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

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls

West Midlands success 'disguises export failure', Shadow Chancellor claims

Speaking to the Post, the Shadow Chancellor said the Government was falling “way below” George Osborne’s 2012 goal of doubling exports by the end of the decade

Andrew Whitehead: Scottish independence debate is an education

Scottish students currently get free university tuition
A major concern of the Scottish universities will be the preservation of their non-EU student fee income, which in 2011/2012 brought in £337m from non-EU course fees.

Santander backs Atwell International with £600,000 funding deal

Russell Walker, managing director of Atwell International which has secured a new £600,000 funding package from Santander
Worcestershire manufacturing group will use new capital to expand in Asia, Europe and North American markets

Councillors hit out after plans for banner adverts in Birmingham are passed

Planned banner ads - CGI of Hagley Road
The banner adverts will be draped from lampposts lining 21 main roads, including Hagley Road, Coventry Road and Belgrave Middleway

Birmingham project helping desperate families is threatened with closure

Jayne Hulbert and Jayne Cresswell, who founded SWEET, which provides support for more than 450 families in south Birmingham
The SWEET project, which provides free support for more than 450 families and individuals, faces closure because of Department of Health funding cuts.

Opinion

Scottish students currently get free university tuition

Andrew Whitehead: Scottish independence debate is an education

A major concern of the Scottish universities will be the preservation of their non-EU student fee income, which in 2011/2012 brought in £337m from non-EU course fees.

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon
School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

Neil Elkes: Labour seize the reins of power in Walsall

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station
Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.
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.

Paul Fielding, Mike Mounfield, both CBD; Rafael Cuesta, Centro; Sir Albert Bore, Rob Valentine, CBD; Alan Bain, JMP.

Birmingham's business community gathered for launch of the Snow Hill Interchange Plan

Birmingham's business community gathered at Two Snowhill for the launch of the Snow Hill Interchange Plan (SHIP), organised by Colmore Business District (CBD).

One year on: How the Library of Birmingham brought the world to the city

The Library of Birmingham, July 2013
'One million people streamed through the doors in the first 100 days, an astonishing 10,000 per day, and they keep on coming'

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