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• My report on Wednesday 16 December’s Cabinet meeting:
• My report on the VERY important DCC Economy Scrutiny meeting, 21 December:  – Poverty, welfare changes, regeneration, Business Durham.
• My summary of the government’s devolution proposal on which you will be asked to vote next week:
• The closing date for comments on DCC’s budget consultation is 12 January:
• Great Aycliffe & Middridge Partnership AAP’s December newsletter:
• Members of GAMP have been asked to comment on the refreshes of DCC’s Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy ( and its Children, Young People & Families Plan (; deadline for feedback to is Friday 29 January.
• The DCC Adult Learning Spring Learning Guide is out:

• New legislation makes ‘coercive or controlling’ domestic abuse a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.
• December newsletter from PCC Ron Hogg:
• NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – December Newsletter:
• An exhibition about Anne Frank will open to the public in Greenfield Arts Centre, 7-27 January.
• January is ‘Dry January’ – have you accepted the 31-day challenge:
• Healthwatch County Durham – January 2016 e-bulletin:
• The Community Peer Mentor project aims to support those suffering from anti-social behaviour or neighbourhood disputes, perceived or real.  Could you help:
• Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support Group: self-esteem issues in children, Wednesday 13th January 2016, 7-8:30pm, at the Tree Tops, Eldon Road, Aycliffe Business Park, DL5 6UL – Tel: 01325 304 411
• Friends of S&DR meeting, Thursday 14th January, at 6.30pm in the Lady Starmer Room, St, Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Market Place, Darlington.

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