Jon Trickett: Public services in Wakefield are ‘stretched to breaking point’

Year on year cuts, brought about by this Tory government’s obsession with austerity, have left public services in the Wakefield District stretched to breaking point.

Peter Box

Council tax to rise and services to be cut in Wakefield as budget gets the green light

Council tax will rise and services will be cut as Wakefield Council slashes £28m from its budget.
Council leaders in Yorkshire have submitted a document seting out the powers a Yorkshire mayor could have.

Vision for the future: What powers could a ‘One Yorkshire’ mayor have?

For many months, it has been the subject of intense discussion and debate in the region’s town halls as well as the corridors of power in Whitehall and Westminster.

Richard Flint, chief executive of Yorkshire Water, and Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

It’s a wake-up call: Yorkshire Water boss responds to Gove’s stinging criticism of industry

The chief executive of Yorkshire Water has admitted his industry must “show new standards of public accountability” after a senior Minister warned major utilities firms that they must clean up their act or face tougher regulation.

Devolution: Yorkshire leaders urge Prime Minister to commit to mayoral election in 2020

Devolution: Yorkshire leaders urge Prime Minister to commit to mayoral election in 2020

Leaders of 18 Yorkshire councils have written to Theresa May urging her to commit to a region-wide mayoral election in 2020, ahead of a crunch meeting with the Communities Secretary tomorrow.

MP Jeremy Hunt.

Council’s call to ‘Give our NHS more funding’

Wakefield Council is calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to sack the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Ashley Highfield, Johnston Press chief executive, in the newsroom of The Yorkshire Post.

Ashley Highfield: The House of Lords is risking the future of local newspapers

THIS week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.
Pugneys Park

Watersports under threat at Pugneys Park as Wakefield Council looks to save cash

Watersports in Wakefield could be under threat as the council considers a move to hand over control of boating in Pugneys Park to a ‘third party’.

Now 18 of Yorkshire's 20 councils have agreed to back the 'One Yorkshire' devolution deal.

Yorkshire devolution: United front as Wakefield council leader Peter Box now backs region-wide deal

Yorkshire was presenting a united front on devolution today after an 18th council leader came out in support of a region-wide deal.

Ossett dog kennel plan gets the go-ahead

Ossett dog kennel plan gets the go-ahead

Plans to expand a dog walking area at a kennels in Ossett have been given the green light by Wakefield Council.

Yvette Cooper MP

MPs’ worries on immigrant stats

Anxiety about illegal immigration has been allowed to “grow unchecked” because of a shortage of official information on the scale of the problem, a Commons committee chaired by MP Yvette Cooper has warned.

Yorkshire transport is to undergo a major overhaul.

The North is watching: Ex-Chancellor's warning to Government as 'revolutionary' 30-year Yorkshire transport vision is unveiled

A radical overhaul of ticketing and high speed rail travel between Leeds and Manchester in half an hour are at the centrepiece of a 30 year vision for transport in the North laid out today.
Unions are wanting answers after the collapse of Carillion.

We hadn’t signed ring road deal with Carillion, say Leeds council bosses

A Yorkshire council today insisted it had not signed off a contract for a vital £115m ring road with Carillion after the stricken construction firm went into liquidation.

A Northern Rail train.

Could Boxing Day rail services return to Yorkshire in 2018?

It’s a time of year when rail services are traditionally very thin on the ground, with most operators offering no services at all over the Christmas season.

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has written to Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry about Yorkshire devolution.

Exclusive: Archbishop’s intervention could finally end Yorkshire devolution stalemate

A possible solution to Yorkshire’s long-running devolution stalemate that could see a region-wide mayor elected by May 2020 has emerged after an intervention by the Archbishop of York, The Yorkshire Post can reveal.

The People's Powerhouse project was founded by Jo Miller and Tracy Fishwick

Citizens assembly could put people at the heart of Northern Powerhouse concept, says report

A ‘CITIZENS assembly’ for the North similar to those in Canada and Ireland could help involve people in the democratic process in a devolved Yorkshire, according to a report published today.

Pressure is growing on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over scrapped rail electrification plans.

‘Look at what we’re doing’: Grayling comes out fighting on Northern transport

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has come out fighting over his department’s commitment to the North as he insisted the region’s leaders have all the same powers to improve services as their counterparts in London.

The Government today laid down legislation which will see Transport for the North become the first body of its kind.

Pioneering transport powers for the North hailed as ‘game-changer’ by Government

The creation of the first body of its type in the country to drive forward transport plans for the North was announced by the Government today.

West Yorkshire Police is set to use up most of its reserves by 2022.

West Yorkshire Police will have used up most of its reserves by 2022

West Yorkshire Police’s reserves will be mostly used up within five years because of the funding crisis facing the force, the county’s police and crime commissioner has warned MPs.

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