Owen Temple & Margaret Nealis

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Anyone who drove past County Hall today could not have missed the protests from Teaching Assistants still facing a massive pay cut via Durham County Council. And note, these are not cuts made as part of “austerity” – they are cuts being made by the county council in the name of “fairness and equality” and […]

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County Council’s Consumer Helpline ends

by Owen Temple on 2 April, 2016

From 1 April 2016, consumer advice services for County Durham residents will only be available from the Citizens’ Advice consumer helpline. The helpline is a government-funded service that works in partnership with local authority consumer advice services. It provides clear, practical advice on a range of consumer issues. Currently, the consumer helpline service provides initial […]

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Scary Future

by Owen Temple on 21 March, 2016

The slightly revamped proposals offered under the Review of Teaching Assistants’ Pay do not meet the fundamental issues of what was wrong with the initial proposals. Spreading the pain over a three year period merely delays the full implementation of an injustice. It cannot be right and may not be legal (without any change of duties […]

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Easter information: Bins, opening times etc

by Owen Temple on 18 March, 2016

Bin collections There will be no changes to bin collections over the Easter Bank Holiday. This includes refuse, recycling and garden waste collections (for those who have signed up to the scheme).  Bins should be put out for collection by 7.00am on your normal collection day. Good Friday bin collection If you normally have your […]

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Macho politics can damage people’s health

by Owen Temple on 16 March, 2016

I went to Cabinet today to ask them to extend the secondment of an Occupational Therapist to the Care Connect Team. The current secondment is due to finish in August. It doesn’t sound much, but it’s critical. Cabinet has decided to introduce a charge for thousands of frail and vulnerable people who were previously getting this emergency […]

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The seat I wanted but will never have

by Owen Temple on 15 March, 2016

No, it’s not North West Durham! That remains up for grabs. It’s the one I rescued from a Blackfyne skip, and as previously reported have returned to County Hall. Oh to be a fly on the wall, or even a bum on the seat, and find out whether it ever gets put to use, but here’s […]

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Standards in Public Life

by Owen Temple on 11 March, 2016

Today I visited the former North site of Consett Academy (aka Blackfyne). A local sports club had asked if they could look round and salvage anything of use to them, and I invited myself along to see if I could see anything that would be of use to local community groups. A bit too late as it […]

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A car park worth saving

by Owen Temple on 11 March, 2016

Why would the car park of a closed Swimming Baths be chock full on a normal weekday afternoon? Anyone who lives near Consett Schools will know the answer. It’s because the traffic chaos long predicted before the new Academy was opened is well known to us all, and the old Swimming Baths car park is […]

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Who’s got the best police force in the country?

by Owen Temple on 4 March, 2016

Many of you will already know that for the second year in a row Durham Constabulary has achieved the distinction of being the only force in the country to be graded as “Outstanding” by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary. Well done to the girls and boys in blue. I have to say that in this […]

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