Sharon Hodgson: Tory Government has no consideration for children’s futures

Supporting children in their formative years has always been a passion of mine and an area which I have helped push during my time as an MP.

Reaction to the failed City of Culture bid inside Pop Recs.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Losing City of Culture bid not the end for Sunderland

I was really hoping to start this week’s column with the words, ‘we did it!’, and use the ensuing 500 words to gush about how we won UK City of Culture 2021. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, and instead we pat Coventry on the back and wish them well as winners of the title.

Incontinence can be caused by stress.

Health advice: Don't suffer with incontinence in silence

Despite the potentially debilitating impact and embarrassment of living with incontinence, it’s important to know that you are not alone and that help is available.

The cost of heating always rises at winter.

How to get help paying your fuel bills

Q. As winter is now upon us I keep hearing from friends and neighbours about support they get towards their fuel bills from various sources.
I’m currently getting Income Support, I am aged 35, a single parent and have two children aged five and two.
I also get Housing Benefit and live in a Housing Association property, my rent does not include anything towards fuel bills. Am I entitled to any sort of help?

The steamer Vind�.

On The Waterfront: Recalling the days of veteran steamers

Nowadays, it’s unusual for elderly merchant ships to trade in UK waters as stringent maritime regulation and inspection regimes are likely to spot deficiencies and lead to detention of offending vessels.

You can't beat a good quality pair of earphones to use while you're working out,

10 festive gifts for the fitness fanatic in your life

In the last week, I’ve had three of my PT clients’ partners asking me, “What can I buy for her for Christmas now that she is a fitness freak”?

Christmas pudding energy bites.

Recipe of the week: Christmas pudding energy bites

These little beauties are a great snack to have at hand so that you can have a little treat without ruining your diet, and without feeling left out from all of the Christmas treats on offer.

A decorated Christmas tree.

Gardening: Making your Christmas tree last well beyond the festivities

A real tree or an artificial one? It’s an argument that’s gone on in our house for many years – the other half doesn’t want the bother of the needles, putting it up and disposing of its corpse.


Are you missing out on hidden council tax benefits?

Vulnerable people in society are missing out on a council tax discount worth £100s or £1000s – as little is known about it, and some councils are giving out misinformation.

Many people have complained about the way the care home system works.

Why we're taking on the care business and how you can help

It was only two months ago that Which? launched our Care Needs Care Now campaign to raise awareness about the potential future shortfall of care home beds and already there’s been significant action.

Jetting off to warmer climes is increasingly popular for Christmas.

Six things to remember when booking last-minute Christmas holidays

I bet you’re all a bit sick of Christmas stories right! Fancy a getaway instead?

Matt Eyre and Rob Parsons, of Roar Motion Ltd.

Wearside Matters: Sunderland filmmakers Roar-ing to success

North East video production specialists, Roar Motion Ltd are set to soar after securing a host of new contracts and kit.

NHS funding concerns.

Bridget Phillipson MP: Improvements must be made in patient care

Over the last two years, I’ve worked as a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to hold the government to account on how taxpayers’ money is spent across a range of areas, from schools to hospitals, and security to social care.

Our columnist talks about teenage parties.

Richard Ord: The perils of a teenage party

Our eldest son turned 17 and asked if he could have a party with his friends at our house.


Legal Eagle: Lessons must be learnt in maternity negligence

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the NHS in England must do better at learning from mistakes to cut the number of baby deaths and injuries in childbirth in the UK.

Our columnist fears that promises over cutting baby deaths have been made before.

Legal Eagle: Lessons must be learnt in maternity negligence

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the NHS in England must do better at learning from mistakes to cut the number of baby deaths and injuries in childbirth in the UK.

Sunderland will soon learn if it is to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Spain meets Sunderland in new business initiative

Over the last few weeks I’ve been involved in a fantastic programme, run by The North East BIC.

Being positive is the first step towards getting in shape.

How simply being positive can help you get in shape

What’s the point of being negative? It gets you nowhere. It does you no good whatsoever!

Chicken tikka masala.

Recipe of the week: Slow cooker chicken tikka

Slow cookers recipes are brilliant at this time of year.

Advice on benefits in the short term.

Can I make a short-term claim for Universal Credit?

Q. My employment contract is due to end in January and I won’t start my next contract until March. Is there anything that I can claim short-term between placements?

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