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Apprenticeship funding event for employers 

6 Dec

Sandwell Council is teaming up with Sandwell College to put on a free event next Tuesday , 13 December to help employers get to grips with the changes to apprenticeship funding.


Silver award for Sandwell’s Armed Forces commitment 

6 Dec

Sandwell’s Armed Forces Covenant has won a prestigious silver award for its support for the Armed Forces Community.


Consultation on services for deaf and visually impaired people 

5 Dec

Sandwell Council is seeking the views of local people on the future of two groups who work with deaf and visually-impaired people.


Join in the Christmas fun at Sandwell libraries 

2 Dec

With Christmas fast approaching there's something for everyone at Sandwell libraries this month.


Fly-tipper fined £1,000 plus costs for dumping rubbish in Smethwick 

2 Dec

A court has ordered a man to pay £1,757 for illegally dumping black bags, garden waste, a suitcase and shoes in the Black Patch area of Smethwick.


Adult and family learning service Christmas event 

2 Dec

A special “Christmas Fun” session is being run by the Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service team in West Bromwich this Saturday (3 December).


All set for Mayor’s Civic Christmas Concert 

2 Dec

All's set for the Mayor of Sandwell's 127th Civic Christmas Concert on Saturday 3 December at West Bromwich Town Hall.


Council helps raise thousands for Sands charity 

2 Dec

Sandwell Council’s crematorium service has donated more than £4,300 to a charity supporting families who have lost babies to stillbirth and neonatal death.


Local photographer wins national competition 

2 Dec

Local amateur photographer Simon Lea has snapped-up a top BBC Countryfile's 'Autumn colours' photo contest with his stunning photograph of Warley Woods.


Book your tickets for Christmas at the Valley 

1 Dec

Tickets are selling fast for Christmas at the Valley with limited availability on the weekends.


Improvements to pavements 

1 Dec

A £130,000 Sandwell Highways programme to improve uneven pavements in West Bromwich is nearing completion.


Shoo in for bookworms 

1 Dec

Nearly 3,000 children joined in this year's Big Friendly Read challenge - and top author and illustrator Shoo Rayner is set to meet some of them next week.


Council phone numbers are changing on Monday 12 December 

30 Nov

Phone numbers for some Sandwell Council services will change on Monday 12 December.


Booktastic at Wednesbury school 

30 Nov

Reception children at The Priory Primary in Friar Park have been treated to a visit from Sandwell libraries to sign them up to the Booktastic scheme.


Latest news on children’s trust 

29 Nov

The new trust that will provide children’s social care services in Sandwell could be up and running by summer 2017 it has been revealed.


Childcare professionals celebrated at awards ceremonies 

28 Nov

Hundreds of Sandwell childcare professionals attended a special presentation evening to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and high level of childcare in the borough.


Offenders clear 23 tonnes in Safer Six campaign 

25 Nov

A whopping 23 tonnes of rubbish was cleared from Sandwell streets and parks by supervised offenders working in Community Payback teams during the borough’s annual Safer 6 campaign.


Gifted and Talented, and making waves 

25 Nov

Scott Hadley is not a young man who gives up easily.


Sandwell tackling domestic violence and abuse 

25 Nov

Sandwell safety chiefs are marking White Ribbon Day (25 November) with a renewed pledge to tackle domestic violence and support victims.


New local history book to launch in Wednesbury 

24 Nov

A new book is to be launched at Wednesbury Library in December to commemorate an old Black Country favourite publication which was on local Christmas present lists for many years.


Snow Champions campaign back for a sixth year 

23 Nov

Community-minded Snow Champions will be helping to keep Sandwell clear of ice and snow for the sixth year running.


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FOI requests »

Premises licence 

6 Dec

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Ian Jones on 6 December 2016 .


Uber Not in sandwell shame 

6 Dec

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to sha on 6 December 2016 .


Uber Not in sandwell shame 

6 Dec

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by sha on 6 December 2016 .


Current Social Care system 

5 Dec

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Michelle Large on 5 December 2016 .


Blue Badge Abuse 

29 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Mark Farney on 29 November 2016 .


Fostering fees and allowances 

29 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Mustafa Aziz on 29 November 2016 .


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

28 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Darryl Magher on 28 November 2016 .


MUTUAL Gain Pilot Schemes – Princes End, Soho & Victoria 

28 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Darryl Magher on 28 November 2016 .


Royal Charter(s) 

25 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to MR Sergeant on 25 November 2016 .


Royal Charter(s) 

24 Nov

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by MR Sergeant on 24 November 2016 .


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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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