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Community & Living

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

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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Thousands of illicit cigarettes seized from Staffordshire shop

Thousands of fake and illegal cigarettes have been seized in a large-scale raid at a Staffordshire shop. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team made the seizure in Rugeley town centre on Friday. They found 17,120 cigarettes, believed to be fake or illegal, and 10.35kg of fake hand rolling tobacco. The team was joined by tobacco detection dogs which uncovered hidden ...

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Get Switched On to consumer rights when buying electrical goods

Gill Heath

Staffordshire people are being urged to check their consumer rights when buying electrical goods as part of a national week-long campaign. The county council’s trading standards team is backing the National Consumer Week ‘Switched On’ campaign which highlights what people should consider when buying electrical goods and also to look out for counterfeit goods. The campaign focuses on any electrical ...

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Appeal for foster carers for unaccompanied refugee children

dee karim foster carer

Staffordshire families interested in supporting or fostering young asylum seekers arriving in the county are being encouraged to come forward. The call-out follows the ongoing refugee crisis that is affecting children and young people, specifically those dispersed from Calais following the closure of the so-called Jungle camp. Staffordshire County Council is currently caring for unaccompanied minors and has pledged to accept ...

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Know your consumer rights this Black Friday

Trading standards

People looking for bargains online on Black Friday and 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 on October 1 last year, giving people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes ...

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Deal cements ongoing joint drive to create jobs and boost growth

South Staffordshire District Deal

A deal to support the creation of 3,500 jobs and 660 start-up businesses in South Staffordshire over the next four years has been signed by the county and district councils. The second South Staffordshire District Deal sets out a four-year plan which will also see the creation of a skills federation to enable young people to meet the needs of ...

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Crematorium owner fined again

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A crematorium owner who claimed he’d cremated a horse but actually failed to do so has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence. Allan McMaster, 52, owner of Swan Pit Crematorium in Gnosall, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty at North Staffs Magistrates Court yesterday (October 24) to making a false representation, as well as three animal by-product offences involving three other ...

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