A hugely important Cabinet meeting and some holiday messages, but no suggestions of things to do as most things have shut down for the festive period.

Find more information on this week’s County Newsbits on my blog at: bit.ly/CNB90 but this will be the last County Newsbits until after the holidays.

Don’t forget to join me on Aycliffe Radio, 7-8pm, Sunday 23 December, as we discuss the Christmas Story: bit.ly/ARLIVE – and have a great Christmas and New Year!


• Very important DCC Cabinet meeting – school funding, performance report, town and village centres regeneration, role of the social worker, domestic abuse, regional adoption structures.

• Council activity report.

• Organise your green waste collections for next year.

• Festive refuse and recycling information.

• DCC arrangements for rough sleepers over Christmas.

• Government announces its local government funding plan.

• North-East PCCs criticise the Home Secretary’s funding arrangements.

• Real wages are down – but not in Durham.

• Emergency numbers over the festive period.

• Holiday pharmacy opening hours.

• What to do in a power cut – phone 105.

• Is your boiler on the blink? Phone 0191 375 5604.