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Staffordshire CC: Leader's blog - Cllr Philip Atkins

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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.


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Staffordshire’s War, a window into the home front in Staffordshire 

20 Dec 17

A number of years ago our Archives Service rediscovered some very interesting WWI Military Appeal Tribunal Papers  which should have been destroyed after the war but weren’t.


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Setting out our budget 

14 Dec 17

This week we set out our budget plans for the next five years which will see a record spending of £310 million on care for the elderly, more support for children in care and further work to grow our economy.


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Gritting crews working round the clock 

11 Dec 17

Having been working round the clock since Friday to tackle sub-zero temperatures and snow, our gritting crews are continuing their work to keep the roads clear.


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Reggie Bear needs your help! 

30 Nov 17

Christmas is usually a special time for families and something that children very much look forward to.


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The Budget and what it means for Staffordshire 

29 Nov 17

Last week we had the Chancellor’s Budget with Pledges to invest more in the NHS this winter, a drive to increase house building and extra investment in education and skills, Alongside this was increases in personal tax allowances for people, and …


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Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses celebrated at awards 

17 Nov 17

Tourism plays a vital role in our overall economy and on Wednesday over 40 of our top tourism businesses gathered for the 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.


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Keeping healthy this winter 

8 Nov 17

Winter brings with it lots of different challenges for everyone and In my last post, I touched on our winter preparations from a highways point of view.


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Winter preparations underway 

2 Nov 17

We are feeling the first signs of winter now and rest assured behind the scenes our highways teams have been busy putting our army of gritting machines through their paces so they are ready to be rolled out when needed.


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Looking forward to further business expansion and more jobs for the county 

25 Oct 17

Further business expansion announcements made this month were welcome news and will help strengthen the county’s position as a place of opportunity.


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National Adoption Week 

17 Oct 17

This week it’s National Adoption Week and with almost seven out of 10 children waiting for adoptive families from sibling groups, there’s a real need to help find them loving homes.


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And now to something close to all our hearts, good food and drink 

11 Oct 17

This Friday some of the best food & drink businesses from across the county will go head-to-head at the Taste of Staffordshire GOOD FOOD AWARDS.


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Unlocking the power of the crowd 

5 Oct 17

Supporting communities to be at the heart of local initiatives is the future of local government, and the way that we’ll continue to improve the lives of people in Staffordshire.


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Appeal underway to keep Leekfrith Torcs in Staffordshire 

28 Sep 17

Back in February, people worldwide were amazed at the story of how two friends struck gold in a field in Leek.


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People get their first glimpse of plans for new Staffordshire History Centre 

19 Sep 17

  This month we are giving people a sneak preview of our plans  for the exciting new Staffordshire History Centre at a series of open days.


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A busy week for parents with children back at school 

8 Sep 17

It’s September again and this week sees children across the country heading back to school for the new term after the summer break.


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The new county council Cabinet 

22 Aug 17

In a recent blog post, I announced the appointment of County Councillor Alan White as the county council’s new Deputy Leader, after Ian Parry stepped down from the Cabinet last month, Following on from this, I am now pleased to announce two new …


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UK Corporate Games to return to the county 

11 Aug 17

Sports and leisure has always played an important role in society and a strong offer has the ability to generate visitors, jobs and prosperity for an area.