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Gritting work continues in face of sub-zero conditions

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Staffordshire gritters will continue patrolling the county’s road network day and night as the cold snap remains in force. Having worked round the clock since Friday, Staffordshire’s fleet of more than 40 gritters is on the road again today in preparation for the anticipated fall in temperature overnight. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, ...

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Major gritting operation continues in Staffordshire as hundreds of schools close

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Gritters have been working non-stop for the third night running as hundreds of schools across the county shut due to snow and ice. Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of more than 40 gritters was on the roads again, having worked round the clock since Friday. Weather forecasts had suggested the snow clouds would clear during Sunday night and the early hours ...

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Check whether school is open on Monday

Staffordshire parents can check if their child’s school is closed on Monday due to the weather. Go to the county council’s website www.staffordshire.gov.uk and searching for ‘school closure list’, or by clicking www.staffordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosure and following the instructions. Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Learning and Employability, said: It’s down to each head teacher to decide whether to ...

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Gritting crews work round the clock on Staffordshire’s roads

Gritter gritting

Gritters have been working day and night throughout the weekend as the region experienced one of its heaviest snowfalls for some time. Staffordshire’s fleet of more than 40 gritters were out again today, some with ploughs attached, as the forecast heavy snow arrived. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, said: Our crews have been ...

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Gritters working day and night in Staffordshire


Gritters were out in force across Staffordshire last night and this morning to keep the road network moving. Crews were out on the county’s roads as darkness fell yesterday afternoon and continued to do the rounds later last night and then again this morning to combat the forecast snow showers and threat of ice and hoar frost. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire ...

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Parents have 30 days to claim 30 hours’ childcare

The deadline is fast approaching for parents to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare. Places are available from January 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between September 1 and December 31 2017. To claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk by December 31, but if they want everything in place for January they should also ...

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Vaccinate children to avoid unwanted Christmas present

Parents are being urged to have their young children vaccinated against flu before they spread it far and wide this winter. Not only is flu unpleasant for small children once they’ve contracted it, but they tend to pass the bug on to the rest of the family. Alan White, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet member for Health, ...

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Changes to subsidised bus journeys in Staffordshire approved

An eight week public consultation on how best to spend Staffordshire County Council’s £1.3m annual bus subsidy has resulted in the option which safeguards most journeys. Approving the plan, the County Council’s Cabinet also agreed to work with bus operators, district and borough councils, parish councils and local community groups to explore options for supporting some of the journeys which ...

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Plans to Deliver Care in Communities Set to be Approved

Plans to support more people to receive health and social care in their homes and local communities looks set to be approved for Staffordshire. NHS England has said it will approve Staffordshire’s Better Care Fund (BCF)  subject to conditions on improving the rate of Delayed Transfers of Care from hospital further. The BCF plan spans both local authorities and the ...

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Help offered to Syrian refugees

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Staffordshire is to welcome Syrian refugee families to the county as part of the UK Government’s commitment to help the troubled country. Staffordshire County Council is working with district and borough councils to prepare for the arrival of 50 Syrians, all in family groups, in 2018. The agreement follows the successful resettlement of 51 Syrians in Staffordshire in 2016/17. Gill ...

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