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Less than four weeks to register to vote!

A giant ad-van is touring Sandwell this week reminding people they have less than four weeks to register to vote.

The deadline to get registered to vote in the general and local elections is April 20. It’s easy to register – it can be done online and takes less than five minutes.

For anyone who doesn’t have access to the web, free internet access is available at all Sandwell libraries and at the council’s One Stop Shop in Oldbury.

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Council tax in Sandwell will not go up this year – for the fifth year in a row.

Council chiefs say they are doing all they can to protect frontline services and be fair to Sandwell residents despite big Government cuts.

Councillors at tonight's (Tuesday 3 March) full council meeting unanimously approved the authority’s budget for the next financial year and agreed to freeze council tax.

Councillor Steve Eling, deputy leader and cabinet member for the council’s finances, said: “Even on the Government’s own figures, Sandwell has suffered a 5.1% government funding cut while affluent areas like Wokingham have had a 2.6% increase.

Sandwell Council has won a prestigious business award.

It scooped the procurement policy category at the 2014 Federation of Small Businesses' Staffordshire and West Midlands Local Authority "Small Business Friendly Awards".

The authority earned the award on two counts:
firstly, for being a signatory to the Prompt Payment Code and secondly, for its innovative work on the development of the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH).

Signing up to the Prompt Payment Code means an organisation pledges to pay its suppliers on time, gives clear guidance on payment terms and encourages its lead suppliers to do the same.

Around 70 memorials at a Sandwell cemetery have been wrecked with many having their precious contents strewn over the ground in a vile vandal attack.

Sandwell Council staff at Rowley Regis Cemetery and Crematorium made the grim discovery today (Monday 13 October).

Around 70 memorials in the Garden of Remembrance have had their fascias ripped off and in many cases the contents scattered all over the ground.

Our Safer 6 is back for 2014 - six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across Sandwell's six towns, to help keep your community safe and clean.

The campaign is running from 29 September to 9 November 2014.

It will build on the success of Safer 6 over the last four years.


A husband and wife - dubbed Britain’s first same-sex couple - celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in style by going back to the registry office courtesy of Sandwell Council.

Malcolm and Sharon Cain from Wednesbury tied the knot in 1989 at Sandwell Register Office in West Bromwich. However, a mistake on Sharon’s birth certificate listed her as male, meaning they became Britain’s first same-sex married couple.

This weekend Sandwell Council helped the pair mark their 25th wedding anniversary with a complimentary marriage renewal ceremony for the couple, their family and friends at the register office in West Bromwich.

Sharon had been registered at birth as a boy in 1958 but it wasn’t until 2010 when they needed copies of their birth and marriage certificates that the couple discovered the mistake.