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The general Barnsley news section covers some of the breaking stories from around the borough

MP slams Government as local A&E targets missed again

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has slammed the Government after new figures revealed Barnsley Hospital missed its A&E target for another month. The figures, released by NHS England, show that for the second consecutive month, over 1000 people waited more than four hours to be seen in Barnsley Hospital’s casualty department. With 7275 people… Read more »

Hospice bags funds from Tesco community grant acheme

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Barnsley Hospice is offering a year of free ‘feel good’ therapy sessions for patients and carers, thanks to a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. The £2317 grant will be used to provide sessions in the hospice’s Limes Day Therapy Unit, which provides care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses, and their loved… Read more »

MP demands Government answers to Barnsley’s lack of broadband quality

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Local MP Stephanie Peacock has written to the Government to demand answers after revealing statistics that showed her Barnsley East constituency’s broadband speed and connections are well below average. According to independent analysis undertaken by the House of Commons Library, Barnsley East trails the rest of the country when it comes to speed and access… Read more »

Bard-backed literary festival returns to Barnsley

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Barnsley’s festival to celebrate poetry and language is back for 2018, supported by the town’s very own Poet Laureate, Ian McMillan. The Hear My Voice Literary Festival runs from 26 February – 31 March and is part of the three-year Hear My Voice programme, designed to encourage the people of Barnsley to express themselves through… Read more »

Local MP blames Government for fall in pupils’ results

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has blamed the Government after she revealed results achieved in key subjects by students on free school meals in Barnsley have fallen drastically. The figures were obtained from the Government by the local MP by a written parliamentary question. They show that since 2011, the percentage of students eligible… Read more »

MP joins schoolchildren at nature reserve

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, got the chance to see local schoolchildren being inspired by nature this week when she paid a visit to RSPB Old Moor to see the reserve’s successful outdoor learning programme. Children from Goldthorpe Primary School came to the reserve for a day with Old Moor’s expert team, discovering pond… Read more »