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Job guarantee for young people

Published on 21st July 2014

Sandwell Council is blazing a trail in the fight against youth unemployment by guaranteeing young people a paid job or training for at least six months.

Crackdown on unlicensed scrap metal dealers

Published on 21st July 2014

Seven out of 13 scrap metal dealer sites visited in Sandwell were found to be operating illegally in a crackdown by the council and police.

Hot jazz in cool libraries this summer

Published on 18th July 2014

With free live music and a host of fun events, Sandwell Council is looking to create a relaxed vibe in its libraries this summer.

Find out about fostering every Friday

Published on 17th July 2014

We're holding Friday drop-in sessions for people to find out more about fostering.

Big Spring Clean attracts more than 1,500 volunteers

Published on 17th July 2014

The 2014 Big Spring Clean is in full swing.

Millions announced for Smethwick regeneration

Published on 17th July 2014

A massive £11 million makeover to improve 270 Smethwick homes at three tower blocks has been announced by Sandwell Council.

Look out for others during predicted heatwave

Published on 17th July 2014

Sandwell people are urged to check on their family and neighbours to ensure frail, elderly or sick people are not seriously affected by the predicted heatwave.

Shops banned from selling alcohol after fake booze find

Published on 16th July 2014

Two Sandwell stores have been banned from selling alcohol after trading standards officers seized almost 200 bottles of counterfeit booze.

MASH wins national praise

Published on 15th July 2014

A Sandwell centre to co-ordinate efforts to keep children safe was singled out for praise in a national awards scheme.

Council Leader welcomes hospital announcement

Published on 14th July 2014

Sandwell Council’s Leader Councillor Darren Cooper today welcomed news a super hospital in Smethwick has been given a green light.

Sandwell flies the flag for Black Country Day

Published on 11th July 2014

Sandwell is flying the flag for Black Country Day on Monday 14 July.

Free family festival at Brickhouse

Published on 9th July 2014

A car boot sale, funfair and talent show will bring free family fun to Rowley Regis at the Brickhouse Festival on Saturday 19 July.

Free family fun at Blackheath Festival, Saturday 26 July

Published on 8th July 2014

Families are invited to a free fun day out at the Blackheath Festival on Saturday 26 July.

Biggest change to voter registration in a generation

Published on 8th July 2014

Sandwell residents are being urged to look out for letters reminding them about important changes to the electoral register.

Sandwell bucks falling council tax collection trend

Published on 8th July 2014

Sandwell Council has bucked a national trend which has seen other local authorities across the country struggle to collect council tax.

Don't myth out on libraries book challenge

Published on 2nd July 2014

Young bookworms are being encouraged to take up a great summer reading challenge thanks to Sandwell Libraries.

Sandwell planners officially the best

Published on 1st July 2014

Planners at Sandwell Council are celebrating after being named the best local planning authority in the country.

Sandwell celebrates the Black Country all through July!

Published on 1st July 2014

Sandwell will be celebrating Black Country Day with a host of events throughout July - including a bostin' Black Country day out at The Manor House this Saturday!

£1.25m bid to boost West Brom

Published on 10th July 2014

Sandwell Council is working with business in West Bromwich to help secure more than £1 million to boost the town centre.

Raising awareness of child sexual exploitation

Published on 30th June 2014

A campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation launches in the West Midlands today.

National safeguarding expert takes Sandwell role

Published on 27th June 2014

A drive to improve services for children and families in Sandwell has received a boost with the recruitment of a national expert to a key job.

Council tightens rules on right to buy

Published on 26th June 2014

Sandwell Council is tightening its rules on money laundering and the sale of council homes at a discount to combat possible fraud.

Partnership heralds major investment in council homes and communities

Published on 24th June 2014

Sandwell Council has formally launched an innovative partnership with three leading national construction players.

Trading Standards advice on alcohol prices

Published on 19th June 2014

Sandwell Trading Standards are issuing advice to the public and local retailers about the minimum cost of alcohol.

Smethwick young people to help design bridge

Published on 19th June 2014

Young people in Smethwick have been invited to a design workshop for three new pedestrian bridges to improve links across the canals between Rolfe Street area and Lewisham Road.

Thousands of poppies planted in Sandwell parks to mark WW1 centenary

Published on 16th June 2014

Thousands of poppies have been planted in Sandwell’s parks, cemeteries and crematoriums to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Launch of Sandwell's Local Policing and Crime Plan

Published on 12th June 2014

Police and council chiefs today (Thursday) pledged to continue reducing crime and anti-social behaviour at the launch of the borough’s Local Policing and Crime Plan.

New Mayor chooses Women's Aid as his charity

Published on 12th June 2014

Councillor Derek Rowley, who has been a Tipton councillor for 12 years, is the new Mayor of Sandwell. He has chosen Sandwell Women’s Aid as his charity.

Thousands of fake England World Cup shirts seized in Wednesbury

Published on 12th June 2014

As the England squad prepares for the World Cup in Brazil, Sandwell Council’s Trading Standards team have seized more than 2,000 fake England shirts in Wednesbury.

You can now register to vote online

Published on 11th June 2014

Sandwell residents are being urged to register to vote online - after the new online service was launched in England and Wales this week.