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Councils catch fraud worth £15.6 million in West Midlands

Officials stopped 10,900 fraud scams aimed at local authorities in one year

Transforming the BT Tower into a pen nib sculpture was one idea put forward

Debate kicks off search for a world famous Birmingham landmark

A public forum has been held to discuss creating a piece of “innovative and highly visible” art which would put Birmingham on the map.

Osborne launches legislation to finally kill off regional development agencies

George Osborne launched a revolution in local government as he abolished the regional development agency and placed local councils in charge of boosting the West Midlands economy, in an emergency budget that slashed spending and drove up taxes.

AWM under threat as critics gain key Cabinet posts

Regional agencies offering support to industry face the axe after David Cameron appointed their most vocal critic to take charge of local government.

Election 2010: The battle for Birmingham Selly Oak

A bitter battle is being waged among candidates for Birmingham’s Selly Oak seat, writes Local Government Correspondent Neil Elkes.

Election 2010: The battle for Birmingham Selly Oak

A bitter battle is being waged among candidates for Birmingham’s Selly Oak seat, writes Local Government Correspondent Neil Elkes.

Minister tells councils to sack managers and sell buildings

  • BBC

Councils must sack managers and sell their buildings to make ends meet as they struggle to cope with funding cuts, Local Government Secretary John Denham has warned.

Watchdog questions Birmingham City Council's ability to deliver cost cuts

A local government watchdog has challenged an upbeat report on Birmingham City Council’s ambitious business transformation project.

Birmingham City Council plans to outsource service delivery is privatisation by another name

It is easy to see why politicians, from all political parties, are uneasy about privatising local government functions.

Brave leadership is needed to tackle this rise in absenteeism

Dear Editor, Your report on mental health problems amongst local government workers on page 12, Monday, August 10, and the relevant comment on page 2 , that day barely scratches the surface of the different facets of cost with regard to absenteeism in the public sector.

A stressful time for council workers, despite generous holiday and gold-plated pensions

New figures identifying a sharp jump in the number of local government workers off sick with mental health problems are certainly reflected in Birmingham, where depression, stress and tiredness are the main drivers behind a ludicrous absenteeism rate.

Total Place puts pressure on local partnerships

And anything called Total Place launched by Ministers with such a surfeit of exaggerated claims – the most radical local government reform ever, slashing bureaucracy, making money work harder etc, etc – is setting itself up for a spectacular fall if the lessons of history are anything to go by.

Clive Dutton's sharp exit raises questions about Birmingham Council employment contracts

Local government moves in a mysterious way, its wonders to perform, but there will be people in Birmingham today wondering about the wisdom of the city council handing its chief officers contracts of employment requiring only three months’ notice of intention to leave.

Birmingham a model for other authorities, says leader Mike Whitby

Local government officials from across the world are making a point of visiting Birmingham to discover how once-failing public services have been transformed, city council leader Mike Whitby has claimed.

Tax law change could spur £1bn Birmingham regeneration

The British Property Federation is calling on the government to free up its stance on local government borrowing so councils can spend on regeneration even as the recession cuts off sources of finance

£90m question remains over Be Birmingham quango

Staff from Birmingham City Council seconded to work for a £90 million local government quango cannot be named because doing so would breach the Data Protection Act, a town hall official has claimed.

Mike Whitby looking to have last laugh on leadership challenge

  • BBC

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes finds Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby carrying on regardless, despite facing a threat to kick him out of office

Blears to meet MPs to discuss West Midlands city region hopes

Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears is to meet MPs for discussions about how the West Midlands’ bid for city region status can be saved.

Whitby pleaded with Government to grant West Midlands city region status

Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has revealed how he pleaded with Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears to approve proposals for a powerful West Midlands city region.

Birmingham councillor slams council housing finance system

Dear Editor, I refer to the letter from Ian Wright MP (Minister for Communities and Local Government) published in the Birmingham Post on March 5 and feel compelled to respond and set out the facts.

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Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor