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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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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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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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