Archive for March, 2019

Showcasing county’s investment potential at global event

Monday, March 18th, 2019
Midlands UK pavilion

Last week our investment team Make It Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire were flying the flag for the region on the global stage at the MIPIM conference and exhibition in Cannes in France.

This is Europe’s largest exhibition and conference for property professionals and international investors. It’s an important event for us and provides a marketplace for UK and international investors to meet, discuss projects and opportunities, and do business.

Being supported and sponsored by leading Staffordshire firms who also attended, the team have been busy promoting Staffordshire as the ideal place for jobs, growth and investment opportunities. Developments such as the Keele Growth Corridor, the Stafford Station Gateway project, Rugeley Power Station redevelopment, and the i54 South Staffordshire western extension are some of the projects being showcased.

Our central location in the heart of the country still means we’re ideally placed to invest, do business, live, work, and we have a very impressive case to make to international investors.

It is vital we continue to attract new investment to the area and promote growth opportunities so we can create more better paid jobs for local people.

A ‘Good’ Ofsted rating for our children’s social services

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

This week our Children’s Social Services received some great news with Ofsted confirming a rating of good following their inspection of the service in February. 

This is an incredibly important area of work for the County Council and being rated as ‘Good’ is testament to the hard work of the teams involved. It means that vulnerable children in the county continue to be well looked after. We are also one of only three local authorities in the West Midlands to achieve this rating which is another reason to be very proud of the work our children social workers do.

The report highlights many areas of good practice, including a reduction in caseloads for social workers, mature partnership working and the quality of an experienced workforce. You can never be too good in this area of work and there are of course some areas for improvement which we continue to work on too, including developing better systems for helping those who go missing repeatedly, and improving support for older care leavers.

Overall we are pleased with the rating and the progress made to keep children safe but we continue to lobby Government for a national, sustainable solution to how we continue to fund children’s care.

You can read the full story here on our newsroom.