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All the latest national politics news plus the local issues affecting the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

The search has started to fill five senior roles at Birmingham City Council

Hunt on to fill five top Birmingham City Council roles

Jobs whose salaries range from £78,000 to £153,000 are now being advertised following stinging criticism over a lack of action by the authority

Reluctant West Midlands councils edge towards metro mayor

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper
Hint that authority leaders may accept super-mayor in return for devolved powers from Chancellor George Osborne

West Midlands Police could lose another £20m in funds

Analysis by PwC suggests a new system could see funding for the force drop by another £20m

Birmingham's council tax income lowest in the country because of cheap housing

Householders in Birmingham are paying the lowest amount of council tax
City average of £737 per household despite the council tax rate being one of the highest nationally

This energy policy is on a new course sunshine

In a politically “hot” and highly regulated sector such as energy, market certainty is what investors value more than anything else.

Opinion

This energy policy is on a new course sunshine

In a politically “hot” and highly regulated sector such as energy, market certainty is what investors value more than anything else.

A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape

The Amphitheatre at the Library of Birmingham
Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit

Harman weaves a tangled web for a party in crisis

Acting Labour Leader Harriet Harman
Political editor Jonathan Walker picks his way through the troubles currently blighting the battle to become Labour leader
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

Ed Balls calls for "Midland Powerhouse" as he pledges to devolve cash and power to region

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Lord Mayor of Birmingham Coun Shafique Shah
The Government's plans for a "Northern Powerhouse" are excluding the rest of the country, Labour's Shadow Chancellor has warned

English MPs rebel over Cameron and Miliband's "vow" to keep funding system which benefits Scotland

The historic referendum is currently on a knife-edge, with the Yes campaign to keep the Union together only narrowly ahead of the No voters
Midland MPs have backed a Commons motion calling for an end to an unfair funding system which gives more money to Scotland than England - despite pledge by party leaders to keep it
The search has started to fill five senior roles at Birmingham City Council

Hunt on to fill five top Birmingham City Council roles

Jobs whose salaries range from £78,000 to £153,000 are now being advertised following stinging criticism over a lack of action by the authority

Reluctant West Midlands councils edge towards metro mayor

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper
Hint that authority leaders may accept super-mayor in return for devolved powers from Chancellor George Osborne

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