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People in Staffordshire can find out if partners have a history of domestic violence under “Clare’s Law” from this weekend.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure scheme, which goes live in Staffordshire on March 8, is named after Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009.

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Staffordshire Borough Councillors have opposed plans for the Hs2 high-speed railway, claiming it has no benefit for the county’s residents or businesses.

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A “windfall” for Stafford Borough Council which could mean a 2% reduction in Council Tax was met with strong opposition at a council meeting.

The Conservative proposal, which sets to reduce Council tax by 2% in 2014/15, comes as a result of a projected extra income of over £129,000 from the New Homes Bonus scheme.

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A councillor has blasted Stoke-on-Trent City Council after figures revealed it has spent just 16% of £1.7 million in three government grants designed to help poorer people.

Cllr Dave Conway said the local authority was failing the people it needs to help, after he obtained figures showing it hadn’t given out hundreds of thousands of pounds available.

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City councillors voted for a “once in a lifetime chance” to bring the proposed HS2 rail network to Stoke-on-Trent.

They will now challenge the government’s current plans which are for Crewe to receive the planned hub station along the route linking Birmingham to Manchester with the Potteries missing out.

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A Lichfield District councillor has stepped down from her cabinet role.

Councillor Louise Flowith will no longer be a cabinet member for operational services, but will remain a ward councillor for Little Aston.

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