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Staffordshire communities are the heart of our county and we want to make sure they are safe prosperous places to live and work.

We work with our partners across the county, including the police, fire authority, district and borough councils to get to the heart of what matters to local people

Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday

Counterfeit goods

Buying counterfeit goods can seriously damage people’s health and wellbeing, the county county’s communities leader has warned ahead of this weekend’s bank holiday market events. Gill Heath said that at this time of year, there is particular concern around the sale of counterfeit sunglasses and even counterfeit branded sunscreen. Counterfeit sunglasses often have little or no protection against UV rays ...

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Staffordshire joins national crackdown on rogue traders

Gill Heath

Rogue traders and forceful doorstep sellers in Staffordshire and across the UK were targeted during a national day of action this week. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team was joined by police officers to target known unscrupulous traders known to be operating in the area. It was the twelfth annual Rogue Trader Operation. A day of action on Wednesday was ...

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New Deputy Lieutenants appointed for Staffordshire

A former MP, Chairman of a football club and college principal  are amongst Ten new Deputy Lieutenants appointed this week by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian James Dudson CBE KStJ PHOTOS: Individual photos of the new Deputy Lord-Lieutenants can be found here Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen’s representative in the County and made the presentations at the ...

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Foster carers gather for premier of new fostering film

Foster carers from across Staffordshire gathered for the screening of a new short film highlighting the urgent need for more foster families. VIDEO of the film ‘Giants’ ‘Giants’ is a three-minute film telling the story of Jack and Ellie, a brother and sister who want to stay together when they find themselves in foster care. Staffordshire’s foster carers along with ...

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Businesses reminded of tobacco plain packaging law implementation this month

Staffordshire traders are being reminded that all tobacco products must be sold in plain packaging from May 20. The reminder has been issued by Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team, which has been working with businesses advising them on the new legislation since it was introduced in May last year. From May 2016, new tobacco products had to be plain ...

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Staffordshire foster carers hit the road for Foster Care Fortnight

Staffordshire’s foster carers are taking centre-stage for this year’s Foster Care Fortnight celebrations. Video link: Staffordshire carers tell the world why they’re so proud to foster Photos of foster carers can be downloaded here Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May, is the annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and highlight the urgent ...

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Call block device scheme helps residents avoid nuisance misery

Phone conversation

People suffering from nuisance sales calls or cold calls are benefiting from blocking devices fitted to their telephones as part of a national programme implemented by the county council in Staffordshire. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team is coordinating the project locally, which has seen 10 devices fitted to telephones belonging to vulnerable residents or those with dementia. They are ...

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Find out more about fostering at information evening

People from Burton and surrounding areas interested in becoming a foster carer are being invited to an information evening where they can find out more. The event is part of Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May to help raise the profile of fostering and highlight the urgent need for more foster carers. The information ...

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People and businesses reminded of food allergy risks during national awareness week

Generic food

People and businesses in Staffordshire are being reminded of the importance of clearly labelled ingredients during national Allergy Awareness Week. The county council’s trading standards team wants to ensure people remember to check food ingredients while businesses trade responsibly and clearly display ingredients in English. On pre-packed food ingredients and allergens must be labelled in English. In cafes, restaurants and ...

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