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Holocaust Memorial commemorations

Published on 13th January 2015

A Holocaust Memorial Day event will be held in West Bromwich to give people the chance to remember the victims of genocide.

New 'modular' council homes to be built in Smethwick

Published on 21st January 2015

Sandwell Council’s Cabinet has given the green light to a deal which will see 41 sustainable modular homes bought off-plan from a developer, boosting the council’s housing stock.

1% rent rise for most council tenants

Published on 21st January 2015

Council rents in Sandwell are set to go up by 1% for the vast majority of tenants from April this year – as local authority chiefs look to continue investing in homes.

Careers fair attracts more than 1,000 visitors

Published on 21st January 2015

Hundreds of young people turned out for Sandwell’s largest apprenticeship, education, training and jobs fair, which took place at Sandwell College’s new Central Sixth campus.

Diana Award for Looked After Young People's Board

Published on 21st January 2015

Sandwell’s Looked After Young People’s Board is celebrating after winning a prestigious Diana Award.

Hunt is on for unsung volunteer heroes

Published on 21st January 2015

People are being urged to vote for unsung heroes who make a difference to their community in the 2015 Sandwell Volunteer Awards.

Nursery triumphs at childcare awards

Published on 20th January 2015

A Smethwick nursery is celebrating after winning the Day Nursery 2014 award at Sandwell’s annual childcare awards.

Call to raise standards in Sandwell secondary schools

Published on 19th January 2015

Concerns highlighted by Ofsted over the quality of secondary education in Sandwell’s schools, most of which are academies, have sparked a call for action to raise standards and improve GCSE results.

Still time to recycle Christmas trees

Published on 19th January 2015

You can still recycle your real Christmas tree by putting it out for collection with your garden waste bin.

21st century teen issues in spotlight for parents and carers

Published on 16th January 2015

A special event for parents and carers to highlight the issues teenagers face in the 21st century is being held in a Rowley Regis school.

Libraries banish January blues

Published on 16th January 2015

Sandwell libraries are helping ward off the January blues with a series of social events - including belly dancing - to inspire people.

Nominate for West Bromwich Community Awards

Published on 15th January 2015

West Bromwich people are being urged to vote for special awards to recognise those who make the town a better place to live.

Celebration for looked after children

Published on 15th January 2015

Hundreds of people celebrated the achievements of young people at a ceremony attended by the Mayor.

Residents win jackpot prize for recycling

Published on 9th January 2015

Two lucky residents from Sandwell hit the jackpot prize for taking part in the BINgo reward scheme which was set up to encourage more residents to recycle food waste.

New Year careers event for young people

Published on 8th January 2015

Young people in Sandwell are being urged to attend a jobs fair to get information on apprenticeships, education and training opportunities.

'Facing the Future' tackling cuts

Published on 7th January 2015

Ambitious plans to save £22 million over the next two financial years – and help keep vital services to residents going – are being backed by council chiefs in Sandwell.

The eagle lands in West Bromwich

Published on 6th January 2015

A striking eagle sculpture adorning a new sign in West Bromwich has been unveiled – completing the new Metro Plaza scheme.

Child Sexual Exploitation campaign takes to the road and airwaves

Published on 6th January 2015

A campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) is taking to the roads and the airwaves in Sandwell and across the West Midlands this week.

Housing staff raise £300 for cancer charity

Published on 19th December 2014

Generous staff at Blackheath housing office have raised more than £300 for Macmillan Cancer Care by selling raffle tickets for a Christmas food hamper.

Fire safety campaign hailed a success

Published on 19th December 2014

Housing bosses have hailed as a success a joint campaign with West Midlands Fire Service.

Annual Christmas carol concert raises cash for Mayor's charity

Published on 19th December 2014

The annual Christmas carol concert at West Bromwich Town Hall was a great success raising money for the Mayor’s charity.

Brakes put on as injunction bans car cruising in Black Country

Published on 19th December 2014

Car cruising will be banned across the Black Country after a ground-breaking injunction was secured by four local authorities.

Dog fouling crackdown continues

Published on 19th December 2014

Council chiefs have vowed to keep up their dog fouling crackdown in 2015 - and thanked responsible dog owners for helping keep parks and streets clean.

Council staff Christmas donation to food banks

Published on 18th December 2014

Staff from Sandwell Council have donated tins and packets to families in need this Christmas.

Council tenants need to check status of new lodgers

Published on 18th December 2014

Council tenants who share their homes with lodgers are being reminded about recent new legislation which could see them face fines if their lodgers are illegal immigrants.

Sandwell Community Offer launched

Published on 18th December 2014

A innovative project which aims to transform health and care services in Sandwell by forging a new partnership with local voluntary and community groups has been launched.

Top marks for Sandwell's online learning service

Published on 18th December 2014

A Sandwell Council team which helps people learn new skills or gain qualifications to get a job has passed an inspection with flying colours.

Landlord 'right to rent checks' introduced for West Midlands landlords

Published on 18th December 2014

Landlords and homeowners with tenants or lodgers in Sandwell are now required to check that potential tenants have the right to live in the UK, before letting a property to them.

Sainsbury's boost for looked after children

Published on 18th December 2014

Sainsbury's Oldbury store has come up trumps for Sandwell’s Looked After Children by arranging a donation of toys from staff.

Energy switch is back

Published on 18th December 2014

A popular cash-saving energy scheme for Sandwell residents is back.