'More women in cabinet? They can make the tea', says Bolton's first UKIP councillor

The Bolton News:

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BOLTON’S first UKIP councillor has refused to apologise for posting derogatory comments about women on his Facebook page — despite criticism from his own party and female politicians.

Bolton raises £1,500 for people in Syria - by selling chocolate fudge cakes

The Bolton News:

9:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

NEARLY £1,500 has been raised so far by Bolton volunteers selling chocolate fudge cakes to help people affected by the Syrian crisis.

Benefit changes could prevent disabled from studying, warns university

The Bolton News: Among the worst in the country: University of Bolton students still looking for job after six months

9:55am Monday 21st July 2014

HUNDREDS of disabled students could be prevented from studying for a degree if changes to benefits go ahead, university bosses have warned.

Your questions answered as guided busway roadworks cause major disruption in Atherton and Leigh

The Bolton News:

9:10am Monday 21st July 2014

COMMUTERS are dealing with major disruption as work to create a guided busway gets under way.

The 'war against the bedroom tax' is being won, say Bolton campaigners

The Bolton News: Campaigners against the ‘bedroom tax’ on the steps of the town hall

9:41am Friday 18th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS from pressure group Bolton Against The Bedroom Tax say they are winning the war against the controversial policy - after senior Liberal Democrats called for it to be axed.

Residents' fury as bins stay unemptied for a month

The Bolton News:

7:16am Friday 18th July 2014

THOUSANDS of bins will remain unemptied for ONE MONTH — after collections were missed by binmen on strike.

Unemployment in Bolton 'almost at pre-recession levels', claims government

The Bolton News: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

3:05pm Thursday 17th July 2014

UNEMPLOYMENT across Bolton has fallen again to almost pre-recession levels, the government announced yesterday.

Sports club members 'astonished' after council don't consult them about neighbouring planning application

The Bolton News:

2:45pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A ROW has broken out between a sports club and Bolton Council — after planning officers failed to tell the club about proposals to turn a neighbouring site into leisure facilities.

'Clean up this mess', demand mums over 'unfit' Breightmet play area

The Bolton News:

9:36am Thursday 17th July 2014

MUMS have called for urgent improvement work to be carried out on a children’s play area.

Council criticised for 'lack of transparency' on planning applications

The Bolton News:

9:32pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

RESIDENTS and councillors called for comments regarding planning applications to once again be displayed on Bolton Council's planning portal at a heated area forum meeting in Blackrod.

Bolton vicars celebrate after church allows women to become bishops

The Bolton News:

10:02am Wednesday 16th July 2014

VICARS across Bolton are celebrating after the Church of England voted to allow women to become bishops.

Bolton at Home tenant demands compensation after repairing his own kitchen

The Bolton News:

9:47am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A BOLTON at Home tenant is demanding compensation for repairing his own kitchen.

Three years of delays as M60 is converted to 'smart motorway'

The Bolton News: An artist's impression of the 'smart motorway' in action. Image courtesy of the Highways Agency

10:15am Monday 14th July 2014

A MULTI-million pound project to improve motorway journey times is set to get under way today.

Forest Bank prison 'dangerous' after 100 staff lost in cuts

The Bolton News:

4:55pm Monday 14th July 2014

The number of officers at a local prison has dropped by more than 100 in three years, making it a “dangerous” place, according to bosses of a reform charity.

Dale Haslam's train blog: Poor form regarding the chaos

The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

3:27pm Monday 14th July 2014

LAST week, I wrote about how train passengers were preparing for travel chaos during six weeks of major disruption on the Manchester to Blackpool North line starting this Saturday.

Secret documents could be revealed about 'government cover-up' over pregnancy drug

The Bolton News: MP Yasmin Qureshi

10:23am Saturday 12th July 2014

DOCUMENTS relating to controversial pregnancy testing drug Primodos could be revealed by the government, following a campaign by an MP.

Bolton - Bury bus service saved

The Bolton News: One of the new 'rosso' buses

10:02am Saturday 12th July 2014

CHANGES to a bus route which threatened to leave residents without a regular service have been scrapped.

VIDEO: Bolton public sector workers walk out in UK's biggest national strike in decades

The Bolton News:

11:46am Friday 11th July 2014

BIN men, teachers, firefighters, teaching assistants and other council workers held a mass walkout over pay yesterday — as they joined the biggest national strike in decades.

Only two businesses get grants to open shops in Bolton town centre - from 50 applicants

The Bolton News: Churchgate in Bolton town centre

10:03am Friday 11th July 2014

ONLY two businesses have taken advantage of a £20,000 grant scheme to open shops in the town centre, it has emerged.

Council refuses to reveal how much Lidl paid for Chequerbent roundabout adverts

The Bolton News:

9:43am Friday 11th July 2014

BOLTON Council has refused to reveal how much money supermarket giant Lidl paid to build four advertising boards on the Chequerbent roundabout in Westhoughton.

Traders furious as strikers hand out leaflets urging people to boycott Bolton Market

The Bolton News:

4:57pm Thursday 10th July 2014

FURIOUS traders have condemned a group of strikers after they urged people to boycott Bolton Market.

Strike action across Bolton

The Bolton News:

9:04am Thursday 10th July 2014

Public sector workers all over Bolton are on strike today.

Bolton shuts down as one-day strike hits vital services

The Bolton News: Bolton town hall

6:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

SCHOOLS are closed and council services cancelled today as thousands of local workers strike over pay and pensions in one of the largest walkouts the town has ever seen.

Lollipop ladies will still have to turn up for work - even though schools are closed

The Bolton News: Pensioner's driving ban for injuring lollipop lady

4:39pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

LOLLIPOP men and women have been told they must report for work tomorrow – even though many of the schools in Bolton will be closed.

Full list of schools in Bolton closing tomorrow due to strike

The Bolton News:

11:32am Wednesday 9th July 2014

SCHOOLS across Bolton will close tomorrow as public sector workers go on strike in a row over pay.

Other councils to copy Bolton's union flag and national anthem idea

The Bolton News: The Union flag

6:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

BOLTON’S call for schools to fly the Union Flag looks set to be copied by other councils.

Firefighters to strike for eight days as row over pensions continues

The Bolton News:

10:32am Tuesday 8th July 2014

FIRE crews in Bolton are set to take their protracted row with the government over pensions to new levels when they strike for eight successive days.

Town hall bosses trying to arrange emergency cover for Thursday's strikes

The Bolton News: Bolton town hall

10:03am Tuesday 8th July 2014

NEGOTIATIONS are taking place to ensure emergency cover is in place for Bolton’s most vulnerable residents when council workers walk out on strike.

Schools to close and bin collections to be cancelled as Bolton Council workers prepare to strike on Thursday

The Bolton News: Bolton town hall

3:24pm Monday 7th July 2014

A STRIKE involving council workers and teachers will see schools close and bins go uncollected on Thursday.

Call for Premier League to fund more grass roots football after England's poor World Cup performance

The Bolton News: Calls for the Premier League to donate money to grass roots football grow

3:11pm Monday 7th July 2014

A BOLTON MP has launched an e-petition calling on the Premier League to put more money into grass roots football.

Deputy mayoress praises hospital after breaking wrist

The Bolton News:

11:22am Monday 7th July 2014

THE deputy mayoress of Bolton has heaped praise on the Royal Bolton Hospital following treatment she received after breaking her wrist.

Dale Haslam's train blog: Be prepared for long delays on the line

The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

9:42am Monday 7th July 2014

THERE are less than two weeks to go and you can almost taste the tension on the platforms.

Traffic delays alert as busway work gets under way

The Bolton News: A BUS service is set to change — because of a lack of passengers. From October 27, the Arriva 537, which currently runs hourly between Bolton and Moorside Road, Edgworth, will run every half hour between Bolton and terminate at Bromley Cross.  The chang

9:40am Monday 7th July 2014

ROADWORKS are likely to cause disruption in Leigh and Atherton town centres from this week as the main work on the Leigh-Ellenbrook Guided Busway begins.

Dead man declared 'unfit for work'

The Bolton News:

9:13am Friday 4th July 2014

A GRIEVING widow was told the appeal against the loss of her husband’s incapacity benefit was successful — four months after his death.

Tory councillor defects in row over who will represent Westhoughton at next election

The Bolton News:

8:59am Friday 4th July 2014

A ROW over who should stand in Westhoughton at next year’s local elections has led to a Conservative town councillor becoming and independent.

VIDEO: Angry protesters shout abuse as they storm out of mosque planning meeting

The Bolton News:

7:18pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

ANGRY protesters had to be escorted from a planning meeting by security staff as it descended into chaos after plans for a mosque were approved.

Bolton Council planning meeting

The Bolton News: Bolton town hall

1:31pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A large mosque, a doctor's big house in Lostock that might have to be demolished and 300 new homes in Tonge Moor are on the agenda at today's planning meeting.

Council workers to strike next week in row over pay

The Bolton News: Unison steward Christine Smith

12:06pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

CARERS, bin men, street cleaners and teaching assistants across Bolton are among thousands of council and school support workers in Bolton set to strike next week.

Children's play area to be built on derelict land in Kearsley

The Bolton News:

9:42am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A CHILDREN’S play area could be built on derelict land in Kearsley.

13th planning application as doctor tries to rescue his oversized dream home from demolition

The Bolton News:

6:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL five-bedroomed house in Lostock — originally built without permission — is now the subject of its THIRTEENTH planning application in four years.

Crackdown on people who dump rubbish in back streets

The Bolton News: Aftermath of the latest fly-tipping in Darwen – this is the back of Primrose Street

11:26am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

RESIDENTS who continually dump rubbish could face automatic enforcement notices telling them to clean up their act, under plans being mooted by councillors.

300 homes could be built in Tonge Moor

The Bolton News:

11:18am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

MORE than 300 new homes could be built on a rundown industrial site in Tonge Moor, if plans are approved tomorrow.

MP scales 21-metre climbing wall

The Bolton News:

12:06pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

BOLTON MP Yasmin Qureshi is used to climbing through the political ranks - but she enjoyed a mountaineering experience with a difference in a visit to Manchester.

Bolton MPs join fight to make hospital a specialist centre

The Bolton News: Car parking costs set to rise at the Royal Bolton Hospital

2:53pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

BOLTON’S three MPs have met with hospital chiefs to discuss the Royal Bolton’s bid to become a specialist centre.

Backlash as Bolton adopts new 'universal credit' benefits system

The Bolton News: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

8:44am Monday 30th June 2014

JOBSEEKERS in Bolton today become the next to join the government’s benefits system “revolution” — despite a backlash from politicians and charities.

Prime Minister will meet MP to talk about Little Lever mum's pregnancy testing drug claims

The Bolton News: Nicola Williams

9:34am Monday 30th June 2014

THE Prime Minister will meet Bolton MP Yasmin Qureshi to discuss her fight for a public inquiry into a pregnancy testing drug which a Bolton mum claims ruined her life.

Dale Haslam's train blog: It will be a doddle using the station

The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

9:10am Monday 30th June 2014

WHEN I started using the trains about 20 years ago, mainline stations were nothing to write home about.

Universal credit 'could be beginning of the end' for homeless charity

The Bolton News: Sharon Betton

11:56am Monday 30th June 2014

A HOMELESSNESS charity has said the introduction of universal credit could be the beginning of the end of its service — which would leave young people with nowhere to go.

Government has not got universal credit details right, warns Citizens Advice Bureau

The Bolton News: Bolton residents could lose £10,000 in benefit cuts

9:52am Monday 30th June 2014

STAFF at Bolton Citizens’ Advice Bureau say they are braced for the introduction of universal credit — but warn the government has not got the details right.

Whistleblower predicts troubled start for new universal credit system

The Bolton News: Elizabeth House

9:50am Monday 30th June 2014

A WHISTLEBLOWER inside one of the government’s pilot centres for universal credit has warned how numerous errors will make a smooth introduction of the new system “highly unlikely”.

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