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New approach to help vulnerable children

Proposals to join forces with other local authorities to increase the chances of looked after children finding permanent, loving homes have been backed by senior politicians. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet today supported working with Shropshire Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Telford and Wrekin Council to develop the North Midlands Regional Adoption & Permanency Partnership. The unique partnership will have the ...

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Ninety-nine percent of parents offered top choice primary school

Ninety-nine percent of parents in Staffordshire will find out today (April 16) that they have been allocated one of their top three choices of primary school. And 94% of parents who applied for a primary school place will discover they have been offered their first-choice school, as a result of millions of pounds of investment into schools in the county. ...

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County starts new financial year on near full employment

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Staffordshire has started the new financial year on near full employment, statistics published today show. Just 1.6 per cent of the local population is claiming out of work benefits, lower than both regional (3.3 per cent) and national (2.6 per cent) averages. County council leader Philip Atkins said major new developments this year would further boost employment opportunities. He added: ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this Easter bank holiday

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s Easter bank holiday markets or car boot sales. The first bank holiday weekend of the year also marks the beginning of the car boot sale and markets season. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, ...

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British Empire Medal for Nello

Mr Neil Baldwin, or to many, Nello,  has been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for his Services to the Communities of Newcastle under Lyme. Nello was made famous in the film Marvellous, which is about his life including his time as Stoke City Football Club’s kit-man. Nello’s award was announced in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours, and at a ...

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People urged to share their mug shot on Staffordshire Day

Back again for this year’s Staffordshire Day extravaganza on Wednesday 1 May, is the ‘Share your mug shot’ campaign to celebrate the county’s industrial heritage Organisers Destination Staffordshire want people to share images of themselves on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook holding Staffordshire-made mugs, alongside the #StaffordshireDay hashtag. Last year hundreds of people joined in sharing their photos, creating a real ...

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An extra £5m pothole pledge – for third year running

Helen Fisher

An additional £5m is to be ploughed into tackling potholes on Staffordshire’s roads – for the third year in a row. Local Staffordshire county councillors have also been allocated an extra £20,000 this year to help them deal with more localised issues such as hotspot repairs, footway improvements or unblocking drains. The additional funding is part of a package of ...

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Children to benefit from combined approach

Plans to join forces with other local authorities to increase the chances of looked after children finding permanent, loving homes will be considered next week. The unique partnership will have the opportunity to maximise resources, cover a larger area and offer greater flexibility in placing children in happy homes via adoption, fostering or special guardianship. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s ...

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Families urged to staycation in Staffordshire over Easter

Families are being urged to opt for a ‘staycation’ this Easter and explore the county’s many attractions. Whether its Easter egg hunts, clay pot making, family cycle rides in beautiful countryside, or a classic car show, the county promises something for all the family over the holidays. Staffordshire is the home of Easter egg-citement with both leading theme parks fully ...

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Latest short film highlights the rewards and challenges of fostering

A new short film focusing on the urgent need for foster carers in Staffordshire and the difference they make to children’s lives has been released. ‘truth be told’, will promote foster care across the region and looks at the true stories of two sets of children and their foster carers and captures the highs and lows of daily life. The ...

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