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West Midlands Police could lose another £20m in funds

Analysis by PwC suggests a new system could see funding for the force drop by another £20m

Reluctant West Midlands councils edge towards metro mayor

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper
Hint that authority leaders may accept super-mayor in return for devolved powers from Chancellor George Osborne

Birmingham's council tax lowest in the country because of cheap housing

Householders in Birmingham are paying the lowest amount of council tax
City average of £737 per household despite the rateable values of homes being one of the highest nationally

House prices rising faster in Wolverhampton than Birmingham

City shows increase of 8.3 per cent in the year to June while West Midlands has an average house price of £137,209

Westside BID gets go-ahead

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Broad Street BID was wound-up at the end of March this year, with businesses balloted on its successor organisation at the end of June

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Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper

Reluctant West Midlands councils edge towards metro mayor

Hint that authority leaders may accept super-mayor in return for devolved powers from Chancellor George Osborne

Ralph Minott, director of development at Calthorpe Estates (left), and Guy Thompson, director with Bilfinger GVA

Bilfinger GVA wins Pebble Mill management brief

Property consultancy will provide ongoing facilities and property management services across the Edgbaston estate and act as joint letting agency

CGI of plans to convert Beechenhurst House in SellyOak into 55 student flats

Former Selly Oak home of John Nettlefold to become student flats

Plans for high-end accommodation to be built in old home of renowned social reformer who lived there in the late 1800s

CGI of redevelopment plans for former Birmingham Post & Mail building showing view from Whittall Street

Former Post & Mail project approved despite 'Marmite' claim

Councillor says 14-storey building is likely to divide opinion in the city as green light given to build offices and 115 flats

The Amphitheatre at the Library of Birmingham

A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit

Birmingham Labour group must clamour for change or get behind Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore
Few seem to grasp seriousness of Improvement Panel's damning review of Birmingham City Council

Videos & Photos

Robots in action on the Jaguar XE production line in Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover thought to be eyeing Poland or Slovakia for new factory

Deal to keep Library of Birmingham open until 9pm gets cautious welcome

New opening hours have been announced by the Library of Birmingham

New opening hours for Library of Birmingham

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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