Consultation On Disadvantaged Entitlements Under Universal Credit

The Department for Education is asking for views on how the government can continue to support children most in need, in a consultation launched (16 November). The consultation will review eligibility for children currently receiving additional support from the government during their education, such as free school meals and additional school funding, in light of […]

Unemployment Remains At 40-year Low

Official figures show that unemployment has remained at 4.3%, the lowest rate since 1975. The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, also show that employment remains at a near record high, with 32 million people in work. Increases in full-time and permanent work are behind the figures. In the last year the number of […]

Autumn Budget 2017 Date Confirmed

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has announced that the government will publish its Autumn Budget on Wednesday 22 November 2017. The Autumn Budget sets out the government’s plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). Following the Chancellor’s announcement at Autumn Statement 2016, there will […]

Promoting race relations in communities

Promoting race relations in communities Racism has always been a problem in the UK. In 2013, police across England and Wales recorded 130 incidents per day involving an element of racial prejudice, and most charities working to prevent hate incidents believe they are seriously under-reported. The situation appears to be getting worse, with the number […]

Stoke – on – Trent City Council Approve 3% Increase In Council Tax

Three per cent increase in council tax agreed to support vulnerable  Stoke-on-Trent City Council has agreed proposals for 2017/18 to deliver a three per cent increase in council tax to help more older people to live well at home and to support growing numbers of children in care. The budget will see Stoke-on-Trent City Council […]

The Candidates For The Stoke Central Parliamentary By-Election Have Been Declared

The Candidates For The Stoke Central Parliamentary By-Election Have Been Declared   A by-election has been called in the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent Central, due to the resignation of MP Tristram Hunt. The by-election will be held on Thursday, February 23rd. 2017 The Declarations are in and the persons nominated are listed below:- Name       […]

The Potteries, The By-Election and the EU – Why It Matters

The Potteries, The By-Election and the EU – Why It Matters The Potteries may have eased the UK into the EU, but now it looks like it might ease the UK out. The last major by-election in The Potteries was almost 50 years ago. Labour limped home in Newcastle-under-Lyme in their normally safe seat by […]

China Comes To Stoke-on-Trent To Create Potteries Partnership

Stoke-on-Trent and Jingdezhen strike up historic partnership Two world-famous ceramic cities have today (Wednesday) signed an historic agreement to work in partnership for the future. Stoke-on-Trent, the birthplace of Wedgwood and Spode and a host of other celebrated potteries, and the Chinese city of Jingdezhen – which has a ceramics heritage stretching 1,700 years and […]