Some of Sandwell's biggest employers are to be given the chance to talk to council chiefs on how money is spent on local authority services. The consultation will also include business organisations, as well as groups representing local firms and the voluntary sector. The meeting will give businesses a chance to give feedback to the council on its spending proposals for the next financial year.

Bosses will have the chance to tell the council where they think money should be spent and how services for businesses could be improved.

Sandwell Council is required to consult with such groups under the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

A meeting of the council’s Cabinet has been arranged for 5pm on Wednesday 10 February 2016 at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, for this purpose.

Sandwell Council's deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and resources Councillor Steve Eling said: “It is important that our key businesses are consulted and given an opportunity to have a say on how they think money should be spent in the borough.”