Greater Manchester Mayor to hold Q&A session at Wigan venue

Wiganers will get their first chance to grill the Mayor of Greater Manchester on the region’s hottest topics at a public question time event.

Wigan Town Hall

Wigan Council tax frozen but bills will still rise by 3%

Wigan Council has managed to freeze what it charges residents - but Government decisions mean council tax bills in the borough will be going up anyway.
Elected MPs need to stand up for a free press and local democracy

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press. It is very much to be welcomed.
Peter Franzen

Ex-councillor's fury at 'heavy-handed' raid and arrest

Police have raided the house of a former Wigan Council opposition leader amid claims of harassing the town hall’s chief executive.
Jo Platt MP speaking in Parliament

MPs demand information and clarity on Brexit

MPs from the borough have been demanding to know more about what Brexit means for the area and for politics.

Yvonne Fovargue MP

Hundreds trapped in Universal Credit rent crisis

Almost 1,500 residents are trapped in a rent arrears crisis caused by the government’s controversial changes to the universal credit system.

Jo Platt MP

Police cuts putting residents at risk, says MP

A local MP has told a Government minister police cuts across the region are putting residents at risk during parliamentary proceedings.
Jo Platt

MP blasts troll for web attack on Wigan Council chief exec

An internet troll who sent an abusive message to Wigan Council’s chief executive has been condemned by a borough MP.

Calm the nerves with a pre-flight pint?

That pre-flight pint at the airport might be a thing of the past

You know the feeling...
Wigan Town Hall

Overdue council tax bill nearly £19k

Council tax arrears totalling more than £14,000 are owed to the town hall by an individual living in the borough, it can be revealed.

County Coun Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council

County Council leader Geoff Driver calls for auditors to investigate payments of £.5m council health and wellbeing grants

The Tory leader of Lancashire County Council wants auditors to investigate how £500,000 of grants were distributed in the dying days of the previous Labour administration at County Hall.

Ashley Highfield

New reporters 'to hold local councils to account'

New reporters are being recruited to cover local councils across the North West.
Gareth Fairhurst

Council probe launched in community funding row

Wigan Council is looking into an opposition activist’s claims that the town hall was too quick to award taxpayers’ money to schemes backed by elected representatives.

Yvonne Fovargue

Lives being put at risk by brigade cuts, MP claims

A borough MP says that lives are being put at risk by the latest slew of Government cuts to the fire service.

John Asquith, Operations Manager of Preston Bus

£1m boost for county bus services

Bus users in Lancashire are set to benefit from a raft of new and extended services from next month.

MP Jo Platt

Sex offences help offered

Extra efforts are being made to ensure the more effective prosecution of rape and sexual assault cases, according to the Attorney General.

Coroner Peter Sigee warned that cyclists could die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes

New pothole repair rules will increase risk of cycling deaths, coroner warns

Cyclists could die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes, a coroner has warned.

The disgraced former Tory deputy chairman believes the country is "sick of elections"

Lord Archer: Corbyn will become Prime Minister if election is held next year

Lord Jeffrey Archer has predicted the Conservatives will lose the next election if it takes place in 2018.

At the end of last year, there were nearly 56,000 "declared absconders"

56,000 foreign nationals disappear off Home Office radar

Tens of thousands of foreign nationals including convicted criminals and illegal immigrants have disappeared off the Home Office's radar, it has emerged.

The group is calling for childcare to be subsidised from when a child is six months old

Campaigners protest to improve rights for working mothers

A campaign to improve rights for working mothers is being stepped up with a series of protests across the UK.

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