Strike hits schools and services in Worcestershire

Worcester News: Worcester Green Watch outside the gates of Worcester Fire Station on strike. 1814588801.

7:58am Thursday 10th July 2014

A NUMBER of services in the county will not be available in Worcestershire today due to strike action. Click here for a full list of school closures, affected bus routes and more.

Dramatic night at the polls leaves Worcester City Council in limbo

Worcester News: 2114605819. 23/05/14. Worcester City Council Election at the Guildhall. Left to right - Councillors Lucy and Stephen Hodgson celebrate the latter's victory. Picture by Nick Toogood. (6475219)

10:10am Friday 23rd May 2014

THE future of Worcester City Council is in limbo this morning - after a dramatic night at the polls which saw a surge of support for UKIP and the Conservatives become the Guildhall's largest party.

Worcestershire elections 2014: Live

Worcester News: Worcestershire elections 2014: Live

2:49pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

Live coverage as Worcestershire heads to the polls to select the councillors and members of the European Parliament to represent them.

1,500 jobs to go at county council

Worcester News: CONSULTANTS: County Hall.

10:47am Friday 11th April 2014

AROUND 1,500 jobs are to be axed at Worcestershire County Council by 2018, it has emerged.

Budget 2014: Osborne woos savers and pensioners

Worcester News: Budget 2014: live coverage

10:53am Wednesday 19th March 2014

George Osborne pledged to share the benefits of economic recovery with pensioners and savers today as he delivered his penultimate Budget before the general election.

Council leader calls on Cameron to pay for river crossing

Worcester News: 0814523205 Paul Jackson 17.02.14 Upton-upon-Severn Prime Minister David Cameron visits Upton. From left - Environment Agency staff - Tom Thorne, Roger Price, Alex Mapp and Dafydd Evans. (4040461)

8:16am Tuesday 25th February 2014

THE leader of Worcester City Council is calling on David Cameron’s government to fund a new River Severn crossing.

Allowance rises set to be rejected by councillors

Worcester News: New leader of the city council Adrian Gregson

8:00am Tuesday 25th February 2014

THE leader of Worcester City Council is turning down the chance to give himself a 26 per cent pay rise tonight - saying now is the wrong time to argue for an increase.

Could the county council do without a chief executive?

Worcester News: ‘GOLDEN GOODBYE’: Trish Haines, who is stepping down as chief executive in May, is having her pension fund topped up.

8:40am Wednesday 15th January 2014

POLL: Calls are being made to scrap the hunt for a new chief executive at Worcestershire County Council – amid claims the job could be abolished altogether.

MP scales the heights at outdoor education centre

Worcester News: FUTURE SECURE: Nick Hands from the Malvern Outdoor Elements centre demonstrates the climbing wall to Harriett Baldwin MP, before she was shown around the centre.

2:00pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

MP Harriett Baldwin had a go on a climbing wall when she paid a visit to the outdoor education centre in West Malvern.

Councils unite in bid to boost Worcester tourism

Worcester News: Cathedral: More usual venue for performances  by members of Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir.

4:00pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

TOURISM is going to be boosted in Worcester – with two councils teaming up to make greater investment into promoting the city.

MP hopeful opposes all-female shortlists for candidates

Worcester News: Mr Huddlestone with Prime Minister David Cameron

3:00pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

THE Conservative parliamentary candidate for Mid-Worcestershire has stepped into the controversy over a lack of women in the Commons and has rejected calls for all-female shortlists.

£1 million cash boost for Worcester Technology Park

Worcester News: The Office for National Statistics says households are spending more with GDP on the increase

11:00am Tuesday 14th January 2014

A £1 MILLION cash boost is on the way for Worcester Technology Park – allowing the long-awaited project to finally get off the ground.

Green Party candidate for Worcester pledges to take on Tories

Worcester News: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

4:33pm Monday 13th January 2014

WORCESTER Green Party has selected its candidate for the 2015 General Election - and insists it intends to push Robin Walker all the way.

'Elderly must continue to fight cuts' says campaigner

Worcester News: Small and medium-sized businesses can take advantage of a £350,000 cash pot

3:00pm Monday 13th January 2014

THE vulnerable must never give up the fight against proposed cuts to services in Worcester, says a campaigner for older people.

Council workers suspended on full pay costs £230,000

Worcester News: County Hall, the HQ of Worcestershire County Council

7:20am Monday 13th January 2014

WORKERS at Worcestershire County Council being suspended on full pay has left taxpayers with a bill for £230,000, it has emerged.

'Lower speed limits would damage economy' says MEP

Worcester News: MEP Nikki Sinclaire

3:20pm Thursday 9th January 2014

POLL: Lower speed limits on motorways have been attacked by a Worcestershire politician who claims it could damage the economy.

Council tax rise and £29m of cuts revealed in council budget

Worcester News: City council finance chiefs preparing a draft budget will have less of these to work with next year

1:11pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

THE long-awaited Worcestershire County Council budget for 2014/15 has finally been published - revealing £29 million of cuts.

Pensioners welcome PM's pledge over increases

Worcester News: PM and Witney MP David Cameron is under fire over NHS reforms

12:20pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

PENSIONERS are in line for a £1,000 rise by 2020 – but free bus passes, TV licences and winter fuel payments could be axed for the better-off.

Council leader backs 'Worcester is great' report

Worcester News: Worcester boasts a spectacular cathedral and the river Severn

9:30am Tuesday 7th January 2014

A WORCESTER leader has backed an 89-page dossier lauding the success of the city – but insists more better-paid jobs must be created.

Funding to fight domestic abuse to be cut by 50 per cent

Worcester News: It is feared funding cuts will hit the service to help victims of domestic violence. Picture posed by models.

8:30am Tuesday 7th January 2014

FUNDING for tackling domestic abuse is set to be cut by 50 per cent at Worcestershire County Council, it has emerged.

Spend more promoting public transport, says councillor

Worcester News: OPTIMISM: County councillor Derek Prodger, left, with the county council’s sustainable transport manager Andy Baker at the opening of the park and ride service at Sixways in 2009. Now the future of the service is in doubt.

9:00am Monday 6th January 2014

MORE taxpayers’ money should be spent on promoting public transport, according to a Worcestershire politician.

Worcester City Council phone system still not working

Worcester News: Police warning over telephone bank card scam

8:49am Friday 3rd January 2014

CUSTOMERS have been given an alternative number for Worcester City Council while work to repair the Guildhall phone system is carried out.

MPs hit out at "scaremongering" over European immigrants

Worcester News: Special report: What has the EU done for Sussex?

8:00am Friday 3rd January 2014

MPs in Worcestershire say too much “scaremongering” has been going on in the debate about Romanian and Bulgarian migrants – saying the county has nothing to fear from them.

Park-and-ride may still be privatised

Worcester News: Park and ride free on Small Business Saturday

8:16am Thursday 2nd January 2014

A COME-and-get-us plea has been issued for Worcester’s threatened park and ride sites – even if it means operators running a worse service.

HONOURS: Worcestershire Tory stalwart made an MBE

Worcester News: HONOURS: Worcestershire Tory stalwart made an OBE

10:30pm Monday 30th December 2013

THE president of the West Worcestershire Conservative Association has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours.

HONOURS: Arise 'Sir Peter Luff MP'

Worcester News: Peter Luff MP

10:30pm Monday 30th December 2013

A WORCESTERSHIRE MP is to be knighted for more than two decades of public and political service.

MP is accused of failing the city over food banks

Worcester News: SIGNING: MP Robin Walker signs the Book of Commitment.

1:50pm Monday 23rd December 2013

WORCESTER MP Robin Walker has come under fire for not taking part in a House of Commons debate on food banks – with his Labour rival taking a pop at him for “failing” the city.

New Worcestershire road scheme paves way for jobs

Worcester News: Work on the new north Worcestershire highway could start in spring 2015

6:30pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

THE expansion of a £12.4 million road has been given the go-ahead in Worcestershire – unlocking the potential to create thousands more jobs.

‘Real chance’ for real cuts to waiting list

Worcester News: Councillor Richard Boorn: pay rise call

5:30pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

THE man in charge of Worcester City Council’s finances says more house building is vital – and insists that the authority can help make it happen.

MP hopeful says she would not take pay rise

Worcester News: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

10:30am Wednesday 11th December 2013

WORCESTER’S Labour parliamentary candidate has spoken out about an 11 per cent pay rise for MPs – saying they would be “completely wrong” to accept it.

Jeremy Clarkson would be red-faced by Top Gear magazine, says county MP

Worcester News: Jeremy Clarkson

5:13pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

A WORCESTERSHIRE MP says even Jeremy Clarkson would be embarrassed by Top Gear magazines’ stereotypical portrayal of engineers as men.

How you can shape the future of our city

Worcester News: Councillor Richard Boorn: pay rise call

2:20pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

A FRESH initiative to ensure your views help shape Worcester’s future has been launched – amid fears not enough people are engaging with the city council.

Stark warning over fire service reduction plans

Worcester News: Driver cut free from crash in Bathpool, Taunton

12:30pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

LIVES will be lost if nearly £5 million of fire service cuts are forced through, a firefighter has warned.

We asked MPs: 'Will you give pay rise to charity?'

Worcester News: MEMBERS: The £74,000 question

6:00am Tuesday 10th December 2013

ONE Worcestershire MP is prepared to give a proposed pay rise to charity – admitting that none of them can justify an 11 per cent increase.

Worcester leader vows to fight for the young

Worcester News: New leader of the city council Adrian Gregson

3:20pm Monday 9th December 2013

THE leader of Worcester City Council says he is determined to improve the plight of young people – and insists voters will have “clear targets” to measure him by come election time.

Council complaints rise but web could be factor

Worcester News: Worcester's Guildhall

7:20am Monday 9th December 2013

THE number of complaints made to Worcester City Council has increased 36 per cent year-on-year, it has emerged.

In full: George Osborne's Autumn Statement

Worcester News: George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer

12:16pm Thursday 5th December 2013

Read the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, outlining plans for the economy, in full.

‘Bedroom tax’ has cost me Christmas, says disabled mum

Worcester News: OUSTED: Lisa Taylor and her son Ben, aged 16, say they have been forced to leave their three-bedroom property for a two-bedroom home. Picture by Nick Toogood. (4913464901)

9:36am Wednesday 4th December 2013

A DISABLED single mum and her teenage son say they have been forced to cancel Christmas after the so-called bedroom tax cost them nearly £1,000.

Bedroom tax is attack on the vulnerable, claims council leader

Worcester News: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

6:26pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013

THE leader of Worcester City Council has launched a fresh attack on the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ - calling it an “assiduous” attack on the vulnerable.

Budget cuts could leave most vulnerable at risk

Worcester News: Is money ruining football?

10:10am Sunday 1st December 2013

SOCIAL services in Worcestershire are among the best performing in the country, new figures have revealed.

Cash cutbacks are ‘lovely jubbly’ for city’s rogue traders

Worcester News: ONLY FOOLS: The popular TV character ‘Del Boy’ Trotter.

2:30pm Friday 29th November 2013

TRADING standards is facing a shock 85 per cent funding cut from Worcestershire County Council – leading to claims “the likes of Derek Trotter” will get away with conning the public.

New Tory candidate selected for Mid Worcestershire

Worcester News: NIgel Huddlestone

10:05am Saturday 23rd November 2013

NIGEL Huddlestone has been selected as the Conservative party candidate for Mid Worcestershire at the next General Election.

Tory four to fight it out to be poll choice

Worcester News: Peter Luff MP

6:00am Friday 22nd November 2013

THE contest to find a replacement for Mid-Worcestershire MP Peter Luff has been whittled down from more than 200 people to four candidates, it has emerged.

People in care will never be forgotten

Worcester News: UNHAPPY FEET: More homes are needed for the elderly

4:30pm Thursday 21st November 2013

CARE homes across Worcestershire have been warned council workers can check up on them at any time – allaying fears that standards could drop.

Local authority wrangle criticised by top judge

Worcester News: Man in court after Co-op robbery

12:40pm Thursday 21st November 2013

A HIGH Court judge has hit out at the costs of an extraordinary squabble between two local authorities over who should pay for the care of a disabled man.

£9m bonanza for county in public buildings sell-off

Worcester News: Positive impact: Elgar House, part of the Campion House and B&Q scheme, which was the winner in 2003.

9:00am Thursday 21st November 2013

NEARLY 70 council buildings across Worcestershire have been sold during the last two years, the biggest public sector sell-off ever.

Furious MP blasts planning system as "Byzantine"

Worcester News: CALLS: Harriett Baldwin MP

5:24pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

A FURIOUS Worcestershire MP has attacked delays in getting the county’s main growth blueprint approved - saying “World War Two” took less time to sort out.

We must pay out and save money

Worcester News: Coun Campion said Worcestershire County Council has had to "slim down rapidly"

11:20am Wednesday 20th November 2013

A MOVE to pay out £8 million in severance payments to redundant council workers in Worcestershire has been defended by a leading politician.

Worcester has too many elections, says councillor

Worcester News: Voters make their mark in elections

5:50pm Thursday 14th November 2013

POLL: Too many elections take place in Worcester says one councillor, who has called for the number of votes to be reduced.

Row over £95,000 pension top-up for retiring council boss

Worcester News: ‘GOLDEN GOODBYE’: Trish Haines, who is stepping down as chief executive in May, is having her pension fund topped up.

8:40am Wednesday 13th November 2013

THE chief executive of Worcestershire County Council is retiring early and being handed a ‘golden goodbye’ of £95,000, it has emerged.

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