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Derbyshire County Council's leader says his child is deaf - and defends services

The county council's leader has revealed he is a father and an uncle to two deaf children - as he defended his authority's educational support for youngsters with hearing impairments after a charity boss raised concerns. Derbyshire County Council...

yesterday, 16:58 in Regional East
 

Derbyshire council tax rise will help 'rising numbers' of needy children

A council tax hike in Derbyshire will help 'rising numbers of children in need', according to a report. Conservative-led Derbyshire County Council (DCC) intends to approve a 4.99 per cent rise in the controversial tax for 2018-19 - along with...

Saturday, 14:11 in Regional East
 

Derbyshire poised for £12m cuts, council tax rise and job losses

Derbyshire County Council is poised to make £12.3million of cuts over the next year. A 2018-19 budget report states the organisation plans to make further savings in several departments including adult care, children’s services and transport. The...

Saturday, 09:28 in Regional East
 

Ofsted tell Wirksworth school to speed up progress on improvement plan

A Wirksworth school has been told to fast-track its improvements by Ofsted amid the upheaval following a highly critical report in 2017. Senior inspector Stephen McMullan visited Wirksworth Junior School, on Wash Green, shortly before Christmas to...

Thursday, 21:14 in Regional East
 

Matlock mum praises hospital staff who cared for critically ill baby

A Matlock mum whose infant son was admitted to the Critical Care Unit at Nottingham Children’s Hospital has praised staff for their work. Georgia Barrington-Evans’ three-week-old son Zak was taken into hospital earlier this month after showing...

Thursday, 16:15 in Regional East
 

COLUMN: How to treat a severe allergic reaction

This week we take a look at severe allergic reactions. An allergy is an abnormal reaction to an allergen or trigger substance. One of the most common allergens is plant pollen which often causes hay fever. Other allergens include animal hair, bee...

Thursday, 14:46 in Regional East
 

New chief revealed for Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospicecare

Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospicecare has unveiled its new chief executive as Barbara-Anne Walker. The charity, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, provides specialist palliative and end of life care to people across north...

Thursday, 12:57 in Regional East
 
Matlock Bath Illuminations profits miss council target by £37,000

Matlock Bath Illuminations profits miss council target by £37,000

Derbyshire Dales District Council have revealed that the crowd-pleasing 2017 Matlock Bath Illuminations season did not hit its budget target. A council meeting on Thursday, January 11, heard how the autumn showpiece, now in its 120th year, cost more...

Monday, 20:00 in Regional East
 
Outdoor educator to host Hope Valley litter pick for environment award

Outdoor educator to host Hope Valley litter pick for environment award

An outdoor education worker from Bradwell is to host a community litter pick as her final step to gaining a prestigious conservation accolade. Ruth Dixon has spent the last year pursuing the John Muir Explorer Award in her roles as a Forest School...

Monday, 20:00 in Regional East
 

VIDEO: 15-year-old boy lobbying to have homework scrapped in secondary schools

A 15-year-old boy is lobbying to have homework scrapped in secondary schools around the country. Lee Sibley, a GCSE pupil at Severn Vale School, Gloucestershire, started the Change.org petition urging Prime Minister Theresa May to ban homework in UK...

Monday, 17:17 in Regional East
 
Derbyshire Dales District Council open community award nominations

Derbyshire Dales District Council open community award nominations

Derbyshire Dales District Council chairman Steve Flitter is inviting nominations for the Derbyshire Dales Community Awards. The honours recognise district residents who have made outstanding contributions in areas such as sport, youth work, arts, the...

Monday, 12:53 in Regional East
 
Fire service to answer questions on Matlock station staffing changes

Fire service to answer questions on Matlock station staffing changes

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority will be in Matlock this week to talk to the public about potential changes affecting the service. Representatives for the authority will be at Park Head in Hall Leys Park, on Friday, January 12, 9am to 1.30pm, to...

12 January 2018 in Regional East
 
£1,000 gym prizes up for grabs!

£1,000 gym prizes up for grabs!

Wanting to get fit in the new year, but not quite sure how? We’ve got just the prize for you! We’ve teamed up with Chesterfield’s newest gym – Fifty3degrees incorporating Infinity Martial Arts – to offer a prize which means you’ve absolutely no excuse...

11 January 2018 in Regional East
 
Warning to motorists after ambulance crews were involved in 90 non-fault collisions

Warning to motorists after ambulance crews were involved in 90 non-fault collisions

Crews from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) were involved in 90 road traffic collisions that were not their fault in just eight months. Between April and November last year, 90 non-fault insurance claims were made by EMAS.

11 January 2018 in Regional East
 
National award for parish councillor who led Holloway memorial project

National award for parish councillor who led Holloway memorial project

A woman who has served on the parish council of Dethick, Lea and Holloway over many years has been recognised with a national honour. Joan Ward, 84, is one of 36 people from across the country who will be presented with a British Citizen Award at a...

10 January 2018 in Regional East
 
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