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Vote Now on EU Membership, Says Smtih

11/6/09: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP Geraldine Smith has called for a referendum on whether Britian should remain part of the European Union.

Citizens Advice Seeks New Volunteers

2/4/09: With the economic downturn biting, Lancaster Citizens Advice Bureau tells virtual-Lancaster seen a dramatic rise in the number of clients approaching them for advice. "We've increased our opening hours and urgently need to train extra advisers and admin support volunteers," says a spokesperson.

Guardian, Visitor Owners Continued Financial Woes

11/3/09: With a staff freeze already in place at both the Lancaster Guardian and the Morecambe Visitor, there was more bad news for the local newspapers owner Johnston Press today when it announced a year-on-year drop in advertising revenue of more than 35% in the first months of 2009 as overall revenue fell by more than 12% last year.

Local Card Firm to Expand

25/2/09: Lancaster-based G-T-P Group Ltd, which offers a range of card issuing and transaction services, has been presented with an £185,000 Grants for Business Investment Award from the Northwest Regional Development Agency, to grow within the financial services sector, creating 25 jobs.

Citizen Binned

16/12/08: (Updated 17/12/08): The closure of the Lancaster Citizen office in November has sadly proved to be the first stage in a slow death for the City's once most read free newspaper.

Government, Business Brace for North West Downturn

27/11/08: Minister for the North West Beverley Hughes has met business leaders from across the North West to spell out the measures being taken by the Government to ensure that the region emerges from the economic downturn stronger than before and to listen to their concerns.

Free Teaching Taster courses at the University of Cumbria

24/11/08: The University of Cumbria is holding a free three-day introduction to teaching course from the 25 to 27 November at the Lancaster Campus. The course will focus on three areas which are under represented in the teaching profession including black and minority ethnic recruitment into teaching, secondary (STEM) shortage subjects and attracting men into primary teaching.

When is a Local paper No Longer Local?

10/11/08: American-owned free paper Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen is closing its office and moving all but one of its staff out of Lancaster to different areas. The office closure means the paper will no longer have an editor of its own but will instead sell advertising to hard-pressed Lancaster businesses from outside the area.

Job Insecurity Bad for Everyone

27/10/08: The on-going misery caused by the global financial crisis, and current widespread fears over job security, is likely to affect those still in employment as much as those who ultimately lose their jobs, according to a leading Lancaster-based academic.

More Government Action as Recession Bites in North West

23/10/08: Regional Minister Beverly Hughes is to bring together key players from the public and private sectors to fight the North West's corner during the economic downturn.