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Staffordshire CC: Leader's blog - Cllr Philip Atkins

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Making every taxpayer’s pound count 

13 Jan 14

As we start 2014 I have some more good news for tax payers as we continue to make our £ go further through sound financial management By using cash instead of borrowing in 2013/14, we hope to make a saving of £1.5m on the interest we pay, supporting…

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New Year’s Honours and Staffordshire does us proud 

3 Jan 14

I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and I do hope you had an enjoyable time over the holidays.

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Looking forward to 2014 

24 Dec 13

With the festivities now upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to wish people a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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Looking ahead to next weeks Cabinet Meeting 

13 Dec 13

Next week we have an important Cabinet meeting where we will be presenting our new strategic plan and medium term financial strategy for the next five years.

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Good news for our local economy 

9 Dec 13

I am sure you were as delighted as me with the Chancellor’s announcement in the Autumn Statement that a multi-million pound Government investment for the A50 corridor will go ahead.

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Looking ahead to the Autumn Statement 

2 Dec 13

We are all waiting for the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on Thursday and with it details of the funding we will have for the next financial year.

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Staffordshire Cares – now supporting even more people 

21 Nov 13

Just over two years ago we launched Staffordshire Cares in response to many of our older residents telling us that they wanted more advice and guidance to help support them to live a happier, healthier and more independent life.

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New Health plan for the county goes to Cabinet 

18 Nov 13

On Sunday 10 November I attended my local church St.

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Countryfile special on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire 

8 Nov 13

Just a reminder to tune into BBC One this Sunday at 6.20pm for a Countryfile special edition on our very own Cannock Chase.

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Winter preparation underway 

6 Nov 13

Although the cold weather hasn’t hit us properly yet be reassured that our winter preparations are now underway.

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TSA given more time to make their recommendations 

28 Oct 13

We heard during the week that Monitor, the health regulator was giving the Trust Special administrators extra time to agree how essential services at Stafford and Cannock hospitals could be funded.

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Unlocking the value in our estates 

17 Oct 13

At Cabinet on Wednesday, the go-ahead was given to start exploring the market for a suitable private sector company to join with us in a strategic property partnership.

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Campaigns to help reduce the fear of crime and jobs advice for young people launch 

14 Oct 13

The county council has just launched two campaigns, a Fear of Crime Campaign and ‘Let’s Talk Jobs’.

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Two weeks until the Trust Special Administrators make their final recommendations on the future of health services for Staffordshire. 

3 Oct 13

With the consultation on the Mid Staffordshire Hospital Trust now closed, the Trust Special Administrator have two weeks before submitting their final recommendations to the Health Minister, who will have the final say on the future of our local …

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Meeting with the Transport Minister 

27 Sep 13

I met Patrick McLoughlin MP Secretary of State for Transport this week and made the case for the need to deliver a truly connected county to benefit people across Staffordshire.

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Investing in jobs for the county 

23 Sep 13

I was on the BBC’s Politics Show on Sunday from Bradwell Community Hospital in Newcastle talking about the work we have done around the integration of our health and social care services.

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Shaping the future of rail travel in Staffordshire 

13 Sep 13

With HS2 hitting the headlines almost daily and reports being presented around whether or not the business case adds up, I want to remind people that we are still fighting our corner on the proposals.

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Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee question the Trust Special Administrator 

5 Sep 13

I want to reassure people that the County Council is using its influence to ensure we get the best outcome for people on the future of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

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Supporting Staffordshire’s rural communities 

27 Aug 13

While it is easy to forget 80% of Staffordshire is rural, rural communities and business play an invaluable part in Staffordshire’s success and will continue to get the backing they need thanks to Staffordshire’s Rural Declaration.

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Discovering the Staffordshire Hoard Exhibition launches 

16 Aug 13

Back in 2009 metal detectorist Terry Herbert uncovered the amazing Staffordshire Hoard in Fred Johnson’s Hammerwich field putting Staffordshire on the global stage.

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From Sir Anthony to Lord Bamford 

12 Aug 13

Sir Anthony Bamford, or Lord Bamford as he will now be known, has been made a life peer in the House of Lords.

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The future of health services in Staffordshire 

5 Aug 13

The long awaited report from the administrators at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was published on Wednesday.

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The Olympics – one year on 

29 Jul 13

A big Staffordshire congratulations to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of Prince George, our future King.

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Supporting our communities on HS2 – Phase 2 

24 Jul 13

I hope you have all been enjoying the recent hot weather, but please keep an eye out for your friends, relatives and neighbours you know who, for whatever reason, may be less able to look after themselves over the recent high temperatures.

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Latest finance reports show how we continue to run an efficient Council 

15 Jul 13

You may have heard recent news of a £3.8bn social care fund being established by the Government in 2015.

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At the LGA conference promoting the county 

5 Jul 13

I opened the Centennial Garden at Dove First Primary School in Rocester.

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The 2015 spending review and the County 

1 Jul 13

I listened to the Chancellor’s spending review on Wednesday.

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‘Powerhouse Central’ 

20 Jun 13

At the risk of repeating myself, “Creating more jobs by encouraging the local economy to grow is our top priority”, and you may be aware of the work we are doing with colleagues at Stoke-on-Trent City Council to secure a City Deal from …

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Living well in Staffordshire 

13 Jun 13

Last week organisations from across the county took part in ‘TRITON’, an exercise to test how well the county’s key agencies would react to a real-life major incident.

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Welcoming Chinese delegation to i54 South Staffordshire 

7 Jun 13

After a short break over the election it is back to work and there is a lot happening!  It was great to welcome a delegation of Chinese Government representatives to the county.

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A hard fought campaign – now back to business. 

21 May 13

After a long and hard-fought county wide election campaign, it’s back down to the business of running the county council.

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Staffordshire and the Chancellor’s Budget 

25 Mar 13

Staffordshire is a hub for investment and businesses, where firms can develop and increasingly grow everyday.

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One good turn deserves another 

8 Mar 13

From helpin to find loving homes for troubled young people to attracting multinational companies to set up operations in Staffordshire and create new jobs for local people, the County Council provides many services to different groups with different needs.

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Entrust – announced as the new name for our joint venture 

1 Mar 13

Entrust is the new name for the 49% county council owned pioneering company with an  in sourcing partnership with Capita to provide innovative support for our schools.

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Through to the next round of the City Deal 

25 Feb 13

I’m delighted to report that our bid for the City Deal is one of those to go forward to the next phase!  Our joint bid with Stoke on Trent City Council for the £1billion investment package has been shortlisted for the list of potential areas for the next wave of talks, thus beginning several …

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Nation Farmers’ Union meets with HS2 

19 Feb 13

I was at the Stafford Showground recently where around 180 concerned farmers were gathered to discuss HS2, the new high speed rail development that will pass through Staffordshire.

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Francis report calls for a “patient-centred culture” 

11 Feb 13

As far as importance is concerned, this is perhaps the most significant week for Staffordshire I can remember.

Francis report due out tomorrow 

5 Feb 13

I was pleased to see the council’s benchmark of saving £133m over the past four years and the work done to promote private sector investment recognised in a new way.

City Deal submitted 

18 Jan 13

The recent cold snap has bitten many parts of the country, and the arrival of the snow and predictions of more this weekend is sure to deliver some disruptions.

Staffordshire in the New Year 

4 Jan 13

I hope everyone had a very happy new year’s to round off what was a memorable one in all regards.

More Staffordshire Hoard 

20 Dec 12

It seems Staffordshire’s most famous field hasn’t finished with us yet.

Census stats now out and what it means for Staffordshire 

14 Dec 12

Lots of numbers this week, as Staffordshire’s results in the 2011 census are published, plus a special visit by the Government’s ‘Troubled Families Czar” Louise Casey, here to learn more about our work with troubled families and pass on best practice.

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