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13.12.21 – We are Stoke, Blue Badge Misuse, Staffordshire Commissioners Plans, Allergen Information

Written by on 12 December 2021

Local group ‘We are Stoke’ who are best known for providing up to date information about Stoke City FC are proudly supporting The Macari Centre, The Stoke on Trent Foodbank & LUOSKO German Shepherd Rescue, this Christmas.

Their campaign will be running until the 19th December 2021, so you still have plenty of time to donate.  They are looking for non-perishable foods, personal hygiene essentials, dog food, toys and bedding, along with towels and bedding for adults too.

You will find collection points at Affinity Outlet in Talke, Screwfix on Stanley Matthews Way and Penparc Pet Centre on Victoria Road, Fenton.
All donations no matter the size are greatly appreciated and will help someone less fortunate this Christmas.

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Stoke on Trent City council fraud teams have identified 47 cases of Blue Badge misuse since April 2019 and have handed out 28 cautions and 19 prosecutions.

It is a criminal offence to misuse a Blue Badge, and doing so can lead to a £1,000 fine. The badge is for the sole use of the person named on it. It must only be displayed if the badge holder is travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger. The badge may not be used by other people to do something on the badge holder’s behalf, such as shopping or collecting something for them, unless the badge holder is travelling with them.

Anyone can report suspected fraudulent activity online at www.staffsfraud.org, and for more information on who can get a Blue Badge go to the government website and search blue badges.     https://www.gov.uk/transport/blue-badges.

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Staffordshire Commissioner Ben Adams has launched his new policing and fire plans, which provide the strategic direction for how both services should be delivered over the next three years.

The Police & Crime Plan, and Fire & Rescue Plan, have been developed following widespread consultation with members of the public, partners and stakeholders.

Both plans are based on key priorities, and how effectively the services perform against these priorities is a key part of how the Commissioner will hold the Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer to account on behalf of the public.

1,260 people took the time to share their views with Mr. Adams on what Staffordshire Police, and Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, should be focusing on to keep us all safe.

( You can view the full Police & Crime Plan, and Fire & Rescue Plan, here: Home – Staffordshire Commissioner (staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk)

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People and businesses in Staffordshire are being reminded of the importance of clear allergen and ingredient information over the Christmas and New Year period.

With pubs, restaurants and takeaways gearing up for the festive season, Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards service is urging people who have food allergies or intolerances to check that food ordered does not contain an ingredient which would harm them.

Anyone eating in a restaurant, bar or takeaway has the right to receive allergen information. This should include the name of the food and a full list of ingredients, with any of the 14 major allergens emphasised in the list.