Wolverhampton City Council

A third of the seats in Wolverhampton were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 19 Total councillors 51 Change+2

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 9 Change-1

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-1
Councillors change compared with 2014

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A&E closure will put 'serious' strain on other hospitals

The leader of City of Wolverhampton Council has voiced serious concern about the impact on the city's main hospital when Telford's emergency unit closes overnight.

New Cross Hospital
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Last week the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust board ruled the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford would suspend services overnight because of staff shortages.

New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton has already taken on extra patients after Stafford closed its A&E from 22:00.

Roger Lawrence said the extra burden wasn't fair on staff and could impact on patient care.

The pressures that will fall on us, Stoke and Dudley are likely to be quite serious in terms of their potential impact, and if it is going to be a long-term issue then I don't think that they're going to be able to cope."

Roger LawrenceCity of Wolverhampton Council leader

Traveller injunction to protect parks

The City of Wolverhampton Council has been granted an injunction to protect 60 parks, green spaces and other vulnerable sites against unauthorised traveller camps.

The injunction, obtained from Birmingham High Court yesterday will enable the council to evict travellers encamped on the protected sites more quickly.

Anyone illegally occupying any of the protected sites could be arrested and imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized.

A generic traveller site
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The High Court granted the injunction for three years.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: "These encampments have caused a lot of disruption to our residents, especially over the past year."

You can see the full list of affected sites here.

Home education of 'major concern'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Sweeney

The lack of rules governing the parents of children who are educated at home has been identified as a "major concern" for education bosses in Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton Civic Centre
BBC

A recent investigation into how families can be monitored by the council found that 28 families in the borough had not submitted any evidence of work showing "effective progress".

At present there are no specific government guidelines as to how local authorities can measure individual cases with regard to Elective Home Education (EHE), with the law stating that parents are under no obligation to teach the National Curriculum.

A meeting of the council's Children, Young People and Families Scrutiny Panel this week heard the situation was "very concerning".

A black cab with a protest sticker on the window

Jessica Labhart

Broadcast Journalist, BBC News

Many taxi drivers from around England say Wolverhampton council needs to tighten its licensing rules.

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Call for major emergency drill

Local Democracy Reporting Service

George Makin

Councillors in Wolverhampton are calling for an emergency planning exercise, mimicking disasters such as the fire at Grenfell Tower, to be brought forward.

Wolverhampton Civic Centre
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The call came at a meeting of the Fire Safety Scrutiny Group, which was set up to oversee and monitor safety procedures for all of the local authority’s residential homes and properties.

Members of the panel heard that by law the city only needs to hold a major exercise every three years.

Council officers have now been asked for a report on the feasibility of bringing forward a major exercise.

City revitalisation ideas to be discussed

Ideas aimed at breathing new life into Wolverhampton city centre will be discussed at a council meeting next week.

They include turning empty offices into new homes and the city council's Stronger City Economy scrutiny panel will also look a the impact of the Beatties closure.

Wolverhampton city centre
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Councillors will be told that the city centre contains more than 20% of Wolverhampton’s businesses and is currently attracting £992 million of private and public investment.

Wolverhampton: 'A good result for Labour'

James Fanning

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Roger Lawrence, Labour leader at the City of Wolverhampton Council, said it had been a good result for the party.

"We've held all the seats we were defending. We've gained one and possibly two.

"I think people recognise that our elected members work hard for them, we are organised and good campaigners and active in local communities and it pays dividends."

Labour’s Celia Hibert gained Penn from Tory David Mackintosh.

Wolverhampton result in Wolverhampton
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The new council is made up of 51 Labour councillors and nine Conservatives.

Labour councillors and family members in Wolverhampton
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MPs come out to support councillors

James Fanning

Reporter, BBC WM

Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds and South East, MP Pat McFadden, are at Aldersley Leisure Village cheering on the Labour councillors

Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds and South East, MP Pat McFadden
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