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Staffordshire CC: Leader's blog - Cllr Philip Atkins

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Staffordshire’s growing economy 

14 Jun 18

The latest unemployment figures issued this week show that only 1.3 per cent of the local working age population here in Staffordshire is claiming out of work benefits and it has been the same over the last three months.


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MBEs and BEMs for Staffordshire residents 

11 Jun 18

Firstly, a huge congratulations to everyone who was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours over the weekend.


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Doing things differently and giving children the best start in life 

7 Jun 18

The County Council is always looking for new innovative ideas and finding new, more efficient ways of doing things.


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Ironman 70.3 

4 Jun 18

If you enjoy your sporting events, then this Sunday is the IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire triathlon which for the first time will finish in the centre of Stafford.


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Got time to foster? 

24 May 18

This month we’re celebrating Foster Care Fortnight,  which is the annual celebration of the amazing difference that foster families make to children’s lives every day.


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Huge welcome to England squad as they arrive in Staffordshire 

22 May 18

With just less than a month to go until the start of the World Cup in Russia, it was great to be able to welcome the England squad to St George’s Park were they kick off their training.


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Successful campaign to Mitigate Impact of HS2 on the county 

11 May 18

Last month I was in London in front of the HS2 Select Committee campaigning for measures to mitigate the impact of high speed rail on the county.


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Summer’s on its way and tourism is booming 

3 May 18

With the summer just around the corner and tourism emerging as one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, it’s good to see that we’re also reaping some of the rewards here in Staffordshire.


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All set for Staffordshire Day 

30 Apr 18

With only a day to go now, we’re all set and incredibly excited for our third Staffordshire Day taking place tomorrow.


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Congratulations to our Commonwealth medal winners 

16 Apr 18

I hope people got the chance to enjoy some of the Commonwealth Games over the last couple of weeks and in particular cheer on some of our very own Staffordshire sporting stars.


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Extra funding to help vulnerable families 

4 Apr 18

Over the last few years we have been at the forefront of working jointly with other organisations to help families with complex needs and to help them avoid reaching crisis point.


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Countdown on until Staffordshire Day 

23 Mar 18

With just over a month to go to Staffordshire Day on 1 May, and more activities being added every day, the excitement is really starting to build.


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Still time to volunteer at this year’s UK Corporate Games 

21 Mar 18

If you love your sports and would like to join in the action at Europe’s biggest sports event for business then now’s your chance.


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Showcasing Staffordshire’s investment potential and the Chancellor’s Spring Statement 

16 Mar 18

This week representatives from the County Council and our Local Enterprise Partnership are at a global property exhibition called MIPIM in Cannes, France.


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Welcoming calls for stronger planning reform 

8 Mar 18

Earlier this year, the Government pledged to re-write planning rules to help to speed up the building of more homes.


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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and looking ahead to the summer graduation 

7 Mar 18

  We need to keep repeating that apprenticeships are an important part of bringing growth and prosperity for all of us in our county, and they are a great way to start a career for many of our young people.


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Cold weather to stay with us for a bit longer 

26 Feb 18

With temperatures expected to plummet to as low as -6C in some areas of the county this week and a wind chill factor of -11C, it looks like the cold weather will be with us for a while yet.


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Budget plans given green light at Full Council 

20 Feb 18

This month we had our First Full Council meeting of the year where we approved a number of important pieces of work including our four-year strategic plan, our budget for 2018/19 and an additional £5m investment in fixing potholes.


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Ambitious plans for i54 South Staffordshire Expansion to go on show 

15 Feb 18

We all recognise the importance of creating more better paid jobs and growing our economy for the benefit of everyone living in Staffordshire.


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Launching our Dignity in Care Awards 2018 – Celebrating carers who go the extra mile 

12 Feb 18

Last week I blogged about our latest campaign to encourage more people to consider a career in care.


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Making sure people have the right skills for the evolving jobs of the future 

5 Feb 18

We know a strong and growing economy relies on a steady flow of people who have the right skills and training to meet the needs of our businesses.


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Have you thought of choosing a career in care and making a positive difference to someone’s life every day 

22 Jan 18

One of the biggest challenges facing us all is the fact that we are living longer and this in turn can put extra pressures on everyone.


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Highlighting the difference fostering can make 

12 Jan 18

Finding loving homes for our children in care is something that is close to my heart and I hope yours, and remains a priority for the county council.


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Remembering those who lost their lives at the Minnie Pit Disaster 100 years on 

11 Jan 18

On Friday we will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Minnie Pit mining disaster at Halmerend in Newcastle.


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Future plans building on past successes 

3 Jan 18

Look around Staffordshire today and you’ll see new business premises and enterprise parks occupied by global companies, inventors, entrepreneurs and local creative companies.