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  1. Weather causes widespread disruption to bin collections

    The number of places having their bin collections cancelled today due to the wintry weather is increasing.

    Bin covered in snow

    Sandwell Council said pavement and road conditions have forced them to suspend household waste collections and recycling collections have already been suspended due to staff shortages.

    In Walsall, Wolverhampton and the Staffordshire Moorlands, local councils said collections would continue but warned of disruption away from main, treated roads.

    Walsall Council has also closed both tips in the borough.

  2. Residents in city urged to ignore Christmas mixing rules

    People in Wolverhampton are being urged not to meet up with friends and relatives from other households over Christmas.

    Sign for test site in Wolverhampton

    The four UK nations are expected to issue sterner warnings about the dangers of mixing over the festive period but sources say the rules allowing three households to mix are "unlikely to change".

    However the leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, Ian Brookfield, urged people not to mix with any other households.

    "It is becoming increasingly evident that this will be an incredibly risky thing to do," he said.

    "I'm really sorry to say that we now need to double down and make what will probably seem like the toughest sacrifice of them all.

    “For the sake of yourselves and your loved ones, please don't mix with others this Christmas unless it’s absolutely necessary."

    The infection rate in Wolverhampton has risen to 276.4 per 100,000 people in the seven days up to 11 December compared to 238.1 for the week before.

  3. Cafes and councils offer free school meals to children

    BBC Midlands Today

    Businesses across the West Midlands are offering free meals to families from today to help stop children going hungry over half term.

    Children having meals

    Cafes, hotels, community groups and councils such as Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Telford & Wrekin and Staffordshire have stepped forward to offer food.

    It's after a campaign to extend the free school meals scheme over the holiday by footballer Marcus Rashford was rejected by the government.

    Kate Taylor in cafe

    Kate Taylor (pictured), from the Courtyard Cafe in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, said they would be offering free lunches for children this week.

    "We didn't have a lot when I was growing up, same as Marcus Rashford, so we just decided that, this is a new cafe, recently opened, so we thought we would offer something to the children."

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the community collaboration was "brilliant" - but said providing help through councils was "the best way to do this".

  4. Wolverhampton's playgrounds to reopen from Monday

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Outdoor play areas in Wolverhampton will reopen from Monday, the city council's said.

    A play area

    Playgrounds in England were closed in March to contain Covid-19 but the government gave the green light to reopen them last month.

    Wolverhampton City Council said it had taken until now to be ready to reopen the sites, and people would have to follow advice on social distancing and cleaning their hands regularly.

    If rates of infection started to rise, the authority added, it would "be left with no alternative but to close them again”.

  5. Pay dispute threatens future of reopened leisure centres

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service in the West Midlands has been covering these stories this week:

    • Council-run swimming pools and gyms in Sandwell which reopened last week could shut again over a pay dispute. Unions say they will ballot staff on strike action unless Sandwell Leisure Trust improves its offer of a 1% wage increase over the next two years. The trust says the proposed offer is about the financial viability of the leisure centres.
    One of Sandwell's leisure centres
    • Children going to a pupil referral unit in Walsall are set to move to temporary buildings ahead of the construction of a brand new school. The council's expected to approve spending £850,000 on facilities for pupils of the New Leaf Centre while a new £7.5m new centre is built.
    • A new learning centre could be built next to a Sikh temple in Wolverhampton to teach younger members about the religion. Guru Nanak Gurdwara, in Wednesfield, has submitted a proposal to Wolverhampton Council for a two-storey building next to the temple.
  6. City ramps up testing amid slow rise in Covid-19 cases

    BBC Radio WM

    Further testing for Covid-19 will be carried out in Wolverhampton with the city council concerned at a slow rise in positive cases.

    Woman holding test kit

    Latest figures show 15.26 cases per 100,000 residents over the seven days to 1 August, up from 14.49 cases a week before.

    The council has put the rise down to an increase among households while it also said many of the new cases were asymptomatic with individuals not showing symptoms at the time of the test.

    Ankush Mittal, a consultant in public health with the city council, said the team were shifting to more proactive testing to get a better idea of the situation.

    "We'll be trialling lots of new methods, proactive testing in particularly high-risk businesses, large employers and potentially more opportunistic testing in certain communities where we know testing rates may be lower than others."

  7. People urged to get tested as city sees Covid-19 spike

    BBC Radio WM

    People living in Wolverhampton are being urged to get tested for coronavirus even if their symptoms are mild.

    A doctor holds a test stick

    The city council is hoping extra testing will help them avoid a local lockdown after a recent increase in cases.

    Their latest figures show 12.2 cases per 100,000 people in the city for the week up to 27 July, compared to 2.7 per 100,000 for the week before.

    The authority says many of the new cases are being linked to family clusters or contacts of known cases.

  8. Covid-19 leaves councils with £20m+ shortfall

    The Covid-19 pandemic will leave two councils facing budget shortfalls of more than £20m each, the local authorities have revealed today.


    In Stoke-on-Trent, teams put the figure at about £27m due to the cost of issues including the high cost of supporting children and families, adult social care and lost income.

    The city council said it had £18m coming from the government towards the cost but has written to the government calling for urgent additional funding.

    While in Wolverhampton, the council said today it expected the first wave of the pandemic to cost it £22.5m including paying for an emergency food hub and personal protective equipment.

    The local authority said it would also lobby ministers for more cash on top of £19.4m it has already received but added, without more money from the government, it would have to consider cuts to services this year.

  9. Fraud arrest for city councillor

    Rob Mayor

    Political reporter, BBC WM

    A Wolverhampton City Councillor has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.

    Harman Banger

    Councillor Harman Banger was cabinet member for city economy on the Labour-run authority until last week when he was said to have stood down by the council "for personal reasons".

    West Midlands Police said a 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of fraud offences had been released pending further investigation.

    Mr Banger has been approached by the BBC for a response.

  10. Parents the 'acid test' for schools reopening

    Rob Mayor

    Political reporter, BBC WM

    It's "inevitable" school doors will open to more pupils on 1 June in Wolverhampton, the city council's said.

    Primary school pupil

    About 1,000 pupils in the city have continued to attend through the coronavirus crisis.

    Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, cabinet member for education and skills, said the council had had positive discussions with schools and teaching unions, but the "acid test will be whether or not parents send their children".

    He said: "They will have to be certain their child is safe, it is their decision and we will respect it. There will be no penalties for those who choose to keep their children at home."

    Ministers are facing pressure from some councils and teaching unions to reconsider plans to reopen primary schools in England to some pupils from 1 June.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Man's lockdown art inspires Wolverhampton

    Ed Isaac's drawings of his vacuum cleaner and wheelie bin have driven a local art movement.

  12. City delivers 10,000th food parcel

    BBC WM

    A milestone's been reached by Wolverhampton City Council under lockdown - it's delivered its 10,000th food parcel.

    Parcel being delivered

    Hundreds of the authority's staff have been packing the boxes at the WV Active Aldersley leisure centre which was turned into a distribution hub.

    The council says it's delivering more than 3,000 of the parcels each week to vulnerable people, and demand for them is still growing.

  13. Coronavirus spread affects election plans

    As well as elections for the West Midlands Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, the following councils were expecting to be holding elections for some of their seats on 7 May.

    • Cannock Chase District Council
    • Coventry City Council
    • Dudley Council
    • Nuneaton and Bedworth District Council
    • Sandwell Council
    • Solihull Council
    • Walsall Council
    • City of Wolverhampton Council
    • Redditch Borough Council
    • Rugby Borough Council
    • Tamworth Borough Council
    • Worcester City Council

    They will now be held next year instead.

  14. Drive-through coronavirus test centre opens

    BBC Midlands Today

    A drive-through centre opens today in Wolverhampton to test people for coronavirus - but you have to be referred to be able to use it.

    The centre

    The facility has been set up by the city council who said the aim was to protect healthcare workers as well as patients in hospitals and doctors surgeries, by reducing the risk of infection.

    The centre's on the car park off the A449 to the north of the city centre and the authority said only people referred by NHS 111 would be able to use it.

    People will be swabbed from their vehicle before returning home to wait for the results.

    Earlier this week, it was confirmed a patient with the virus, who had been treated in Wolverhampton, had died.