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Review praises Sandwell Council’s budget and vision 

21 Feb

An independent review of Sandwell Council has praised the authority for protecting frontline services through its budget planning and having a strong vision for the future of the borough.


Plans for assured landlords scheme 

21 Feb

Private landlords in Sandwell are set to have their properties rated on a scale of zero - five stars, under plans by housing bosses to introduce an Assured Landlords Scheme.


New alcohol and drug service launched 

20 Feb

A newly-merged alcohol and drug service for Sandwell has launched.


Perryfields High now rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted after significant improvements 

16 Feb

Perryfields High School in Oldbury has received praise from Ofsted in its latest inspection report which now rates the school as 'Good'.


Drumming Together sessions in West Bromwich 

16 Feb

A new music-making pilot project has launched in Sandwell to help people experiencing memory loss or in the early stages of dementia.


Heritage trail for Princes End 

16 Feb

A heritage trail to celebrate historical sites in Princes End is set to launch on Saturday 24 February.


Unique proof of age scheme launches in Sandwell 

16 Feb

A unique proof of age card scheme has launched for students in Sandwell aged 16+.


Former gas showroom site in West Bromwich now cleared 

16 Feb

The former Gas Showroom building in the heart of West Bromwich has now been demolished – with the site cleared ready for redevelopment.


Lots going on in libraries this half-term 

13 Feb

Library staff have drawn-up a multi-variety range of activities for children across the borough for the half-term holidays.


“Deadly” glass tank dumped and smashed near to nature reserve 

12 Feb

A large glass fish tank or vivarium dumped at the entrance to a Tipton nature reserve could have had “potentially deadly” consequences, a councillor says.


February half-term at Sandwell museums 

12 Feb

Sandwell museum staff have produced a fun-packed programme to give young people a chance to be involved in a range of activities during the February half-term holidays.


Cereal Readers back for half-term 

12 Feb

Children will be getting breakfast with their books during half term "Cereal Readers" sessions at several local libraries as the popular scheme returns to Sandwell for the half-term holidays.


Launch of Black Country Valentine’s Day road safety campaign 

12 Feb

Black Country councils will launch a Valentine’s Day campaign this week urging young people to “look out for the one you love” when driving.


Sandwell launches first Responsible Business Scheme for retailers 

9 Feb

A training scheme to help retailers tackle the risk of selling alcohol and cigarettes to underage young people has been launched by Sandwell’s trading standards team.


Consultation on air quality in Sandwell 

9 Feb

Residents are being asked for their opinions on how air quality in Sandwell can be improved.


New primary school planned for Smethwick 

8 Feb

Plans for a brand new primary free school in Smethwick will come before Sandwell Council's Cabinet this month.


Jazz Festival photos on display in Sandwell 

7 Feb

A collection of eye-catching photographs from the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival 2017 is now on display in Sandwell.


Stay well in colder weather 

6 Feb

Sandwell Council is supporting the national Stay Well This Winter campaign to help older people and those with long-term conditions during colder weather.


Exhibitions at Sandwell Arts Café 

6 Feb

Two thought-provoking photographic exhibitions have been organised for the Sandwell Arts Café at Sandwell College’s Central Sixth campus in West Bromwich.


Wedding fair at Lightwoods House in Bearwood 

5 Feb

Loved up couples are invited to a wedding fair next month at Lightwoods House in Bearwood.


Travellers moved on in four hours thanks to transit site powers 

2 Feb

Powers have again been used to direct travellers to a transit site in Smethwick – moving the group on within four hours.


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FOI requests »

Penalty Notice Code of Conduct DOCX – ATTENDANCE & PROSECUTION SERVICE (SANDWELL) 

21 Feb

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Gavin Hay on 21 February 2018 .


Lion Farm Playing Fields 

21 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 21 February 2018 .


Elective Home Education team and numbers of children known and deregistered 

21 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to KNorman on 21 February 2018 .


Attendance & Prosecution Service guidelines issued to primary school in sandwell 

20 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Gavin Hay on 20 February 2018 .


Free and Subsidised Meals For Councillors 

19 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 19 February 2018 .


Lion Farm Playing Fields 

19 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 19 February 2018 .


Implementation costs and timescales 

19 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Hywel Martin on 19 February 2018 .


Salary Bandings 

19 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Kyle on 19 February 2018 .


GIS/Mapping Software 

19 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Andrew Bennett on 19 February 2018 .


Hit and run incident -I need CCTV footage 

19 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Sundeepinder Kaur on 19 February 2018 .


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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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LocalGov blogs »
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    22 Feb 18
    No one’s watching over what councils do or spend, because scrutiny bodies were abolished on Pickles’s watch Behold the hand of Eric Pickles. The former Tory communities secretary may have left parliament last year but his legacy lives on, …
  • How many UK mayors are eligible to be world mayor? Hardly any
    20 Feb 18
    This year’s World Mayor prize is only for women, highlighting yet again the deep inequality in UK local government Ros Jones, Kate Allsop, Norma Redfearn and Dorothy Thornhill may not be names you immediately recognise. But they should be …
  • UK cities shut out of Brexit discussions, say leaders
    19 Feb 18
    Representatives of some of the biggest cities outside London met EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels City leaders have accused the government of failing to involve them in the Brexit process, as a group of councillors and mayors…
  • Data team wins Future Policy Network award
    19 Feb 18
    The GDS Better Use Of Data has won an award for the Data Science Accelerator programme which we run in conjunction with the Government Data Science Partnership. The award recognised the impact of the programme across the UK public sector, helping…
  • Government blogs and government bloggers
    15 Feb 18
    Dafydd Vaughan has produced an interesting data rich analysis and reflection on the state of UK digital government blogging . On the face of it the picture is gloomy: the rate of blogging has sharply decreased, and entire blogs are moribund…






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