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.

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.


  • New facility will be based at Sandwell Valley Crematorium, Newton Road, West Bromwich
  • Revolutionary, non-invasive and compassionate digital technique  - with huge potential benefits for bereaved families, examiners and investigators
  • New facility will serve Black Country and West Midlands coronors services

An agreement has been reached between iGene, operator of the World’s first Digital Autopsy Facility network and Sandwell Council to create the West Midlands’ first Digital Autopsy facility at Sandwell Valley Crematorium; the £1.2m investment by iGene in technology and facility is expected to open in June 2014.


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.

Anna Shepherd's daughter does just five hours a week schooling thanks to Sandwell's failure to decide who looks after her or where she is best placed!

The meeting is being held at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury at 2pm Friday 21st February.

The meeting is to protest that the council is closing down all of the three youth clubs and youth groups available in the area.