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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

Strategy for Moorlands future growth launched

Early morning on The Roaches

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

Gill & Libby

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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Know your consumer rights when Christmas and New Year shopping

Gill Heath

People doing their Christmas and New Year shopping are being urged to get to know their consumer rights and avoid scams. Consumer laws were updated in 2015 and aim to give 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 full refund on ...

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Christmas campaign busts the myths about fostering

Mark, Rebecca, Sandra & Andrea

For most children their Christmas lists will consist of the latest gadgets, games and toys. But for many children in care, all they’ll be asking for is a loving family. Now, as part of its Christmas campaign to highlight the urgent need for foster families, Staffordshire County Council’s fostering service has set out to bust some of the commonly held ...

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New park and stride scheme gets pupils active

Helen with parents and pupils

Almost 100 pupils at Heath Hayes Primary Academy in Cannock are putting their best foot forward in a new ‘park and stride’ scheme to get to school. A park and stride scheme is where parents park up in an agreed safe place not far from the school and with the pupils all walk in together.  The scheme helps keep children ...

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New Gritters make their debut in Staffordshire

Helen with gritters

Nine new state-of-the-art gritters have joined the county’s fleet to help keep the county on the move over the winter. The new vehicles, armed with the latest technology and safety features have been deployed across the county, and will help keep the roads clear of snow and ice and drivers safe. The £1m investment by Staffordshire County Council has allowed ...

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Foster carers for teenagers sought in new campaign

Mark Sutton

With record numbers of children being placed in care, Staffordshire County Council has launched a new campaign to target a particular shortage of foster carers for teenagers. The campaign is looking for so-called “resilience foster carers’. These are people with experience in dealing with teenagers with emotional and behavioural difficulties and could include residential care workers, ex-police, prison officers or ...

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Awards set to crown Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses

Staffordshire Tourism Awards 2017 winners

Some of the best tourism businesses in Staffordshire are set to discover whether they have won prestigious awards at a glittering ceremony. More than 40 attractions, activities, and accommodation businesses have applied for the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards, and will find out if they have been successful at the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 22nd November (12noon-4.30pm). In the ...

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