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Good Ofsted rating for Black Country children’s centres

school pupil

Five children’s centres have been given an overall ‘good’ rating by Ofsted inspectors. The Rowley Springfield, Rowley Hall, Cradley Heath and Old Hill, and Tividale centres were said to have a programme of activities that ‘meets families’ needs well’.

Giants of industry loyal to their roots


Joseph William Sankey of Bilston, Noah Hingley of Netherton and Dudley, and Sir Alfred Hickman of Bilston and Wolverhampton are names that even now resonate with business prowess, economic power, social prestige and municipal endeavour.

Lifting the lid on engineering feat

HGV driver David Foster underneath the 10-ton lid for a steel-making crucible on its way to Thermofax in Dudley

Heavy engineering made a return to one of the Black Country’s most historic industrial sites, when the 10-ton lid for a steelmaking crucible was delivered to a firm.

Unemployment spikes in region, but claimant count down

The UK unemployment rate is currently 6.9%, the lowest for five years.

Unemployment in the West Midlands has bucked the national trend with an upward spike to 224,000, the latest official figures reveal. But, in contrast, the number of people recorded as claiming jobseeker's allowance has fallen.