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British Empire Medals awarded to Staffordshire residents

Five Staffordshire residents have been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for their invaluable contributions to their local communities. The winners were announced in The Queen’s Birthday Honours this year and attended a special ceremony hosted by the Chairman of Staffordshire County Council at County Buildings in Stafford on Thursday 30 November 2017. Medals were presented to the winners by ...

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Multi-million pound Superfast Staffordshire celebrates passing key Government milestone

Openreach engineer

Ninety-five per cent of Staffordshire households and businesses can now get superfast fibre broadband. The major milestone was confirmed today by Staffordshire County Council and BT Group, which spearhead the Superfast Staffordshire partnership. Superfast Staffordshire is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, which aims to make superfast broadband available to 95 per cent of the country by ...

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Parents have 30 days to claim 30 hours’ childcare

The deadline is fast approaching for parents to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare. Places are available from January 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between September 1 and December 31 2017. To claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk by December 31, but if they want everything in place for January they should also ...

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Vaccinate children to avoid unwanted Christmas present

Parents are being urged to have their young children vaccinated against flu before they spread it far and wide this winter. Not only is flu unpleasant for small children once they’ve contracted it, but they tend to pass the bug on to the rest of the family. Alan White, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet member for Health, ...

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Staffordshire in Great Shape to Capitalise on HS2 Connections


Staffordshire is in great shape and in a great place to capitalise on a HS2 hub to help share in any economic benefits and drive the growth of the economy, the county’s leader has said. Following the launch of HS2: Getting the best out of Britain, County Council Leader Philip Atkins said the county was already well placed to maximise ...

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Backing Staffordshire enterprise on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Small business success in Staffordshire is being marked by the county council as part of a national event this week. The county council backs hundreds of small companies through its business support package which includes its enterprise centres for start-up and fledgling businesses and its business loan scheme. It also helps to deliver the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub on ...

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Pledge to support Burton traders this Small Business Saturday

Get Vocal About Local

Burton shoppers are being urged to pledge their support for town centre traders in the run-up to a national campaign day to support small businesses. To mark Small Business Saturday, people can pledge to shop locally through social media as part of the Get Vocal About Local Burton promotion. Get Vocal About Local Burton was launched by the county council ...

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Staffordshire backs Adam Peaty in BBC Sports Personality of the Year

People from across Staffordshire are being urged to vote for record-breaking Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty in this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Boasting the 10 fastest times in history in the 100m breaststroke, the Staffordshire swimmer beat his own 50m world record once in the world heats and again in the semi-final – clocking 25.95 seconds to become ...

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New £50k fund launches to support Staffordshire families

Groups and organisations working with vulnerable families are set for a funding boost from a new Children and Families Fund. The Staffordshire County Council fund has been launched today (28 November) as part of #GivingTuesday, an international day encouraging people to get involved in charities and their communities. Extra funding could be available to organisations, charities, or community groups if they ...

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Village set to benefit from road safety scheme

A scheme to improve safety on a road past a village school near Stafford will begin on Monday December 4. The county council’s highways team has worked with Hixon Parish Council to introduce the scheme, which will see 30mph signs moved further south from St Peter’s C of E Primary School to slow traffic earlier. In addition, a new raised ...

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