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Think tank calls for devolution to go beyond cities

Philip Atkins

A leading independent think tank has today (Monday, Nov 20) issued a call for a reform of local government to help transform the economy by forging closer partnerships across communities and councils. Authors of ResPublica’s report Devo 2.0: The Case for Counties argue existing county councils areas are  the “essential building blocks” to reform existing two-tier county and district structures ...

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Know your consumer rights this Black Friday

Trading Standards

People looking for bargains online on Black Friday and throughout the Christmas and New Year sales period are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. Consumer laws were updated in 2015 and aim to give people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes legislation to ...

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Ultrafast fibre broadband connection is transforming rural community life


Connection to some of the fastest fibre broadband in the UK for a rural Staffordshire community – through one of the first schemes of its kind nationally – has transformed day-to-day living and business operations. Villagers in Cotwalton, near Stone, have seen their broadband download speeds increase – from around 3Mpbs to more than 300Mbps – after becoming the first ...

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Burton shoppers and businesses urged to Get Vocal About Local

Get Vocal About Local

Shoppers and businesses in and around Burton are being urged to get vocal about all that’s great about their town and encourage others to shop, eat and spend leisure time there. The Get Vocal About Local campaign is being run by Staffordshire County Council with the support of businesses and aims to help increase footfall in Burton in the run-up ...

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Changes to subsidised bus journeys in Staffordshire approved

An eight week public consultation on how best to spend Staffordshire County Council’s £1.3m annual bus subsidy has resulted in the option which safeguards most journeys. Approving the plan, the County Council’s Cabinet also agreed to work with bus operators, district and borough councils, parish councils and local community groups to explore options for supporting some of the journeys which ...

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County continues to see near full employment with more job creation on way

Kingswood Lakeside

Staffordshire is continuing to see near full employment with just one per cent of the local population claiming out of work benefits, figures released today show. This is the same as last month, though with slightly fewer claimants, and is lower than both regional (2.3 per cent) and national (1.9 per cent) figures. Staffordshire’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: ...

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More Staffordshire market organisers on board to ensure goods are the Real Deal

Real Deal Staffordshire

Five popular Staffordshire markets and two car boot sale events have now joined a national campaign to ensure goods sold at their events are legitimate and that visitors aren’t ripped off. In the run-up to Christmas Staffordshire County council’s trading standards team, which coordinates the Real Deal campaign locally, is urging more to get on board and give customers peace ...

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Plans to Deliver Care in Communities Set to be Approved

Plans to support more people to receive health and social care in their homes and local communities looks set to be approved for Staffordshire. NHS England has said it will approve Staffordshire’s Better Care Fund (BCF)  subject to conditions on improving the rate of Delayed Transfers of Care from hospital further. The BCF plan spans both local authorities and the ...

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Exhibition celebrates Tolkien’s link with Staffordshire

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

People from Leek will get the chance to see a new exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire. This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over 160,000 visitors since it launched in March 2016. ...

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Tamworth residents to benefit from highways improvements

Residents from Chartwell in Tamworth are to benefit from around £250,000 worth of investment to improve footpaths on the estate. Staffordshire County Council’s highways crews will be carrying out resurfacing work on footpaths in Chartwell, Godolphin, Glyndebourne, Kentwell, Lorton and Gawsworth.  The work is expected to start on 20 November 2017 and take around 19 weeks to complete. Helen Fisher, Cabinet ...

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