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Potteries Gold Benefits Newsletter - March 2016

Tue 29 Mar 2016

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Please see below the March 2016 edition of the Potteries Gold benefit newsletter, including Budget 2016 update.

You can download a printable version here.



1. New State Pension

2. Personal Independence Payment Assessment Criteria Review

3. Welfare Reform and Work Bill

4. Benefit Cap

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Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau Seeking Volunteers

Mon 28 Mar 2016

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Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau are looking for volunteers for their Biddulph, Hanley, Kidsgrove and Newcastle-under-Lyme offices. 

Please see the attached flyer for more details. 

If you are interested please contact Michelle Hatton on 01782 408652 or via michelle.hatton@snscab.org.uk 

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Suspected Loan Sharks Arrested Following Operation in Staffordshire

Thu 17 Mar 2016

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Two men, aged 41 and 75, and a woman, aged 40, were arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending, following an operation in Tamworth on 16 March.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team, working in partnership with Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Police, executed warrants at two addresses, seizing documentation and cash.

The suspects were taken into custody and questioned by officers from the Team.

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Local People Needed for West Midlands Mental Health Commission

Wed 16 Mar 2016

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The emerging West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Mental Health Commission is working hard to understand the impact poor mental health and wellbeing has on public services.

Local community and voluntary groups are asked to "hold the date" for a free event on 12th April 2016 in Birmingham (timings and venue to be confirmed) at which they can find out more about how to engage with the West Midlands Combined Authority.

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Chief Executive's Comment - March 2016

Wed 16 Mar 2016

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Myopia and Hypocrisy in East Staffordshire

Many will be aware that in mid-February East Staffordshire Borough Council Leader, Richard Grosvenor took the devastating decision to bring to an end decades of Grant Funding to local charities and community groups. In a poorly veiled move to save public money whilst keeping his election pledge to freeze council tax and make local parking free after 3pm, the council leader slashed all £366,000 from the voluntary sector budget line for the foreseeable future (£180,000 of which helps make the parking free by the way).

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Chief Executive's Comment on Local Health & Care Structures in the County - March 2016

Wed 16 Mar 2016

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Another brief update from me on the direction of local Health and Care structures in the county. It’s been a worrying few weeks with high profile resignations from both Chief Executives at Burton Hospitals Trust and University Hospital North Midlands (Stoke & Stafford that is), plus some less public but equally critical staff moving on from other roles. This led me to pose a question at the recent ‘Local Voices’ event held by the CCGs in the south of the county – ‘Is the future of the local NHS still in local hands?’.

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Support Staffordshire Survey Launched - Tell Us About Your Needs & Challenges

Wed 16 Mar 2016

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Support Staffordshire are inviting social enterprise, voluntary and community groups based in Staffordshire to complete our online survey. We would like to understand better your needs and the challenges you face so that we can offer services that will be of benefit to you.

The information you provide will be anonymous in any reports we produce and the findings will be used to shape and improve our services.

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St. Paul’s CDT Seeking New CEO

Wed 16 Mar 2016

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St. Paul’s Community Development Trust have a vacancy for a new CEO at their base in Birmingham.

Attached below are the Job Description and Person Specification. 

For further details please visit their website. 

Closing date: 15th April 2016.

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Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux Training Needs Survey

Wed 16 Mar 2016

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Announcement from Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux:-

Our trainers, Sarah and Tina, are currently planning the next Advice House training brochure but we are awaiting decisions about continuation funding so are unable to offer more than 12 sessions in the period April – July 2016 at the moment.

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Yorkshire Bank to Recognise Community Spirit in Staffordshire via Awards

Tue 15 Mar 2016

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Announcement from Yorkshire Bank:-

Community projects in Staffordshire are invited to enter an awards programme which could see them share a funding boost of £75,000 to make a real difference in their local area.

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