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Foster carers thanked at special celebration day

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Staffordshire’s foster families were thanked during a special celebration day for their invaluable contributions in providing loving homes for the county’s looked after children. Over 300 Children and Foster Carers gathered for the annual celebration barbecue organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service. The celebration was held at Marquis Drive Visitors Centre, Cannock Chase on Thursday 3 August with families ...

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Meet one of Staffordshire Libraries’ youngest volunteers

12-year-old Korben Butterworth wants to be a teacher and says volunteering at his local library will help him achieve his dream. Korben is one of Staffordshire Libraries Services’ youngest volunteers and teaches children computer programming at Code Club in Stafford library. Now Korben is reminding people about the range of exciting activities available in libraries and the many opportunities to ...

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National awareness campaign urges over 70s to beat scams

Trading Standards

People across Staffordshire are being advised how to spot the signs of scams and report them during the final week of a national awareness month. Every week throughout July, the Scams Awareness Month 2017 campaign has focused on different age groups and the types of scams they’re more likely to fall victim to. This final week, it focuses on people ...

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Meet the families helping young people in care live independently

People interested in helping young people in care move into independent living are invited to a special information evening. The event, on Thursday 20th July, from 6pm to 8pm at Staffordshire Place 1 in Stafford, will give people the chance to find out more about becoming a supported lodgings host. Supported Lodgings is an alternative to foster care and offers ...

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Rogue trader ordered to pay back victims and do unpaid work

Trading Standards

A rogue trader who left victims with shoddy, incomplete damp proofing work and did not return keys to properties has been ordered to pay nearly £10,000 compensation and do 250 hours’ unpaid work. Steven Kelly, of Green Close, Walton, Stone, pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud, including operating a fraudulent business, one aggressive practice offence and a trade mark ...

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Digital minister hails ‘great success’ of superfast broadband roll-out as it gets £1.7 million boost

Mark Winnington

More than 1,300 further households and businesses across the county are to get access to superfast fibre broadband as a result of a £1.7 million boost to the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out, lead partners Staffordshire County Council and BT have announced. The funding comes from savings made earlier on in the roll-out and additional investment from BT and the Government. Superfast ...

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Get wise to scams during national awareness month

Scams awareness

People across Staffordshire are being urged to spot the signs of scams and to report them as part of a national awareness month in July. Scams Awareness Month 2017 aims to inform people of the types and extent of con tricks which pose a threat to people’s finances and wellbeing. The county council wants people to spot tell-tale signs online, ...

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Staffordshire traders supported through tobacco sales law changes – ten years after indoor smoking ban introduced

Staffordshire traders have been supported in adapting to the latest tobacco sales legislation by the county’s trading standards team as the nation marks the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces. This Saturday July 1 it will be ten years to the day that the ban was introduced in England. Since the introduction ...

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Private Foster Carers urged to find out about the support available

Early years

Carers from across Staffordshire who privately foster children are being reminded that help is at hand as part of a national campaign. Private Fostering Week runs from 3rd to 10th July 2017 and will highlight the importance of notifying the council about private fostering arrangements. Private fostering describes an arrangement when someone, who is not a close relative, cares for ...

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Connecting business to fastest broadband speeds in the country

Mark Winnington with electricity boxes

A county council partnership programme is supporting businesses to potentially access some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. Today’s Which? report into national broadband speeds placed Tamworth as being the best in the country for being able to connect to fast broadband speeds, with an average of 30.4 megabits per second (mbps). According to the independent Think Broadband site, 99.8 ...

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