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Man jailed for misleading council to get a council house 

18 Sep

A Sandwell man has been jailed for deliberately misleading housing officers to get a council house when he already jointly owned another property and failed to declare he had previous convictions.


New youth session in Charlemont 

15 Sep

A new session for young people has launched in Charlemont, West Bromwich.


Bloomin’ Lovely winners’ vote 

15 Sep

People are being asked to vote for their favourite pieces of art produced by amateur artists, schools and community groups celebrating Sandwell being bloomin’ lovely.


Sandwell Safer 6 campaign to launch with fire station open day 

15 Sep

Sandwell’s autumn Safer 6 campaign is back – and launches with an action-packed open day for all the family at Haden Cross Community Fire Station on Saturday 23 September.


Popular Footgolf extended at Sandwell Valley 

14 Sep

The popular FootGolf course in the Sandwell Valley at West Bromwich is being extended – with people being able to kick their way through 18 holes.


Sandwell wins national excellence award 

14 Sep

An innovative scheme encouraging council staff in Sandwell to spot and report situations where people are vulnerable to risk has won a top national award.


‘Forgotten Princess’ remembered at Red House Park event 

14 Sep

Flowers were laid at the obelisk in Red House Park, Great Barr, to commemorate the 200th year since the death of Princess Charlotte of Wales - whose life the obelisk celebrates.


New goat named Goat McGoatface at Forge Mill Farm 

14 Sep

Goaty McGoatface the rare Bagot goat is the newest addition at Sandwell Counci’s Forge Mill Farm in West Bromwich.


Plans for new building for Moorlands Primary School 

14 Sep

Sandwell Council is set to build a brand new building  at Moorlands Primary School if plans are signed off by councillors.


Free jazz at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery 

14 Sep

Live jazz music will fill Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery at a free concert celebrating the end of a packed summer season of activities.


Families enjoy fun-filled sessions thanks to ‘Friends’ 

13 Sep

Children and families enjoyed fun-filled summer holidays - thanks to help from the Sandwell Federation of Library Friends.


Perryfields Primary unveiling brand new extension 

13 Sep

An Oldbury primary school has undergone a major £2.6million refurbishment and expansion.


Council grant for orchestra following theft 

13 Sep

Sandwell Council is to give the West Bromwich-based People’s Orchestra a special £1,000 grant to help it to replace vital equipment it lost in a recent theft.


Call to sign up for adult education in Sandwell 

13 Sep

People are being urged to sign up for adult learning in Sandwell.


Popular wildflower seeds could be on sale next year 

13 Sep

Wildflowers could be adding a splash of colour to gardens as well as grass verges in Sandwell next summer.


National recognition for fostering film 

13 Sep

‘Giants’ the short film about the importance of finding new foster carers who can help keep brothers and sisters together when in care, has been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.


Latest taxi safety checks in Sandwell 

12 Sep

The latest spot checks on taxis operating in Sandwell found 17 out of 19 vehicles met all legal requirements.


New Sandwell Christmas lights plan 

12 Sep

Councillors are being asked to flick the switch on plans for brand new Christmas lights to brighten up Sandwell’s towns and neighbourhoods over the coming years.


Seven green spaces set for conservation list 

12 Sep

Seven green areas across Sandwell are set to be added to a list of nature conservation sites.


Vaccine shortage warning 

12 Sep

Sandwell health experts have expressed serious concerns about the shortage of vital vaccines available to local people.


Vélo Birmingham in Sandwell: Cyclists gear up to raise more than £1 million for charity 

11 Sep

The 100-mile Vélo Birmingham closed road cycle event will be coming through Bearwood and Oldbury on Sunday 24 September.


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FOI requests »

Care and/or Support Assessment/Plan/Policy 

19 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to A on 19 September 2017 .


M.A.S.H. – Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Partners and Ways of Sharing Information 

18 Sep

Follow up sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by AdrianPaulBryanVince on 18 September 2017 .


Sandwell Labour “Garden Party” – Sandwell Park Farm Sat 15th July – Use of Public Area 

18 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Darryl Magher on 18 September 2017 .


M.A.S.H. – Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Partners and Ways of Sharing Information 

17 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to AdrianPaulBryanVince on 17 September 2017 .


Bus lane fine 

14 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Billy on 14 September 2017 .


Bus lane fine 

14 Sep

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Billy on 14 September 2017 .


Learning Disability Placements 

14 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to N Matojo on 14 September 2017 .


Supply Teachers 

13 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Jack Foster on 13 September 2017 .


Agency supply spend in Sandwell schools 

13 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Samantha Millan on 13 September 2017 .


Jan Britton and the Police 

13 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 13 September 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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LocalGov blogs »
  • Local government services to start using GOV.UK Pay
    19 Sep 17
    So far, GOV.UK Pay has only been available to central government bodies, but we’re now ready to start offering GOV.UK Pay to local government.
  • GovWifi: ready to make more connections
    19 Sep 17
    GovWifi is a single wifi login which can be installed by government departments over their existing infrastructure. Users register once, they don’t need to remember a password or sign in to different networks when they move between buildings…
  • Sajid Javid should let councils tackle rogue landlords | Robin Wales & John Healey
    19 Sep 17
    In Newham, the council’s licensing scheme for private landlords has uncovered abuses and exploitation. So why isn’t the government interested? Sir Robin Wales is mayor of Newham and John Healey is shadow secretary of state for housing A mother…
  • Boris Johnson's dodgy use of statistics is a constitutional crisis for Whitehall | David Walker
    18 Sep 17
    What’s the point in trying to make the civil service more professional if ministers scorn accuracy and mock the official arbiter of good governance? The Boris Johnson affair – especially his dismissive rejection of the UK Statistics Authority…
  • We must revisit the role of local government
    18 Sep 17
    There is always a beginning of term feeling to September, but this year it feels more acute than usual, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
  • Police and nurses striking together: it’s no longer impossible | Zoe Williams
    17 Sep 17
    The public sector was fragmented. But pay freezes and cuts to services have finally brought it together When the prime minister raises the terror threat level to critical , as Theresa May did for 48 hours after Friday’s London tube bombing…
  • A Changemaking Vision for Local Government
    13 Sep 17
    At a time of intense financial pressures and when central government’s mind is on other things, many are asking themselves where local government goes next. In a think-piece launching NLGN’s new vision, Adam Lent and Jessica Studdert call …
  • Are we prepared for the looming tech revolution?
    13 Sep 17
    Elysium is a big star sci-fi action movie from 2013, which even its director admitted was pretty mediocre. But in among the one-dimensional characters and gore-filled explosions there is one short scene that stands out. Sent to see his parole…






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