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Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4 billion

Up to £12.4 billion of means-tested benefits – including pension credit, housing benefit and jobseekers and employment support allowance – were left unclaimed in 2015-16, according to new data released by the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions.

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The European Parliament in Strasbourg

Brexit could leave Lancashire out of pocket

Businesses in Lancashire are being warned that they could face losing million of pounds in funding from the EU as a result of Brexit.

Environment
Complaints can involve multiple allegations

Police receive 100 complaints a day from public, figures reveal

Police are receiving nearly 100 complaints from members of the public every day, new figures show.

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The scheme is being "significantly underused"

Little take-up for shared parental leave initiative

Fewer than 1% of eligible mothers and fathers took advantage of the shared parental leave system in the past year, a new report says.

Politics
Should Trump be welcomed to the UK?

Queen should not have to face 'racist' Donald Trump on state visit, says Cable

The Queen should not have to face the embarrassment of hosting "racist" US president Donald Trump on a state visit, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has said.
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County Hall in Preston

Councillor collapses at extraordinary meeting of Lancashire County Council

An extraordinary meeting of Lancashire County Council was abandoned today after a councillor was taken ill and collapsed.
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St Lukes Church in Winmarleigh. Pic courtesy of Google Street View

Parishioners celebrate history of ‘a big man’

Parishioners at St Luke’s Church in Winmarleigh will celebrate the life and memory of the first and last Lord of Winmarleigh as part of their Harvest celebrations this weekend.

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Lancashire County Council leader Geoff Driver

Union’s anger at Lancashire County Council’s cut plans

A report has lifted the lid on union anger at plans to axe top jobs at County Hall.

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George Osborne

George Osborne reveals his true feelings about our Prime Minister

George Osborne has reportedly claimed he will not rest until Prime Minister Theresa May is "chopped up in bags in my freezer", according to a profile of the chancellor-turned-newspaper editor.
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Cat Smith, the MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Police probe online abuse aimed at MP

Police are investigating threatening messages aimed at Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Cat Smith on social media.

Crime
County Coun Geoff Driver

Cabinet's £45m cuts list for Lancashire County Council

Lancashire County Council's cabinet meets next week to decide whether to  make   £45m of cuts to services.
Business
County Coun Geoff Driver

Will new winter care plan ease bed-blocking in Lancashire hospitals?

Lancashire County Council has unveiled its plans to help reduce hospital “bed blocking” and meet spikes in demand for social care over the winter period.

Health
Council leader County Coun Geoff Driver

Calls for Lancashire county council leader Coun Geoff Driver to resign

The leader of Lancashire County Council is facing calls for his resignation as the debate escalates over a controversial restructure of the council.

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Anne Marie Waters is standing to be leader of UKIP

UKIP leadership hopeful: It's not outrageous to call Islam evil

Calling Islam evil is not an outrageous thing to say and a lot of British people agree with the views of the former leader of far-right English Defence League Tommy Robinson, a Ukip leadership candidate has said.

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Investigations found issues including repeated missed collections

Bin collection complaints upheld by watchdog up 12% on last year

The number of complaints about bin collections which were upheld by the local government watchdog rose sharply this year, a report shows.
Offbeat
David Cobham author of 'Bowland Beth' . Photo by Martin Hayward-Smith

How the life and death of Bowland Beth the hen harrier inspired filmmaker David Cobham’s campaigning book

David Cobham is renowned for his film ‘ Tarka The Otter’ but now he is seeking a new audience - the next generation of conservationists. He told Fiona Finch how he hopes his new work will help to save the hen harrier.

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From left: Ian Young, Director of Governance, Finance and Public Services, Deputy council  leader Coun Albert Atkinson, council leader Coun Geoff Driver and Chief Executive Jo Turton at  the Lancashire County Council cabinet meeting August  21, 2017 when the ruling Conservative group voted for  a radical management restructure at the council.

Councillors vote to axe Chief Executive Jo Turton’s job at Lancashire County Council

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet members ignored the advice of their own Chief Executive Jo Turton yesterday and pushed ahead with plans to axe her job and those of other senior officers.

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Cat Smith, the MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Animal cruelty call from Fleetwood MP

A Fylde coast MP has joined growing calls for tougher penalties for animal abuse and action to be taken to enforce bans on offenders from keeping animals.
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Seven-year-old asks Jeremy Corbyn: "When will you be Prime Minister?"

Jeremy Corbyn was asked about his plans to become Prime Minister by a seven-year-old girl when he visited a museum in Lancashire.

North West
HMS Queen Elizabeth

The UK's newest aircraft carrier arrives in Portsmouth

The UK's new £3 billion aircraft carrier is a clear signal the country will remain a fully engaged global power, Theresa May said, as the ship arrived in Portsmouth.
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