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Countdown to apply for 30 hours’ childcare

Early years

Parents wanting to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare for their children should think about applying as soon as possible. The next places are available across the county from September 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between April 1 and August 31 2018. But to claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk . Mark Sutton, ...

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Multi-million pound backing to help families

Breaking News

A £5 million scheme to help Staffordshire families has been backed by the Government. The funding means that Staffordshire County Council and partners can support families in need of help before their problems reach crisis point. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: This money will help us make a real difference to lives ...

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Libraries consultation nears end

Time is running out to have your say on Staffordshire’s libraries consultation. More than 1,400 responses have already been received in advance of the April 1 deadline. A series of public events have been held at libraries and mobile and travelling library stops throughout the 12 week consultation. Discussions have included potentially using technology to maintain and extend opening hours ...

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Figures back council’s recycling approach

A new report shows no long-term increase in fly-tipping after the introduction of small charges for recycling non-household waste. Based on statistics compiled by Staffordshire’s eight borough and district councils over a 12 month period after charging began in November 2016, the report says that the number of fly-tipping incidents in different areas either stayed unchanged, or rose briefly before ...

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County backing for growth plans

Latest News

Moves to review public spending, revalue business rates and promote house building have been welcomed by Staffordshire’s leader. Reacting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spring Statement, Philip Atkins said an improving economy and promised investment in transport infrastructure would also support businesses to invest, export, and create jobs. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: Staffordshire has come ...

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Civic centre move scheduled

The completion date for the new civic centre hub designed to boost a town centre economy and save taxpayers millions of pounds has been scheduled for June. The decision follows a commitment by Kier North to deliver the £15.4 million, four storey Castle House, next to Queens Gardens in the centre of Newcastle, in time for staff to prepare the ...

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Staffordshire’s 30 hour childcare success praised

Staffordshire’s excellent pre-school childcare network has been praised by the Families and Children’s Minister. Nadhim Zahawi MP visited Staffordshire to see for himself the positive impact of the 30 hours’ childcare scheme. The Families and Children’s Minister said: Staffordshire was one of the first implementers of our 30 hours childcare offer, and reached its initial targets well in advance, offering ...

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Gritting teams out continuously as schools close due to snow


Snow continued to fall last night as the county’s gritting teams continued their constant operations across the road network with increasingly hazardous driving conditions this morning. More than 170 schools are closed so far and the A53 in the Moorlands is closed where conditions are especially bad. All ploughs, tractor ploughs and snow blowers are in operation though drifting snow is ...

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Act now for funded childcare places

Children celebrating their third birthday in the first part of 2018 should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare. Staffordshire has one of the highest rates in the region for taking up the offer of 30 hours’ funded childcare for three and four-year-olds. Now, more childcare places are available from April 1 for children who celebrate their third ...

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Library consultation continues

Hundreds of people are having their say during a consultation on the best way to manage some of Staffordshire’s libraries. With consultation continuing until April 1, almost 700 responses have already been received by Staffordshire County Council. A series of public events at libraries and mobile and travelling library stops is continuing throughout the 12 week consultation to reach as ...

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