Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Election results for 2019

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Most Recent

Road reopens after 'unsafe' building demolished

Allen Cook

BBC News

A road in Stoke-on-Trent has reopened, more than six weeks after it was shut so an unsafe building could be demolished.

The road and building after demolition
Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Newcastle Street was cordoned off on 22 April after the fire service said it had reports of bricks falling on to the pavement from the first floor of a property.

The city council decided it needed to be demolished, closing the road to traffic until today.

Council warned about 'running out' of reserve cash

BBC News England

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is among several local authorities in England which have been warned they risk running out of cash reserves if recent spending continues.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Civic Centre
BBC

Analysis by the BBC has identified 11 authorities the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) said would have "fully exhausted" reserves within four years unless they topped them up.

The warning was based on the latest data available, comparing reserves as of March 2018 with March 2015, and showed Stoke-on-Trent City Council recorded a 55% drop in reserves.

In response, the authority said auditors had "no concerns to raise" over its accounts and it was budgeting to increase reserves.

Conservatives to lead city council coalition

Sophie Calvert

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to have a Conservative leader and be run by a coalition.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council HQ
BBC

The authority remained under no overall control after the local elections, despite the Labour party targeting it.

Now, the City Independents and the Conservatives have agreed to run it again as a coalition, as they did for the last four years.

The difference is there are more Tories after they gained seven seats in the elections so Conservative councillor Abi Brown's expected to be officially confirmed as council leader next week.

Commissioner to oversee 'inadequate' children's services

A commissioner has been appointed to oversee improvements to children's services at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Council house
Google

Ofsted has rated the council's services inadequate, saying it had failed "on the most basic of levels" to safeguard children.

The authority said it was taking immediate action to make improvements.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We have appointed Eleanor Brazil as the commissioner for Stoke-on-Trent and its improvement plan is being taken forward as a matter of urgency.”

City Independents 'seemed like natural outlet'

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

Brexit stronghold Stoke-on-Trent proved to be a disappointment for the Labour party, who had launched their national campaign here.

Again no party holds a majority, but Labour have the most with 16.

The Conservatives have 15 seats and the City Independents hold 13.

Dr Gemma Loomes
BBC

You have the Conservatives and the perception that they failed to deliver the Brexit that the people of Stoke-on-Trent voted for and Labour's move towards potentially pursuing a second referendum, really negating the whole idea of Brexit in the first place that people voted for. So the City Independents seemed like a natural outlet for those voters in Stoke-on-Trent that don't want to vote for Labour or the Conservatives."

Dr Gemma LoomesKeele University senior lecturer politics

Coalition 'hopeful' of working together in Stoke-on-Trent

The leader of the Conservative group at Stoke-on-Trent City Council has refused to be drawn on whether she'd like to be leader of the authority, but hinted she may be willing to take over.

"I'm not sure anybody enters politics if they haven't maybe had a little thought about perhaps where they'd like to see themselves, " said Abi Brown.

Stoke-on-Trent
BBC

The city council will remain under no overall control despite being targeted by the Labour party.

Labour, which lost five seats, has 16 councillors, the Tories have 15 and the City Independents 12 seats.

The Conservatives and the City Independents say they're "hopeful" of working together again to run the authority.

"We'll have to see what happens over the next few weeks," Ms Brown added.