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Staffordshire residents in New Year’s Honours List

People from Staffordshire take their place alongside household names from sports, entertainment and the arts in the New Year’s Honours List. Olympians and Paralympians have been recognised for their golden achievements in Rio, while other county residents have been honoured with OBEs and BEMs for their services to charity, higher education and the community. Leading the way with a knighthood ...

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Businesses reminded of tobacco plain packaging laws in 2017

Staffordshire traders are being reminded that all tobacco products must be sold in plain packaging from May 20 2017. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team has issued the reminder as Public Health England launches a campaign to highlight the damaging effect smoking has on the heart. Plain packaging laws form part of a raft of legislation introduced recently to reduce ...

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Exhibition celebrates Tolkien’s link with Staffordshire

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

People from Stafford will get the chance to see a new exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire. Watch a quick video of the exhibition here This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over ...

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Campaign reminds drivers that ’20 is Plenty’ outside schools

20 is plenty sign

As children prepare for school after the Christmas break, drivers are being reminded that ‘20 is Plenty’ as part of a road safety campaign to help keep pupils safe. The ’20 is Plenty’ scheme is run by Staffordshire County Council and encourages drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 20mph outside schools. Each term around 16 Staffordshire schools ...

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Rural businesses expand with grant help

rural town

Innovative rural businesses looking to create more jobs have received grant help to launch or expand. Successful applicants are an adult dementia day care centre, forestry management business, a growing B&B and an up-market soft furnishings maker. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for Environment and Rural Issues, said: Staffordshire has a good reputation for providing the major ...

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Food outlets urged to be vigilant on allergen free orders

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Staffordshire food businesses are being urged to be extra vigilant with allergen free food orders following a rise in complaints from customers about service mistakes. The county council’s trading standards team has seen an increasing number of complaints about mistakes with orders which have led to reactions – some of which ending in hospitalisation. With over 4,000 food premises across ...

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Top tips to stay well this festive season

Flu dog

People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to stay well this festive season. Health bosses at Staffordshire County Council are supporting people to stay well, and where necessary get well as quickly as possible in an effort to ease pressure on A&E departments during the winter months. County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, ...

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Final Syrian refugee families welcomed to county


Staffordshire has welcomed the final two refugee families into the county as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme (VPS). The scheme has seen a total of 11 families—51 individuals—settled in Staffordshire, including children ranging from one to 17 years old. The first families were welcomed to the county in March of this year, with the final 2 families arriving ...

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Know your consumer rights during festive shopping period

Gill Heath

People looking for bargains online throughout the Christmas and New Year sales period are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. New consumer laws were brought in last year, giving people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes legislation to allow people to obtain a ...

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Thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods seized from car on M6

Counterfeit goods with a retail value of over £15,000 if they were genuine were seized from a car on the M6 in Staffordshire. The seizure was made by officers from the Central Motorway Police Group on Sunday and the goods handed over to Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team. Goods included potentially hazardous counterfeit perfume and electrical items. There were ...

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