Benefits expert: Will I face sanctions for leaving my job?

Q. I have been working for nine weeks, but I feel out of my depth in the job and I don’t think I can continue much longer.

WIll you be spring cleaning your finances?

James Walker: Spring clean your finances

Spring is finally here and we’re even seeing a bit of sun!

What's your best supermarket substitute? Picture: PA.

Alex Neill: What are your worst supermarket substitutes?

It could have been the last Thursday of every month – pay day.

Parents have their own concerns about exams.

Ask family expert: How to support your children during exams

Q: My son is about to take his exams and I’m worried about his future if he doesn’t do well.

The apple tree I grew from a pip when was a child - a little too close to the house ...

Gardening: Prime time to plant trees – but beware the dangers with roots

It’s the prime time of the year for new gardeners to plant trees and shrubs – but do you know some root systems can damage your home?

On the waterfront: Safer hooks after docks death

On the waterfront: Safer hooks after docks death

The tragic death of 44-year-old docker George Preston Hamilton in 1948 was sadly one of many to result from post-war accidents in Britain’s docks. Always a dangerous environment, many fatalities involved crane and lifting operations.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 18, 2017. See PA story POLITICS May. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Julie Elliott: I thought Brexit not an unnecessary election would be PM’s main priority

The column you are now reading is not the one I wrote on Monday afternoon. After the Prime Minister announced a snap General Election I had to rip the original one up and start again!

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Graham Burt, chief executive officer at Sunderland Carers Centre.

Wearside Matters: Sunderland Carers’ Centre backs political support pledge

A Sunderland charity boss has welcomed a Labour Party proposal to provide greater support to carers and urged all parties to recognise the country’s ‘unsung heroes’.

Burpees are good for giving all parts of your body a workout.

Shaping Up: Try our burpee challenge for today's workout

Today’s workout is simple. There’s only one exercise and it only take five minutes to complete.

Max likes nothing better than messing about in the kitchen.

Shaping Up: Why you should encourage your kids to cook

Teaching your kids to cook from a young age is one of the most important things you can do in their upbringing.

Jessica tries her hands at making a Pink Princess Smoothie.

Shaping Up: Try this recipe for a Pink Princess Smoothie

Here’s a quick and simple smoothie recipe that you can try with your kids.

Did you tune in to Broadchurch? Picture: ITV PLC.

Richard Ord: Internet sites are spoiling for a fight

‘England F.’ It will mean little, if anything, to the under-50s, but ‘England F’ is the partial headline spotted by Terry in a classic episode of 70s sitcom The Likely Lads.

Liz Truss

Legal Eagle: Changes in probate charges

Q. Probate fees are going up soon I have heard. What exactly is happening?

Nestle Easter eggs: Eleven million have been produced by the Nestle factory at Halifax for Easter 2017

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Who to follow for a fitness fix

Now that the Easter bunny has been, and we’ve all consumed way too much chocolate (although I like to tell myself that calories consumed at Easter don’t count), it’s time to burn off all of those Easter eggs and get active again!

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A slug. Picture by RHS/Andrew Halstead

Gardening: Slugging it out with unwanted visitors

It’s a no-brainer that slugs and snails topped the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Gardening Advice Service’s top pest of the year list last year.

Your latest questions, answered.

Benefits Expert: Claiming after redundancy

Q. I have just been made redundant from work and have received a good redundancy package. Will this affect the benefits I can claim? I was employed for 14 years before being made redundant.

A guilty pleasure.

Shaping Up: Tips for staying healthy at Easter

I love Easter time, there’s lots of fun to be had. Easter egg hunts, crafts, baking, chocolate eggs, hot cross buns. It’s always an action-packed couple of weeks with the kids.

Healthy cashew cream eggs.

Recipe: Healthy cashew cream eggs

These are much easier than they look to make. Plus, they have the benefit of making you feel good when you eat them.


East Coast Workout: Pyramid workout

If you’re pushed for time over Easter, then give this Pyramid workout a go.

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