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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

Final Syrian refugee families welcomed to county

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Staffordshire has welcomed the final two refugee families into the county as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme (VPS). The scheme has seen a total of 11 families—51 individuals—settled in Staffordshire, including children ranging from one to 17 years old. The first families were welcomed to the county in March of this year, with the final 2 families arriving ...

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Know your consumer rights during festive shopping period

Gill Heath

People looking for bargains online 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 last year, giving people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes legislation to allow people to obtain a ...

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Thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods seized from car on M6

Counterfeit goods with a retail value of over £15,000 if they were genuine were seized from a car on the M6 in Staffordshire. The seizure was made by officers from the Central Motorway Police Group on Sunday and the goods handed over to Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team. Goods included potentially hazardous counterfeit perfume and electrical items. There were ...

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Lights to deter deer damaged in Burntwood

Deer sign

Lights designed to prevent deer from crossing the road and help keep drivers safe have been damaged in Burntwood. A series of 32 wildlife crossing guards had been installed along a 1km stretch of the Burntwood bypass, to deter deer from crossing the road next to a new housing development. The solar-powered crossing guards have a daylight sensor which activates ...

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County’s recycling centres ready for festive rush

Waste recycling centre

Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres are ready to take the extra strain from Christmas over the holiday period. Normal service will continue for all of the county’s 14 waste centres apart from on December 25th, December 26th and January 1st. All sites will be open until 5pm on Friday, December 23rd and until 3pm on Christmas Eve. They will open ...

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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 and the largest ...

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Staffordshire to celebrate Local Charities Day

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People are being invited to celebrate the work of the county’s charities and the difference they make in their local communities. Local Charities Day is on Friday 16 December and will put small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight, helping them demonstrate the great work they do in their areas Staffordshire has thousands of charities, voluntary organisations and ...

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Staffordshire counterfeit goods seizure prompts sales warning

Counterfeit goods

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods following a seizure of thousands of items at a Staffordshire property. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team seized the haul of counterfeit items – including electrical goods and cosmetics – from a rented room in Burntwood. Other items included fake branded clothes, alcohol and cigarettes. A small quantity ...

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Thousands more Staffordshire households and businesses to get fibre broadband boost thanks to £5 million pound expansion

The Superfast Staffordshire broadband partnership has announced a major £5.1 million expansion that will enable around 6,200 households and businesses in some of the county’s smallest communities to access the information superhighway for the first time. Around 40 additional communities have been earmarked for upgrades as part of the multi-million pound roll-out, lead partners Staffordshire County Council and BT announced ...

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