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Barnsley MP reveals benefits decision delays

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has revealed Government figures that show a 40 per cent increase in time taken to consider benefit decision appeals in Barnsley. The statistics show that mandatory reconsideration of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decisions increased on average by 13 days for the last 12 months in which figures are available…. Read more »


‘Hot Rod’ still going strong at the age of 74

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Gold medal winner Rod Scholes still runs the track at Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Cudworth once a week to ensure he stays in peak physical condition, despite the fact he is now 74 years old. Ardsley-based Rod (affectionately named Hot Rod by sports centre staff due to his speed and stamina) began running aged 35. In the 30 years since then he… Read more »


Conference seeking to improve access for disabled

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A tourism conference will take place in the Dearne Valley next month to discuss the opportunities for improving access for disabled people. The one-day ‘Dearne Valley Access Exchange’ conference will bring experts together from the tourism industry across the UK to discuss the opportunities for enhanced accessibility in the area. The free event on Thursday… Read more »


Barnsley MP slams Government’s poverty pay loophole

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has slammed Government Ministers after revealing that they have quietly delayed closing a loophole that allows bosses to keep workers on insecure contracts and poverty pay.  The latest admission, in answer to a parliamentary question from the Labour MP, contradicts a previous assurance given in the Commons earlier this month by Business… Read more »


Tankersley Manor rise to the Hospice challenge

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Barnsley Hospice has raised over £10,000 from its annual ‘Accumulator Challenge’, with Tankersley Manor Hotel crowned this year’s winners. The charity set The Apprentice-style challenge to organisations across the area to turn £28 into as much money as possible during the 28 days of February. The team from Tankersley took first prize after raising £1,858. Fundraising… Read more »


Determined Doncaster deny Reds in derby deadlock double

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Doncaster Rovers 0, Barnsley 0 (SkyBet League One) Two points dropped, or one gained? That was the question on the lips of the three and a half thousand Barnsley fans who made the short trip to the Keepmoat Stadium after the second goalless draw of the season between these two promotion-chasing local rivals. In the circumstances the… Read more »


Berneslai Homes scoop Housing for Older People awards

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Berneslai Homes’ have been voted double winners in the Regional Housing for Older People Awards 2019 with their schemes at Churchfields Close, Barnsley, and Willowcroft, Bolton-on-Dearne. Each year the awards celebrate the successful examples of housing for later life, aiming to engage thousands of residents, staff, visitors and volunteers; provide the best possible information on… Read more »


Local MP runs half marathon for charity

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Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock ran a half marathon last weekend to help raise funds for a local charity. Donning her running gear to tackle the 13-mile course in blustery and challenging conditions, the MP  surpassed her target of raising £500 for the Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Service (BSARCS). BSARCS in the sole… Read more »


Stalemate – but the Reds still have wind in their promotion sails

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Barnsley 0, Sunderland 0 (SkyBet League One) (By Keith Lodge) The woodwork and a linesman’s flag prevented Barnsley from a significant victory over promotion rivals Sunderland in a wind-blown crunch clash at Oakwell. As it was, honours ended even in terms of the result, but performance-wise the Reds will feel they deserved all three points rather… Read more »


Le Tour de Yorkshire comes to Royston

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On Wednesday 6th March, BPL site Royston Leisure Centre was proud to host the Tour de Yorkshire trophies ahead of the tour itself to give residents of Barnsley a chance to see them up close and build excitement for the race. There are two main trophies – one for the male winner and one for the… Read more »