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A computer-generated image from inside Curzon Street HS2 Station facing New Canal Street, from the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan

Washwood Heath jobs breakthrough as committee calls on HS2 to adjust plans

The massive former Alstom and LDV sites in Washwood Heath are currently being held for a HS2 Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham cuts are an embarrassment, writers claim

In a letter published this week in the Birmingham Post, the Guild calls on citizens and arts and culture organisations across the region to demand funding is reinstated

Green waste dumped in Sheldon, Birmingham, with a council notice informing residents it will not be removed

Birmingham's Labour MPs call for scrapping of 'garden tax'

City council insists it will keep with the charged service for next year but pledges to make improvements

Habib Ullah, Michael Bates, Harinder Bahra, Sue Bent, Judy Parkinson, Shahina Choudhury, Lord Willy Bach (Shadow Attorney General), Tony Huq and Abrosh Miah at Birmingham Community Law Centre

Birmingham Community Law Centre marks first anniversary

  • Law

Coventry Law Centre established the new law centre service for Birmingham towards the end of 2013 in the wake of the closure of Birmingham’s only remaining law centre

What does the price of oil really tell us?

There may be a temptation to believe that because the price of oil has dropped dramatically since June we will immediately benefit from lower fuel costs, there are negative aspects such as lower inflation and economic growth.

George Osborne

Tinkering is all very well - now it's time to get down to business

George Osborne's Autumn Statement was overtly political and aimed to demonstrate the economy is safer in his hands than under Ed Balls.

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Political jockeying has already started ahead of big race

There is going to be an election in 2015. And for perhaps the first time since 1992, it really is anyone's guess who's going to go be Prime Minister once it's all over.

Eric Pickles

Damning reports and massive cuts leave us in a real pickle

It has been a difficult week for Birmingham City Council as two national reports have prompted yet more negative headlines and another wave of budget cuts unveiled.

Library of Birmingham director Brian Gambles to leave after cuts

The director praised for steering the project through its development over the last decade, will retire early next year

The Library of Birmingham updated

Library of Birmingham, parks and care services cut in crushing council budget

About 100 of the Library’s 188 staff will go as opening hours are cut from 73 to 40 per week and extra services for the public are stopped

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Job threat as Library of Birmingham opening hours to be slashed in city budget cuts

Less than two years after the £188 million library opened, about 100 staff could be made redundant as opening hours are cut from 73 to 40 hours per week

Police

The worst is yet to come as George Osborne tries to slash police and council spending

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement revealed plans to slash funding for local services to the bone

Coun Robert Alden

Kerslake report: Opposition Tories demand it must not be shelved

Conservative group leader says his main worry is key report being swept under the carpet by council's Labour leadership

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council to hand over children's homes to outside operator

Authority to face backlash from trade unions over mooted move as it battles to repair beleaguered children's services department

Labour MP Tristram Hunt

Tristram Hunt: Combined councils could help prevent Trojan

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has welcomed moves to form a combined authority for the West Midlands.

MP Liam Byrne

The West Midlands is losing out on 'knowledge economy' jobs

There are 267,151 "knowledge economy" jobs in the West Midlands. The figure in the North West is 421,467 and in London the figure is 1.3 million.

Coun Robert Alden

War of words over Birmingham police station closures

Labour and Tory rivals are campaigning to keep front desks up and running at stations in Castle Vale, Erdington and Kingstanding

Workplace parking charges in Birmingham 'will never happen'

A senior city Labour group figure said the policy simply would not be introduced unless businesses in particular

Head of King Edwards VI School John Claughton

King Edward's School head slams Labour plans to hit private sector

Head of leading Birmingham independent school has lashed out at the opposition's plans to force them into support state sector more

Ed Balls speaks at the Labour Party Conference

We'll tell civil servants to move out of London, says Ed Balls

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says a Labour government would order Whitehall departments to draw up plans to shift jobs out of London

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