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Thimblemill celebrates 80th anniversary 

24 Jan

Entertainment ranging from acclaimed Nashville musicians to a string quartet is on offer at a Sandwell library celebrating its 80th anniversary.


Businesses can have their say on council spending 

23 Jan

Some of Sandwell's biggest employers are to be given the chance to talk to council chiefs on how money is spent on local authority services.


Building of new council houses under way 

23 Jan

Sandwell’s housing boss has welcomed the start of a redevelopment scheme which is building 27 new council homes in Sandwell.


Primary school places boost welcomed 

20 Jan

Sandwell’s education boss met pupils and teachers at a Smethwick school to celebrate a £6.6 million plan to create more than 700 new primary places across the borough.


Mummy Monster comes to Thimblemill Library 

20 Jan

Bristol-based artist Liz Hart brings her new one-woman theatre show to Thimblemill Library in Smethwick next month.


Team effort to keep hospital beds available 

19 Jan

Sandwell’s social care boss has praised the round-the-clock efforts of health and council staff working hard to keep hospital beds available during the busy winter period.


Lamb scam – checks reveal goat meat and dishes wrongly described 

19 Jan

Checks on meat and dishes claiming to contain goat meat showed more than half were actually lamb or mutton, Sandwell Council's trading standards team has revealed.


Schools boss visits new Q3 Academy Langley 

19 Jan

Sandwell’s education boss dropped into the borough’s newest school – Q3 Academy Langley – to see how pupils and staff are settling in.


Council calls for fairer state pension deal for women born in 1950s 

19 Jan

Sandwell councillors have backed a motion calling for a fairer deal for women born in the 1950s affected by a reduction in the state pension age.


Midland Metro extension work welcomed 

18 Jan

Sandwell councillors have welcomed work to clear land ahead of the proposed multi-million pound extension of the Midland Metro from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill.


Council update on allegations of fraud and misconduct 

18 Jan

Sandwell Council will update its Audit Committee on investigations into allegations of fraud and misconduct at a meeting on Thursday 26 January.


Join Sandwell’s Holocaust commemoration event 

17 Jan

Sandwell will remember the millions of victims of genocide at a special Holocaust commemoration event in West Bromwich.


Library volunteers take on the cup 

17 Jan

Young volunteers at Tipton Library put their best foot forward and organised a community five-a-side football tournament.


Event to remember West Bromwich Victoria Cross hero 

16 Jan

A memorial stone is being unveiled in West Bromwich to honour a First World War hero who was awarded the Victoria Cross medal – exactly 100 years to the day since he was involved in heroic action.


Road safety campaign launched at Great Barr school 

16 Jan

Pupils have launched a campaign to produce signs and banners to help keep children and adults safe on the road outside their Great Barr school.


National Obesity Awareness Week – get free advice from Healthy Sandwell 

12 Jan

More than 70 per cent of adults in Sandwell are either overweight or obese, health experts have revealed.


Council chiefs back school expansions 

12 Jan

Education bosses have backed £6.6 million investment in Sandwell primary schools to create more than 700 new places to meet demand.


Lottery bid for Manor House Museum 

12 Jan

Ambitious plans to invest more than £2.5 million to restore and enhance a landmark Sandwell property have won approval from councillors.


Cut your energy bills in 2017 

11 Jan

Sandwell residents who have made a New Year resolution to review their finances are urged not to miss out on a cash-saving energy scheme which could save them money on their fuel bills.


Banish Blue Monday with Sandwell libraries 

11 Jan

Banish Blue Monday and book into a Sandwell library to make the most of a week-long list of activities to lift the spirits.


Careers event for teenagers in West Bromwich 

10 Jan

Teenagers aged between 14 and 19 are invited to a careers event in West Bromwich.


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FOI requests »

Homeless households moved into the authority area 

17 Jan

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Elizabeth Wyatt on 17 January 2017 .


Agency Agreement 

16 Jan

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Anastasia Aldridge on 16 January 2017 .


Staff List The Priory Primary School, Wednesbury 

16 Jan

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Hannah Massey on 16 January 2017 .


IT Information 

16 Jan

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Mark Minor on 16 January 2017 .


Funding, Consultations, Plans, Work, SLAs, S106, CIL – WS5 4 

15 Jan

Follow up sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Darryl Magher on 15 January 2017 .


Councillor Simon Hackett – SMBC Investigation. 

12 Jan

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 12 January 2017 .


IT Information 

5 Jan

Clarification sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Mark Minor on 5 January 2017 .


IT Information 

5 Jan

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Mark Minor on 5 January 2017 .


IT Information 

4 Jan

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Mark Minor on 4 January 2017 .


IT Information 

4 Jan

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Mark Minor on 4 January 2017 .


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FixMyStreet »

Broken open black bags in road, 11th June 

11 Jun

At the end of st johns road, victoria road end, a black household rubbish bag has burst openj in the road, food etc spending out across the road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 65 St Johns Road...


Travellers camp Stony Lane park, 10th June 

10 Jun

Travellers have set up camp on the back field of Stony Lane park.


Impassible pavements Greenfield Road, 10th June 

10 Jun

Every night, large areas of pavement are unusable to pedestrians due to bins, badly parked cars and vans, overgrown hedges, rubbish, building waste etc.


Overgrown grass, 10th June 

10 Jun

Overgrown grass at top of alleyway .


Litter in bus shelter, 10th June 

10 Jun

There is a large amount of litter (chip wrappers/pizza boxes/drinks cans etc.


Overhanging bushes, 10th June 

10 Jun

When you come from asda to join the main road when you look to the right the bushes overhang into your line of vision that the oncoming vehicles are hard to spot with out you pulling out into carriage way and risk collision.


Illegally parked, 8th June 

8 Jun

Car keeps parking in path on white line and caused an obstruction Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 3 Castle Road East, Oldbury Report on FixMyStreet...


Lamp 15 on at noon, 8th June 

8 Jun

Lamp 15, on the Eastern side of Whitecrest, at its junction with Queslett Road, is burning, at noon.


Potholes, 7th June 

7 Jun

Needs filling/resurfacing Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): M5, Lyng Report on FixMyStreet...


Pavement re done after electric work in road January hole now appeared in in pavement in front of No 33, 7th June 

7 Jun

Hole appeared in pavement this is new Tarmac only done couple of months ago outside No 33 Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 22 Jill Avenue, Great Barr Report on FixMyStreet...


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Westminster »

Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry | Home Office | Written Answers 

6 Aug

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2015 to Question 5979, whether any files relating to child abuse have been destroyed by the intelligence and security services since 1 September...


Offences against Children: Victim Support Schemes | Home Office | Written Answers 

4 Aug

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library copies of the assessment criteria used to determine applications received to the (a) Sexual Abuse Fund and (b) the Child Abuse Inquiry Support Fund since...


Afghanistan: Armed Conflict | Ministry of Defence | Written Answers 

24 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5927, if he will commission a lessons learned post-Afghanistan review to inform future military strategy.


Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

20 Jul

Will the Secretary of State tell the House on what date he authorised the first embed with US forces in Syria...


Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

20 Jul

Will the Secretary of State tell the House on what date he authorised the first embed with US forces in Syria...


Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

20 Jul

Will the Secretary of State tell the House on what date he authorised the first embed with US forces in Syria...


USA: Military Bases | Ministry of Defence | Written Answers 

14 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the US has sought permission from his Department to use US bases in the UK in connection with airstrikes in (a) Libya, (b) any other country in North Africa and (c) Yemen.


Enterprise Zones: Derelict Land | Department for Communities and Local Government | Written Answers 

14 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on prioritising the development of Enterprise Zones on existing brownfield sites.


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NHS »

Local health organisation named as best in country – for the second time in three years 

19 Nov

The NHS organisation responsible for planning and buying health services for the residents of Sandwell and West Birmingham is celebrating after scooping a national award – repeating its success from 2013.


Got diabetes? Get the flu jab! It’s World Diabetes Day 

12 Nov

World Diabetes Day (14 November 2015) is a timely reminder to all those with diabetes to protect themselves this winter with a free flu jab, say doctors in Birmingham.


Nominations open: put forward your health champions for the Equality Awards 2016 

15 Oct

Local groups and organisations that make a difference by reducing health inequalities in their community are being urged to enter Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Equality Awards 2016.


Listen up: final week to have your say on GP services in Sandwell and West Birmingham 

12 Oct

Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham only have one more week to share their views and opinions of local GP services with their local healthcare commissioner.


Have your say on GP services in Sandwell and West Birmingham 

22 Sep

Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being urged to give their views on GP services at two public meetings this month.


Local people encouraged to have their say on GP services 

1 Sep

Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being urged to share their experiences of local GP services.


Bank Holiday advice from health commissioner to avoid a hospital stay 

28 Aug

By taking a little extra care over the Bank Holiday, you can stay well and enjoy the extended weekend avoiding an unnecessary trip to hospital, say doctors at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


August Bank Holiday – GPs and Community Pharmacies open on Bank Holiday Monday, and how to access dental care over the weekend 

27 Aug

GP PRACTICES Practices will close at their normal closing time on Friday, 28 th August, 2015, and open at their normal opening time on Tuesday, 1 st September, 2015.


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