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Staffordshire communities are the heart of our county and we want to make sure they are safe prosperous places to live and work.

We work with our partners across the county, including the police, fire authority, district and borough councils to get to the heart of what matters to local people

Seventeen year partnership keeps roads amongst safest in the country

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Motorists in Staffordshire are now enjoying some of the safest roads in the country thanks to an innovative 17-year long partnership. Set up in 2001, the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership works to improve road safety in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, and since created has seen the number of collisions resulting in injury almost halve (down 44%). With 27% fewer fatal and ...

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People reminded about opportunities to volunteer in their local library

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People are being reminded about the many volunteering opportunities available in their local library as part of a new campaign. Over 800 regular volunteers already play an important role in Staffordshire’s 43 libraries, all making a real difference in their community while helping them explore their own interests. Volunteers help with a wide range of duties from organising books and resources, ...

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British Empire Medals awarded to Staffordshire residents

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Seven Staffordshire residents have been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for their invaluable contributions to their local communities. The winners were announced in The Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier this year and attended a special ceremony hosted by the Chairman of Staffordshire County Council at County Buildings in Stafford on Thursday 20th December 2018. Medals were presented to the winners ...

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Call blocking scheme continues to help vulnerable people in fight against nuisance calls

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People who receive regular nuisance sales calls continue to benefit from call blocking devices fitted to their telephones as part of a national scheme. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team is coordinating the project locally, and is urging more people with elderly and vulnerable family members to consider the system. The devices block recorded telephone messages, silent calls and numbers ...

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Owner of TB affected herd ordered to pay over £34,000 for illegal movement of cattle

Trading Standards

A Staffordshire livestock owner who illegally moved herds of cattle while his holding was under bovine tuberculosis restrictions has been ordered to pay over £34,000 in fines costs. Mark Pickford, of Kniveden farm, Mount Road, Leek, also breached important cattle ID rules by providing false information on Cattle Passports, misapplying an ear tag to an and failing to report the ...

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Shop workers handed fines for counterfeit tobacco sales

Illicit tobacco

Two shop workers have been ordered to pay over £500 each in fines and costs for selling counterfeit cigarettes with no health warnings at a premise in Rugeley. The shop owner pleaded guilty to five charges of selling counterfeit tobacco under the Trade Marks Act and five under tobacco regulations for selling products without health warnings. Horas Abdul Rahman will ...

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Stay safe during festive season and avoid counterfeit alcohol

People are being urged to stay safe during the festive season and avoid dangerous counterfeit alcohol. Staffordshire County Council has been carrying out an ongoing operation to stamp out counterfeit alcohol sales using Government funding awarded through the Proceeds of Crime Act in recognition of its work. There have been a number of prosecutions and licence reviews. The largest fine ...

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Presents bringing Christmas cheer for Staffordshire care leavers

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Staffordshire’s young people leaving care are set for a rosier Christmas this year after receiving hundreds of presents. The appeal saw hundreds of gifts donated by County Council Staff, friends and family of staff as well as local stores in the lead-up to Christmas. The gifts were collected from Staffordshire Place by Sophie Howarth and Becci Foster from the county’s ...

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Charities recognised in national celebration

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People are being invited to join in and celebrate the work of the county’s many charities and the difference they make in their local communities. Local Charities Day, taking place today (14 December) Recognises the great work that voluntary groups do in their communities. Staffordshire has thousands of charities and community groups making a real difference every day. Supporting these ...

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Strategy for Moorlands future growth launched

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A strategy to steer economic growth, strengthen communities and improve public health in the Staffordshire Moorlands has been launched by the county and district councils. The Staffordshire Moorlands Growth Strategy sets out delivery plans on business and housing development, improving connectivity and ensuring people have the right skills to take advantage of employment opportunities over the next decade. The plan ...

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