The DoE is seeking views on revisions made to include asylum seeking children being brought to the UK under the Dublin III Regulation to join family or relatives.

Asylum seeking children coming to live in the UK can be some of the most vulnerable in the country. The revisions are intended to provide clarity and support to local authorities in fulfilling their role where children are being brought to the UK under the Dublin III Regulation to live with family or relatives.  
This consultation seeks views on whether the revised guidance provides sufficient advice to local authorities in England engaging in these cases.  They would like to know:

  1. Is there anything in the revised guidance that should be amended?
  2. Is there anything further that should be added to the revised guidance?
  3. Do you have any suggestions for further links or resources that could be included?

The consultation is open until 4th JulyRespond here.

The Borderlands Partnership brings together the five cross-border local authorities of Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council to promote the economic growth of the area that straddles the Scotland-England border. 
They are working together to focus on ways to make the area more attractive to investors, visitors and those who may wish to come and live here.  Their shared ambition is to play their full part in the Scottish and wider UK economy. 
Want to find out more and play a part in our Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal?  Visit the Get Involved section of the website to have your say.

Northumberland County Council’s cabinet has approved a full draft of the new Northumberland Local Plan for public consultation.  A six week consultation will open on Wednesday 4 July and run until Wednesday 15 August.

During this time the council will run 23 drop in events at venues across Northumberland, where members of local communities will be able to come along to discuss and ask questions about the plan. 

The plan includes policies and proposals aimed at creating up to 15,000 new jobs in the county by 2036.  It sets out strategic planning policies and planning principles for the whole county, the general scale and distribution of new development, and the detail of where new homes, workplaces and facilities will be located.  It will promote choice in the housing market and ensure that all communities are supported by adequate services, facilities and infrastructure, including education, transport, health, social care and sport and recreation.   Everyone with an interest in the plan will be able to view it online and in local libraries and information centres across Northumberland.  You will be able to make comments online or in writing to the council’s planning strategy team.

Details of events will be available online and in a leaflet which will be delivered to homes and businesses in advance of the consultation events.  

To find out more about the local plan visit

The next stage of ambitious plans to create a new future for Morpeth takes place next month.
Hundreds of residents have already shared their ideas for the future redevelopment of the town - at events at the Town Hall and through online surveys.  Now a Morpeth Master Planning Update and Feedback Event will be held at the Town Hall on Friday, July 6 from 2pm-7pm.  
The drop-in event in July will outline progress on developments and offer an opportunity to speak to key council officers, and a range of other stakeholders who are working on future plans.  Find out more at:

Members of the public are invited to attend the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Annual Public Meeting.
The Annual Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 10.00am in Committee Room 1, County Hall, Morpeth.
The meeting is an opportunity for local people to find out how the CCG has performed in the past year and how it plans to meet the needs of local communities in the future.
At the meeting the CCG will reflect on progress and achievements made in 2017/18 and will present its annual report and accounts. There will also be an opportunity for members of the public to ask the CCG’s Governing Body questions.
For more information on the Annual Public Meeting and to download a copy of the annual report and accounts (from 15 June 2018), please visit
If you would like to attend or to submit any questions, please contact Melody Price on 01670 335185 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..