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Ofsted praise for adult skills training

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Thousands of Staffordshire adults are getting first class help to train and learn new skills. Ofsted inspectors have rated Staffordshire County Council’s Skills and Employability Service ‘Good’ for the second time in a row. Ben Adams, the county council’s cabinet member for Learning and Skills, said: We help 10,000 people a year take more than 1,400 courses at around 200 different ...

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New deal for youth club building

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The long-term future of a community building is set to be secured. Staffordshire County Council has agreed in principle to transfer the lease for the Stone Youth Centre to the Rising Brook Baptist Church. Not only does the Church want current groups to stay at the building, it plans to expand its appeal and attract more users. Ian Parry, Staffordshire ...

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Budget support for Staffordshire welcomed

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Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: We will have to look at the detail of the Chancellor’s announcements, but there appears to be support in the budget for small businesses in Staffordshire, money for skills training and help for  those in need, we well as extended childcare to help parents. Social care is the biggest pressure facing local ...

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‘T-levels’ skills boost for Staffordshire

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Staffordshire students stand to benefit from millions of pounds invested in skills training for teenagers. Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Learning and Skills, said that Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement of an additional £500 million for ‘T-levels’ in the next few years will boost existing plans to train thousands of youngsters in skills needed for the county’s hi-tech ...

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Highways crews tackle fallen trees as Storm Doris hits Staffordshire

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Highways crews are out across Staffordshire as Storm Doris sweeps into the region bringing down trees and power lines in parts of the county. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the area as winds of more than 60mph are expected, with heavy rain, and even snow over higher ground, forecast for later in the day. Crews have ...

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Motorists urged to take care as Storm Doris arrives

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Motorists are being urged to drive carefully as Storm Doris reaches Staffordshire today. The Met Office has issued an amber warning as winds of up to 80mph are expected, with heavy rain, and even snow over higher ground, also forecast. Drivers are being reminded to take care all day and to be aware that surface flooding could be present on any ...

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Changes to Shire Hall and Arts offer approved

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Changes to Staffordshire’s arts offer and proposals for the future use of Shire Hall have been approved by the county council’s cabinet. With the authority intent on balancing less income with the need to spend more than ever before on looking after the elderly, people with disabilities and children needing care, it has been agreed that funding for the arts ...

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Proposals for arts offer and Shire Hall revealed

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Several changes to Staffordshire’s arts commitment are being proposed as a consequence of the county council’s focus on providing £300m of care this year. With the authority balancing less income with the need to spend more than ever before on looking after the elderly, people with disabilities and children needing care, it’s being proposed that funding for the arts offer ...

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Staffordshire residents in New Year’s Honours List

People from Staffordshire take their place alongside household names from sports, entertainment and the arts in the New Year’s Honours List. Olympians and Paralympians have been recognised for their golden achievements in Rio, while other county residents have been honoured with OBEs and BEMs for their services to charity, higher education and the community. Leading the way with a knighthood ...

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