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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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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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Drivers reminded to be ‘Bike Smart’ in latest road safety campaign

Helen, Martin & Matt

Drivers in Staffordshire are being reminded to be more aware of and watch out for those on two wheels in a new road safety campaign. The ‘Bike Smart’ campaign is part of Road Safety Week starting today (19 November).  The initiative is being organised by national road safety charity Brake and supported by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership. This year’s ...

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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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County council sets out plan to deliver services on budget

Plans to bridge a £35m funding shortfall and deliver a legally balanced budget have been set out by Staffordshire County Council. The county council has taken the decision to publish proposals three months early in order to be open with the Government, partners, staff and the public about the huge challenge it faces. With record spending of £315m on care, ...

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Plumbers ordered to pay back thousands to their victims

Trading Standards

Two plumbers who were jailed for fraud have been ordered to pay back a total of £77,000 to their victims. Peter Hawketts, aged 57, of Vardon Way, Kings Norton, Birmingham; and Patrick Thawe, aged 47, of Little Park, Quinton, Birmingham were originally jailed in August 2016 along with others after charging mostly elderly residents hundreds of pounds for simple plumbing jobs. In ...

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Plans to redevelop site into health centre for Burntwood gets backing from cabinet

Plans to breathe new life into the site of the former Greenwood House home in Burntwood has won the support of Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet. The project, which is subject to planning permission and final NHS funding arrangements, would see the county council owned site used by the Darwin Practice as a health centre. The council would also look for ...

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Council leader welcomes greater pay transparency

Philip Atkins

Staffordshire’s County Council’s leader has welcomed greater transparency about the differences in average pay between men and women. Under new government legislation all employers with more than 250 employees must publish a Gender Pay Gap report by 30th March to show the difference between the average hourly pay of men and women employed at the organisation. The county council’s report ...

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Record spending on care agreed as county council sets budget

Social care stock

A record £310 million will be spent on care this year by Staffordshire County Council as it set a balanced budget on February 15. As the county council moves to becoming self-financing, due to the loss of Government grants, Leader Philip Atkins said the authority was committed to growing Staffordshire’s economy, supporting the creation of more a skilled workforce and ...

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