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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

Businesses reminded of tobacco plain packaging law implementation this month

Staffordshire traders are being reminded that all tobacco products must be sold in plain packaging from May 20. The reminder has been issued by Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team, which has been working with businesses advising them on the new legislation since it was introduced in May last year. From May 2016, new tobacco products had to be plain ...

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Staffordshire foster carers hit the road for Foster Care Fortnight

Staffordshire’s foster carers are taking centre-stage for this year’s Foster Care Fortnight celebrations. Video link: Staffordshire carers tell the world why they’re so proud to foster Photos of foster carers can be downloaded here Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May, is the annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and highlight the urgent ...

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Call block device scheme helps residents avoid nuisance misery

Phone conversation

People suffering from nuisance sales calls or cold calls are benefiting from blocking devices fitted to their telephones as part of a national programme implemented by the county council in Staffordshire. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team is coordinating the project locally, which has seen 10 devices fitted to telephones belonging to vulnerable residents or those with dementia. They are ...

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Find out more about fostering at information evening

People from Burton and surrounding areas interested in becoming a foster carer are being invited to an information evening where they can find out more. The event is part of Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May to help raise the profile of fostering and highlight the urgent need for more foster carers. The information ...

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People and businesses reminded of food allergy risks during national awareness week

Generic food

People and businesses in Staffordshire are being reminded of the importance of clearly labelled ingredients during national Allergy Awareness Week. The county council’s trading standards team wants to ensure people remember to check food ingredients while businesses trade responsibly and clearly display ingredients in English. On pre-packed food ingredients and allergens must be labelled in English. In cafes, restaurants and ...

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Roller door seller fined for safety breaches

Trading Standards

A roller shutter door company director has been fined over £2000 for not complying with safety regulations. Officers found that the shutter doors were not compliant to European safety standards, meaning that they were potentially dangerous and could cause serious injury. Company Director Philip Allison 47, of Easyglide (Derby) LTD based at the Falcon Business Park in Burton,  pleaded guilty ...

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By George – Dozens of Staffordshire Parents continue to opt for Princely Name

Mum and baby

The name George is continuing to court favour with Staffordshire parents since the birth of Prince George – with dozens opting for the popular boy’s name. And, as the country prepares to celebrate St George’s Day this Sunday (23 April), new figures show that the name is still proving a big hit at Staffordshire’s Register Offices. Since last St George’s Day, ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday

Counterfeit goods

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s Easter bank holiday markets or car boot sales. The first bank holiday of the year also marks the beginning of the car boot sale and markets season. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, they ...

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British Empire Medals for Staffordshire residents

Six Staffordshire residents have been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for their invaluable contributions to their local communities. The winners, announced in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours this year, attended a special ceremony at County Buildings in Stafford on Tuesday 4th April 2017. Medals were presented to winners by the Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ on behalf of ...

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