Tyne Bridge MP David Clelland has launched an internet petition calling on ministers to review regulations covering the carers' allowance.
He wants rules changed so people claiming the allowance can go out to work. The petition is on his website at www.david-clelland.org.uk.
METRO bosses say motorists should switch to public transport to avoid rising fuel costs.
A study by Metro operator Nexus claims that an annual £399 MetroSaver pass is £50 a year cheaper than driving from Monkseaton to Newcastle, £100 cheaper for people living in South Shields and £150 less than driving from Sunderland.
THE St John Ambulance organisation is giving one of its highest honours to three members from the North-East.
South Tyneside divisional officer Trevor Deane, Wearside officer Marecia Edmundson and Brian McEvoy from south-east Northumberland, are to become serving brothers and serving sister of the Order of St John.
They will receive their titles and entry to the Order of St John at an investiture at St John's Gate in London on Wednesday.
Sage on CD
THE Sage Gateshead has released its first commercial CD.
In-house orchestra Northern Sinfonia features on the CD along with The Sage Gateshead's youth jazz and folk ensembles.
It release coincides with opening of The Sage Gateshead's 2006-07 classical season on Friday and it costs £12.
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THE Parent Teacher Association of Dr Thomlinson Middle School in Rothbury is holding a pledge auction on October 6 to raise money for an "outdoor gym".
The scheme has already obtained a £5,000 lottery grant, but the auction of promise will raise more money by selling off items such as tickets to see Manchester United at Old Trafford, tea at the House of Commons with Berwick MP Alan Beith and tickets to the Theatre Royal.