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Sandwell pulls together to respond to Covid-19 emergency

Published on 27th March 2020

Thousands of staff across Sandwell Council are pulling together to help the most vulnerable people in the borough while working to keep critical services running.

Periods don’t stop for pandemics

Published on 3rd April 2020

Sandwell Council is appealing for period products to give out to women struggling to get supplies during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Sandwell's Mayor GP joins ranks of NHS volunteers

Published on 1st April 2020

Sandwell Mayor, Councillor Dr Ann Jaron, is joining the ranks of thousands of former NHS staff who are coming back into service in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Parking charges suspended in Sandwell Council town centre car parks

Published on 31st March 2020

Parking charges will be suspended in Sandwell Council town centre car parks from today (31 March).

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Update on waste and recycling collections

Published on 30th March 2020

Sandwell Council and its environmental services partner Serco are continuing to prioritise household waste and recycling collections during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Call for businesses to donate PPE for carers and other Sandwell Council services

Published on 30th March 2020

Businesses are being urged to donate spare personal protective equipment (PPE) for Sandwell Council staff.

If you are homeless or sleeping rough - Sandwell Council is here to help

Published on 27th March 2020

Sandwell Council is doing everything it can to help the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak.

Construction work at Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Published on 27th March 2020

Construction work resumed yesterday (26 March) on the site of the Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Londonderry Lane, Smethwick, following a 24-hour pause.

Residents are being urged not to light garden fires

Published on 26th March 2020

Residents are being urged not to light garden fires in Sandwell.

Help for market traders selling food in coronavirus pandemic

Published on 25th March 2020

Sandwell Council has confirmed that only market traders selling food will be allowed to trade on council markets at the current time in light of new measures to combat coronavirus.

Council support for vulnerable residents – and how people and businesses can volunteer and help

Published on 24th March 2020

Sandwell Council staff are mobilising to help deliver support and assistance to vulnerable people hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

Changes to funeral services and wedding/civil partnership ceremonies during the coronavirus outbreak

Published on 24th March 2020

Families in Sandwell are being asked to limit the number of people attending funeral services following the latest Government advice to protect vulnerable groups and key workers.

Waste and recycling collections prioritised during coronavirus pandemic

Published on 24th March 2020

Sandwell Council and its environmental services partner Serco are prioritising household waste and recycling collections during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Try BorrowBox online as libraries close due to coronavirus pandemic

Published on 23rd March 2020

All libraries in Sandwell are now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sandwell Register Office - appointments-only service during coronavirus outbreak

Published on 23rd March 2020

Sandwell’s Register Office has announced changes to how residents can still access registration services during the coronavirus outbreak.

Save lives - social distancing plea from Sandwell's Public Health Director

Published on 23rd March 2020

Sandwell’s Public Health Director has called upon anyone ignoring advice on ‘social distancing’ to stop risking their own lives and the lives of others.

Support and advice for businesses during coronavirus outbreak

Published on 23rd March 2020

Sandwell Council and its business support service Think Sandwell are communicating with businesses in the borough to highlight the support and advice on offer to them during the coronavirus outbreak.

Condolences following second Sandwell coronavirus death

Published on 23rd March 2020

Following the NHS announcing the second death from coronavirus in Sandwell, here is a statement from Sandwell Council.

Sandwell Council trading standards advice on coronavirus scams and overpricing

Published on 20th March 2020

Sandwell Council’s Trading Standards are issuing a warning to residents about people being scammed and retailers hiking prices amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Statement following first death from coronavirus in Sandwell

Published on 19th March 2020

Following the announcement of the first death in Sandwell from coronavirus, here is a statement from our Council Leader Councillor Yvonne Davies and Director of Public Health Lisa McNally.

Closure of some council buildings and cancellation of public events in Sandwell

Published on 18th March 2020

Some Sandwell Council buildings will close and events will be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Council meetings during coronavirus outbreak

Published on 17th March 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sandwell Council is restricting public access to any council meetings that will be held over the coming weeks.

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Sandwell Council announces help and financial support during coronavirus outbreak

Published on 17th March 2020

Sandwell Council has announced a raft of measures to help people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Statement from Sandwell Council on first confirmed COVID-19 case in Sandwell

Published on 14th March 2020

A first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Sandwell.

Council suspends debt-related court action during coronavirus pandemic

Published on 13th March 2020

Sandwell Council has announced the suspension of all Council debt-related court action against residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Budget and council tax agreed

Published on 13th March 2020

Sandwell Council’s budget for the coming financial year has been agreed which leaders they say will protect frontline services and invest in the future.

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Thousands of trees being planted in Sandwell

Published on 13th March 2020

Tree planting is well under way in Sandwell and 5,000 trees have been delivered by The Woodland Trust.

Defibrillator fitted at Lightwoods House in Bearwood after Mayor helped collapsed woman

Defibrillator fitted at Lightwoods House in Bearwood after Mayor helped collapsed woman

Published on 12th March 2020

Sandwell Council's Public Health team has installed a defibrillator at Lightwoods House in Bearwood after the Mayor of Sandwell sprang into action to help save a woman who collapsed.

Plans for Wednesbury health centre move forward

Published on 10th March 2020

Sandwell Council is working with health bosses to develop a site in Wednesbury to provide a state-of-the-art health centre and new much-needed homes.

£342K council plan to improve pools in Sandwell parks

Published on 10th March 2020

Sandwell Council is set to invest £342,000 on improving pools in Sandwell parks.