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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

Staffordshire Place

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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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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