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My Important Pages

by Mark Wilkes on October 6, 2014

Links to various pages on my website:

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Councillor Shuttleworth Spits his dummy out

by Mark Wilkes on October 29, 2014

Before the last election one of the small independent groups on Durham County Council with four members had two members with disabilities. The introduction of push button voting and other technology caused problems so a table was placed at the front of the chamber for the four councillors to sit at, in front of the […]

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I today questioned the Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Napier on funding for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. The Council has asked the CAB to work up proposals which could see a £150,000 cut to the funding. Cllr Napier confirmed that these cuts are not yet council policy and I therefore hope that this cut in […]

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The number of senior managers at County Hall has fallen from 38 to 29 in the last few years. Sadly, our Labour-run council is still paying the Chief Exec seventeen times the pay of the lowest paid full time workers. And earlier this year Labour refused our Lib Dem call to introduce the living wage […]

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Have a read of this blog entry if you want to save money on your water bills or know someone on a low income who could do with help. Water meters, and a scheme called Watersure can help different people, and there is a lot of advice out there for everyone on how to cut […]

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Council’s new website crashes

by Mark Wilkes on October 27, 2014

There’s nothing wrong with your computer! The Council’s new website has crashed. Hopefully will be back up and running in the morning.

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New LED street lighting has been causing a lot of concern from residents across the area. The lighting saves a fortune for the council on energy bills and cuts our impact on the environment. However it also makes some areas look like the black hole of Calcutta! On The Orchard in Pity Me the wrong […]

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Will MPs have to stay up all night on Wednesday?

by Mark Wilkes on October 25, 2014

Lib Dem MP Andrew George is a step closer to making the Bedroom Tax fair. The Tories want to waste so much time that his proposed legislation is timed out in Parliament. On Wednesday evening  we will make the Tories get their sleeping bags out according to Mr George: Andrew George said: “The Tories are […]

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Fighting for advice services

by Mark Wilkes on October 24, 2014

I am currently fighting to protect council funding for advice services. The Council has asked the CAB to work up proposals which would see it facing £150,000 of cuts to its funding from the Council. Council reserves rose to over £100million this year – food for thought!!

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The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Community Roadshow is outside Homebase on Tuesday 28th and Wed 29th from 10am to 4pm. You can get personal advice as well as find out about understanding dementia and the importance of early diagnosis.  

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by Mark Wilkes on October 22, 2014

A quick reminder. If your total household income is less than £16000 a year you may be eligible for a £140 discount off your electricity bill this winter. Call your energy company and ask them if you are eligible for the WARM HOMES DISCOUNT. This was introduced by the Lib Dems in government to help […]

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