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

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham cuts are an embarrassment, writers claim

In a letter published this week in the Birmingham Post, the Guild calls on citizens and arts and culture organisations across the region to demand funding is reinstated

Major Birmingham funding cuts confirmed as urban areas hit hardest

Birmingham City Council
Birmingham is expecting to be among the worst hit by the cuts which it is claimed have a greater impact on major cities and urban areas

Stechford Station campaign wins battle for new lifts

At Stechford Station, from left: Coun Neil Eustace, Coun Carol Jones, John Hemming MP and Coun Barbara Jackson
Campaigners have been fighting for better access for wheelchair user and people with pushchairs who faced the '92-step marathon'

Birmingham's Labour MPs call for scrapping of 'garden tax'

Green waste dumped in Sheldon, Birmingham, with a council notice informing residents it will not be removed
City council insists it will keep with the charged service for next year but pledges to make improvements

Birmingham Community Law Centre marks first anniversary

Habib Ullah, Michael Bates, Harinder Bahra, Sue Bent, Judy Parkinson, Shahina Choudhury, Lord Willy Bach (Shadow Attorney General), Tony Huq and Abrosh Miah at Birmingham Community Law Centre
Coventry Law Centre established the new law centre service for Birmingham towards the end of 2013 in the wake of the closure of Birmingham’s only remaining law centre


George Osborne

Tinkering is all very well - now it's time to get down to business

George Osborne's Autumn Statement was overtly political and aimed to demonstrate the economy is safer in his hands than under Ed Balls.

Political jockeying has already started ahead of big race

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station
There is going to be an election in 2015. And for perhaps the first time since 1992, it really is anyone's guess who's going to go be Prime Minister once it's all over.

Damning reports and massive cuts leave us in a real pickle

Eric Pickles
It has been a difficult week for Birmingham City Council as two national reports have prompted yet more negative headlines and another wave of budget cuts unveiled.
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
Coun Lisa Tickett (Birmingham City Council) and Phil Woodward (Raleigh)

Birmingham biking boost as Raleigh chosen to supply 5,000 cycles

Raleigh has been awarded a contract to supply 5,000 bikes to Birmingham City Council – and 3,000 will be given away to those keen to cycle but unable to afford it

Great Charles Street Estate sells to open up regeneration opportunity

How the Great Charles Street Estate looks today
Dunedin Property Asset Management and Angelo Gordon have bought seven prominent buildings in Birmingham city centre


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