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Further business expansion paves way for more county jobs

Gestamp South Staffordshire

Further business expansion in Staffordshire announced this month will strengthen its position as a place of opportunity with near full employment, the county’s economic growth leader has said. The latest unemployment claimant count figure for Staffordshire released today is just one per cent of the local population, lower than both the regional (2.4 per cent) and national (1.9 per cent) ...

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Work on Burton Bridge to start in the summer

Councillor Mark Deaville

Work to safeguard the future use of a major Burton Gateway is to start in the summer – after overwhelming calls from people and businesses in the town to postpone the major scheme. After winning permission from the Government to move the start of the work on Burton Bridge from the New Year to the summer holidays, Staffordshire County Council ...

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Adoption campaign asks ‘Could you help keep siblings together?’

Staffordshire adopter Sally

Families interested in adopting siblings are being encouraged to come forward in a new campaign by Staffordshire County Council’s Adoption Service. Almost seven out of ten children waiting for adoptive families in the West Midlands are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more. This means that the need to find parents for siblings is greater than ever before. ...

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Warning after dangerous counterfeit mobile phones seized in Staffordshire

Counterfeit Nokia phones

Counterfeit mobile phones with potentially dangerous chargers have been seized in Staffordshire by county council trading standards officers. Hundreds of fake Nokia 3310 phones were seized from an industrial unit in East Staffordshire and a property in Newcastle following a tip off to trading standards officers. The Nokia 3310 is a reissue and updated model from 2000 and retails legitimately ...

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New poet laureate chosen for Staffordshire

Emily Rose Galvin from Lichfield has been chosen as the new Staffordshire poet laureate. Emily is the first female laureate and forth person to hold the prestigious role and will hold the post until 2019. Emily’s appointment was announced during the launch of the Staffordshire Poetry Collection as part of National Poetry Day on 28 September.  She now joins the ...

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Record overseas visitors to UK means boost for Staffordshire

As the UK enjoys a record 40 million overseas visitors to the country this year, Staffordshire’s tourism sector is also set to benefit from the boost. Tourist promotion agency VisitBritain forecasts overseas trips to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7 million with spending up 14% to £25.7bn this year. In Staffordshire, the sector is already worth over £1 billion ...

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Plans for social care funding escalated

Social Care

Plans to safeguard funding for health and social care services for some of Staffordshire’s most frail and vulnerable residents are to be escalated – after NHS England indicated money for the county council and the NHS could be withheld. Staffordshire County Council had been earmarked £19.5m this year for social care services in support of health as part of the ...

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County to sign up to Mental Health Challenge

Mental health

Work to support positive mental health and reduce inequalities caused by mental health issues could be taking an important step forward in Staffordshire. On world Mental Health Day (October 10), Staffordshire County Council has announced it is looking to sign up to the Local Authorities Mental Health Challenge, which ensures councils support positive mental health in their communities and work ...

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Investment to improve highways paying off

Pothole repair

A £5million investment into repairing Staffordshire’s roads is already having an effect on the county’s highway network. In the past year, more than 31,000 potholes have been repaired in the county as part of Staffordshire County Council’s continuing campaign to improve roads. In an average year, highways crews tackle around 20,000 potholes. A combination of traditional gangs repairing potholes, plus ...

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Three Lions Legend Gordon Banks launches 2018 UK Corporate Games

Businesses large and small joined sports personalities including Three Lions Legend Gordon Banks for the launch of the 2018 UK Corporate Games. The Games, which will return to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent next year, are expected to attract thousands of amateur athletes from top companies and boost the local economy to the tune of around £3m. The event at Keele Hall ...

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