Staffordshire County Council

2021 Conservative hold, from 2017

Counting complete. After 62 of 62 seats declared.

Change compared with 2017
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 57
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +6
    • Councillors overall total 57
  2. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -6
    • Councillors overall total 4
  3. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 1
  1. Tories urged to deliver on promises after election wins

    BBC Midlands Today

    Conservative councillors who won seats and control of councils in Staffordshire in this month's elections need to deliver on their promises, the leader of county council said.

    Woman wearing Conservative ribbon

    The Tories took control of Cannock Chase District Council for the first time and increased their majorities on Tamworth Borough Council and the county council.

    Alan White, leader of the county council, said the results had taken them by surprise but they now had to work on their pledges.

    "The state of the roads is something we need to be addressing, we need to be making sure our social services are being run efficiently, our children's services are being run efficiently," he said.

    Alan Pearson, a former Labour councillor, was one of those swept away by the Tory success, losing his Hednesford North seat.

    He said his party had to be clearer on their policies: "If you put 'vote Tory' and a blue badge on anybody who walks by, they would have got in."

  2. Half-way mark reached in Staffordshire council count

    Sophie Calvert

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Half of the results for Staffordshire County Council are now in and the Conservatives have made two gains from Labour so far.

    One in Keele, Knutton and Silverdale, home of Walleys Quarry landfill.

    The other was in Burntwood North, where the former Labour Group leader Sue Woodward has lost her seat, beaten by the Conservative candidate, Tom Rudd.

    In the Uttoxeter Town ward, David Brookes who was kicked out of the Conservative Party in February and was standing as an Independent, has lost his seat to the Conservative Philip Hudson.

    Labour went into this vote with 10 councillors, and have lost two so far.

  3. First Staffordshire result a Tory gain

    We've just had the first result of the day in from the Staffordshire Council elections and it's a Conservative gain.

    Derrick Huckfield has won in the Keele, Knutton and Silverdale ward - the ward most affected by the controversial Walley's Quarry landfill site.

    Derrick Huckfield
  4. Council tax hike of 4.99% approved

    Sophie Calvert

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Staffordshire County Council has approved a council tax increase of 4.99%.

    The local authority said it meant people who live in Band D properties will see a rise of £1.24 a week in the coming financial year.

    Staffordshire County Council

    Conservative leader Councillor Alan White says the increase is needed to pay for the growing cost of social care.

    He said: “We need central Government to take the lead in finding sustainable long-term solutions.”

    Councillor Charlotte Atkins, Labour group leader described the rise as "shameful".

    In setting the budget for 2021-22 Staffordshire County Council says it has a shortfall of £33m.

  5. Schools could turn away key workers' children

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Schools in Staffordshire may have to turn away children of key workers this lockdown due to a rise in the number of people applying and safety concerns.

    Pupils heading to school

    In an open letter to parents, the county council said it would be a last resort if capacity was reached.

    Under government regulations, children of key workers are entitled to attend school during lockdown while other pupils have lessons online.

    But the council said schools were getting increased requests on the issue and there were issues over how many children could safely go into classrooms.

    The letter said schools would look into when pupils could attend to avoid turning down requests.

  6. Council plans 'difficult' 4.99% tax rise

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A near 5% rise in council tax in Staffordshire is being defended by the county council.

    The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has seen local authorities in England overspend on their budgets to support people affected by the virus coupled with a drop in income.

    Staffordshire County Council's logo

    Staffordshire County Council said it spent two-thirds of its budget, about £346m, on social services.

    Its proposals would see a 4.99% increase and the authority's leader, Alan White, admitted it would not be easy for some residents to hear.

    "Putting up council tax is always a difficult thing to do but what I do hope people recognise is we are a well run council," he said.

  7. Covid-19: People urged to get tests in new hot spots

    People living in parts of Staffordshire are being urged to get tests amid a spike in local cases.

    Person getting test

    Overall, the Staffordshire Moorlands saw the rate of new cases fall to 299.7 per 100,000 for the week to 20 November from 421.6 the week before.

    But the county council says places in the area including Cellarhead, Bagnall, Brown Edge, Cheadle and Upper Tean had been identified as hot spots with a lot of community transmission of the virus.

    People with or without coronavirus symptoms are being encouraged to get tested and a mobile test centre will be at the JCB plant in Cheadle from 25-27 November.

  8. Battle looming over planned changes to Cannock Chase

    BBC Midlands Today

    Parking changes on Cannock Chase look set to be a battleground as Staffordshire County Council considers a £7.8m package of measures designed to protect the heath and woodland.

    The majority of the 26-square-mile site is owned by the local authority and it is evaluating a plan put forward by a group of local organisations.

    Cannock Chase

    They include closing 51 small car parks and introducing parking charges at others.

    Victoria Wilson, the council's cabinet member for communities, has said the parking changes are part of a long-term need to change people's habits to protect Cannock Chase.

    "The reality is that while many small lay-bys will close, there will be more parking places overall, disabled access will be provided for and 50 locations across the Chase will still have free parking," she said.

    But the suggestions, which could be voted on next month, have been criticised by some local residents including Emma Hawley.

    "Pushing people on to these car parks is going to mean that the walking paths are a lot busier, you are going to be passing a lot more people, it is not going to be as quiet," she said.

  9. Road closure plan in bid to cut air pollution

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A road linking Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme could be closed at peak times to reduce pollution levels and avoid a congestion charge zone.

    Traffic heading west on A53

    The government had told Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council they had to cut the level of nitrogen dioxide on the A53 Etruria Road.

    Staffordshire County Council, which is the highways authority for the borough, said the proposals would see the westbound side of the road closed from the A500 junction during the morning and evening rush hours.

    The lcoal authority said motorists would face a charging zone unless the traffic reduction plans were introduced by late 2022.

    The proposals will be examined by all three councils before going forward for a decision.

  10. Cafes and councils offer free school meals to children

    BBC Midlands Today

    Businesses across the West Midlands are offering free meals to families from today to help stop children going hungry over half term.

    Children having meals

    Cafes, hotels, community groups and councils such as Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Telford & Wrekin and Staffordshire have stepped forward to offer food.

    It's after a campaign to extend the free school meals scheme over the holiday by footballer Marcus Rashford was rejected by the government.

    Kate Taylor in cafe

    Kate Taylor (pictured), from the Courtyard Cafe in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, said they would be offering free lunches for children this week.

    "We didn't have a lot when I was growing up, same as Marcus Rashford, so we just decided that, this is a new cafe, recently opened, so we thought we would offer something to the children."

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the community collaboration was "brilliant" - but said providing help through councils was "the best way to do this".

  11. Half-term food vouchers promised for families

    BBC Midlands Today

    Thousands of lower-income families in Staffordshire are being offered financial support during half-term.

    Children eating food

    The county council said it would give a £15 voucher to the families of 18,000 children to spend in supermarkets on food or essential supplies.

    The scheme will be available to those who are entitled to free school meals during term time.

  12. About 1,000 tested for Covid-19 in Stone

    BBC Radio Stoke

    About 1,000 people have been tested for Covid-19 after an outbreak at the Crown and Anchor pub in Stone.

    An NHS employee holds a sample at a testing centre near the Crown and Anchor pub

    So far, 19 people have tested positive in the town.

    Last week, police said officers had visited the Crown and Anchor after concerns were raised about social distancing. Footage also emerged of a packed beer garden.

    The has also been criticism from health officials of the standard of the pub's contact tracing information.

    The Crown and Anchor has yet to respond.

    The county council said a mobile testing unit finished its work yesterday and final test results were expected in the next couple of days.