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Affordable homes plan for four villages in Northamptonshire

Thirty-three affordable homes are being built in four Northamptonshire villages, a housing developer has announced.

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An artist's impression of the new homes being built in Earls Barton by housing developer, David Wilson Homes

New homes come with £2.4 million investment pledge by housing developer in Northamptonshire

A housing developer has pledged to invest more than £2.4 million into a Northamptonshire village including money for education, health and sports facilities.

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Northamptonshire County Council wants to merge it's in-house adult social care department and Olympus Care.

UKIP fears Northamptonshire council's care merger is 'like moving deckchairs on the Titanic' while staff fear redundancies

A move aimed at saving Northamptonshire County Council more than £9 million by merging Olympus Care and its own in-house adult social care department will just shift money around, not save it, according to UKIP.
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Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

The NHS dominated headlines this week after the Red Cross declared it a “humanitarian crisis” but latest research from YouGov suggests the public are willing to pay a little extra to support the struggling health service.

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Today is your last chance to defend your right to know

Today is your last chance to defend your right to know

Today is your last chance to stand up and defend a free British press - and your right to know.

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DDC's offices

Northamptonshire County Council is at risk of ‘insolvency’ due to financial crisis, claims district council

Northamptonshire County Council’s financial position is ‘grave’ and it is at ‘substantial risk’ of becoming insolvent, another authority has claimed.

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Polling station sign for election.

Desborough’s new political party to launch this month

A new political party born out of the frustrations behind Desborough’s huge council tax rise is set to officially launch this month.

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Andrew Longley and Cllr David Brackenbury from the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit pictured in 2012

Funding boost for East Northants housing scheme

One of 14 new Garden Villages will be built in East Northamptonshire.

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Paint thinner chemical found in Lidl gravy by Food Standards Agency

Paint thinner chemical found in Lidl gravy by Food Standards Agency

Unsafe levels of a paint thinner chemical have been found in gravy granules sold at Lidl, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed.

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Peter Bone has supported Crazy Hats for many years, including donning a hat in this picture back in 2006

Wellingborough MP wears ‘crazy hat’ while praising work of county charity

Wellingborough MP Peter Bone donned a ‘crazy hat’ while praising a charity from his constituency in the House of Commons.

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Councillor Jill Hope believes private care homes will not be able to afford to foot the bill if county council-run facilities close down.

Opposition councillors fear Northamptonshire County council’s £67m of planned cuts just won’t work

The Conservative group at Northamptonshire County Council can expect a bumpy ride if it is going to ratify all £66.9 million worth of cuts next April - after opposition members picked holes in the “vacuous” proposals this week.

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Chief executive Paul Blantern was labelled a Scrooge by opposition councillors - because staff were not paid a promised �600 pay-rise.

Performance pay will not be returning to Northants County Council after £600 wage-rise debacle

An ill-fated performance-related pay scheme will not be returning at Northamptonshire County Council in next year’s budget - after this year ended in disaster when too many people were found to be good at their job.

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The county council budget press conference this morning. From left, chief executive Paul Blantern, leader of the council, Councillor Heather Smith, cabinet member for finance, Councillor Robin Brown and interim chief finance officer Damon Lawrenson.

Council commits to start making Northamptonshire a unitary authority by 2019/20 in move that could save £29m a year

Plans to look at scrapping the current eight-council system in Northamptonshire and replacing it with one ‘super authority’ will start next year after a report found the move could save the county up to £29 million a year.

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The county council budget press conference this morning. From left, chief executive Paul Blantern, leader of the council, Councillor Heather Smith, cabinet member for finance, Councillor Robin Brown and interim chief finance officer Damon Lawrenson.

Council tax to rise, 130 jobs to go and 'duplication' to face clampdown as Northants County Council announces £66.9m of cuts

Another stinging set of budget cuts have been announced at County Hall after the authority published plans to make £66.9 million worth of savings over the next 12 months and make 130 redundant in order to balance the books.

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Children now drink a bath full of sugary drinks every year

Children now drink a bath full of sugary drinks every year

Children as young as 11 drink the equivalent of almost a bath full of sugary drinks every year, Cancer Research UK has warned.

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WATCH: Futuristic vision of new carriers in Portsmouth Harbour

Stunning computer graphics show how the Royal Navy’s two giant new aircraft carriers will look in Portsmouth.

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This week in 1974 - Birmingham pub bombings and Last Tango in Paris banned

This week in 1974 - Birmingham pub bombings and Last Tango in Paris banned

This week, 42 years ago, the Birmingham Pub Bombings took place. On November 21, 1974, bombs were planted in two Birmingham pubs – the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town. The explosions killed 21 people and injured 182 others.

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DRIVE FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: Max sentence for death by dangerous driving may be increased to 20 years

DRIVE FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: Max sentence for death by dangerous driving may be increased to 20 years

Speculation is rife that the Government’s long awaited review of dangerous driving offences and penalties may consider the possibility of increasing the maximum sentence for death by dangerous driving from 14 years to 20 years.

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The by-election for Myton and Heathcote ward is today.

Council united against proposed changes to parliamentary boundaries in Wellingborough

Councillors were united in their opposition to proposed changes to the parliamentary boundaries in Wellingborough.

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Post-truth crowned Word of the Year 2016

Post-truth crowned Word of the Year 2016

The Oxford Dictionary has announced that the word “post-truth” is Word of the Year 2016.

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