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Neil Elkes

Neil Elkes

Local Government Correspondent - covering the life and times of Europe's largest local authority Birmingham City Council

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10,000 jobs to be created at Peddimore industrial site

The city's next major development site to be marketed at MIPIM property conference in Cannes this week

£2.6m for vulnerable Birmingham firms following business rate revaluation

Councils are getting a share from the £300 million business rates discretionary fund unveiled by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his budget last week

Birmingham's medical research, low energy technology and house building industries benefit from £54 million funding boost

Communities Secretary Sajid Javed unveiled details of the latest Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Deal following the budget

A new bar will open in the Bismillah Building

Green light for another Jewellery Quarter bar

City planners back regeneration of vacant unit despite protests from housing association residents living above the unit

Give us control of the purse strings

Unless mayor can raise and spend money, devolution will remain a way for Govenment to pass down responsibility for decisions, pass the buck, without  handing over any real power

A budget cuts protest in Victoria Square.

City leadership needs to get a grip

The city council faces a massive financial crisis, meanwhile an unlikely figure has turned up to cheer on Jeremy Corbyn

Me and my shadow: a digger still at work on land next to the new Austin Park in Longbridge

Help us unlock the region's land for development and job creation plea

The West Midlands Land Commission (WMLC), made up of UK property experts is on a mission to locate and unlock the region's available sites for development

Being a binmen can be a violent job at times

Head-butted, punched, threatened with a sword... Who'd be a binman?

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes spent some time with Birmingham's waste collection teams and found it an eye-opening experience

Graphic of Bordesley Circus roundabout showing where accidents have occurred

Birmingham roundabout is one of Britain's most dangerous

New data reveals city's six most perilous roundabouts - and one of them is the second worst in the country

Racing at Hall Green Stadium

Democracy comes last with a planning system that's gone to the dogs

Hall Green greyhound stadium, rivalries in Sutton Coldfield, a father's quest for justice and the weak Metro mayor all under the spotlight

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