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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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Leaders warn of “catastrophic” winter if social care cash is withheld

Philip Atkins

Local authorities in the West Midlands are warning the Government of the “catastrophic impact”  on residents if pledged social care funding is not honoured. With winter just a matter of weeks a week, leaders have called on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to act now to avert a potential health and social care crisis. The call comes after NHS England suddenly ...

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Ancient Iron Age gold sparks £325,000 fundraising campaign

A fundraising campaign has been launched to save for the nation ancient jewellery believed to be the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever discovered in Britain. The four intricate artefacts that make up the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs have been valued at £325,000 by a panel of independent experts known as the Treasure Valuation Committee, sparking a three-month countdown ...

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Cabinet Sees New Members In Post

Staffordshire County Council Offices

Two new appointments to Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet have been confirmed today. Mike Sutherland, who represents Etchinghill and Heath, takes up the role of Cabinet Member for Finance and Gill Burnett, who represents Kidsgrove, takes over from Mike as Cabinet Support Member for Adult Safeguarding. The appointments follow the selection of Alan White as Deputy Leader after Ian Parry, who ...

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New Deputy Leader for Staffordshire County Council Announced

Alan White

  A  new Deputy Leader for Staffordshire County Council has been announced. Alan  White, the Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing has been selected to replace Ian Parry, who stepped down last month after seven years in the role. Philip Atkins, Leader of the Council, said: “During his time on Cabinet, Alan has brought great clarity and vision to ...

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Multi-million pound investment close to completion

The new £15.4 million centre for public services is taking shape in the centre of Newcastle. Four storey Castle House, next to Queens Gardens, is on course to open in the autumn. The building, which can be accessed from both the Gardens and Hassell Street, will be the base for services from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Police ...

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Staffordshire record-breaker Adam Peaty is “inspirational” and a role model for young people

Olympic champion Adam Peaty’s record-breaking defence of his World Championship titles is being celebrated in his home county of Staffordshire. Less than 24 hours after retaining the 100m breaststroke title in Budapest, the 22-year-old broke his own world record time in today’s heats of the 50m breaststroke, clocking 26.1 seconds. Staffordshire County Council’s Leader Philip Atkins said: Congratulations to Adam, ...

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Work starts on multi-million pound dementia centre

Burton Dementia centre

Building work has started on a multi-million pound centre designed to give the very best care to people living with dementia. The Burton Centre of Excellence will provide specialist accommodation in a home-style environment for people with dementia, providing high quality care and support in an innovative, purpose built setting. It is being built on the site of the former ...

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Roads funding can help ease pressure on smaller rural networks

A £1billion allocation of Government funding for building new roads to ease congestion needs to alleviate pressure on smaller rural networks, the county council leader said today. Philip Atkins added that the funding, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, also needed to be evenly distributed across the country and not just in larger urban areas. He said: We welcome today’s ...

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