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Universal Credit claimants struggling to navigate system, finds study

A "significant" number of people are struggling to navigate the Government's flagship Universal Credit benefits system, according to a new study. Research by Citizens Advice found that more than a third of those helped by the charity found...

today, 10:03 in Regional North East

Virtual fitness classes launch in South Shields

New virtual fitness classes have kicked off in South Shields to help people get into shape. Top fitness instructors will be leading the virtual classes, which launched at Haven Point leisure complex in the town today. Les Mills Virtual Classes will...

today, 10:03 in Regional North East

Workers in North East among those who put in most overtime

Three out of five people work overtime every week, with those in the North East and London putting in the most hours, a new study shows. A survey of 2,000 adults found that workers are clocking up an average of four extra hours a week, rising to six...

today, 08:37 in Regional North East

Rail line cash boost as May brings cabinet to region

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a multi-million cash injection for the region as her cabinet is due to meet in the North East today. A £780m investment in East Coast Main Line aims to give passengers more seats and faster, more frequent...

today, 08:37 in Regional North East

Pregnant women offered up to £300 if they stop smoking under new scheme in South Tyneside

Pregnant women in South Tyneside are being offered up to £300 to stop smoking. Under the Smoking in Pregnancy (SIP) Incentive Scheme, expectant mothers can claim a £25 gift card just for attending an initial appointment and setting a quit date....

today, 08:37 in Regional North East

Health chiefs urge over 50s in South Tyneside to check signs of deadly cancers

Health chiefs are calling on more over people over the age of 50 in South Tyneside to check their urine in order to spot the signs of cancers which kill on average almost 30 people in the borough each year. Public Health England has launched its new...

today, 08:37 in Regional North East

Massive modernisation project planned for landmark South Shields hotel

A landmark South Tyneside hotel is set for change after a planning application was submitted for a modern upgrade. The seafront Sea Hotel, in South Shields, which is up for sale, could see alterations to its restaurant and bar. New re-branding signage...

today, 08:37 in Regional North East

Roadworks round-up: Where you might face delays around South Tyneside on Monday, July 23

Here’s a list of new and ongoing roadworks which could cause hold-ups in the South Tyneside area on Monday. Western Approach, South Shields: Lane narrow for major highway improvements, until September 7. Cleadon Lane, Cleadon: Temporary traffic...

yesterday, 19:42 in Regional North East

Start of school summer holidays could bring hottest day of the year so far

The UK could this week see its hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures could soar to more than 34C (93.2F) in some parts of the country on Wednesday, beating the 33C (91.4F) recorded at Porthmadog in North Wales on June 28. Met Office forecaster...

yesterday, 16:19 in Regional North East

Swimmers warned to be aware of drowning risk

Swimmers should take care when taking a dip in the water during the hot weather, after several people drowned while swimming over the past few weeks, council leaders have warned. Last year 255 people died as a result of accidental drowning, including...

yesterday, 16:19 in Regional North East

Police praise victims for finding courage to report perverted doctor

Police have praised victims of a perverted doctor for finding the courage to report his lurid behaviour. Dr Thair Altaii, 55, is facing a potential jail sentence after he was found guilty on Friday of committing three counts of voyeurism between 2008...

Saturday, 13:10 in Regional North East

Police respond as figures show South Tyneside crime is rising

Crime in South Tyneside jumped more than a fifth in the past year with a rise in sex attacks, thefts and criminal damage, new figures show. There were 15,133 reported offences - up 20.6 per cent on the 12,543 over the previous 12 months. Sexual crime...

Saturday, 10:52 in Regional North East

Baby joy for brave Charlie Cookson’s parents

A couple who have changed the lives of families with a charity in honour of the son they lost, are expecting a new baby. Sarah and Chris Cookson were left devastated when their only child Charlie died in October 2013, aged two, after battling a...

Saturday, 10:52 in Regional North East

New man takes the helm at South Shields Marine School

An internationally renowned maritime training centre is to carry on making waves globally after appointing a new man to the helm. John Roach has been made Principal of South Shields Marine School, the UK’s oldest such facility, dating to 1861. He...

Saturday, 10:52 in Regional North East

South Tyneside army veteran’s 1,000 mile trek across USA for charity

A former soldier from South Tyneside has reached the half way point in a 1000-mile trek across the USA to raise awareness of mental health among forces veterans. Kev Carr has spent the last seven weeks making his way across America from LA to New York...

Saturday, 10:52 in Regional North East

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