Tag "Sandwell"

Good Ofsted rating for Black Country children’s centres

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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’.

Care home on pub site set for go-ahead

A major project to build a care home on the site of a Bearwood pub, creating new jobs, is poised to be given the go-ahead. Councillors will make the final decision on the scheme, which will see the Thimblemill pub raised to the ground.

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.

Libraries face job cuts in restructure

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Restructure plans have been revealed for a library service, with job losses proposed to cut costs. Six management posts will be cut from Sandwell’s Library and Information Service.

Estate is plagued by drinking and drugs

Drugs policy survey

Residents of a popular viewing point are being plagued by people parking their cars in the street, and congregating to drink alcohol and smoke drugs, it has emerged.

Seizure of Sandwell tethered horses is welcomed

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The extension of a policy of seizing horses which are roaming the streets or tethered on public land in the Black Country has been welcomed by a councillor whose ward has been blighted by problems.