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County Council closes £35m shortfall to deliver a balanced budget

Staffordshire County Council today presented a balanced budget after taking early, decisive action to close a £35m forecasted shortfall in the next financial year. The final plans were presented to Full Council after the authority tackled the unprecedented challenge caused by the rising costs of care for increasing numbers of vulnerable adults and children. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County ...

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£200k community funding to improve road safety

Helen Fisher

A £200,000 cashpot aimed at improving road safety in communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is set to open for a final round of applications. The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership has so far benefited 60 schemes with a share of £150,000 since it was launched in 2017. Now groups can apply for individual grants of up to £5,000 when the scheme ...

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Highways investment to benefit motorists in Burton

Helen Fisher

Motorists in Burton can look forward to smoother journeys thanks to a major highways improvement project being scheduled for early this summer. Staffordshire County Council will be carrying out the highways improvements and resurfacing work on Shobnall Road in the town. The £650,000 investment will see the resurfacing of the entire road and include the replacement of damaged kerb stones ...

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Early Peak-Time Free Travel To Remain for Disabled People

Free peak time bus travel for disabled people in Staffordshire is set to continue – following feedback from a public consultation on concessionary travel. Staffordshire County Council is planning to follow national guidelines for concessionary travel, which means older people with bus passes in the county will still be able to travel for free between 9.30am and 11pm and at ...

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Rural plan targets profits for investment

Millions of pounds raised from some county council-owned farm sites will be used to support health and care, jobs, services and wider investment in Staffordshire. Up to £20 million could be generated over the next few years by the sale of the ‘non-core’ part of the estate to invest in health and care and the county’s infrastructure. Tenants at the ...

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Thousands congregate at new library in former church

Visitors to a new library building more than doubled in the first full month after opening its doors. Lichfield library welcomed 27,021 visitors last month to its new location, compared to 12,977 in January 2018. The 108 per cent year-on-year increase follows the move in December from the previous library to the former St Mary’s Church, after Staffordshire County Council ...

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Tribute issued to Gordon Banks OBE

Speaking after the death was announced of Gordon Banks OBE, Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: Gordon Banks OBE was a legend, revered by football fans in Staffordshire, England and around the world, yet everyone who met him would say that he was the most humble person, someone who had time for everyone. Throughout his battles with illness ...

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Children in care to be supported by new mental health assessments

Mental health

Children entering care in Staffordshire could be supported by new mental health and wellbeing assessments, after the county council successfully bid to be part of an important pilot project. Staffordshire is one of nine areas that will pilot the new assessments, which aim to ensure children going in to care have access to the right support that responds to their ...

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Families with a spare room sought in new fostering campaign

Three women stood together smiling

Put your spare room to good use and give a local child a forever home is the message from a former foster child. 23-year-old Isobelle from Stafford spent 4 of her teenage years living with her foster carers David and Kelly Hyden. Now the mum of two is urging Staffordshire families to put their spare room to good use to ...

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New App giving foster carers more say will help children do better at school

Woman on phone

A new App giving foster carers in Staffordshire more say and the chance to monitor and update children’s school records is set to have a positive impact on their schooling. Many local authorities already use the online electronic ePEP system which is used to monitor and review children’s performances at school. However, Staffordshire County Council are the first authority to ...

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