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MP urges health chiefs to rethink cost-cutting plans to cut free hearing aids

Health chiefs in North Staffordshire have been urged to reconsider their plans to cut funding for the provision of hearing aids for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.

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County Council condemned as budget cut forces closure of school swimming pool

Staffordshire County Council has been accused of forcing the closure of a popular school swimming pool by rushing ahead with budget cuts without listening to the people who use it.

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Taxpayers count the cost as County Council forks out £2.6 million for pothole damage

More than £2.6 million has been paid out in compensation to drivers and pedestrians across Staffordshire in recent years because of damage caused by the county’s deteriorating roads and pavements.

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Higher university tuition fees a disaster, says Newcastle MP

'Higher university tuition fees a disaster' - Paul Farrelly MP

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MP presses Government and UK Coal to shelve open cast coal plans for Bignall End

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has called on Energy Minister Michael Fallon and the Chief Executive of cash-strapped UK Coal to scrap plans for a controversial opencast coal mine at Great Oak in the village of Bignall End in his constituency.

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MP calls for improvements in thrombosis services

Paul Farrelly, Newcastle’s Labour MP, has added his voice to calls for better awareness and improved management of thrombosis - a major cause of strokes and heart attacks in the UK.

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Newcastle’s MP backs ‘demo’ against Staffordshire youth service cuts

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has warned that a radical shake-up of youth services in Staffordshire could result in the closure of youth centres, wide-ranging job losses and an end to the funding of key community projects.

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Staffordshire libraries face £1.5 million cuts in Tory U-turn

Libraries across Staffordshire are bracing themselves for £1.5 million plus of cuts over the next three years, as the County’s Conservative Council drops its commitment against closures.

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Ibstock Brick donation a fillip for Chesterton housing project

A run-down site at the heart of a neighborhood housing development is due to be transformed into a communal garden thanks to a donation by Chesterton brick manufacturers Ibstock.

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Grants help cricket club to grow the game

Cricket club members at Silverdale have been congratulated by Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly after securing two grants that will enable them to expand grassroots sporting facilities in the area.

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