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Actions to combat the cost-of-living crisis, health inequalities and homelessness will be top of the agenda when dozens of faith and community leaders gather with public sector officials at a key summit next week.

Around 200 people are expected to attend the 2022 Faith in Action Summit at the Bescot Stadium in Walsall on Wednesday (30 November) to help drive forward new ideas and projects aimed at tackling some of the most critical issues currently facing communities across the West Midlands.

Children and young people from Wolverhampton joined together at the city’s Art Gallery for the Takeover Day challenge. The annual event sees children and young people consulted on a host of current issues and get involved in making decisions about things that affect them.

Key challenges for discussion included how to tackle bullying across the city, improvement work in the city centre and the issue of climate change, which saw young people learn about the City of Wolverhampton Council’s commitment to reduce emissions and meet with the project team to share their views and ideas.

The encouragement of self-harm will be criminalised in an update to the Online Safety Bill, the government has said. Content that encourages someone to physically harm will be targeted in a new offence, making it illegal.

The government said the changes had been influenced by the case of Molly Russell - the 14-year-old who ended her life in November 2017. Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said she was strengthening the bill "to make sure these vile acts are stamped out".