We have a duty to involve our customers in decisions that affect them and the area they live, work or study in.
As well as local people and service users, our customers include local businesses, voluntary groups and visitors to Sandwell.
You can view a full list of current consultations on our consultation database.
Proposed changes to opening hours
Sandwell Council are keen to seek your views on the opening hours for the Revenues and Benefits Service at Kings Square, West Bromwich and the Cashiers Service at Smethwick Council House.
Over the past 4 years the Revenues and Benefits Service has created and introduced a number of online services enabling customers to self serve rather than using the more costly face-to-face and telephone methods of contact. This has resulted in a significant drop in the number of face-to-face enquiries received, which gives us an opportunity to review the hours our offices are open to the public and release staff to support other areas of the service.
Please tell us what you think about these proposed changes using this online questionnaire before 11 December 2017.
Statutory consultations go on from time to time. These range from proposed road closures to changes in licensing laws.
Admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools
The Local Authority (LA) has responsibility for setting the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools. The LA has to consult when changes are proposed to these admission arrangements or if it has not consulted in the previous 7 years. The LA last consulted on its admission arrangements in 2015 and whilst it is not proposed to significantly change the oversubscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools, the LA has decided to consult on the 2019/20 arrangements. The proposed oversubscription criteria contains one important change to the arrangements currently in place. This relates to oversubscription criterion 6, which states that children will be prioritised by distance measured in a straight line from a child's home to the centre point of the school site.
The point of measurement has, for some years, been the school’s main entrance as agreed with Head Teachers. We propose that in line with recommended practice, this point should now be the centre point within the school site because:
- It clarifies the position in instances where schools use more than one entrance;
- It is fairer for those families who live close to a school but the entrance is located at the opposite end of the school from the home address.
Please note that for applications to Lightwoods Primary school it is proposed that children will be prioritised by distance measured in a straight line from a child's home to the centre point of the Castle Road East site.
The proposed admission arrangements are available here. They relate to the schools listed on pages 8 to 11 of the document. If you would like to view the measurement point of a particular school please contact the school in question or contact the Admissions Parent Support Line on 0121 569 6765.
Please let us know what you think by completing our response form and sending it to us by 17 November 2017