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Call for Funding Focus on Counties and Care

Money generic

A pledge by the Chancellor Philip Hammond to invest in supporting economic growth in English regions has been welcomed by the Leader of Staffordshire County Council. However, Philip Atkins said the omission of any announcement on funding for social care, also left counties like Staffordshire facing continued significant pressure to fund and support a growing ageing population. Philip said: “Staffordshire ...

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Know your consumer rights this Black Friday

Trading standards

People looking for bargains online on Black Friday and throughout the Christmas and New Year sales period are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. New consumer laws were brought in on October 1 last year, giving people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes ...

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Entries Open for IRONKIDS Staffordshire 2017

children run race

Entries opens today, Wednesday 23 November for the third annual IRONKIDS Staffordshire. The event, which will be held on Saturday, 17th June 2017, marks the start of the IRONMAN weekend, offering children aged 3-14 the opportunity to also be part of the action. Having been staged at the Shugborough Estate since the inaugural event in 2015, this will be the ...

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Simple steps to staying well this winter

Flu dog

People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to help keep well this winter. Public health bosses at Staffordshire County Council are supporting people to stay well, and where necessary get well as quickly as possible in an effort to ease pressure on A&E departments during the winter months. Director of Health and Care at Staffordshire ...

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County Council Leader receives OBE from Prince Charles


The leader of Staffordshire County Council has officially received his OBE today from Prince Charles. Philip Atkins was awarded the honour along with other Staffordshire residents in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June. Philip, aged 64, and a farmer from Rocester, was awarded an OBE for services to local government after serving on parish, district and county councils, as ...

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Gritters ready for action as winter finally bites

Mark Deaville

Gritting teams are ready to head out across the county for the first time this season with temperatures set to drop over the weekend. The next few days could see temperatures fall to below zero in Staffordshire, meaning the county council’s gritting teams will be working throughout the night to keep the county moving. The fleet of 40 plus gritters ...

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Leader and Chief Executive join in world record attempt

Philip card signing

Staffordshire County Council’s Leader and Chief Executive have joined in to say a potentially record-breaking ‘Thank you’ to the armed forces. Leader Philip Atkins and Chief Executive John Henderson have signed a giant card from the National Memorial Arboretum, who are trying to break the world record for most signatures on a Christmas card. After stopping at Staffordshire Place, the ...

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Staffordshire’s business success highlighted in Parliament

Mark Winnington

Staffordshire’s success in attracting and retaining global businesses has been highlighted in Parliament today. MPs welcome the news that General Electric (GE) has started construction on the second of its two new world class research and manufacturing facilities at Staffordshire County Council’s Redhill Business Park in Stafford. The success was highlighted by Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy as part of Prime ...

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Leaders Focus on Staffordshire Post Brexit

Philip Atkins

How to shape a strong Staffordshire after the UK leaves the EU was the focus of leaders from the public and private sector at a Brexit summit in the county today. Members of the Staffordshire Strategic Partnership – which includes county and city councils, business leaders, police, fire, health, education and housing partners, came together to agree the priorities for ...

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Crematorium owner fined again

Latest News

A crematorium owner who claimed he’d cremated a horse but actually failed to do so has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence. Allan McMaster, 52, owner of Swan Pit Crematorium in Gnosall, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty at North Staffs Magistrates Court yesterday (October 24) to making a false representation, as well as three animal by-product offences involving three other ...

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