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Reminder to apply for 30 hours of free childcare 

26 Jul

Working parents and carers of three and four-year-olds in Sandwell are being urged to claim 30 hours of free childcare.


Advice for students getting exam results this summer 

26 Jul

Students who get their exam results this summer can get advice at special sessions with experts.


Hot weather warning to parents 

25 Jul

Public Health chiefs in Sandwell are urging parents to keep children safe and cool during warm weather.


Success for Sandwell Careers Show 

25 Jul

A highly successful Sandwell Careers Show attracted more than 500 visitors anxious to talk to local employers and training providers about apprenticeship opportunities in the borough.


Illegal cigarette haul worth £250,000 seized 

25 Jul

Sandwell trading standards officers have helped in the seizure of more than 500,000 illegal cigarettes with an estimated street value of more than £250,000.


Summer reading challenge 

25 Jul

Sandwell libraries are calling on children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.


Dig archaeology week at Sandwell 

24 Jul

All things archaeological are happening at a historic Sandwell house as part of a packed school summer holiday programme.


Wednesbury Flower Show trophy comes home 

21 Jul

A silver trophy presented to lady winners in the Wednesbury Horticultural Society flower shows has come home.


Warnings for the ‘careless’ generation 

21 Jul

Trading standards officers are warning young people - especially those aged 18-25 years - to be on their guard against falling victim to fraud.


Residents moved from privately-owned West Bromwich apartments 

21 Jul

Residents have been moved from West Bromwich apartments declared a potential fire hazard – thanks to a joint operation between Sandwell Council, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police.


Apply for secondary school places in Sandwell 

19 Jul

Parents and carers in Sandwell can now apply for secondary school places if their child is due to move to high school in September 2018.


Summer Reading Challenge launched in Sandwell libraries 

19 Jul

This year's Summer Reading Challenge is now under way – with Sandwell children urged to help clever Animal Agents crack a case at their local library over the six-week school holidays.


Keep the kids occupied this summer in Sandwell 

19 Jul

There are more than 500 fun activities and events lined up to keep children in Sandwell entertained during the summer holiday.


‘Fast Forward’ to an apprenticeship 

19 Jul

The Fast Forward programme provides support and help for young people in Sandwell who want to apply for an apprenticeship or job.


Watch ‘The House of Screaming Death’ at Manor House this week 

18 Jul

A horror movie filmed on location at the Manor House in West Bromwich will receive two special screenings.


Lidl donates compost for Sandwell’s parks and allotments 

18 Jul

Lidl’s new distribution centre in Wednesbury has donated more than two tonnes of compost to Sandwell Council which will be used at local parks and allotments.


Green Flag success for Sandwell’s parks and green spaces 

18 Jul

Eleven parks and green spaces in Sandwell have today been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as among the very best in the country.


Still more Jazz to come all this week! 

17 Jul

Jazz musicians are entertaining crowds across Sandwell, with plenty more concerts to follow this week as part of a major international festival.


Activities for all at 11th Tipton Community Funday 

17 Jul

Tipton Community Funday is back and this year’s 11th annual event is set to be bigger and better than ever.


Being a teen in the 21st century 

17 Jul

Students and parents at a Sandwell school attended a special “very successful” evening event to discuss problems facing teenagers in the modern world.


National Lottery grant of £4.5 million for West Smethwick Park 

17 Jul

Sandwell Council has been awarded a £4.5 million National Lottery grant to help restore the many historic features in West Smethwick Park.


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FOI requests »

A list of Independent Fostering Agencies the Council works with. 

26 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Nicola Ryder on 26 July 2017 .


A list of Independent Fostering Agencies the Council works with. 

26 Jul

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Nicola Ryder on 26 July 2017 .


Information 

26 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to angela on 26 July 2017 .


Commercial Property – 84 High Street, West Bromwich 

26 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to V Patel on 26 July 2017 .


Blocked rights of way issues- Rose Lane area 

26 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr Carroll on 26 July 2017 .


Blocked rights of way issues- Rose Lane area 

25 Jul

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Mr Carroll on 25 July 2017 .


Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival 

24 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Jones on 24 July 2017 .


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

24 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to AdrianPaulBryanVince on 24 July 2017 .


Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival 

21 Jul

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Jones on 21 July 2017 .


FOI – age assessment costs 

19 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Phoebe Green on 19 July 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 »
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    26 Jul 17
    Every now and then a zeitgeist-y term comes along that everyone in local government tasked with planning for the future either knows about, or knows they should know about. ‘Commercialisation’ is one of those buzzwords du jour….
  • Five highline parks created from abandoned transport routes
    26 Jul 17
    Relics of an earlier transport age loom over our cities. But abandoned railways and decaying flyovers need not go the way of the wrecking ball. They are increasingly being reinvented as aerial parks and catalysts of urban regeneration. Here…
  • Want to improve public services? We need a sleep revolution
    26 Jul 17
    Doctors, nurses and social workers are among those facing long night shifts which inevitability lead to lack of sleep In Claire Blackthorn’s previous job working with homeless young people in Southampton, the residential support worker was…
  • The NHS and social care must stop bickering over funding | Niall Dickson
    24 Jul 17
    With both parts of the system under pressure, blaming each other will do nothing to help those who rely on services Niall Dickson is chief executive of the NHS Confederation A comprehensive settlement for funding social care remains elusive…
  • Bradford Policy Café
    21 Jul 17
    At the end of June, we gathered together officers from member councils in West Yorkshire to attend our inaugural Policy Café, as Charlotte Maddix explains.
  • Building capability and community through the Government Data Science Partnership
    20 Jul 17
    Across government, departments are beginning to realise not only the value of the data they hold, but also how they can use data science to make more effective, data-informed decisions.
  • A seat at the table?
    19 Jul 17
    Where is the voice of local government in the Brexit debate? Asks Janet Sillett. You’d have to look pretty hard to find it.






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