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Staffordshire CC: Leader's blog - Cllr Philip Atkins

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Celebrating Armed Forces Day 

22 Jun 17

Armed Forces Day is this Saturday (24 June) and as a big supporter of the forces we all hope people will join the county council in showing our support for the brave men and women who make up our Armed Forces community.

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Celebrating three years of Superfast Staffordshire project 

15 Jun 17

Superfast broadband is recognized as the next essential utility for everyone, whether it’s for business, schools, or leisure and when we don’t have good access we miss it.

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Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 

8 Jun 17

VIDEO: How ‘Leek Food Co-op’ is Helping people lead healthier and happier lives Throughout this week we have been recognising and celebrating the contributions of the thousands of volunteers helping out across the county to make Staffordshire a …

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Remembering the Battle of Messines and its Staffordshire connections 100 years on 

31 May 17

On 7 June 1917 Allied troops were fighting their way into the village of Messines in Belgium in one of the most successful offensives of WWI.

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Welcoming new county councillors 

26 May 17

This week we had our first Full Council meeting since the election in May and welcomed 31 new members to the Chamber.

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Countdown on for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire 

18 May 17

It’s hard to believe it’s almost a year since our last IRONMAN, but it’s back for the third time and there’s now less than a month to go.

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Making a difference in local communities 

12 May 17

There are lots of people in our communities going out of their way to make a real difference within their local neighbourhoods and following the County Council’s local elections on 4 May, 62 councillors were chosen by the people to represent them.

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Backing Stoke-on-Trent‘s bid for City of Culture 2021 

24 Mar 17

I’ve often spoken about how Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have always been closely linked and are steeped in history with a proud and rich heritage going back many years.

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Working through the Chancellor’s Budget 

9 Mar 17

This week we had the Chancellor’s Budget and while we work through the detail and what it means for Staffordshire, there appears to be support for small businesses, money for skills training, help for  those in need, and more childcare to help …

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Staffordshire Strikes Gold again and hits the national headlines 

2 Mar 17

This week Staffordshire made the international headlines again with the discovery of yet more golden treasure.

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Nurturing our young entrepreneurs 

27 Feb 17

It’s great to see thousands of our young people taking part in this year’s young enterprise scheme to help develop their personal and business skills.

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Highways crews battle with Storm Doris 

24 Feb 17

Storm Doris made herself known this week as she swept across the county, bringing with her winds of up to 60 mph which brought down dozens of trees and power lines.

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Growing the County town and beyond 

15 Feb 17

I keep repeating that growing our county remains a priority for the County Council and stagnating is not an option.

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Nominations now open for Staffordshire’s dignity in care Awards 

8 Feb 17

It’s that time of year again when we start the search for our Dignity in Care champions and you’re invited to nominate care workers, carers, volunteers, young people, family members, teams and organisations.

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Approving plans for record spending on care 

3 Feb 17

I met with Cabinet colleagues on Wednesday to approve plans for a record £300million spend on caring for the elderly, people with disabilities and vulnerable children.

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Welcoming Chancellor to Redhill Business Park 

25 Jan 17

On Monday we welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond to the county for a visit of the new GE facilities at the county council-developed Redhill Business Park in Stafford.

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Securing the future of the iconic Shire Hall 

20 Jan 17

Most towns and cities have their own iconic buildings loved by their residents, and for the people of Stafford and the county, it’s the town’s Shire Hall.

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Looking forward to our second Staffordshire Day 

18 Jan 17

We all remember what a huge success our first ever Staffordshire Day was last year, well we’re now planning for this year’s which we hope will be even bigger and better.

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How Staffordshire helped shape Tolkien’s Middle-earth 

16 Jan 17

Most will agree that JRR Tolkien is one of the world’s most successful writers whose books are read the world over and became blockbuster films, but less known about is the huge influence that our wonderful county had on him.

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£70m regional partnership to create 700 jobs 

11 Jan 17

This week we saw the announcement of the ‘Keele Deal’ which aims to create Seven hundred jobs and help support over 1,000 businesses.

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Lights, camera, action as foster carers take centre stage in New Year campaign 

6 Jan 17

The start of a new year is also the perfect time to try something different or take on a new challenge.

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Congratulations to Staffordshire residents recognised in New Year’s Honours list 

3 Jan 17

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and a happy new year.

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2016: A Golden Year for Staffordshire 

28 Dec 16

2016 has been a fabulous year for Staffordshire and it’s only when we stop and take stock that you realise how much work has been done in the last 12 months to help residents and just how much there is to celebrate about the county’s past and …

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Budget sets out record spending on elderly care 

23 Dec 16

Over the last few months we’ve been working hard on our budget at the county council which sets out our spending plans for the next five years.

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More superfast broadband coming to Staffordshire 

15 Dec 16

More good news about our Superfast Staffordshire project that will see thousands more Staffordshire households and businesses set to get fibre broadband over the next two years.