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Councillor Brigid Jones

Birmingham children's services 'could miss out on vital £123m'

Birmingham children’s commissioner Lord Warner has said that the council needs to invest more funding in front line social work staff, fostering and care home places for vulnerable children

Next phase of £300 University of Birmingham regen set for green light

CGI of University of Birmingham's new student halls and sports complex by Grange Road entrance
Planners recommend approval for new halls of residence and sports pavilion on Edgbaston campus

Pictures: Tributes to Nick Drake on 40th anniversary of cult musician's death

Nick Drake
Drake, from Tanworth-in-Arden, died following an overdose of an anti-depressant drug on November 25, 1974

Birmingham Big Art project's £2m public artwork to be located next to Eastside City Park

Poster for the Birmingham Big Art Project
New piece of public art which is expected to cost around £2m is aimed at putting Birmingham on the international map

West Midlands 'needs Transport for London' style regulator

Midland Metro is set to run along Broad Street and beyond but council chiefs claim public transport here is a shambles
City council watchdog brands Birmingham's public transport a "shambles" as recently unveiled 20-year vision comes under microscope

Business In Pictures

Browne Jacobson partner Nick Parsons, who has been elected the new president of FOIL (the Forum of Insurance Lawyers)

Browne Jacobson partner becomes president of Forum of Insurance Lawyers

Mr Parsons, who is head of the insurance and public risk team at the law firm, specialises in defending multi-claimant, large scale negligence actions against local authorities and their social services’ teams

A long life ahead: But lifespans differ significantly in different parts of the region

Life expectancy rises - but children born in richer parts of the West Midlands live three years longer

It matters where you live: new official figures people in wealthier areas of the West Midlands can expect to live up to three years longer

Nick Drake

Pictures: Tributes to Nick Drake on 40th anniversary of cult musician's death

Drake, from Tanworth-in-Arden, died following an overdose of an anti-depressant drug on November 25, 1974

CGI of the £20m Wharfdale Park industrial development in Tyseley

Canal & River Trust plans £20m canalside Wharfdale Park

Industrial estate along Grand Union Canal will feature warehouses of up to 150,000 sq ft on site in Tyseley Environmental Enterprise District

West Ham United v Aston Villa

Fair game to probe Premier League's TV deals

Bid to get more football on the box at lower cost to supporters.

Radicalisation at home is battle we all need to fight

The video footage allegedly showing Steven Sotkoff’s beheading
Midland MP Khalid Mahmood has warned that increased terrorist activity abroad makes it easier for extremists to recruit young people to their cause here.

Videos & Photos

Kimberley Wapplington, Smith Cooper; Nick Lee, Smith Cooper; Sarah Jennings, DWF, attend a drinks reception at Birmingham Metro Bar & Grill for new Smith Cooper partner Nick Lee.

Smith Cooper celebrate Birmingham expansion

CGI of University of Birmingham's new student halls and sports complex by Grange Road entrance

Next phase of £300m University of Birmingham regen set for green light

Nick Drake

Pictures: Tributes to Nick Drake on 40th anniversary of cult musician's death

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In This Week's Paper

Journalists

Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor