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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

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

Latest News

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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Stay safe at Halloween

Halloween kids

Young people, parents and guardians can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween by following a few simple tips, the county’s communities leader has said. They include ensuring costumes are safe and flame resistant, making sure adults accompany younger children when out and about and being careful if using candles. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities and the environment Gill ...

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New bus service to help connect villages between Burntwood, Lichfield and Rugeley

pensioners on bus

People living in rural areas between Burntwood, Lichfield and Rugeley will soon benefit from an on-demand bus service that will pick them up right from their doorstep. The new ‘Rugeley and Lichfield Village Connect’ service will provide door to door journeys for people who have no local bus service or are unable to access local bus services. The service will ...

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Statement from Leader of Staffordshire County Council on Children in Calais Camps

Philip Atkins

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: The Government has announced it is speeding up actions to accept children from the migrant camps in Calais and councils have been put on stand-by to expect their arrival at short notice. Initially these will be children who have relatives living here in the UK Our children’s services will be working with ...

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People urged to stay safe and only buy fireworks from registered shops


Staffordshire people are being reminded that they should only buy fireworks from registered shops in the run-up to bonfire night events. The county council’s trading standards team has been working with traders to ensure they are storing fireworks safely and are displaying registration stickers. Shops registered to sell fireworks in the county will have been visited by the team in ...

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People to have their say on protecting Cannock Chase’s natural habitat


People are being invited to have their say on the best ways to look after Cannock Chase’s natural habitat. Cannock Chase Country Park, Bevin’s Birches and the adjoining land are much loved by visitors and tranquil areas to walk dogs, ride bikes or horses and explore the wildlife. They also lie within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a ...

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Trading standards team reminds people of e-cigarette dangers


Staffordshire people are being reminded of the potential dangers of e-cigarettes by the county council’s trading standards team following a warning by burns surgeons. The warning comes after a rise in the number of people being treated by surgeons for burns caused by exploding e-cigarette batteries. Trading standards officers have said people should only buy e-cigarette products from reputable retailers ...

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Thirty months’ imprisonment for north Staffordshire fraudster

A fraudster has been jailed for 30 months for conning people out of money for window repairs which were not carried out. Anthony Mander, aged 54, of Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today for four fraud offences, which took place across north Staffordshire between May 2014 and August 2016. He gained over £4,000 from his victims, ...

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