Staffordshire County Council

Election 2017 Results

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PartyConservative

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PartyLabour

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PartyIndependent

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'Brexit distracting government from social care crisis'

Sophie Calvert

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The government has to find a solution to the crisis facing the care system, according to the leader of Staffordshire County Council.

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The local authority's planning a 3.95% council tax rise from April and includes spending an extra £8.1m trying to keep children out of care in its proposed budget.

The council's leader Philip Atkins said 65% of its budget, more than £320m in 2020-21, will pay for care and said the government had ignored the issue.

"They've been so wrapped up in Brexit over the last three years, they haven't really addressed this problem, it's been kicked down the road like a tin can but it's something that we do have to address," he said.

After the December general election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised cross-party talks within 100 days on the care crisis.

Ministers have also said they recognise the pressure councils are facing and next year's settlement includes a £1bn grant for adults and children's social care.

Council set to raise tax to cope with care pressures

Sophie Calvert

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Council tax is set to rise by 3.95% in Staffordshire as the county council looks to save £10m in the next financial year.

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The authority's revealed its budget proposals which include spending an extra £8.1m trying to keep children out of care.

The council's leader Philip Atkins said 65% of its budget, more than £320m in 2020-21, will pay for care and he wants more help from the government in the future.

"Our call now is for the new government to back the ambitions of well-run councils like Staffordshire by securing a long-term national solution to how we fund care," he added.

Ministers have said they recognise the pressure councils are facing and next year's settlement includes a £1bn grant for adults and children's social care.

Council aims to cut number of children in care

Allen Cook

BBC News

An extra £8.1m is going to be put into children's services over seven years by a council as it aims to cut the number of children it has in care by 400 in that time.

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Staffordshire County Council says it currently looks after 1,248 youngsters and, if it does nothing, that number could rise as high as 2,281 by 2026.

The £8.1m investment is spread over the seven years and is set to fund 34 extra family support workers across the county, two new court teams and extra training for existing staff.

A report to the council's cabinet says the authority should then start saving money in children's services by 2023-24 although admits that's built on several assumptions.

They include new demand being dealt with at the earliest opportunities in the system, staff being recruited on time and a fall in court proceedings.

LDRS: Care home plan approved for green space

Local Democracy Reporting Service

These are some of the stories being covered by our Local Democracy Service reporters in Staffordshire:

  • A care home's going to be built on council-owned green space (pictured) after Stafford Borough Council approved the proposals for Stone, despite objections over traffic issues and the principle of the sell-off.
  • Staffordshire County Council's been criticised by the social care ombudsman for failing to apologise to a woman in care in good time after they had agreed to do so, following an earlier investigation.
  • Plans to put gates at three entrances to a private estate have been rejected by Lichfield District Council over concerns they could divide a community.
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Fairer funding demand from rural councils

BBC Midlands Today

Boris Johnson is being urged by the leaders of dozens of councils to give them a fairer funding deal.

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They include those in charge of five local authorities in the West Midlands: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The demand's made in an open letter to the prime minister in the Telegraph and claims counties get £240 per resident compared with £449 in urban areas.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says councils have been given £46.4bn this year and it'll work to get councils their financial settlement for next year as soon as possible.

Tax hike to fund new heritage centre

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A few of the stories being covered by our Local Democracy Reporting Service reporters in Staffordshire:

  • People in Staffordshire will have to report potholes online in the future as the county council's decided to phase out its telephone reporting service.
  • Stone Town Council's decided to finally use £100,000 raised from a tax hike a decade ago to turn a former fire station (pictured) into a heritage centre.
  • Residents continue to object to housing plans in Madeley, Staffordshire, despite the development being redesigned.
Former Stone Fire Station
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Teenagers to lose £1 bus discount card

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Kerry Ashdown

A discount bus fare scheme for teenagers is going to be scrapped at the end of next month, despite calls for a council to rethink its decision.

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In 2011, Staffordshire County Council introduced the Your Staffordshire Card for 16-19-year-olds to get £1 bus fares.

At its peak, 35,000 teens had the card and made 2.4 million journeys each year, costing taxpayers £600,000.

But that's dropped to fewer than 9,000 cardholders and the council agreed last month to axe it to save money.

The decision was called-in by opposition councillors who said it would hit families on low incomes but a proposal to reconsider the move was defeated and it'll end on 31 August.