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As Census 2021 findings begin to be released, data suggests religion is overwhelmingly declining – but where in the North East is still largely religious? Data is now being released from last years Census, providing insight on demographics like religion, gender, sexuality and occupation. With data on religion now publicly available, here are the least […]

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 […]

Schools across the country have had their outstanding ranking removed following revised inspections. The schools watchdog removed the highest ranking from a staggering 83% of outstanding schools after legal exemptions meant some schools had not been visited in more than 10 years. In the findings, Ofsted said: “Whilst we did inspect schools where we had […]

The Christmas post faces major disruptions after postal workers announced strikes set to continue. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called its members to take part in a national strike action as an agreement with Royal Mail is still to be reached. The postal workers strike action is over pay and conditions. The Royal Mail […]

Jill Scott was celebrated as European champion in the summer and was then crowned Queen of the Jungle yesterday. The midfielder was born in Sunderland and spent the first two years of her professional career there. 12 million viewers tuned in on Sunday night to watch Scott take on the Rat Race challenge and then […]

Homelessness is on the rise across the UK with 227,000 people sleeping rough in 2021. This led to 741 deaths across the UK relating to homelessness. North East Homeless is a charity that looks to support vulnerable and homeless people in the North East of England. Brian Burridge, the founder of North East Homeless, decided […]

England are about to take on the USA in the World Cup, and Ryan O’Hara may be a lone American voice in one of England’s most passionate footballing cities. But the University of Sunderland student is a voice of defiance that is backed by 330 million back home, and its message is that England are […]

International students have spoken of their struggles securing accommodation in Sunderland. The housing crisis in the UK is affecting residents of the North East, particularly international students at the University of Sunderland. Some have complained of fewer chances of securing accommodation – and of the challenges they face to get somewhere to live. Boliuma Olusayero, […]


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