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County Council closes £35m shortfall to deliver a balanced budget

Staffordshire County Council today presented a balanced budget after taking early, decisive action to close a £35m forecasted shortfall in the next financial year. The final plans were presented to Full Council after the authority tackled the unprecedented challenge caused by the rising costs of care for increasing numbers of vulnerable adults and children. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County ...

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Tribute issued to Gordon Banks OBE

Speaking after the death was announced of Gordon Banks OBE, Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: Gordon Banks OBE was a legend, revered by football fans in Staffordshire, England and around the world, yet everyone who met him would say that he was the most humble person, someone who had time for everyone. Throughout his battles with illness ...

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Statement regarding the tragedy in Sycamore Lane, Stafford

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: I was shocked to hear the terrible news of the deaths of four children in the heart of our community. We will support the family in any way and our thoughts and prayers are very much with all those who knew and loved these children and who now must cope with this ...

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Staffordshire tribute to neighbouring council leader

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins has paid tribute today to his colleague at City of Wolverhampton Council leader Roger Lawrence, who has announced he is stepping down from the position. Cllr Lawrence has served as leader of the city council for 15 years and as a local councillor for three decades. Philip Atkins said: Roger has done a tremendous ...

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Staffordshire residents recognised in New Year’s Honours List

People from Staffordshire have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List alongside household names from sports, entertainment and the arts. Residents have been honoured with an OBE, MBEs and a BEM for their services to patient safety, further education, grassroots football and the community. Recipients include Debra Hazeldine MBE, who spoke at the 2017 Conservative Party Conference about her ...

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Christmas and New Year opening hours

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 24, ...

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County Council Reduces Size of Top Team

Staffordshire Place

Staffordshire County Council has reduced the number of directors on its senior leadership team. The move, approved at a meeting of Full Council today, will help close a £35m shortfall in the council’s budget in 2019-20 and deliver ongoing savings in future years. John Tradewell is to be appointed as the new Director of Corporate Services. Andy Burns, the Director ...

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Review Highlights County Council’s Aspirations For Communities

Staffordshire Place

Strong leadership, aspirational goals, partnership working and a clear grasp of financial challenges have been highlighted in an independent review of Staffordshire County Council. As part of a Local Government Association Peer Challenge in September, community priorities, leadership, governance, financial resilience and capacity to deliver all came under close scrutiny. The feedback report published today concluded that the county council ...

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Staffordshire County Council to reduce senior leadership team

Staffordshire County Council Offices

In a cost-cutting move to meet unprecedented financial pressure, Staffordshire County Council is to reduce the number of directors on its senior leadership team. In September the County Council published its draft budget for 2019-20 and set out proposals to close a £35m shortfall in its budget next year. One of those measures will be to reduce the number of ...

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Cabinet Agrees Action Plan To Tackle £35m Shortfall As Care Costs Soar

An action plan to help tackle a £35m budget shortfall next year has been agreed by Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet. The council is facing the shortfall after seeing the cost of care soar by £100m in ten years – at the same time as national funding to councils has continued to fall. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said ...

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