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Council’s new deal to support communities

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A three-year commitment to support community and voluntary groups in Staffordshire has been signed by the county council. The £800,000 agreement will be delivered across the county by a consortium of three groups with a brief to help develop a sustainable, growing voluntary sector that works with residents who need support, as well as backing initiatives such as lunch clubs, ...

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New software upgrade would save millions of pounds

Potential total savings of £5.5 million are expected if Staffordshire County Council opts for a new HR and payroll system and service. The authority is considering installing a new system already in use by other public sector bodies. Ian Parry, deputy leader and cabinet member for Finance and Corporate Matters, said:  In recent years the council has moved from delivering ...

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Hundreds of youngsters turned away from crime

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An independent inspection of Staffordshire’s Youth Offending Service has confirmed it remains one of the top performing teams in the country. The report awarded the service 22 stars out of a possible 24 amid recognition of its work with first time offenders, safeguarding the public as well as victims and ensuring court sentences are carried out. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County ...

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Jobs’ joy from inward investment

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Millions of pounds’ worth of inward investment in Staffordshire last year created or protected 1,770 jobs in the county. Figures, released to coincide with a quarterly business investment update from the Office of National Statistics, showed companies from Turkey, the United States, India, Australia and Spain invested in Staffordshire during 2015/16, as well as from other parts of the UK. ...

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New chapter in libraries’ history welcomed

Staffordshire’s first community libraries are up and running, with the promise of more to follow. Werrington Community Voluntary Group is celebrating taking control of the management and day-to-day running of the village library with an event on May 14th. Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for libraries, will be attending the celebration. He said: The first wave of ...

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Nine out of 10 parents offered first choice primary school

Nine out of 10 parents in Staffordshire have been offered their first choice primary school, despite rises in pupil numbers putting pressure on school places. Figures revealed today show the majority of parents have been allocated their first choice school, with 98 per cent in total allocated one of their top three preferred schools. A total of 9,278 places have ...

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Community library programme reaches second chapter

Bidding to take over the running of Staffordshire’s remaining community libraries begins today. With 11 libraries already in the process of transferring to the community, applications for the remaining dozen can be made until July 29th. Successful applicants will be supported by the county council to take over the day-to-day running and management of the library. Ben Adams, Staffordshire County ...

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