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53 service users complete City & Guilds at Fircroft College 

21 Jul

As part of completing their Community Payback hours in 2014/15, 53 service users have completed a City Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Horticultural Skills .


SWM CRC celebrates staff excellence at inaugural awards ceremony 

25 Nov

Over 90 people attended the inaugural Staffordshire West Midlands CRC Staff Excellence Awards on the morning of 21st November.


Community Payback breathes life into 102 year old scout club 

5 Nov

Cheryl Langford, a PCSO based at Sedgley Police Station, has helped a scout club win a much needed grant for an internal redecoration project.


Wolverhampton Community Payback Newsletter – October 2014 

27 Oct

The latest newsletter from Wolverhampton Community Payback team is here.


Wolverhampton Offender Accommodation Forum welcomes Wales Housing Services 

24 Oct

Housing staff from Wales received a warm welcome in Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Offender Accommodation Forum welcomed representatives of housing services for the whole of Wales to Molineux stadium, on 15th October 2014.


Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial regional finals 

17 Jun

When you think of a magistrate (which probably isn’t often), what probably springs to mind is something out of a Charles Dickens novel.


Community Payback staff aim to be world class 

7 Apr

Over 100 staff from the Community Payback (CP) division of Staffordshire West Midlands (SWM) Probation attended an event at the Molinuex Stadium in Wolverhampton on 28th March 2014, when they considered the past and future of the supervision...


Platform 51 becomes Changing Lives 

19 Mar

The Platform 51 centre, which has worked in partnership with Wolverhampton Probation since 2012, has changed its name to Changing Lives.


Probation Service Officer inspires criminal justice students 

27 Feb

Probation Service Officer (PSO) Mark Thomas is keen to help those who share his passion for criminal justice.


Sandwell tops table for reducing reoffending 

26 Feb

Sandwell is the best local authority at reducing reoffending, according to the latest government figures.


Dudley is number one for reducing reoffending 

20 Nov

Dudley is the best local authority area at reducing reoffending, according to the latest government figures.


Bilston Approved Premises is enjoying “The Good Life” 

12 Sep

By John Holsey, Deputy Manager, Bilston Approved Premises Earlier this year the Bilston Approved Premises (AP) team, following initial enquiries from staff members Iris Tracey and David Willis, was successful in its pursuit of a local allotment...


Wolves’ Carer Support Team will be out and about during Carers’ Week, which begins on Monday (10 June). 

5 Jun

Wolves' Carer Support Team will be out and about during Carers' Week, which begins on Monday (10 June).


Find out how you can improve your health and well-being at free event BlakenhallCHLC on 13 June. 

5 Jun

Find out how you can improve your health and well-being at free event BlakenhallCHLC on 13 June.


A unique lock contraption made a special appearance @BantockHouse yesterday. 

5 Jun

A unique lock contraption made a special appearance @BantockHouse yesterday.


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FixMyStreet »

Pothole by bus stop, 30th September 

30 Sep

Large pothole by bus stop Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 35 Church Green, Bilston Report on FixMyStreet...


Lamppost lighting cover loose, 29th September 

29 Sep

Lamppost light cover is loose and swinging in the wind Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Wood End Road, Wednesfield Report on FixMyStreet...


Persistent parking on verges in spite of parking restrictions damaging the grass. Deep muddy ruts will soon be become a health and safety issue., 25th September 

25 Sep

Council placed signage for parking restrictions on pathways and verges is constantly flouted.


Lamppost falling, 24th September 

24 Sep

The lamppost is falling Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 16 Wendover Road, Ettingshall Park Report on FixMyStreet...


Pothole in junction, 20th September 

20 Sep

Potholes on Junction brinsford rd Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Brinsford Road, Fordhouses Report on FixMyStreet...


Mattress left in street, 17th September 

17 Sep

A mattress has been left in the street this week and is still there Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 29 Ormes Lane, Tettenhall Wood Report on FixMyStreet...


Speeding traffic, 16th September 

16 Sep

There is constant speeding cars using Blackwood Avenue / Lower Prestwood Road.


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FOI requests »

Playground budgets and closures 

30 Sep

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Julie Parmenter on 30 September 2016 .


ERP Systems 

29 Sep

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Richard Paramo on 29 September 2016 .


ERP Systems 

28 Sep

Follow up sent to Wolverhampton City Council by Richard Paramo on 28 September 2016 .


School Spend 

28 Sep

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Francesca Sandiford on 28 September 2016 .


Primary School Agency Spend Wolverhampton 

27 Sep

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Kim Bircher on 27 September 2016 .


Horses on streets or council land collected Wolverhampton Council’s request 

27 Sep

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Jane Valdez on 27 September 2016 .


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NHS »

Young people to “take over” health organisation 

17 Nov

Young people in Wolverhampton are to give their views about the health services they receive when they “take over” a health organisation, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) on 19 November.


Health commissioner makes patients aware of antibiotic use on European Antibiotic Day 

16 Nov

People in Wolverhampton are being urged by their local health commissioner to be aware of the proper uses of antibiotics and ensure they are taken responsibly.


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 at Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG).


Wolverhampton GPs now offering electronic prescriptions to their patients 

12 Nov

Patients in Wolverhampton are able to benefit from a free NHS service that reduces the need to visit the GP surgery just to collect a paper prescription.


Shoppers encouraged make a pledge to stay well this winter 

27 Oct

Shoppers in Wolverhampton will be urged to “stay well this winter” using a series of large pledge cards at events in the city this weekend (30 and 31 October).


Improving Urgent Care in Wolverhampton 

30 Sep

Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which funds healthcare services for the city, has announced that Northern Doctors Urgent Care Ltd, will run the new Urgent Care Centre at the Royal Wolverhampton Trust New Cross Hospital site...


Join Wolverhampton health commissioners at their Annual General Meeting 

23 Jul

Wolverhampton residents are invited to join local NHS chiefs to find out more about plans for future services.


Wolverhampton healthcare commissioners agree service changes in efficiency review 

16 Jul

Healthcare commissioners in Wolverhampton have agreed changes to a number of services after giving residents the opportunity to have their say.


Wolverhampton doctors issue heatwave advice 

29 Jun

If you want to enjoy the warm weather in local outdoor beauty spots like West Park this summer, you and your family need to take care in the sun and heat.


Get involved in your local NHS patient summit 

19 Jun

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging local people who are with GP practices in the Tipton, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath and Oldbury areas, to get involved in their patient summit on Tuesday 23 June...


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Westminster »

Euro Area | Westminster Hall debates 

21 Jul

I would love to give way to the hon.


Macedonia: Human Rights | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Written Answers 

15 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on freedom of speech and surveillance in Macedonia.


EU Negotiations | Oral Answers to Questions – Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Commons debates 

14 Jul

On the minimum wage, the Minister’s party is late to the cause, but its conversion to support for our policy is nevertheless welcome.


EU Reform | Oral Answers to Questions – Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Commons debates 

14 Jul

The Minister will have seen the stories in the press over the weekend suggesting that the Prime Minister was seeking to wind back the clock and make the opt-out from the social chapter part of the UK Government’s negotiating strategy...


EU Negotiations | Oral Answers to Questions – Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Commons debates 

14 Jul

On the minimum wage, the Minister’s party is late to the cause, but its conversion to support for our policy is nevertheless welcome.


EU Reform | Oral Answers to Questions – Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Commons debates 

14 Jul

The Minister will have seen the stories in the press over the weekend suggesting that the Prime Minister was seeking to wind back the clock and make the opt-out from the social chapter part of the UK Government’s negotiating strategy...


Ways and Means – Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation – Amendment of the Law | Isil | Commons debates 

13 Jul

While my hon.


Iranian Nuclear Programme | Westminster Hall debates 

2 Jul

Thank you for your chairmanship, Sir David, as we debate a hot topic on a hot day.


Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions – Communities and Local Government | Commons debates 

29 Jun

We are in favour of people’s aspiration to buy their own home, but we are also in favour of policies that add up and stack up.


Homelessness | Department for Communities and Local Government | Written Answers 

23 Jun

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the Supreme Court judgement of 13 May 2015 on Kanu v.


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    29 Sep 16
    This week is National Inclusion Week. I feel like it’s a good opportunity to write about my experience of being transgender and transitioning to my identified gender while working as a civil servant.
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    29 Sep 16
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    28 Sep 16
    As the list of Digital Outcomes and Specialists opportunities grows, suppliers need a way to focus on those most relevant to the services they offer. We recently made finding opportunities easier by adding filters to the opportunities page….
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    28 Sep 16
    With Labour councils controlling huge amounts of public sector budgets, their leaders are ready to offer Jeremy Corbyn some hard-won political advice On the face of it, London mayor Sadiq Khan doesn’t have a huge amount in common with 19-year…
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    27 Sep 16
    Leading localism think tank NLGN has appointed its new director. Dr. Adam Lent is currently Director of Research and Innovation at Ashoka – the premiere global network of social entrepreneurs. He will succeed Simon Parker and take up…
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    26 Sep 16
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