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Council and NHS join forces to reduce IT costs

Joint working between two of Staffordshire largest public service sectors is saving taxpayers millions of pounds. Staffordshire County Council’s ICT department has been working with Staffordshire and Shropshire Health Informatics Service (SSHIS) to link the local authority and all NHS services in the county to the same computer network. The revised network, which was implemented in 2017, also connects Staffordshire ...

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Council leader welcomes greater pay transparency

Philip Atkins

Staffordshire’s County Council’s leader has welcomed greater transparency about the differences in average pay between men and women. Under new government legislation all employers with more than 250 employees must publish a Gender Pay Gap report by 30th March to show the difference between the average hourly pay of men and women employed at the organisation. The county council’s report ...

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County backing for growth plans

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Moves to review public spending, revalue business rates and promote house building have been welcomed by Staffordshire’s leader. Reacting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spring Statement, Philip Atkins said an improving economy and promised investment in transport infrastructure would also support businesses to invest, export, and create jobs. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: Staffordshire has come ...

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Civic centre move scheduled

The completion date for the new civic centre hub designed to boost a town centre economy and save taxpayers millions of pounds has been scheduled for June. The decision follows a commitment by Kier North to deliver the £15.4 million, four storey Castle House, next to Queens Gardens in the centre of Newcastle, in time for staff to prepare the ...

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Record spending on care agreed as county council sets budget

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A record £310 million will be spent on care this year by Staffordshire County Council as it set a balanced budget on February 15. As the county council moves to becoming self-financing, due to the loss of Government grants, Leader Philip Atkins said the authority was committed to growing Staffordshire’s economy, supporting the creation of more a skilled workforce and ...

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Counterfeit DVD seller ordered to pay back £567,000

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A Penkridge man has been ordered to pay over £567,000 after selling counterfeit DVDs on eBay. Paul Michael Foster, aged 53 formally of Walhouse Drive, Penkridge, Stafford had previously pleaded guilty to one offence of fraudulent trading and 9 offences infringing the Trade Marks Act (1994) in November 2015. A successful investigation by FACT (Who provide intellectual property protection) and ...

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New county councillor chosen at by-election

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Conservative Party candidate Bob Spencer has won the Codsall seat at Staffordshire County Council. Councillor Spencer was elected yesterday at a by-election held following the death of sitting Conservative county councillor Robbie Marshall. Coun Spencer received 1,274 votes. Green Party candidate Gary Burnett polled 329 votes, while Labour Party candidate Kevin McElduff received 283 votes. The turnout was 19.6 per ...

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County council to deliver record spending on care with balanced budget

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A record £310 million will be spent on care this year by Staffordshire County Council as it looks to present a balanced budget for 2018/19. Despite the huge pressures of funding care for a growing ageing population and children in care the council has managed to close a £12 million shortfall and balance its books. As the county council moves ...

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Council opening times over Christmas and New Year

Staffordshire County Council will be making its services available over the Christmas and New Year holidays to ensure people get the information and the support they need. The Council will be open for business as usual during most of the festive holidays, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Most Council services will be open on 27, ...

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Earliest Iron Age gold ever discovered in Britain saved

Campaigners are celebrating after securing enough money to save ancient jewellery believed to be the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever discovered in Britain. Four exquisite artefacts that make up the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs can now go on permanent display at Stoke-on-Trent’s Potteries Museum & Art Gallery after a successful campaign to raise the £325,000 needed to buy ...

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