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Charges to cover cost of recycling non-household waste

Rubble

Small charges to cover the cost of recycling non-household waste are being introduced on November 1st at Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres. A big bag of soil and or rubble will cost £3; plasterboard will cost £4 per sheet, or big bag; and tyres will cost £4 each. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and the Communities, ...

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Government backs pioneering property scheme

Staffordshire County Council Offices

A pioneering scheme designed to save money for taxpayers and improve services is going to expand with Government backing. The Government Property Unit has committed £256,000 to the ‘One Public Estate’ project in Staffordshire to work alongside the county council’s existing Penda Property Partnership to accelerate property plans and allow the county’s public sector organisations to explore how they can ...

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Family scheme’s success pays for other initiatives

Staffordshire County Council Offices

A pioneering scheme helping troubled families improve their lives is changing lives, a report says. And not only does the project’s success save taxpayers’ money, because of the efficient way it is run the income from the Government’s payment by results is being invested in new community schemes. The Building Resilient Families & Communities scheme initially targeted families to get ...

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Find out chapter and verse about community libraries

A four hour event promoting community running of Staffordshire’s libraries will be held this week at one of the four still needing a management group. The informal session at Great Wyrley library between 11am and 3pm on Friday, September 30th, is open to both individuals and representatives of groups who may be interested, or simply want to find out more ...

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Free childcare scheme begins this week

Hundreds of parents will benefit this week as the new 30 hours’ free childcare scheme begins in Staffordshire. The county council has 415 places of 30 hours’ free childcare for three and four-year-olds to allocate after the authority successfully bid earlier this year to host one of eight national trial schemes. Key to the bid’s success was the council’s approach ...

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Second round of community library transfers announced

Staffordshire County Council has named the applicants set to take over the management and delivery of its community libraries. Eight contracts have been offered to community bodies, schools and a business enterprise group in the second phase of transfers, bringing the total number of libraries transferred, or in the process of transferring, to 19. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet ...

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Update: GCSE results buck national trend

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Staffordshire County Council is still awaiting confirmation from a number of schools across the county which will affect overall GCSE results. However, early indications for the figures collated from 40 schools show that 59.5 per cent of students achieved 5 A* – C including English and Mathematics. This is compared to 56.1 per cent last year.  Total GCSE passes at A* – ...

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Plumbing director and subcontractors jailed for duping elderly customers

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Members of a plumbing firm that targeted elderly and vulnerable victims and charged rates of up to £672 per hour to unblock a toilet have been jailed. Victims contacted the Birmingham-based companies over a two year period via Yellow Pages, where Duane Linton, aged 34, of Wood Lane, Handsworth, advertised as an emergency local plumber, and stated that he offered ...

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£1m library investment approved

Proposals to move Lichfield library to St Mary’s for at least the next 30 years have been approved. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: The £1 million investment will ensure a first class library in the heart of Lichfield, safeguard the future of two landmark buildings and support shops and businesses around St Mary’s.” Preparatory ...

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Staffordshire success helps parents’ childcare

Staffordshire is just one of eight places to introduce 30 hours of free childcare for some families a year earlier than the rest of the country. The award of the trial scheme involving 415 places follows the county council’s successful bid to the Department for Education. Key to the bid’s success was the council’s approach to working with employers, which ...

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