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What would you cut? Durham council asks residents to find £100m savings

Local authority consults public amid expectations that it will have to cut £90m more after already pruning a third of £400m budget since 2010

Durham county council has devised a fun game for residents to play at public consultations. Designed to mimic the Monopoly board, the game is about cutting rather than spending money, and encourages players to find £100m-worth of savings to council services out of the budget of £400m.

Players who select the arts, museums and theatres box save the council £3m. Players who land on residential and nursing care for adults wipe a satisfying £58m from the budget. Land on the street cleaning box save £6m. Abandon housing advice and homelessness support cut £19m.

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Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola may be clear of the disease

Initial tests on Teresa Romero return negative result for the virus following treatment in isolation unit in Madrid Continue reading…
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The bigger questions around the Ebola outbreak

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Catholic missionary compensates 11 former trainee priests

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Yes, I froze my eggs, but am I a victim of a new fertility racket?

As two tech giants offer egg-freezing to their staff, the playwright offers a heartfelt account of her experienceWomen, theres a new perk in town. Last week, Apple joined ranks with Facebook in offering free egg-freezing to staff who want to delay havi…
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Like all rapists, Ched Evans will never be really free

The disgraced footballer has served his time, but will never be allowed to forget his vile crimeCould a person ever get past a rape conviction? Is it possible to leave it behind or does it stay with you for ever, a stain that cant be rubbed away?I thou…
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Bob Geldof: ‘We are a normal family. And one of us didn’t make it’

Six months after the death of his daughter Peaches, Bob Geldof is still raw and angry. He talks about addiction, intrusion and why hes back in his snakeskin suit Continue reading…
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MPs urge investigation over missing child sex abuse files

Demand comes from follow-up inquiry into Rotherham scandal during which it was found that files of council researcher detailing extent of suffering had been stolen in 2002A full and urgent investigation into the disappearance of key child sex abuse fil…
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Dentists warned of counterfeit equipment following huge haul

Medical regulator launches investigations after thousands of pieces of poor quality imported dental equipment seizedDentists have been warned about the potential danger of buying and using counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment, a regulator has sa…
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Ed Miliband promises 7-day test for cancer under Labour government

The Labour party leader said he would ensure the UK had the best cancer survival rates using money levied on tobacco firmsA future Labour government would guarantee a maximum wait of no more than one week for cancer tests and results to improve treatme…
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