How we use Cookies
Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bullring, Solihull Manor House and the Black Country flag

West Midlands councils bid for share of £60bn handout

But the seven authorities are urged to go much further as they vie to bring home a slice of the devolution package from central government

Warwickshire rejects chance to join combined authority

Councillors in Warwickshire voted against joining the new West Midlands Combined Authority
Councillors vote against becoming members of the new 'super council' but LEP pleads for Coventry and Warwickshire to stay together

Anger as Capita makes millions in Birmingham City Council deal

City defends £12.5m dividend payout over Service Birmingham contract as 'cost effective'

All stories

Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bullring, Solihull Manor House and the Black Country flag

West Midlands councils bid for share of £60bn handout

But the seven authorities are urged to go much further as they vie to bring home a slice of the devolution package from central government

Councillors in Warwickshire voted against joining the new West Midlands Combined Authority

Warwickshire rejects chance to join combined authority

Councillors vote against becoming members of the new 'super council' but LEP pleads for Coventry and Warwickshire to stay together

Anger as Capita makes millions in Birmingham City Council deal

City defends £12.5m dividend payout over Service Birmingham contract as 'cost effective'

West Midlands Police facing 'catastrophic' budget cuts

Legal challenge could be mounted over Whitehall funding expected to come into force by 2020 which would see local police lose up to 55 cent of budget

Region's diesel could drop below £1 a litre

Price of diesel drops below that of petrol for first time in 14 years as forecourts respond to fall in wholesale prices

Labour councillor Ansar Ali Khan and Lib Dem challenger Shamsur Rehman

Date set for legal challenge against Birmingham's most popular councillor

Probe into Labour councillor's victory in May's local elections will now be heard in court in November by election commissioner Timothy Straker QC

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Work on HS2 could be 'stalled by two years'

Construction Products Association issues stark warning over concerns related to planning and financing alongside affected members of the public lodging appeals

Prime Minister gives go ahead for Solihull free school

New establishment called Solihull Alternative Provision Academy will cater for up to 90 children in the borough who are at risk of exclusion from mainstream schools

The Government has handed Birmingham City Council a grant to cover its recruitment costs for senior roles within the authority

City council receives £4.4m handout to cover recruitment costs

Government donates capital to help beleaguered authority recruit for five senior roles as it seeks to address fallout from Lord Kerslake's report

Runners (and a gorilla) approach the finish line of the 2014 Great Birmingham Run

Davies Group enters bumper team in Great Birmingham Run

Claims outsourcing company has signed up 30 runners to tackle the Business Challenge at next month's half marathon

Former Liberal Democrat Solihull MP Lorely Burt gives her first interview since losing her seat.

Former Solihull MP bounces back with a peerage

Lorely Burt to become Baroness Burt of Solihull weeks after losing her seat in House of Commons

NHS bungle left trainee West Midland GPs unable to practise

Fourteen trainee GPs in the West Midlands were suspended after an 'unacceptable' admin failure by NHS England, leaving them unable to work for weeks

Councillor Lisa Trickett and waste management boss Brendan Duffy launch the Bin it for Good campaign in Birmingham city centre

Litter to be turned into cash in radical clean-up

A radical plan to combat piles of litter in Birmingham city centre will see cash donations to charity if bins are kept filled

Midlands 'should be like Scotland or Wales' for BBC

MPs have urged the BBC to make the Midlands its principal focus after ministers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland teamed up to negotiate the new charter

Guitarist Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi: Ozzy helped me through my darkest cancer days

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has told how Ozzy Osbourne and his bandmates helped him through his darkest days when he was diagnosed with cancer two years ago

Birmingham is the UK's fourth most prosperous city according to new research

Birmingham named fourth most prosperous city

And the number of millionaires living here is on the rise according to new research published by Barclays

Birmingham, like the rest of the West Midlands, has seen a rise in foreign-born residents

West Midlands' foreign-born residents rise by two thirds

Number of people born outside the UK living in the area climbs by 180,000 as net migration nationally hits 330,00 over the past year

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell addresses Project Fields campaign group in Walmley

'Summer no time' for Sutton Coldfield green belt consultation

Birmingham City Council under fire over timing of consultation launch as it moves forward with project to build 6,000 homes and a factory on rural land in Sutton

Some of the Altair team taking part in the 2015 Great Birmingham Run

Altair's first-timers line up for Great Birmingham Run

Warwickshire office of global engineering firm has 23-strong team ready to tackle October's half marathon and raise cash for two causes

Birmingham City Council to face public scrutiny over improvement plans

Open meeting will be held next month on progress following appointment of government panel earlier this year to examine ways authority could improve

Videos & Photos

CGI of the new students flats in Windsor Street

Vacant Nechells site to house new student flats

The project to take the Birmingham Wholesale Markets to Witton could be approved next week

New Wholesale Markets in Birmingham set for green light

CGI of the proposal for the old tram depot which city planners rejected

Vow over Sparkbrook tram depot renovation despite council rejection

BuySell

VivaStreet header

In This Week's Paper

Journalists

Dave Robson
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Emma McKinney
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor