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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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Campaigners against HS2 claim the planned railway is causing so much distress that people are suicidal.

Robert Gasch, who is involved with the Marston Against HS2 group, said plans for the high-speed railway that will run through Staffordshire without a stop, have left people devastated.

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