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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!

FAQs

What is the nearest accessible transport?

Train

The nearest railway station is Newcastle Central station which is 1.1 miles. This is approx. 20 minute walk but is all up hill.

There is level/ramp access to all platforms at Newcastle Central, including an underpass with lifts to platforms 3 & 4, access to platforms 5-8 is via a steep ramp.

The nearest Metro Station is St.James Park which is 0.8 miles. This is approx. 15 minute walk, again all up hill.

Access to station: Underground station on Gallowgate with single entrance. Access to station is by footways with tarmac surface from Gallowgate, St Andrews Street or by stairs from Strawberry Place.

There are a number of car parks and on-street parking areas operated by the City of Newcastle immediately adjacent to the station offering a total of 335 unclassified car parking spaces and 10 designated accessible bays.

Access to ticketing concourse: Level access off forecourt. Access between platforms: via concourse.

Taxi

To travel by taxi from Newcastle Central or St.James Metro station, if you need a wheelchair-accessible taxi, the BBC recommends Noda Taxis.

Bus

There are bus stops directly outside of BBC Newcastle numbers 71, 72 and 87 going directly to Newgate Street outside of The Gate shopping Centre every 10 minutes. Numbers 62 and 63 going directly to Greys Monument on Blackett Street, these run every 15 minutes. The vast majority of buses in Newcastle are accessible, we are checking to ensure those on the above routes are accessible.

From the surrounding bus stops there is approx. 50 metre walk to the front entrance of the building. This is accessible via 8 steps with handrails on either side or by a sloped walkway accessible for wheelchairs.

There are pedestrian crossings at all points on the main crossroad outside of the building.

Is the venue fully accessible?

BBC Newcastle has disabled parking and is accessible to wheelchair users, including step-free access, a low counter reception area and low-level soft seating areas. There is also a hearing loop system for deaf and hard of hearing people in the reception area.

The area is mainly lit by natural light as two sides of the walls are glazed walls with a darker film over the glazed panels. There are also evenly spaced ceiling lights and strip lights through out the space for evenings and darker daytimes.

What if I have other accessibility needs?

Please email Kirsty at the Bureau Local to let us know if you have any other accessibility needs: kirstystyles@tbij.com.

Where if I don't live in the South East?

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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