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Plumbing director and subcontractors jailed for duping elderly customers

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Members of a plumbing firm that targeted elderly and vulnerable victims and charged rates of up to £672 per hour to unblock a toilet have been jailed. Victims contacted the Birmingham-based companies over a two year period via Yellow Pages, where Duane Linton, aged 34, of Wood Lane, Handsworth, advertised as an emergency local plumber, and stated that he offered ...

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£1m library investment approved

Proposals to move Lichfield library to St Mary’s for at least the next 30 years have been approved. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: The £1 million investment will ensure a first class library in the heart of Lichfield, safeguard the future of two landmark buildings and support shops and businesses around St Mary’s.” Preparatory ...

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Staffordshire success helps parents’ childcare

Staffordshire is just one of eight places to introduce 30 hours of free childcare for some families a year earlier than the rest of the country. The award of the trial scheme involving 415 places follows the county council’s successful bid to the Department for Education. Key to the bid’s success was the council’s approach to working with employers, which ...

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Final date approaching for community library bids

Groups interested in taking over the running of Staffordshire’s remaining community libraries have to act before the end of this month. With 11 libraries having almost completed the process of transferring to the community, applications for the remaining dozen can be made until July 29th. Successful applicants will be supported by the county council to take over the day-to-day running ...

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Upgrade expected to save £5.5 million

Savings of £5.5 million are to be targeted after Staffordshire County Council agreed in principle to install a new HR and payroll system and service. Following cabinet agreement today the authority will seek a minimum three year agreement with Liberata UK, possibly rising to a maximum of nine years. Ian Parry, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council and cabinet member for ...

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New stretch of road to help drivers

Work to create a new 300-metre stretch of the A522 begins this month, as part of the A50 Growth Corridor project. Throughout this phase of work, the A50 itself will be largely unaffected, with only occasional night-time lane closures planned. The new stretch of A522, just north of the existing carriageway, will help keep traffic flowing during roadworks on the A50 ...

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Staffordshire people recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Philip Atkins

The leader of Staffordshire County Council is one of more than a dozen from the county to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. County residents have been recognised with the award of OBEs, MBEs and BEMs for their work in higher education, wildlife conservation, politics, local government and the magistrates’ service, as well as services to military veterans, serving ...

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Council’s new deal to support communities

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A three-year commitment to support community and voluntary groups in Staffordshire has been signed by the county council. The £800,000 agreement will be delivered across the county by a consortium of three groups with a brief to help develop a sustainable, growing voluntary sector that works with residents who need support, as well as backing initiatives such as lunch clubs, ...

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New software upgrade would save millions of pounds

Potential total savings of £5.5 million are expected if Staffordshire County Council opts for a new HR and payroll system and service. The authority is considering installing a new system already in use by other public sector bodies. Ian Parry, deputy leader and cabinet member for Finance and Corporate Matters, said:  In recent years the council has moved from delivering ...

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Hundreds of youngsters turned away from crime

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An independent inspection of Staffordshire’s Youth Offending Service has confirmed it remains one of the top performing teams in the country. The report awarded the service 22 stars out of a possible 24 amid recognition of its work with first time offenders, safeguarding the public as well as victims and ensuring court sentences are carried out. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County ...

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