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Falling numbers and finances cause school to close

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An East Staffordshire primary school will close by the end of August, after a fall in pupil numbers meant it had to consult on closure for a second time. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet considered the future of The Henry Prince School in Mayfield at their meeting on May 15, after recent consultation with parents, staff, pupils and the wider community ...

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Songs of praise for revitalising former church

A landmark restoration project which delivered a new library and arts and culture hub has won a major architectural award. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) selected the St Mary’s project in the heart of Lichfield as the best building conservation in the West Midlands for 2019. Staffordshire County Council worked with the Trustees of St Mary’s and invested ...

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Potential uses for Shire Hall identified

Plans to develop a Staffordshire landmark as a multi-use venue serving different parts of the community have been put forward by architectural regeneration specialists. The proposals for the Grade II* listed Shire Hall in the centre of Stafford would see: the Assembly Hall used as a high-quality flexible event and exhibition space; the former library used for a small business ...

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Support for most vulnerable continues

Staffordshire County Council is making sure it carries out assessments quickly to ensure that people unable to make their own decisions are not held against their best interests in care homes, hospices and hospitals. The number of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications nationally has soared in recent years following a legal test case and increased in Staffordshire from fewer ...

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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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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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Snake warning for dog owners

Dog owners are warned to be careful in the next few weeks as they walk their pets on Cannock Chase. Recent warm weather has brought snakes, including adders, out of their winter hibernation, but then cold spells leave them lethargic and more liable to be cornered by exploring dogs. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Cold ...

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Prioritisation system continues to help vulnerable

Staffordshire County Council will continue prioritising assessments of the care of the most vulnerable people following an Ombudsman’s ruling. Following a test court case, authorities have seen requests for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) assessments soar, with Staffordshire seeing a rise of more than 1,000 per cent in a three-year period. In line with other local authorities, in 2016 Staffordshire ...

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Statement on potential job losses at Wedgwood

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Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: Today’s news from Wedgwood is a huge blow to workers and their families, as well as the wider county. Staffordshire’s reputation as a home to design and manufacturing innovation and excellence dates back to Josiah Wedgwood’s time and that spirit and skill is still very much alive today. If these proposals come ...

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Management plan proposed for Countryside Estates

Plans to share management of Staffordshire’s country parks, picnic areas and greenways are set to move to the next stage. Under the proposals Staffordshire County Council will look to transfer management, but not ownership, of the sites to other organisations. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Our priority is to ensure that our country parks and ...

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