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National Planning Policy Framework School Report: 48% Could do much better

The media is alive with the sound of planning policy again as the Communities and Local Government Select Committee publishes its report looking into the operation and impact of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Fitness gizmos fuelling the technology market

Nike Fuelband
Sales of 'wearable technology' are expected to triple over the next couple of weeks, to £105 million, according to the Centre for Retail Research.

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

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

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General business

National Planning Policy Framework School Report: 48% Could do much better

The media is alive with the sound of planning policy again as the Communities and Local Government Select Committee publishes its report looking into the operation and impact of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Nike Fuelband

Fitness gizmos fuelling the technology market

Sales of 'wearable technology' are expected to triple over the next couple of weeks, to £105 million, according to the Centre for Retail Research.

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.

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Political jockeying has already started ahead of big race

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.

Eric Pickles

Damning reports and massive cuts leave us in a real pickle

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.

Police

The worst is yet to come as George Osborne tries to slash police and council spending

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement revealed plans to slash funding for local services to the bone

Surfer

Surfing rides on crest of a wave as the influence of crowdfunding grows

Water sport leads the way as appeal-based funding gathers momentum.

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood

Why Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood is speaking out over radicalisation...

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood says the ideology promoted in some city schools could lead children into extremism when they are older.

A child hides its face.

Birmingham's Council Chamber shows steady resolve to rise up and fight sexual exploitation

Councillors are adamant that Birmingham needs to come together to get a grip of child sexual exploitation.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage

UKIP will only go so far before it's turned back

Nigel Farage's party certainly gets its fair share of headlines, but will that convert into actual seats come next May?

Eric Pickles

Is it time to head back to Whitehall with the begging bowl?

Perhaps the biggest threat is the soaring cost of child protection – the priority service for the city

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.

The video footage allegedly showing Steven Sotkoff’s beheading

Radicalisation at home is battle we all need to fight

Midland MP Khalid Mahmood has warned that increased terrorist activity abroad makes it easier for extremists to recruit young people to their cause here.

Rows of houses to rent in Selly Oak, near the University of Birmingham

Time for Birmingham council to tell landlords to get their houses in order

A new planning policy for Selly Oak has seen an acceleration in building activity as landlords try to get their house extensions finished.

The queue for voting in Romanian President outside the Birmingham Council House.

Birmingham had never seen so many voters - but guess who they were voting for...

Romanians queue around Birmingham City Council House for their Presidential elections.

Super-rich Norway has pulled plug on Winter Olympics 2022 bid

Oslo was the prospective venue for the Winter Olympics in 2022, before the Norwegian government decided against the £2billion investment.

Greater Birmingham road sign

Time to abandon the concept of "Greater Birmingham" once and for all

It would be silly if the long-sought after goal of greater unity within the West Midlands is put at risk because of hang-ups over a name.

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

Peter Sharkey: Ashes Test match special for city with a fortune forecasted

Edgbaston Stadium and Marketing Birmingham announced that next year's Third Ashes Test could provide a boost in excess of £26 million to the local economy.

John Hemming, is Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley

MP John Hemming is often a beacon of truth

Many have doubted Birmingham MP John Hemming's causes - until he is proved right.

Randy Lerner

Peter Sharkey: Bid to give football fans a greater say in how clubs are run

Politicians want supporters involved in ownership and decision-making

Videos & Photos

Nick Button, Sean Bryne, Haydn Jones, Jonathon Wilby, Philip Costigan, Partners at Band Hatton Button, at the annual Band Hatton Button Commercial Property Buffet at St Mary's Guildhall in Coventry.

Property future discussed at Band Hatton buffet

CGI of Paradise development, looking across Chamberlain Square towards Town Hall Birmingham

Road to 'Paradise' mapped out as 11 years of building begins

Ballroom at the Grand Hotel

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces back for 2014

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