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Calls for Suffolk County Council to formally adopt a policy backing the break-up of the region's mental health trust have failed to win support.

Senior officers across Suffolk's ailing special educational needs service are to be held to account for its failings, it has emerged.

Failing to back calls to form a dedicated task force for improving outcomes of Suffolk's girls has been dubbed a "major step backwards for gender equality".

Former Ipswich mayor Jane Chambers has died in Ipswich Hospital at the age of 69 after a short illness.

Council tax bills in Ipswich are to go up by 4.7% in April, it was confirmed on Wednesday as the borough set its element of the charge.

Suffolk County Council's cabinet has backed a new vision for mental health provision in Suffolk - with a detailed plan for how new measures will be implemented due later this year.

Calls to withdraw millions of pounds from commercial and retail property outside Suffolk have been rejected, as budget plans were given the green light.

Controversial Conservative councillor Christopher Hudson has been dropped by his party in the run-up to May's local elections - he will not be able to contest the Framlingham ward in the first election for East Suffolk Council.

Some of Ipswich's most congested roads may be given management plans to tackle high pollution levels in the next few years, amid concerns that there is a lack or urgency to the borough council's air quality strategy.

Tougher penalties on dog fouling and defecating and urinating in public could come into force in Ipswich if plans to extend a public protection order win support.

A challenge by opposition groups at Suffolk County Council against the cabinet's plan to axe Citizens Advice funding has failed to gain traction.

Suffolk's highways chief has vowed to bring traffic management firms and utility companies in for talks over the length of time they spend closing roads.

Suffolk County Council has vowed to crack down on plastic use, and has voiced its plan to become a countywide leader in reducing waste.

Proposals by the government to attempt to close a loophole which has allowed thousands of second-home owners to avoid paying council tax have been welcomed by Suffolk politicians.

As newly-selected Ipswich candidate Tom Hunt joins thousands of other Tories at this week's party conference, I hope he enjoys himself - because he's got a heck of a lot to do over the next few years.

This weekend sees the party conference season move up a gear with the start of the Labour Conference in Liverpool - an event that politicos across the country will be watching closely.

A 17% pay rise for Ipswich Borough Council's chief executive has been approved this evening.

A Waveney councillor has likened the town of Southwold to The Shire and empty second homes as their own "dark cloud" at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton this week.

Around 400 jobs could be heading to Colchester as planning permission is granted for a new retial park containing an M&S Food Hall, B&Q and an Aldi supermarket.

Former Stowmarket mayor and current county councillor Anne Whybrow has died after a long illness.

Frustrated motorists have been reassured that improvements will be made to help ease the problems of slow and disruptive roadworks by utility firms.

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