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Council to step in to provide half term school meals support scheme
Published October 23, 2020 6.33pm
We are stepping in to help families during next week's half term holiday by providing support to those who would normally receive free school meals.
Statement on council tax investigation
Published October 15, 2020 4.18pm
Following recent news coverage of an investigation by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), we have issued the below statement clarifying that the decision not to backdate the payments was made by the VOA, which is an executive agency of HM Revenue and Customs.
Helping households make savings on their energy bills
Published August 28, 2020 11.29am
County Durham residents struggling with high energy bills can use a council service to assess where savings can be made.
Free energy efficient heating systems offered to low income homes
Published July 13, 2020 2.24pm
Residents in County Durham are being urged to check whether they are eligible to receive a new gas boiler and central heating, which could lead to lower energy bills and a warmer home.
Funding helps to feed families during pandemic
Published May 19, 2020 11.05am
A County Durham partnership has awarded £2,000 to help prevent local primary school pupils from going hungry during the coronavirus crisis.
Council's disability support gets government status
Published January 21, 2020 12.14pm
We have received government recognition for our inclusive approach in recruiting and retaining staff with a disability or health condition.