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Andrew Mitchell has waded into the debate over cuts to disability benefits

Andrew Mitchell queries Chancellor's future

Sutton Coldfield MP pours scorn over benefits plan which split Conservative Party

Black Country firms lay into Chancellor for Budget Midlands Engine snub

Keith Bryan, chief executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, joined colleagues in Birmingham in expressing “deep frustration” at the lack of investment in this region

George Osborne will deliver his latest Budget next week

Osborne's budget raises more questions than it answers

David Bailey on the latest budget issued by Chancellor George Osborne.

George Osborne will deliver his latest Budget next week

Business leaders call for same Budget support in Midlands as Northern Powerhouse

Chamber wish list includes a new investment hub to support infrastructure and a plan for the visitor economy

West Midlands Police could lose out on funding to rural forces

Funding for West Midlands Police could be cut as part of the Government’s plan to change the way cash for forces is shared out across the country

Birmingham Labour MPs Khalid Mahmood, left, and Roger Godsiff are campaigning for the UK to leave the EU

EU referendum: West Midlands is a heartland of the anti-EU campaign

A number of Birmingham's Labour MPs are calling for the UK to leave the European Union, while Tories in the wider West Midlands also back "Brexit"

Birmingham city centre as seen from the press box at Warwickshire Cricket Club.

Contest to become the first mayor of the West Midlands has already begun

Labour has begun to think about how it will choose a candidate for next year's West Midlands metro-mayor election, but jockeying behind the scenes is already underway

Housing market

Average West Midlands property price reaches new peak

Property value growth in the region kept pace with the UK average, according to the Office for National Statistics, by reaching a new peak

John Kelly

Thousands of Birmingham businesses staring down barrel, report reveals

Begbies Traynor’s Red Flag Alert from the last quarter of 2015 shows 4,320 businesses in Birmingham are facing “significant” financial distress

The Regional Growth Fund has been axed by the Chancellor

Chancellor axes fund that created thousands of Midland jobs

George Osborne hides shock move in smallprint of recent Spending Review meaning Regional Growth Fund will provide no further grants to the private sector

Jaguar Land Rover's new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton - visited by the Queen last year - is part of what the Government calls the Midlands Engine

Forget the Northern Powerhouse - is Government backing the 'Midlands Engine' at last?

The Government has realised it needs to convince the Midlands it cares about more than the "Northern Powerhouse"

Firms 'let down' by Manufacturing Advisory Service cuts

Business department cuts, along with the absence of over-arching industrial plans, are holding production firms back according to experts

Cadbury in Bournville

Unions hit out at Chancellor after Cadbury avoids corporation tax

The Unite union claims George Osborne should be doing more after Cadbury's US owners paid no corporation tax in this country last year

West Midlands taxpayers could foot bill to stop police cuts

Cap on council tax funding for force lifted by the Home Secretary as she admits there will be real term cuts of around 1.3 per cent

New build homes in West Midlands 'are like rabbit hutches'

Fresh concerns have arisen about “rabbit hutch” new builds after researchers found new homes being constructed in the region were smaller than anywhere in the UK outside the North East

Climate talks - how to lose at cards

Andrew Whitehead picks the key points out of the recent Autumn Statement from an environmental perspective

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Birmingham's HS2 link to the north to open ahead of schedule in 2027

HS2 phase 2a between Birmingham and Crewe will open six years early, bringing an economic boost to the Midlands, the north and Scotland, says Chancellor George Osborne

West Midlands could raise £6.8bn with business rate overhaul

The West Midlands could generate an extra £6.8 billion a year with a radical overhaul of business rates, a new report states

Sir Albert Bore has issued a stark warning over taxes in Birmingham

Tax rise is nowhere near enough says Sir Albert

Two per cent council tax hike will be negligible for Birmingham as outgoing city council leader claims taxpayers will be forced to cough up more

Autumn Statement: We are ahead of surplus target, Osborne claims

The UK will move “out of the red and into the black” in 2019/20 with a slightly higher-than-expected £10.1 billion surplus

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