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The Sunderland Food Bank has seen a 150% increase in people accessing the food bank compared to the same period last year. This comes after rising living costs forced people to rely on food banks to get by. The charity, which has eight locations across Wearside, has called for more volunteers and donations this Christmas […]

Andrew Gimson’s comprehensive retelling of Boris Johnson’s tumultuous time as Prime Minister. Andrew Gimson begins his biography of Boris Johnson with Johnson’s obituary. His actual obituary, not his political one. Gimson was commissioned by the Daily Mail in April 2020 to give his account of Johnson’s life, in case the then Prime Minister died of […]

Food Banks in the North East have appealed for assistance and support from the public in the run-up to Christmas. This comes as the cost-of-living crisis causes donations to fall and demand to rise. The food banks revealed that partnerships and donations are down while the demand for assistance is up as energy prices and […]

England are through to the next round of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Gareth Southgate’s men have just beaten Senegal in their last fixture of the group stages. It was a slow start to England’s round of 16 fixture where they took on Senegal. Jordan Henderson opened the scoring 38 minutes into the […]

Listen to the full article here The cost-of-living crisis is a large struggle for everyone and is currently causing child poverty rates to skyrocket in local areas. Child poverty has been an ever-growing problem in the North East, and England in general, for many years. The cost-of-living crisis is worsening child poverty rates around the […]

Libraries around the UK are dropping fines for overdue books – and Sunderland may yet adopt a similar policy. Following a national trend commenced in 2018, which has seen around 60 UK authorities scrapping fines for overdue books, Sunderland City Council has confirmed it is monitoring the situation. A council spokesman told Spark: “We are […]

The Bank of England had raised rates even further from 2.25% to 3%, bringing it to the highest level since November 2008 marking also the highest single increase since 1989. These high interest rates could have a great impact on the cost of living, affecting those with mortgages, credit card debt and loans, drastically changing […]

Falling leaves and ageing trains are being blamed for delays to Metro services but solutions are on the way, says service operator Nexus.  “Low rail adhesion” due to the change in seasons and a 43 year-old train fleet have been identified as reasons for a rise in delays on Metro services. But despite the on-going […]


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