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Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore backs No campaign in Scottish referendum

Birmingham City Council's Scottish leader says he would not back independence campaign if he had a vote

Birmingham City Council job losses down to 'disproportionate' budget cuts says GMB union

Birmingham City Council which has announced job losses of up to 6,000
GMB organiser Gillian Whittaker said the changes proposed by the city council would be felt across Birmingham

Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti to speak at Birmingham Law Society event

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty
A qualified barrister, Ms Chakrabarti was a panel member for the Leveson Inquiry, the judicial inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the UK press, which focused on the phone hacking scandal

Birmingham City Council to axe 6,000 more staff amid giant Government cuts

Sir Albert Bore
It is likely that 3,000 jobs will go next year with more to follow after further cuts for the authority

Ofcom issues local TV warning after City TV Birmingham collapse

Birmingham City TV
There are only six local TV franchises currently broadcasting - and Birmingham's has collapsed

Opinion

Stuart Wallace: Fiscal change on the Scottish horizon

Whatever the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum, fiscal change is coming north of the border, argues Stuart Wallace

Politicians challenged to protect nature

Ahead of the General Election, two of the nation's leading nature conservation bodies are calling for all parties to commit to a Nature and Wellbeing Act - Peter Shirley examines the issues.

Chris Game: Tesco tax? Well every little helps

Customers with their shopping leaving a Tesco store
Councils, like many in Europe, should have control over a range of local taxes, including those on supermarkets.
Birmingham Council House

Councils catch fraud worth £15.6 million in West Midlands

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

Debate kicks off search for a world famous Birmingham landmark

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

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore backs No campaign in Scottish referendum

Birmingham City Council's Scottish leader says he would not back independence campaign if he had a vote

Birmingham City Council job losses down to 'disproportionate' budget cuts says GMB union

Birmingham City Council which has announced job losses of up to 6,000
GMB organiser Gillian Whittaker said the changes proposed by the city council would be felt across Birmingham

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