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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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Stay healthy this winter

The elderly and vulnerable shouldn’t hesitate this winter, but seek help at the first sign of an illness – even if it’s just a cough or a cold. That’s the message from health experts to the over-65s, the pregnant, parents of small children and those with long-term health conditions. Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Health, Care and ...

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Talks planned over countryside estate management

Talks on the best way to manage Staffordshire County Council’s countryside estate are planned to continue after a strong response from public and private groups. Initial consultation identified two groups willing to take on management of a nature park and a picnic area in the immediate future, while many others wanted further discussions about different management options. Gill Heath, Staffordshire ...

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Shire Hall planning moves forward

Pop-up businesses could be a good use of the historic Shire Hall until a long-term, sustainable use of the building can be found, according to heritage experts. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) said that while it could take some time to identify a permanent use for the Grade II* listed building, short-term ‘pop-up ventures’ for businesses and not-for-profit groups in ...

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Sign up now for funded childcare places

Children celebrating their third birthday this autumn should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare. Families of almost 4,000 children in Staffordshire took up the offer of 30 hours’ funded childcare for three and four-year-olds when the scheme launched nationally in September. Now, more childcare places are available from January 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between ...

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Property development scheme pays off

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A pioneering public and private sector property partnership designed to benefit taxpayers is unlocking millions of pounds of assets, saving money and paving the way for new housing to be built. Staffordshire County Council’s Corporate Review committee will hear that dozens of local authority-owned buildings or pieces of land potentially worth millions of pounds, have either been allocated to The ...

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