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Countdown to apply for 30 hours’ childcare

Early years

Parents wanting to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare for their children should think about applying as soon as possible. The next places are available across the county from September 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between April 1 and August 31 2018. But to claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk . Mark Sutton, ...

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Responsible knife sales vital to communities, says county trading standards leader

Breaking News

Responsible knife sales are vital for community safety, Staffordshire’s trading standards leader has said following a test purchase operation in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The operation on April 4 saw underage volunteers working with the county council’s trading standards team. They were able to buy knives from four shops out of a total of 11 visited. It followed a previous exercise carried out ...

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Investment in school places pays off for Staffordshire parents

Nine out of 10 children in Staffordshire have been allocated their first choice primary school, thanks to millions of pounds of investment into schools in Staffordshire. Over the past five years, Staffordshire County Council has added nearly 8,000 primary and secondary school places, at a cost of £61 million. This has meant the county council has managed to accommodate the ...

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Live online forum for advice on rogue traders during national awareness week

Gill Heath

Trading standards and police officers will be live online to offer advice and guidance as part of national Rogue Trader Week on Thursday April 12. The online surgery on begins at 7pm enabling people to chat live with officers about rogue traders and how to avoid becoming victims of criminal activity. People need to go to the Staffordshire Police website ...

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Share your mugshot on Staffordshire Day


There’s an easy, brand new way to get involved with Staffordshire Day (Tuesday 1st May) this year – the Staffordshire Day Mugshot! Enjoy Staffordshire, Staffordshire County Council and the county’s other local authorities want people to share images of themselves on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook holding Staffordshire-made mugs, alongside the #StaffordshireDay hashtag. The Staffordshire Day Mugshot could feature an iconic ...

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More Syrian refugees arrive in Staffordshire

Syria map

More Syrian refugees have arrived in Staffordshire, as part of a pledge by the county council to accommodate families under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme (VPS). A total of seven families have been placed in Lichfield district, the Moorlands and East Staffordshire, and are now settling into their new homes. The arrivals come after months of work by Staffordshire County ...

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IRONMAN drop in event for businesses

Ironman swimming

Local businesses are being invited to a drop-in event in Stafford, to see how they can benefit from this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire event. On Sunday 10 June, the run course and finish line will be in the heart of Stafford town centre for the first time in the event’s history. Organisers will be on hand to answer questions on ...

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£1.7 billion tourism boom continues to draw visitors to Staffordshire

Recent figures on Staffordshire’s tourism economy prove that the county remains a popular destination amongst visitors. 2017 saw the county’s busiest year, with more than 25 million people from home and abroad, enjoying a day out or an overnight trip to Staffordshire. This helped generate almost £1.3 billion in direct spend on accommodation, entertainment, travel, shopping and food and drink. In ...

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A New Healthy Lifestyle Service for Staffordshire

Mental health

Residents most at risk of developing poor health in later life are to be targeted with focused health and lifestyle support as part of a new service launched in Staffordshire from April 1. The new Healthy Communities Service will  be open to residents aged 50 and over who live in 52 areas of Staffordshire identified as where people are likely ...

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