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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

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

Two people on the phone

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

Three people with Xmas tree

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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Get connected to improve your property says Staffordshire estate agent

A high-speed fibre broadband connection is one of the key factors people consider when buying or renting a property, according to a Staffordshire estate agent. With nearly 13,000 homes across the county changing hands during the last 12 months[1], faster broadband connectivity for things like on-demand video, online gaming and smart home apps is more important than ever. Across Staffordshire, ...

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Staffordshire celebrates International Volunteer Day

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People from across the county are being invited to find out more about the hundreds of volunteering opportunities helping to make a difference in local communities. Staffordshire has thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving up their time and energy helping to make Staffordshire a great place to live. International Volunteer Day today (5 December) is the ...

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