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  • Article: Dec 9, 2017

    John, Lord Shipley, formerly Leader of the Liberal Democrats administration of Newcastle City Council, recently asked the Government what is their estimate of the number of new homes created in the financial year 2016-17; this was the answer.

    Estimates of the number of new homes completed, net conversions between houses and flats, and net change of use between non-domestic and residential are available for England, in 2016-17.

    Annual housing supply in England amounted to 217,350 net additional dwellings in 2016-17, up 15 per cent on 2015-16.

    The 217,350 net additions in 2016-17 resulted from 183,570 new build homes, 37,190 gains from change of use between non-domestic and residential, 5,680 from conversions between houses and flats and 720 other gains (caravans, house boats etc.), offset by 9,820 demolitions.

    18,887 of the net additions from change of use were through 'permitted development rights' (full planning permission not required). These comprised 17,751 additional dwellings from former offices, 330 from agricultural buildings, 106 from storage buildings and 700 from other non-domestic buildings

    Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not publish a similar series on net supply of housing, although house building estimates are published by the devolved administrations. A time series showing demolitions and conversions in Scotland is also available, please see below the link.


  • NHS logo
    Article: Dec 7, 2017



    Telephone Number

    Monday 25th December 2017

    Tuesday 26th December 2017


    1st January 2018

    Asda Pharmacy

    Newcastle Shopping Centre,

    Fossway, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2XP,

    0191 210 6990


    09:00 - 18:00

    09:00 - 18:00

    Asda Pharmacy

    Hollywood Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5BU,

    0191 213 4317


    09:00 - 18:00

    09:00 - 18:00


    Hotspur Way, Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7XE

    0191 232 9844


    08:00 - 18:00


    Boots UK Limited

    Unit1, Kingston Park Shopping

    Centre, Brunton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 2FP,

    0191 271 5073


    09:00 - 18:00


    Boots UK Limited

    13 Gosforth Centre, High Street,

    Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1JZ,

    0191 285 1141


    10:00 - 16:00


    Lloyds Pharmacy

    Etherstone Avenue, High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7JW

    0191 228 1128

    0191 220 1153


    09:00 - 13:00

    13:30 - 17:00

    09:00 - 13:00

    13:30 - 17:00

    Molineux Pharmacy

    Molineux Primary Care Centre,

    Molineux Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1SG,

    0191 219 6097

    14:00 - 16:00




    140 West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9QB,

    0191 273 3304

    12:00 - 14:00



    Boots UK Limited

    2-4 Sidgate, Eldon Square,

    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7XF

    0191 232 4423


    09:00 - 17:00


    Ponteland Road Pharmacy

    163-167 Ponteland Road, Cowgate,

    Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE5 3AE,

    0191 2146022

    10:00 - 16:00

    10:00 - 16:00

    10:00 - 16:00

  • Newcastle Civic Centre
    Article: Nov 24, 2017
    The Government has announced a North of Tyne Authority will be set up (as long as Labour councils south of Tyne agee) with £30 million a year funding and the aim of increasing productivity and jobs. On an interim basis it is likely to be based in Newcastle
    Liberal Democrats in Newcastle say that there are some steps forward here which we can welcome, such as funding for brownfield housing developments, schools improvement challenge, and greater control of skills and training budgets. However, we have some concern at the prospect of a mayoral authority which will divide Newcastle and Gateshead and is significantly underpowered compared to competitor city-regions. We regret that it is being imposed on the electorate without a mandate and without public consultation.
    The region's political establishment has failed to make a notable success of the North East Combined Authority. We are sceptical that this new structure will enable Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland to keep pace with the likes of Manchester and Birmingham, with their hude budgets. It lacks the more substantive powers on offer to other city-regions in respect of health and social care, and transport that look set to make a big difference to the growth and success of major city-regions like Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. This Deal makes it more likely that the North East will compete with itself rather than the rest of the country, as North of Tyne, the South of Tyne rump of NECA, and Tees Valley vie to secure investment.

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to the principle of greater devolution to the region, but we believe devolution be most effective when it is given the powers to realise our region's true potential. We will do what we can to scrutinise the Deal and to hold its office holders to account, and want to see Opposition representatives leading the new authority's scrutiny function. We hope that over time the structure and scope of the Deal can be expanded if progress is achieved.

  • Metro
    Article: Nov 24, 2017
    The Liberal Democrats are awarning that the £337 million grant funding for Metro upgrades is likely to only cover the existing network, rather than any future extensions, and thst it raises further challenges given that transport is unlikely to be included in the North of Tyne devolution deal. Although the Government announcement is good news, there is still a long way to go to meet Tyneside's transport needs. NECA and Nexus will clearly need to "mind the gap".
  • Newcastle Civic Centre
    Article: Nov 20, 2017

    You can complain about the Council's performance to your councillors (and you often do!) or

    • By phoning the Corporate Complaints Office on 0191 211 5180
    • By email to complaints@newcastle.gov.uk
    • Online at newcastle.gov.uk/complaints
    • By filling in a form in the "If you have a complaint" leaflet, available at all council offices
    • By letter to the Complaints Office, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 2BN
  • Parks
    Article: Nov 18, 2017

    On Monday the Labour Party Cabinet at Newcastle City Council intends to give away our parks. Please sign our petition today.

    We, the undersigned residents of Newcastle upon Tyne, call on the Labour administration at the City Council to abandon their proposal to hand the management of the city's parks over to a Trust on the following grounds:

  • Cycle marking
    Article: Nov 8, 2017


    We've been sent this advice by the local police. It is particularly relevant with dark nights and in the light of a number of cycle/car and cycle/pedestrian incidents recently.

    Cycling should be fun, but it should also be safe. By following a few simple safety rules, you can make sure you keep out of trouble on the roads.

  • Sir Vince Cable
    Article: Nov 3, 2017
  • Vince Cable, Greg Stone
    Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Newcastle City Council's Liberal Democrats Opposition will table a motion at tonight (Wednesday's) city council meeting calling for the council to support growing calls to halt implementation of the Universal Credit single payment scheme.
    Universal Credit is high on the political agenda, with recent calls for the Government to ensure that the UC helpline is made free for users, after reports that some people were facing long delays in getting through whilst incurring high bills due to the helpline's call cost per minute.
    The Government has now acted on this issue, but significant problems and delays continue to be reported as recipients are being forced to wait for more than the target 6 week date for processing new claims, leading many to face financial desperation and driving many to need to use food banks. Housing organisations are also reporting significant increases in tenants getting into rent arrears due to the delays in receiving UC payments, which replaces housing benefit.
    The Lib Dem motion, proposed by Cllr Greg Stone, will call on the council to support calls to Government for greater flexibility and assistance to applicants for the benefit whilst their claims are being processed, and to pause the implementation of a planned acceleration of the introduction of Universal Credit. This has given rise to fears that many people face the prospect of waiting up to three months for their first payment, and having no income until well after Christmas.
    Although the principle of combining numerous benefit payments into the unified Universal Credit, and of allowing people to receive Universal Credit whilst returning to work is widely seen as being worthwhile, with all main parties having indicated broad support for its introduction, it is increasingly clear that the implementation is leading to significant difficulties for many people who are waiting far longer than stipulated for their payments to be set up.
    Housing provider Your Homes Newcastle estimates that as many as 58% of its tenants receiving UC are now in rent arrears as a result of these delays. Nationally, one in nine recipients have faced waits as long as 10 weeks for payment, and in some parts of the country, the average waiting time is as high as 12 weeks. 57% of recipients are believed to have had to borrow from friends or family to bridge the gap, and there are fears that some have had to resort to "payday lenders" or loan sharks.
    Newcastle has been one of the first major cities to take part in the transition to Universal Credit and the council and YHN know that this is causing real problems for benefits customers in the city. It's clear that the Government needs to act and needs to do more to ensure that people get genuine help in the shape of 'advance' temporary payments, options for frequency of payment, and improving advice and online support rather than expecting people to wait for hours for phone calls to be answered.
    The situation is made worse by reports that some benefits recipients are being encouraged by DWP and Job Centre Plus to make an early switch to the new Universal Credit system without it being made clear that this is likely to mean them receiving lower total payments than at present. The Lib Dems believe this is misleading and unacceptable and want this practice to be reviewed and if necessary stopped.
    Cllr Greg Stone said
    "The principles behind Universal Credit are valid. It can simplify a currently very complicated social security system, help incentivise people back into work, increase take up and income for people who rely on it, and can help to reduce fraud and error. However, it is increasingly apparent that the roll-out by Government is deeply problematic and the delays in payments are causing financial misery to thousands of people.
    There is growing pressure on Government to delay forthcoming phases of the Universal Credit roll out until it has got a grip on the problems that are causing delays. It cannot be right that people have to wait up to three months to receive their benefits, and it is increasing poverty and stress for people who are literally left with nothing for food and housing."
    The Lib Dem motion also calls on the Government to reconsider other aspects of its welfare reforms, including reversing recent cuts to the 'work allowance' component, introducing a second 'work allowance' for couples receiving Universal Credit, abandoning the two child cap on benefits, and ending the freeze on working age benefits which is affecting some of the people in Newcastle on the lowest incomes.
    Cllr Stone said:
    "The Lib Dem Opposition is slightly surprised the Labour council administration has not spoken out sooner on these issues. The Lib Dem general election manifesto made commitments to reverse Conservative benefit cuts, and we hope that Labour will join with us in the council chamber this evening to support our calls to Government for a pause in extending Universal Credit to new beneficiaries, and for a rethink on cuts to some of the poorest people in Newcastle

  • Metro
    Article: Oct 29, 2017
    Opposition Liberal Democrats have reacted with alarm to today's chaos in Newcastle arising from the almost complete failure of the Metro service.
    Planned power maintenance has resulted in an unforeseen power outage to the South Gosforth depot, resulting in many of the network's cars being unable to operate. The crisis appears to have caught Metro operators Nexus without effective contingency plans, with the existing bus replacement service to Tynemouth being withdrawn and Metro passengers being unable to use tickets on bus routes.

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