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New online booking system for the tip to begin next week

Published on 30th June 2020

Sandwell Council is introducing an online booking system from next week Monday (6 July) for anyone visiting the tip at Shidas Lane in Oldbury.

Traffic measures to promote walking, cycling and social distancing in Oldbury and Smethwick

Published on 3rd July 2020

Work to install traffic measures to boost walking and cycling and help promote social distancing will begin in Oldbury and Smethwick on Monday 6 July.

Award winning service in Tipton

Published on 3rd July 2020

A family learning service has been recognised for its work by Festival of Learning 2020.

Covid-19 outbreak plan

Sandwell COVID-19 Outbreak Plan wins government good practice praise

Published on 1st July 2020

Sandwell Council’s COVID-19 Outbreak Plan has been highlighted as a model of best practice by Department of Health officials.

Popular programme of summer events cancelled

Published on 25th June 2020

A programme of popular summer events - set to be held in Sandwell parks and beauty spots - has been cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and government advice around social distancing.

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Residential centres provide culture and arts to children

Published on 25th June 2020

Staff based at Sandwell Council’s residential education centres have developed fun, creative and adventurous activities for families to enjoy whilst schools are closed to most children due to covid 19

Worried about an adult at risk? See something, do something

Published on 25th June 2020

Sandwell Council continues to protect residents from other dangers during Covid-19.

Sandwell Council issues advice on vital gas safety appointments

Published on 25th June 2020

Sandwell Council tenants are being urged to keep essential gas safety inspection appointments.

Black Country Festival 2020 - 'Hold Still' photo project

Published on 24th June 2020

Sandwell Libraries and Sandwell Archives service are launching a new photo project for Black Country Festival 2020 this July.

Two Sandwell charities receive COVID-19 cash grants

Published on 24th June 2020

Two charitable organisations in Smethwick have received funding to help support local projects in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reminder to check water systems as more businesses prepare to reopen

Published on 24th June 2020

Businesses planning to reopen in Sandwell over the coming weeks are being reminded to check the maintenance of their premises, including the safety of water systems to prevent Legionella risks.

Massive increase in waste collected during Covid-19 pandemic

Published on 23rd June 2020

While residents have been staying at home and keeping safe during the Covid-19 outbreak, Sandwell Council and its environmental partner Serco, have been working hard to collect the increase in general

Friendships so important as Sandwell marks Learning Disability Week

Published on 19th June 2020

Friends are staying in touch with cards and bracelets as part of this year's Learning Disability Week in Sandwell.

Sandwell leader welcomes government U-turn over free school meals

Published on 18th June 2020

Sandwell Council's leader has welcomed a government U-turn over providing free school meals to those eligible over the summer holidays.

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Personal message of thanks to Sandwell volunteers from council cabinet member

Published on 17th June 2020

Hundreds of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to help vulnerable people during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis have been highly praised in a special personal message.

Sandwell passes £50 million mark in “lifeline” business grants paid

Published on 17th June 2020

Sandwell Council has now paid more than £50 million in “lifeline” grants to more than 4,500 businesses.

Town centre traffic measures to support social distancing, walking and cycling

Published on 16th June 2020

Emergency traffic measures are to be introduced in some of Sandwell’s high streets and town centres to support social distancing and promote walking and cycling.

Shops reopening - advice

Help keep everyone safe as more shops and businesses reopen

Published on 15th June 2020

With more shops and businesses reopening to customers from this morning (Monday 15 June), Sandwell Council has urged shoppers to continue following key advice to keep safe.

Sandwell Arts Trail 2020

Sandwell Council launches 2020 Arts Trail competition

Published on 11th June 2020

Residents across Sandwell are encouraged to get arty for the 2020 Sandwell Arts Trail competition. The theme is How Does Your Garden Grow?

Councillor calls for unity against racism

Published on 5th June 2020

Councillor Jackie Taylor has led tributes from Sandwell Councillors in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign against racism.

Sandwell Council urges residents to play their part in keeping Sandwell tidy

Published on 4th June 2020

With lockdown measures easing, Sandwell Council is advising residents to play their part in keeping parks and streets clean.

The Wade family with sisters Kiera and Rhianna Wade with artist Lynsey Marshall and son Jasper

Prominent new mural in Blackheath to lift spirits

Published on 3rd June 2020

The artwork pays tribute to Captain Sir Thomas Moore who raised more than £30m for the NHS and well as a tribute to armed forces and the heroic efforts of the NHS.

New funding support for small and micro businesses

Published on 2nd June 2020

Sandwell Council is inviting applications from today from local businesses for a new COVID-19 support grant.

The tip at Shidas Lane to reopen from 8am on Monday

Published on 29th May 2020

Sandwell Council will be reopening the tip at Shidas Lane in Oldbury from 8am-4pm on Monday (1 June).

Harvey with Councillor Millard on park bench

Council leader backs Harvey’s petition

Published on 28th May 2020

Sandwell Council is supporting a petition created by a Sandwell student.

Don't forget your vaccinations

Published on 21st May 2020

Sandwell public health bosses are urging parents to make sure children starting school in the autumn get their vaccinations, especially measles.

Tip opening days extended and bulky collections resume across Sandwell

Published on 20th May 2020

Opening days at Sandwell Council’s tip in Oldbury have been extended and bulky waste collections will be reintroduced next week.

Free access to bikes for Sandwell health and social care staff

Published on 20th May 2020

Sandwell Council is offering health and social care staff who live and work in Sandwell free access to their bike fleet.

Sandwell Council helps nearly 7,000 people with council tax hardship relief

Published on 12th May 2020

Almost £1 million in council tax hardship relief has been paid to nearly 7,000 vulnerable people and households in Sandwell whose finances have been hit hard by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Nearly 70% of business grant applications in Sandwell now processed – more than 3,000 businesses paid

Published on 12th May 2020

Vital grants have now been paid to more than 3,000 Sandwell businesses – worth a total of £34.4 million – to help them during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.