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One in three households living in fuel poverty - absolutely DISGRACEFUL. And the amount set aside? Equally disgraceful is that these "fast track improvements" are only being brought forward because there is an election. Sandwell Council's response is nothing short of an act of reactionary desperation. Many people can't afford to eat, can't afford to heat their homes - it's NOT simply because these are old houses; it's because these people are seen are POOR. FULL STOP. This money will do very little to address wage inequality. And why do you think the government won't disclose how much, if any, funding Sandwell will get? That's right - because they KNOW - they KNOW - YOU will NOT like their answer. The deceit and corruption here is off the scale. It's turned this entire region into a laughing stock, an economic wasteland and place to avoid if you have aspirations beyond a live of drudgery. Well done, Sandwell. Another election, another fine mess.


Crell if that's what you think of Sandwell its probably time to pack your bags and find pastures new.

It's true Sandwell council have made a complete mess of almost everything they have touched but there are some of us in Sandwell who have "aspirations beyond a life of drudgery" and are quite happy to stay here in what you describe as an economic wasteland, but then this economic wasteland offers many opportunities if you are prepared to make a bit of an effort !

As for the £57 million well we need to save £120 million so why does Sandwell council not make the bold decision to only make the improvements to the houses of people who have bothered to get out and get a job in say the last couple of years or are registerd disabled that should save a good chunk towards the £120m.

Oh sorry I forgot its against peoples human rights to be singled out for being bone idle and wanting everything handed to them on a plate !


I like the "we have to save" bit.

But this £57 M is just £5.7 M a year , less than Sandwell spends on Taxi's for school kids and temporary staff

Nice to know where this lots priorities are


Lucky people who live in Council homes who are already on subsidised rents, what about the people who are also POOR and living in private rented accommodation, or the low income family who have worked hard and saved to buy a house. These people probably pay the Council Tax that pays for this luxury of new radiators, new boilers, double glazing, insulation and even maybe solar panels, who helps them????


You are so right, Charlie, My daughter was widdowed with 3 young children at 30 years old.

She lives in her own home, and has to pay for all repairs and replacements on the same income support as someone who gets all of this done free of charge in social housing.


I live in Bearwood which is sadly part of Sandwell. With two people working in this house we can't afford external insulation.

What a joke- why should those in council houses/on benefits get everything?

I am only grateful that we have had no snow this year as they don't even grit the roads up here!!!

This is nothing more than a pre-election bribe.