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.
Potential Change to the Election Cycle
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council is running a public consultation on a potential change to its election cycle. Local elections in Sandwell are currently undertaken ‘by thirds’. This means that a third of councillors are elected for a four year term, every year for three years. On the fourth year there are no elections.
This consultation invites you to indicate whether you support retaining the current election cycle or whether Sandwell Council should change their election cycle to ‘whole council’ elections, also known as ‘all out elections’. Under this system, all councillors are elected at the same election, once every four years.
The survey closes on 16 September 2022.
Have your say on our Adult Social Care Contributions Policy
We are reviewing how we charge for community-based adult social care and respite services as part of our annual budget setting process.
We need a new way of calculating how much people should contribute towards the cost of their care and support to ensure that we can continue to fund vital services effectively. This may affect how much people must pay towards the cost of these services in future.
We are consulting on three proposed options to gather as many views as possible before any decisions are made. The consultation will run from Monday 6 June – Sunday 28 August 2022.
What are these charges for?
Unlike health, social care isn’t usually free. The amount of financial support we can give to someone depends on their level of need, and their finances. We use a large part of the council’s budget to support vulnerable adults with care and support and must charge contributions towards these costs to helps us deliver services to more people, in the fairest way possible.
How you can have your say
We are carrying out a survey to gather feedback and will be holding two ‘drop in’ sessions (dates and venues below).
You can access our consultation documents, including an accessible plain text version of the survey, frequently asked questions and Charging Policy on our website. You are also invited to complete our survey online.
If you would like to know more, or if you need information about the consultation in another format, please email us at: Contribution_consult@sandwell.gov.uk. You can also call our charging team on: 07766603769 to discuss this.
Drop in sessions
We are running the following sessions for anyone who would like to discuss the consultation in more detail or share their views about what the proposed changes might mean for them.
Venue: Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE
Time: 10am – 12 noon on Thursday 30 June
Venue: Wednesbury Town Hall, Holyhead Rd, Wednesbury WS10 7DF
Time: 3pm – 5pm on Wednesday 13 July.
You will only need to attend one of these events and can drop in any time during the session.
Statutory consultations go on from time to time. These range from proposed road closures to changes in licensing laws.
Community Infrastructure Levy
As part of the council's commitment to the voluntary and community sector, and to help ensure the council responds positively to good ideas coming from residents, local community and voluntary organisation’s, Sandwell Council can now offer Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) grants to community groups across Sandwell.
Any funding application received for CIL requires a public consultation for a period of 14 days before a decision can be made.