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Council news

Living wage commitment for all council staff

Published on 19th October 2017

All Sandwell Council staff will be paid the Living Wage as a minimum from April 2018.

Customer Service Week

Councilllors on front line for Customer Service Week

Published on 6th October 2017

Councillors at Sandwell Council marked National Customer Service Week (2-6 October) by joining staff on the frontline.

Sandwell Council leader Councillor Steve Eling and cabinet member for core council services Councillor Steve Trow officially launch the Sandwell Vision 2030

Sandwell's Vision for 2030

Published on 5th October 2017

Ambitious plans for how Sandwell will look in 2030 have been outlined at a special event in West Bromwich.

Make a difference and volunteer

Published on 29th September 2017

Community-spirited people are being urged to find out about a host of volunteering opportunities in Sandwell and make a difference.

Sandwell Special Olympics Team meet the Mayor

Sandwell Special Olympics team show off their medal haul

Published on 19th September 2017

Sporting heroes met the Mayor when the Sandwell Special Olympics team dropped by the council house to show off their recent medal haul.

Transit site powers used for the first time

Published on 11th September 2017

Powers to direct travellers to a new transit site in Smethwick have been used for the first time over the weekend.

Gnawed flour sack at pearl Food Distribution

Food warehouse fined £12,000 over serious rodent infestation

Published on 11th September 2017

An Oldbury food warehouse where hygiene inspectors discovered rat and mouse droppings and gnawed food has been fined £12,000.

Praise for Sandwell's counter fraud team

Published on 8th September 2017

Sandwell Council’s highly successful counter fraud team has been praised for making huge savings after a series of investigations into benefits, house sales and financial dealings.

Councillor Elaine Costigan, Sgt Gavin Peever, Council Leader Councillor Steve Eling, Councillor Richard Marshall, Chief Superintendent Richard Baker and Councillor Paul Moore at the new transit site in Smethwick.

Work completed on West Midlands' first travellers transit site

Published on 1st September 2017

Work has been completed on the West Midlands’ first temporary transit site for travellers in Smethwick, thanks to joint working between Sandwell Council and West Midlands Police.

Injunction served on head of travelling family

Published on 22nd August 2017

An injunction banning a travelling family from setting up unauthorised encampments anywhere in Sandwell is now in force after papers were served on the head of the family.

Socitm rating

Council website wins top rating for fourth year running

Published on 14th June 2017

Our website has been named among the best in the country.

Mayor Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE and Deputy Mayor Councillor Susan Downing

New Mayoral team for Sandwell

Published on 16th May 2017

Sandwell has a new Mayoral team for the year ahead – with Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE as Mayor and Councillor Susan Eaves as Deputy Mayor. 

Have your say - topics wanted for scrutiny boards

Published on 10th May 2017

Sandwell residents have the chance to suggest topics for the council's scrutiny boards to look at.

Council chiefs have backed a new three-year deal with Rights and Equality Sandwell to help promote good community relations and tackle hate crime and discrimination.

Cabinet backs new boost to promote good community relations

Published on 22nd March 2017

Council chiefs have backed a new three-year deal with Rights and Equality Sandwell to help promote good community relations and tackle hate crime and discrimination.

Mark Kevan, Ajman Ali and Cllr Richard Marshall survey the tonnes of rubbish

Clean-up of Black Patch Park to run into thousands

Published on 16th February 2017

The clean-up at Black Patch Park in Smethwick has begun after a group of travellers were evicted earlier this week.

Cut your energy bills in 2017

Published on 11th January 2017

Sandwell residents who have made a New Year resolution to review their finances are urged not to miss out on a cash-saving energy scheme which could save them money on their fuel bills.

Fly-tipped rubbish in Smethwick

Fly-tipper fined £1,000 plus costs for dumping rubbish in Smethwick

Published on 2nd December 2016

A court has ordered a man to pay £1,757 for illegally dumping black bags, garden waste, a suitcase and shoes in the Black Patch area of Smethwick.

Snow Champions

Snow Champions campaign back for a sixth year

Published on 23rd November 2016

Community-minded Snow Champions will be helping to keep Sandwell clear of ice and snow for the sixth year running.

Remembrance Sunday parades and services in Sandwell

Published on 19th October 2016

Remembrance Sunday parades and services will be held in all of Sandwell’s six towns this weekend.

Gum-bay Sunday comes to West Bromwich Town Centre

Published on 13th September 2016

Online sellers using eBay and Gumtree are being encouraged to take part in a new-style Sunday market in West Bromwich town centre.

Sandwell community pledges support for armed forces

Published on 29th July 2016

Sandwell Council has pledged its ongoing support for people who serve or have served in the armed forces and their families.

Councillors visiting homes affected by flooding in West Bromwich

Councillors visit flood-hit homes in West Bromwich

Published on 22nd July 2016

Sandwell councillors have this week visited residents affected by flash-flooding in West Bromwich.

Double success for Sandwell Council at construction awards

Published on 6th June 2016

Sandwell Council has won two major industry prizes at the prestigious Construction Excellence Awards – Celebrating Construction 2016.

Referrals made following Gowling report

Published on 3rd June 2016

Our latest statement following the publication of reports regarding land sales and other matters.

Publication of reports into land sales and other matters

Published on 20th May 2016

Sandwell Council is today publishing two reports, commissioned by the authority, into various allegations about land sales and other matters.

Mayor pays respects to Councillor Darren Cooper

Published on 29th March 2016

Sandwell Mayor, Councillor Barbara Price, today paid tribute to council leader Councillor Darren Cooper, who died suddenly on Saturday (26 March).

Council statement on the passing of Council Leader, Councillor Darren Cooper

Published on 27th March 2016

It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of the Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Darren Cooper who died last night (Saturday 26 March).

Smethwick Community Awards celebrate local heroes

Published on 21st March 2016

The inspirational work of people and organisations in Smethwick was celebrated at the town's annual community awards.

Join Commonwealth flag-raising ceremony in Sandwell

Published on 7th March 2016

People are invited to join a Commonwealth Flag-raising ceremony in Oldbury on Monday 14 March, as Sandwell joins more than 800 similar events across the globe.

In your neighbourhood session for Tipton

Published on 2nd November 2015

People in Great Bridge, Princes End and Tipton Green wards can have their say on neighbourhood issues at a drop-in session at the Jubilee Park bonfire event on Friday 6 November.

Last chance to register to vote

Published on 20th October 2015

Around 3,000 people will be removed from Sandwell’s electoral register if they fail to register within the next few weeks, officers warn.

Sandwell’s tribute to Adrian Evans and other victims of Tunisian killings

Published on 3rd July 2015

Sandwell paid a heartfelt tribute to victims of the Tunisian killings – and showed its determination to unite against terrorism.

Sign up for email updates from the council

Published on 24th June 2015

We've launched a new service to give residents advice, news and information about everything from roadworks to bin collections by email.