DMA Hands Redhills Over to the People

DMA Hands Redhills Over to the People

Information from Durham Miners Association

Dear friend

We are pleased to let you know that the Durham Miners Association (DMA) has today handed ownership of its historic home to the people.

The DMA is honouring the pledge it made when it launched its plan  for Redhills, Durham Miners Hall.

The DMA has spent four years working to secure the future of Redhills as a centre of heritage, culture, and education. Earlier this year, it was awarded £4.5million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, enabling its vision to become reality.

When the DMA launched The Redhills Appeal, it pledged that it would hand over ownership of the Miners Hall to the communities of the Durham coalfield. Today, the DMA has honoured that pledge.

The DMA has been working this year to create a charity, constituted to serve as stewards of the Miners Hall on behalf of the public.  Today, ownership of Durham Miners Hall transfers to Redhills Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

With a board in place, Redhills CIO will receive the pledged funding, ensure the renewal programme is completed and that the Miners Hall serves its communities for generations to come. The public will have an active role in shaping the renewed Miners Hall and its future activities, including through a community network launched in April this year.

Alan Mardghum, Secretary of the DMA, said: “This is an historic day for the DMA and our communities as we take this vital step in ensuring the future of the Miners Hall. 

“Today, we return Redhills to the people. Our thanks go to the CIO board members who have stepped up to serve as the stewards of Redhills on behalf of our communities. All have a deep affinity with our communities and commitment to ensure success for the Miners Hall.

“All of us at the DMA know that Redhills will be in safe hands and will serve our people for generations to come.”


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Our thanks as always for your support for Redhills. We’ll keep in touch with developments as the project progresses, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Redhills as soon as we are able.

Please help spread the word about the Miners Hall by following us on social media via the links below.

The past we inherit; the future we build.

The Redhills team


Neighbourhood Watch Launches Say No To Asb Campaign


Antisocial behaviour (ASB) incidents have increased over the last three years. Police forces, councils and housing associations are reporting significant spikes in ASB cases – and these are not minor incidents. They are complex and serious cases causing real harm to many people.

45% of people say ASB is a problem where they live, and 56% of those who had either been a victim of or a witness to ASB did not report it to anyone. *

To help tackle the issue, we are running a campaign encouraging people to SAY NO TO ASB.
The campaign will run from the 25th October through to the 21st November on our social channels with key information on recognising, recording, and reporting ASB on our website:

We are running a free online ‘SAY NO TO ASB’ webinar on 15th November at 5pm with the charity ASB Help as part of the campaign. Places are limited. To book your place, visit


  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and share our posts to your social channels, including WhatsApp community groups, to encourage more people to SAY NO TO ASB
  • Download our ‘Recognising, Recording and Reporting ASB Guide’ from to share with your community
  • Download our 14-day ‘ASB Diary’ from to support you in recognising, recording, and reporting ASB incidents in your area.
  • To find out more and SAY NO TO ASB, visit

If you would like a digital campaign pack, please email

* Data source: Taking Back our Communities – working together to make communities safer report, commissioned in 2021 by RESOLVE, a Centre of Excellence solely focused upon community safety and antisocial behaviour


DCC – Thousands to Continue to Benefit from Council Tax Reduction Scheme

DCC – Thousands to Continue to Benefit from Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Thousands of households across County Durham will continue to receive help in covering the cost of their council tax bills after councillors agreed to the extension of a scheme.

Durham County Council provides council tax discounts of up to 100 per cent to eligible households through its Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) and is one of only a small number of authorities to continue to offer this level of support.

There are currently 56,250 LCTRS claimants in County Durham, of which 21,150 (38 per cent) are pensioners and 35,100 (62 per cent) are working age claimants. Almost 80 per cent of all working age applicants receive maximum help, leaving them with no council tax to pay, with LCTRS support forecast to be circa £62million in 2021/22.

Durham is the only local authority in the North East and one of a small minority in the country to continue to offer the same level of support to all claimants as was available under the former Council Tax Benefit (CTB) scheme. The LCTRS is open to residents on a low income, whether in work, unemployed or retired, who have less than £16,000 savings.

There was in an increase in claims for Council Tax Reduction last year as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on household income levels. At the peak in May 2020 the working age LCTRS caseload was almost 3,000 higher than in January of the same year.

In order to ensure that low-income households continue to access this vital support, the council has this week approved the continuation of the current LCTRS for a further year into 2022/23, which will continue the protection afforded to all claimants in line with what their entitlement would have been under the former CTB system.

Cllr Richard Bell, the council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for finance, said: “We have one of the best schemes in the country for helping people with council tax support and are pleased to be able to continue this

“Following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic our staff have been working hard to ensure those eligible to receive additional help to pay their council tax bills are able to access this as soon as possible.

“We want to ensure that our residents are aware of the support offered through the scheme and that we can also provide assistance to anyone who thinks they may be eligible, to progress a claim.

“We are mindful of the continuing detrimental impacts that the pandemic is having on many low-income households and the fact that the additional council tax liabilities for working age households could have a significant impact on affected household budgets by around £100 to £350 a year based on a scheme whereby entitlement for working age claimants is set at a maximum of 90 per cent entitlement.

“We are now the only authority in the North East whose scheme continues to mirror entitlement under the former Council Tax Benefit system.”

The LCTR scheme in Durham, based on the former CTB scheme, designed to reflect the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) long-standing range of legacy benefits. All of which are calculated weekly, are based on the same premiums and allowances, have identical income and capital assessment rules and an established history of common case law.

For further information and support for helping to pay council tax bills go to


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