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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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Staffordshire in Great Shape to Capitalise on HS2 Connections

HS2

Staffordshire is in great shape and in a great place to capitalise on a HS2 hub to help share in any economic benefits and drive the growth of the economy, the county’s leader has said. Following the launch of HS2: Getting the best out of Britain, County Council Leader Philip Atkins said the county was already well placed to maximise ...

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Staffordshire backs Adam Peaty in BBC Sports Personality of the Year

People from across Staffordshire are being urged to vote for record-breaking Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty in this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Boasting the 10 fastest times in history in the 100m breaststroke, the Staffordshire swimmer beat his own 50m world record once in the world heats and again in the semi-final – clocking 25.95 seconds to become ...

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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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Staffordshire to commemorate Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday

People are being invited to take a moment on Saturday 11 November for Armistice Day and on Remembrance Sunday to honour those who lost their lives during the nation’s wars. Leading the nation’s commemorations are services at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, which includes the famous Armed Forces Memorial, dedicated in 2007 which honours members of the Armed Forces ...

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Lichfield Southern Bypass Funding announced

Breaking News

Lichfield’s Southern Bypass is a step closer to completion after Staffordshire County Council successfully bid for crucial funding. The Department for Transport has allocated £5 million towards the £17.3m scheme, which will include money from the county council, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and a contribution from a housing developer. The money will allow the construction of an ...

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Plans for social care funding escalated

Social Care

Plans to safeguard funding for health and social care services for some of Staffordshire’s most frail and vulnerable residents are to be escalated – after NHS England indicated money for the county council and the NHS could be withheld. Staffordshire County Council had been earmarked £19.5m this year for social care services in support of health as part of the ...

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Have Your Say on Timing of Vital Second Bridge Works

Burton people are being asked to have their say on when the second phase of a crucial £6.1m scheme to safeguard the future use of two gateways into the town should start. Staffordshire County Council successfully bid for Government funding to safeguard both St Peter’s Bridge and Burton Bridge – without which St Peter’s Bridge would close for good, crippling ...

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