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Budget plan has ‘missed opportunities’ says Conservative leader

The leader of the Conservative group in Calderdale has labelled budget proposals put forward by the Labour group as ‘a budget of missed opportunities.

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Calderdale Council's leader Tim Swift

Council tax to rise in Calderdale - but services will be cut

A raft of proposals, including an increase in council tax, has been revealed to fight the “exceptional” budget challenges facing Calderdale Council.

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FUNDING: Coun Raistrick is in favour of a vote to decide how adult health and social care is funded in Calderdale

Talking politics: Coun Colin Raistrick (Independent, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe)

This week, Coun Colin Raistrick discusses why there should be a referendum on adult health and social care spending, and why he thinks it won’t happen.

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‘Lessons must be learned over the Piece Hall’

‘Lessons must be learned over the Piece Hall’

Calderdale Council has admitted that major lessons must be learned for future projects as the Piece Hall nears completion, a year after it was first promised.

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Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden.

Board favours Aldi plans for Todmorden Community College

Todmorden residents packed into a meeting on Tuesday night as Aldi’s plans for the town’s community college site were discussed.

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Hipperholme Grammar School

Grammar school charity failed to disclose its financial accounts

The charity that helps with the running of Hipperholme Grammar School failed to disclose its annual accounts and reports a government inquiry revealed.

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The land between Clifton and Brighouse that could be developed for jobs. Mainly in Clifton Common and next to the Holiday Inn

Creation of Clifton business park moves a step closer

The creation of a new business park and Enterprise Zone at Clifton in Brighouse, which will bring hundreds of new jobs to Calderdale over the coming years, has taken a step forward.

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Piece Hall delays to be scrutinised by councillors

Piece Hall delays to be scrutinised by councillors

The overspend, revised construction timescale and delay of the opening of the Piece Hall development will be scrutinised by Calderdale councillors this week.

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Could Yorkshire elect its own mayor in 2018? Voters in London last year chose Sadiq Khan to be the city's third elected mayor.

Could Yorkshire voters be choosing a mayor in 2018?

Voters could be asked to choose a Yorkshire mayor in elections next year under a devolution plan.

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Woman treated in hospital after Halifax armed robbery

A victim of an armed robbery has been treated in hospital after an incident in Halifax early this morning.

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Public services like libraries are coming under financial strain

Talking politics: Tim Swift, Calderdale Council leader

In my last column, I criticised the way in which the Government tries to avoid any responsibility for the cuts they are making to public services.

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Sisters Choomi and Heeae Kim at My Crepe, Halifax Borough Market.

Business on the up at booming indoor market

The historic Halifax Borough Market is seeing a transformation in the businesses it attracts after a drive by council bosses.

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Daniel Curran of  Finders International, the organisation has begun offering a fund to help pay for paupers funerals across Calderdale and other areas.

Funeral fund to assist councils with rising fees

As authorities struggle affording the sad duty of providing paupers’ funerals a new fund has been established to help meet the cost.

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Share views on housing project

Share views on housing project

The Calder Valley Community Land Trust has fixed a date for its public consultation on a proposed affordable housing project in Hebden Bridge.

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File picture of Pinderfields Hospital. Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs the site, has come under fire for its use of consultancy firms.

Yorkshire NHS trust which paid £15m to ‘big four’ consultants hands out another seven-figure contract

A Yorkshire hospital trust which came under fire for handing £15m to a ‘big four’ accountancy firm for cost-cutting advice over four years has paid a further seven-figure sum to a rival company in its latest attempt to save money.

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Halifax Town Hall

Boundary shake up problems for council

Boundary changes to parliamentary constituencies in Calderdale could present some ‘difficulties’ according to the chief executive of Calderdale Council.

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MP calls for government to back Eureka!

MP calls for government to back Eureka!

Halifax MP Holly Lynch is calling on the Government to do more to support the National Children’s Museum, Eureka! by providing funding and free entry.

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(L-R)William, Robert, Craig Whittaker MP, Michael and Audrey, all residents at Willow Court

Calder Valley MP spreads Christmas cheer at supported housing

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker spread some Christmas cheer this week when he visited tenants at Willow Court extra care housing scheme.

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Flood clean up at Artisan Fireplace Design, Brighouse.

Deadline looms for flood grant applications

Flood-affected residents and businesses across Calderdale are being reminded that time is running out to apply for grants to repair and protect their properties, as the application deadlines are fast approaching.

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Defibrillator installed at Stones Methodist Church, Ripponden. From the Left, Hazel Brindle from the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge, Andrew Smith from the church, John Spikings from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, councillor Jayne Smith from Ripponden Parish Council and councillor Melvyn Smith JP from Ripponden Parish Council.

Ruling on defibrillators to make a life saving difference

Life saving equipment will become more accessible to people in Calderdale under plans being considered by Calderdale Council.

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