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New App Launches Making Council Services Available on the Move

mobile appPeople looking to access council services whilst on the move can now do so on a brand new App.

Finding out about school closures, reporting highways issues, ordering an extra bin and managing council tax payments are some of the things people can now do with a swipe of their finger.

The ‘My Staffs App’ launched by Staffordshire County Council, allows people to access many council services on their smart phone or tablet.

In addition to accessing County Council services, people in Tamworth, Lichfield and South Staffordshire can also access local services from their Borough and District Councils.

Cllr Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation at Staffordshire County Council said, “This is all about making information and services more accessible and giving people choices about how they access them.

“One in three people that access our services online now do so from a mobile device and this is expected to increase over the next few years.   And with people leading increasingly busier lives and getting jobs done on the move, it is vital that we make it as easy and efficient as possible for them.”

The ‘My Staffs App’ is free and available on Apple devices, android and Google platforms.  It can be downloaded from the Apple App store and Google Play Store.   The services are also available via www.staffordshire.gov.uk/mystaffs.

Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council said, “The App will provide people with another way to access council services – and they can do it on the move, 24/7.   We are constantly bringing more services online to make it even easier for customers to interact with Tamworth Borough Council and to receive important information and updates.

“In a recent survey 51% of our customers stated that they would access the council’s services via our new mobile app.”

Some of the features of the App:

  • Postcode finder –which means people only receive the services relevant to their area
  • Reporting of any highways issues, including potholes, street lighting etc
  • School closure alerts
  • Reporting of missed bin collections or to request additional waste and recycling bins
  • Reporting of any abandoned vehicles, dead animals, fly tipping, littering, dog fouling etc
  • Notifications of house moves, change of circumstance with council tax, making a payment or checking a balance
  • Access to general information and advice
  • Find my nearest facility

 

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Tamworth Police Appeal – Distraction Burglaries

AntiCrimeThrough intelligence, it is predicted that in June 2015 there will be an increase in Distraction and Bogus Official Burglaries across Tamworth.

Offenders will pose as Water or Gas Board Officials, and gain entry into the homes of our elderly residents with the ruse of taking meter readings or checking taps and pipe work. Offenders will also pose as council officials looking to improve security of homes, or they will simply pressurise occupants regarding tree surgery or other such jobs around the house or in the grounds.

Offenders typically target the elderly usually in their 80`s or 90`s, lone males and females, as well as elderly couples. They will live in Warden Serviced Accommodation, Private or Council owned bungalows and houses with gardens.

Sgt Rich Gorman of Tamworth LPT stated, “Tamworth Police will do everything we can to try and prevent anyone in our community from becoming a victim of these callous crimes, but I ask that our Communities come together and support the elderly whether they be family or friends.

“Please offer them advice and support and watch over them, if anyone identifies elderly or vulnerable residents in their area please contact your local policing team to enable them to make visits to provide suitable Crime Prevention advice.”

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David Cameron Hits Out at 10% Pay Rise for MPs

David Cameron 02David Cameron has said he wants the body that sets MP’s pay to reconsider proposals for a more-than 10% pay rise later this year.

“He wants IPSA to reconsider,” the PM’s spokesman told reporters at a regular Westminster media briefing.  “IPSA has a statutory responsibility to do so at the start of this Parliament before this comes into effect.”

“He very much urges it to take the opportunity it now has to come to a different view.  We are in a period of ongoing public sector pay restraint.”

A final review by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is expected to confirm a £7,000 rise – from £67,060 to £74,000, after a consultation this summer.

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UK Unemployment Falls to Seven-Year Low

job centreUnemployment in the UK has continued to fall and the number of people in work has continued to rise, according to the latest official figures.

The number of people out of work in the January to March period fell to 1.83 million, down 35,000 from the previous quarter and the lowest for seven years.  At the same time, the total number in work rose to 31.1 million.  Average pay for employees, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.2% in the quarter compared with a year earlier.

Including the effect of bonus payments, average pay rose by 1.9% over the same period.  The figures mean that regular pay is now growing at its fastest rate for nearly four years.

It is also the seventh month in a row that the rate of regular pay increases has outstripped the prevailing annual rate of inflation, as measured by the consumer prices index.

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Craig Tracey Wins North Warwickshire

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Al Murray’s Reaction to Nigel Farage Losing South Thanet

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Ed Balls Loses Labour Seat in General Election 2015

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