In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on Wakefield Council which is expected to slash jobs and cut funding to public services as it looks to make £38m of cuts over the next year.

Also in news:

- The family of a brave three-year-old girl suffering from leukaemia is raising money for the charity which supported her.

- A £225,000 scheme to revamp Knottingley and boost business in the town centre has almost finished.

- Wakefield Council is on target to get all schools in the district rated good or better by next year, education bosses said.

- Pontefract councillor Tony Dean will retire in May after more than 22 years serving on Wakefield Council.

- A big-hearted group of friends in Castleford are setting up their own charity to help pay for specialist equipment for poorly children.

- Miners at troubled Kellingley Colliery will reignite the spirit of the Miners’ Strike to fight against the pit’s closure.

In sport:

- Injuries are mounting for Castleford Tigers ahead of the start of the 2015 Super League campaign but coach Daryl Powell believes he has the squad to cope.

- Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay is happy to have selection dilemmas after further strengthening his team by signing experienced prop Garreth Carvell.

- Action photographs, match reports and reaction from last Sunday’s pre-season matches involving Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers.

- A full round up of rugby union, amateur rugby league and football match reports, plus all the latest news from Pontefract Squash Club.