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

The Post's campaign calling for a fair deal from the BBC

BBC may be told to invest in Midlands as part of Charter review, says Culture Secretary John Whittingdale

Concerns that the BBC is failing to give the West Midlands a fair share of investment will be considered in the review of the BBC Charter which must be renewed next year, the Culture Secretary has told MPs

Birmingham families face up to £6k drop in benefits

Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce a new cut in benefits
Announcement in this week's Budget could see benefit claimants in the city lose thousands under new scheme to encourage work

West Midlands Combined Authority under fire over name choice

Council leaders have come under fire for deciding not to use the name Greater Birmingham
MP hits out at decision to omit Greater Birmingham from title of new super-council and more reaction following body's official launch

Sir Albert Bore says no dissent over 'Greater Birmingham' authority name

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore
Leader of Birmingham City Council insists everyone was on board when coming to the decision to name new body West Midlands Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority launches official plans

The West Midlands is set to have a new combined authority next year
Leaders of the seven councils unveil 'prospectus' detailing how the new super-council will be run

Opinion

Birmingham City Council

Public services in Birmingham are in decline, but is improvement on the way?

The city council's annual performance report threw up the sad fact that 62 per cent of key targets were missed in 2014/15 - Neil Elkes looks at the issues

David Cameron believes British Muslims have an extremism problem

David Cameron believes ideas which can encourage violence - such as opposition to democracy - are sometimes tolerated in British Muslim communities

Second guessing the president of China

Mike Loftus has been impressed by Chinese delegates' willingness to embrace the West Midlands and the wider UK - could we do with some of the same?
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
Car Park in Ludgate Hill where a new mixed-use scheme could be built

Great Charles Square secures funding for new £55m apartment development

London-based Long Harbour makes first investment into Birmingham to support construction of 350-unit block

Pictures: Stirchley Baths to re-open as community hub

Work on regeneration of the Grade II former swimming pool will see it welcome community groups, activities and live music

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