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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

Festival offers chance to celebrate Staffordshire’s history

Local history craft event

September sees the start of a major history festival across the county. Staffordshire’s Libraries, Arts, Archives and Heritage services will be taking part in a two month celebration of local and family history and the county’s cultural heritage. Local people can choose from over 90 events, activities, exhibitions and other opportunities to engage with Staffordshire’s history and heritage. County Councillor ...

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Plumbing director and subcontractors jailed for duping elderly customers

Breaking News

Members of a plumbing firm that targeted elderly and vulnerable victims and charged rates of up to £672 per hour to unblock a toilet have been jailed. Victims contacted the Birmingham-based companies over a two year period via Yellow Pages, where Duane Linton, aged 34, of Wood Lane, Handsworth, advertised as an emergency local plumber, and stated that he offered ...

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Rail freight hub developers need continued open talks with communities, says economy leader

Four Ashes map

Developers behind plans for a national rail freight interchange in South Staffordshire need to ensure local communities are kept fully informed and must give detailed justification on its choice of location, the county’s economy leader has said. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, is calling for more information on the potential impact on traffic volume, the ...

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Families set for ’10 Minute Shake Up’ to keep healthy over the summer

finding dory change 4 life banner

Children in Staffordshire are being invited to join in with ten minute bursts of fun physical activity as part of a national campaign. Staffordshire County Council is backing the latest Change 4 Life’s ‘10 Minute Shake Up’ project to help keep the county’s children healthy over the summer. The latest campaign, inspired by the new ‘Finding Dory’ Disney film will ...

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Swim safely this summer

Gill Heath

Staffordshire’s communities leader is urging people to think safety when swimming this summer and avoid potentially dangerous lakes and quarries. As people enjoy the warm weather, some may be tempted to sites not suitable for swimming. Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said that people should be reminded that open water swimming can be dangerous and it’s advised this ...

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Get wise to scams during national awareness month

Gill Heath

People across Staffordshire are being urged to spot the signs of scams and to report them as part of a national awareness month. Scams Awareness Month 2016 aims to inform people of the types and extent of con tricks which pose a threat to people’s finances and wellbeing. The county council wants people to spot tell-tale signs online, on the ...

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Stay safe this summer and avoid counterfeit alcohol

Counterfeit vodka

People are being reminded of the dangers of counterfeit alcohol during a national safety awareness week. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team has been carrying out an ongoing operation to stamp out counterfeit alcohol sales and has seen a number of prosecutions. It is reminding people how to spot potentially lethal illicit products during national Food Safety Week. Counterfeit alcohol ...

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Final date approaching for community library bids

Groups interested in taking over the running of Staffordshire’s remaining community libraries have to act before the end of this month. With 11 libraries having almost completed the process of transferring to the community, applications for the remaining dozen can be made until July 29th. Successful applicants will be supported by the county council to take over the day-to-day running ...

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Private foster carers to get extra help and support

group of children and pre-teens

Carers from across Staffordshire who privately foster children are being reminded that help is at hand as part of a national campaign. Private Fostering Week runs from 4 to 11 July and will highlight the wide range of advice and support available to private foster carers. Private fostering describes an arrangement when someone, who is not a close relative, cares ...

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Campaign launches to keep young bikers safe

learner biker

A high-profile road safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of young bikers injured on Staffordshire’s roads has launched this month. The campaign, being run by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is reminding young bikers and their parents about the importance of safe riding, bike maintenance and wearing appropriate clothing. A new website and app named ‘Biker Jack’, available free for ...

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