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The Met Office has revealed their Christmas forecast for this year and the question on everyone’s minds is – will we finally get a white Christmas? So what actually classes as a “white Christmas”? According the Met Office a white Christmas calls for “one snowflake to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25 December […]

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 […]

40% of the North East say they have no religion, new census data shows. New data from the 2021 Census reveals that whilst 40% of the North East is not religious, an average of 50.6% of the region identifies as Christian, and 2.9% as Muslim. Whilst demographics do seem to be changing, a large amount […]

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 […]


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