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Over 3,000 children sign up for Summer Reading Challenge

Over 3,000 children from across the county have signed up for Staffordshire libraries Summer Reading Challenge in the first week. Activities have been running in the county’s libraries with this year’s theme ‘Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children are teaming up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they ...

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Young people unite to tend to German war graves for the 57th year

Teenagers from across Staffordshire and Germany have teamed up to tend to the war graves at the German Military Cemetery on Cannock Chase. 24 young people, along with representatives from the Royal British Legion and Staffordshire Regiment Association spent time cleaning and tidying the graves ahead of a special wreath laying ceremony held on Wednesday 24 July. The annual exchange ...

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County Council declares a climate change emergency

Staffordshire County Council has declared a ‘climate emergency’ on a day that saw record-breaking high temperatures across the UK. In a meeting of the County Council today (Thursday), councillors vowed to refresh the Council’s climate change strategy, continue their support to local councils in tackling climate change, and committed to providing a strong, unified voice on behalf of councils when ...

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Last Chance for Tamworth homes to be helped out of fuel poverty

Social care stock

Eligible households in Tamworth have just two weeks to apply to a scheme that could help them out of fuel poverty. Households that currently aren’t connected to gas, and meet certain eligibility criteria, could get a brand new fully funded central heating system in their home thanks to the Staffordshire Warmer Homes initiative. The initiative has been ongoing in Tamworth ...

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Residents advised to take care and enjoy the heat safely

Staffordshire County Council is renewing calls for people not to cool off in potentially dangerous lakes, reservoirs and quarries, as temperatures are set to reach 30C in some parts of the county this week. The call follows the tragic death of Carl Storer who died trying to rescue a young girl who got into difficulties in Chasewater earlier in the ...

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Millions of pounds invested in new Staffordshire schools

An anticipated £300 million will be spent on building new schools and creating extra places. The money will be invested to ensure there is enough capacity to meet the expected growth in demand as the county’s population grows. A new report for Staffordshire County Council says £60 million, plus land costs, has been invested in the last five years building ...

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Apprentices take to the stage for graduation


Higher level apprentices Naomi Yates and Richard Cumberlidge are just two of over 150 apprentices who took to the stage at this year’s apprenticeship graduation ceremony. The apprentices, from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, representing over 15 sectors from Accounting to Mechanical Engineering were joined by their families and employers. Now in their fifth year, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Graduation ...

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Foundations for new jobs being laid as county maintains near full employment

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Foundations are being laid for hundreds of new jobs in Staffordshire as the county continues to see low unemployment. Work is now under way to extend one of the county’s top employment sites, where there is potential to generate around 1,700 jobs. The current i54 South Staffordshire site has a workforce of 2,700 people with around half living less than ...

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County council steps up efforts to mitigate impact of HS2 on Staffordshire


Staffordshire County Council has agreed to become a “qualifying authority” on HS2, to help reduce the impact of Phase 2a of the scheme running from the West Midlands to Crewe. The council’s Cabinet today (Wednesday) agreed the move, which will give the authority some limited powers to influence the construction of the scheme which will pass through a further 33 ...

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Memories rediscovered in new exhibition

People in Cannock are being invited to explore the area’s rich history in a new touring exhibition at the town’s library. Using objects, documents and photographs from Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service collections, the ‘On Your Doorstep’ exhibition will help shine a light on local stories and memories from the past. Amongst the objects on display is a camera used ...

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