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Completion date in New Year for civic centre

The completion date for the new civic centre hub designed to boost a town centre economy and save taxpayers millions of pounds has been postponed to 2018. The £15.4 million, four storey Castle House, next to Queens Gardens in the centre of Newcastle, will open in the next few months once final work has been completed. The building will house ...

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County council sets out challenging budget for next five years

Staffordshire Place

Record spending of £310 million on care, growing a strong economy and attracting investment into Staffordshire are at the heart of a challenging budget being set out by the county council. The increasing costs of care for a growing ageing population and children in care continue to be the biggest pressure for the county council,  as it still has to ...

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Parents have 30 days to claim 30 hours’ childcare

The deadline is fast approaching for parents to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare. Places are available from January 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between September 1 and December 31 2017. To claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk by December 31, but if they want everything in place for January they should also ...

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Staffordshire leader’s response on Chancellor’s Budget

Philip Atkins

Pledges to invest more in the NHS this winter, extra investment in education and skills, increases in personal tax allowances and housing stamp duty deals for first time buyers detailed by the Chancellor, were today welcomed by the Leader of Staffordshire County Council. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond today outlined these plans together with greater support for small ...

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Think tank calls for devolution to go beyond cities

Philip Atkins

A leading independent think tank has today (Monday, Nov 20) issued a call for a reform of local government to help transform the economy by forging closer partnerships across communities and councils. Authors of ResPublica’s report Devo 2.0: The Case for Counties argue existing county councils areas are  the “essential building blocks” to reform existing two-tier county and district structures ...

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Tributes Paid Following Death of Staffordshire County Councillor

Robbie Marshall

Philip Atkins, the Leader of Staffordshire County Council has led the tributes following the death of county councillor Robbie Marshall. Robbie, who was first elected to the county council in 1997 and represented the Codsall division, passed away last night (Wednesday November 1) after suffering a heart attack recently. Philip, said: “We are all hugely saddened to hear today about the passing ...

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Property development scheme pays off

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A pioneering public and private sector property partnership designed to benefit taxpayers is unlocking millions of pounds of assets, saving money and paving the way for new housing to be built. Staffordshire County Council’s Corporate Review committee will hear that dozens of local authority-owned buildings or pieces of land potentially worth millions of pounds, have either been allocated to The ...

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Parents risk missing out on 30 hours funded childcare

Thousands of Staffordshire parents entitled to 30 hours a week funded childcare for their three and four-year-olds have only days left to register for it. Applications via the government’s website must be made by the end of August, or parents will have to wait until January to claim their hours. To be eligible both parents, or the parent in a ...

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Cabinet Sees New Members In Post

Staffordshire County Council Offices

Two new appointments to Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet have been confirmed today. Mike Sutherland, who represents Etchinghill and Heath, takes up the role of Cabinet Member for Finance and Gill Burnett, who represents Kidsgrove, takes over from Mike as Cabinet Support Member for Adult Safeguarding. The appointments follow the selection of Alan White as Deputy Leader after Ian Parry, who ...

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Fake football kits given the red card

Fake football kits

As the Premier League kicks off this weekend, plans to sell thousands of fake and potentially dangerous replica football shirts have been red-carded. Scores of boxes of fake shirts for teams, including Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Porto, Benfica and Paris Saint Germain, were among a haul of counterfeit goods with a retail value of more than £1 million found ...

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