints about each other.

Elected MPs need to stand up for a free press and local democracy

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press. It is very much to be welcomed.
County Coun John Fillis

Eleventh hour bid to keep county's community transport services on the road

An eleventh hour bid will be made tomorrow to save Lancashire’s community transport services from cutbacks.

County Coun Geoff Driver

Consultation on Council's new halal meat policy after school meals boycott threatened

A one month consultation has been launched on Lancashire County Council’s controversial plans to change its halal meat policy.

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