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Record spend on care set for approval by council cabinet

Social Care

Plans for a record £300million spend on caring for the elderly, people with disabilities and vulnerable children are set for approval by Staffordshire County Council. At their meeting next week (Wednesday 1st February), Cabinet Members will be presented with a proposed balanced budget for 2017-18. It will include extra funding announced by the Government before Christmas to contribute towards for ...

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Challenging Budget Still Aims to Deliver Record Spending on Care

Ian Parry

Plans by Staffordshire County Council to spend a record amount on the care of residents look set to go ahead – as the budget for spending next year is finalised. The council says despite facing an initial £14.7m funding  gap in its overall budget for next year, it still plans to earmark around £300m to help meet the increasing need ...

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Review of 2016: A Golden Year for Staffordshire

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: It’s been a fabulous 12 months, with so many achievements in so many different areas for the county and its residents. “We all followed events in Rio with pride as Adam Peaty smashed the world record, Joe Clarke made the nation smile with his modesty and Lee Pearson carried the nation’s flag ...

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Teenagers debate their big issues at county buildings

Young people from across Staffordshire have been given the chance to talk about what matters the most to them at a special debate at the County Council chamber. Teenagers got the chance to voice their opinions on a range of topics affecting young people in front of local decision makers, including the need for mental health within education, lowering the ...

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Council services available over Christmas and New Year holidays

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Staffordshire County Council will be making its services available over the festive holidays to ensure that people can access the services and the support they need. The Council will be open for business as usual during most of the Christmas and New Year holidays, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January.  Most services will ...

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Record spending on care planned as county council sets out Budget challenges

Ian Parry

A record amount of funding is to be ploughed into the care of the elderly, the disabled and children in care by Staffordshire County Council – despite facing the most challenging budget to date. The council says it has earmarked around £300m to help meet the increasing need to care and support a growing, ageing population. While it is reported ...

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Hub on schedule to save money and boost town centre

Castle House under construction

A new civic building earmarked to save taxpayers £40m is on target to open next year as planned. The Civic Hub, overlooking the Queens Gardens in Newcastle, will bring together services from the borough council, county council and police under one roof in the heart of the town centre. And it was revealed today that the four storey building will ...

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Plan to manage Staffordshire’s mineral resources and protect communities takes a step closer


Plans to protect local communities and the environment during future quarrying in Staffordshire have been approved by an independent inspector on behalf of the Secretary of State. The Minerals Local Plan shows how local communities and the environment will be protected and where sand, gravel and other minerals will come from over the next 15 years. The Plan follows a ...

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Call for Funding Focus on Counties and Care

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A pledge by the Chancellor Philip Hammond to invest in supporting economic growth in English regions has been welcomed by the Leader of Staffordshire County Council. However, Philip Atkins said the omission of any announcement on funding for social care, also left counties like Staffordshire facing continued significant pressure to fund and support a growing ageing population. Philip said: “Staffordshire ...

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County Council Leader receives OBE from Prince Charles


The leader of Staffordshire County Council has officially received his OBE today from Prince Charles. Philip Atkins was awarded the honour along with other Staffordshire residents in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June. Philip, aged 64, and a farmer from Rocester, was awarded an OBE for services to local government after serving on parish, district and county councils, as ...

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