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The Big Council Budget Hack - North East

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Civic Journalism Lab

BBC Newcastle

Barrack Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE2 4NS

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The Bureau Local is a 475-strong network of journalists, techies, designers, concerned citizens, subject specialists, and more, using data to tell local news stories that matter.

Our latest investigation is bringing together budget data for each of England's 353 councils to find out what makes the cut - and what doesn't - ahead of the government's next set of funding decisions in March.

This data is rarely scrutinised in some areas, and is never seen in aggregate, but we know cuts to vital services are about to bite - so we need your help making it accessible, understandable and something people might be able to act on.

Whether you're a source of information about what areas of the budget are key, are a data scientist, analyst or wrangler keen to help us dive into the data dig out, or a storyteller, campaigner or designer, we want you to be there.

The event is being happily hosted by the Civic Journalism Lab, which is supported by the BBC and Newcastle University, and we'd like to thank them for supporting our work to hold power to account.

For more background on what the investigation has found so far, head to the Bureau Local website.

We’d love you to join the Bureau Local network here, otherwise just sign up for a ticket and we’ll see you then.

Teams will be formed on the day based on interest, expertise and enthusiasm!

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Where is the event happening?

We're hosting a whole series of hack days on 3rd February in different places across the UK. You can see them all here.

If you're keen, you are also welcome to arrange your own. Email Kirsty at the Bureau Local to arrange kirstystyles@tbij.com.

What should I bring into the event?

If you have one, please bring a laptop. If you have recording equipment or other things you think might come in useful, bring them too!

It'd also be great if you could bring some lunch as we have limited facilities.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

kirstystyles@tbij.com

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Civic Journalism Lab

BBC Newcastle

Barrack Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE2 4NS

United Kingdom

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