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New sessions at children’s centres in Friar Park 

28 Sep

Sessions aimed at children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are now a permanent fixture in Friar Park.


West Bromwich At War exhibition at Sandwell Arts Cafe 

28 Sep

A new exhibition of photographs and memorabilia, West Bromwich At War 1939-45, will go on show at Sandwell Arts Café in October.


Sandwell crematorium officially reopens 

27 Sep

Sandwell names the outdated Rowley Regis Crematorium and Chapel is officially reopening following a £1.3 million modernisation scheme.


Rowley Regis Crematorium officially reopening 

27 Sep

Rowley Regis Crematorium and Chapel is officially reopening following a £1.3 million modernisation scheme.


Sandwell names its Top 50 businesses for growth 

27 Sep

Sandwell Council has released details of its 50 fastest-growing companies, in order to celebrate their achievements and the contributions they make to the West Midlands.


Stoptober campaign helps smokers to quit 

26 Sep

Smokers in Sandwell are being urged to join the Stoptober campaign as local health chiefs battle to lower the smoking rate for people living in the borough.


Record number of Sandwell children with library cards 

23 Sep

There are now a record number of young children who are members of a Sandwell library.


Safer 6 town events to promote safety, crime prevention and health 

23 Sep

Sandwell’s six-week autumn Safer 6 campaign launches on Monday 26 September – and organisers are holding events across the six towns for people to get information and advice.


Conference highlights financial abuse of adults 

22 Sep

A conference to highlight the financial abuse of adults at risk is to be held at the Aston Villa Football Ground later this month organised by Midlands trading standard officers.


Big thanks for Big Spring Clean volunteers 

22 Sep

A huge thank you has gone out to more than 1,700 volunteers who helped keep Sandwell clean as part of the borough’s tenth Big Spring Clean.


Gifted, talented and number one! 

22 Sep

One of the first young athletes to receive a Gifted Talented grant this year, Iris Oliarnyk from Oldbury, has just become the number one ranked pentathlete in the country, for her age group, after a...


Have your say on SHAPE summer parks activities 

21 Sep

Parents and young people can have their say on the SHAPE Summer Parks activities which took place over the six weeks summer holidays.


It’s a Knockout for the Mayor of Sandwell 

21 Sep

The Mayor of Sandwell presented a cheque to Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children of £965 from people who took part in this year's It's a Knockout competition at the SHAPE Youth Festival.


Urgent security improvements planned at former college buildings in Smethwick 

20 Sep

Urgent work to improve security at fire-hit former college buildings in Smethwick is set to start on Wednesday 21 September.


Have your say on possible pest control charges 

20 Sep

Sandwell Council has launched a public consultation on how best to continue providing a full range of pest control services in the face of reducing budgets.


Work starts on new Travelodge for West Bromwich 

20 Sep

Construction of a £5 million hotel development has started, creating new jobs and transforming a vacant site in Sandwell.


Advice for Gas Safety Week 

20 Sep

Residents in Sandwell are being reminded of the importance of using a registered gas engineer to inspect or install their gas boilers and cookers, as part of a safety drive during Gas Safety Week.


Jobs and training sessions for young people this Thursday 

20 Sep

Young people in Sandwell have the chance to discuss training and job opportunities with experts at a special day at West Bromwich this Thursday (22 September).


Support for staff affected by British Gas redundancies 

19 Sep

Black Country councils, Jobcentre Plus and the National Careers Service have joined forces to help hundreds of people being made redundant by British Gas to find new careers.


£20,000 bill for mouse-infested supermarket 

19 Sep

A Smethwick supermarket has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 in fines and costs after environmental health officers closed it down because of mice infestation.


Sandwell Men’s Shed project launched in Great Barr 

19 Sep

A community woodwork shop is to be launched in Great Barr next week (22 September) aimed at keeping older men busy and active.


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FOI requests »

School Office Supply Agency Spends 

27 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Rebecca Brookes on 27 September 2016 .


Organisational Structure chart for adult and children Services 

26 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to frank rufus on 26 September 2016 .


School Office Supply Agency Spends 

22 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Rebecca Brookes on 22 September 2016 .


Uber Sandwell 

21 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Adam khan on 21 September 2016 .


Uber Sandwell 

21 Sep

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Adam khan on 21 September 2016 .


Social Media Policy 

16 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to J White on 16 September 2016 .


Post-19 LDA to ECHP transfer 

14 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Christina Savage on 14 September 2016 .


Playground budgets and closures 

12 Sep

Follow up sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Julie Parmenter on 12 September 2016 .


Playground budgets and closures 

12 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julie Parmenter on 12 September 2016 .


ORG Chart Information 

12 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Helen Carver on 12 September 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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    28 Sep 16
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    27 Sep 16
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    27 Sep 16
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    27 Sep 16
    ‘You’re never free of worry’: buses and trains can be a lifeline for disabled people, but cuts and poor planning are preventing independent travel “It only needs one bad driver to spoil your day,” says Gwyneth Pedler, a scooter user, in London…
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    26 Sep 16
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    24 Sep 16
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