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These council cuts are a step too far

After six years of cuts valued services really do seem to be on the brink

Manchester - is it the Second City after all?

They love London and they've discovered the North, but politicians forget the Midlands exists

Conservatives and Labour have big plans for the North, but less to say about the Midlands

Now is the time to test a Universal Basic Income for all

Green Party West Midlands mayor candidate backs pilot of revolutionary policy to tackle low pay, automation, job insecurity and the complex benefits system

The West Midlands must be involved in Brexit negotiations

From Warwick to Walmley, we must be heard on Brexit deal

While Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as devolved nations within the UK,  are being directly consulted on our Brexit deal, the large English regions are not.

Archway of Tears at City Hospital

Find a developer who can save this piece of Brum's social history

Demolition of the historic The Archway of Tears has been approved but the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS does not have to do it

Cannon Hill Park

The lungs of the city

Peter Shirley assesses the potential fallout from council budgets cuts and their possible impact on Birmingham's green and open spaces

Why are we here? The awards no Brummie politician wants to win

Back by 'popular' demand are the annual 'awards' which the members of Birmingham City Council would rather not win

Begging for answers on homelessness

Watchdog committee enquired what services would be withdrawn and what impact it would have. Meanwhile we seem to have some very capable candidates for mayor.

Passengers wait for a train

Investment in rail and metro, not the M6 Toll, will make the real difference

Conservative candidate for West Midlands Mayor Andy Street pledges to make opening the Black Country Metro extension and Camp Hill rail line a priority for his first term

Why homelessness threatens to split Birmingham's Labour group

There was a Labour group rebellion over a proposed £10 million cut to the supporting people fund

A New Town will emerge anyway, so why not start planning for it now

Birmingham development plan targets Sutton Coldfield green belt - but something more radical is needed to meet demand

Deborah Cane, Collections Care officer, gives Lucifer a clean after his move to the round room at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

A new Museum for Birmingham

Birmingham Museum Trust chairman Ian Grosvenor and director Ellen McAdam outline their vision for the future of the city's historic Museum and Art Gallery

The Chanceller blew his chance to deal with housing crisis

Progress on devolution, poor on housing and social care. Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy responds to Autumn Statement

City budget crisis suggests very dark days ahead

Cabinet members and managers have held a series of strained meetings to discuss where the axe might fall and so far very little detail has emerged.

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

If anyone deserves a peerage it's Nigel Farage

Brexit remainers shouldn't be bitter - nobody's achieved more than Nigel.

Ban on bully bailiffs scaring the vulnerable was long overdue

The council has heard harrowing accounts of disabled, elderly and those with young children being harassed, bullied and relentlessly pursued by bailiffs

Will anyone be able to clear up Birmingham City Council's problems?

Why is the Government unwilling to take action over Birmingham mess?

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes asks why Birmingham City Council seems permanently on central government's naughty step yet no-one is willing to step in and clear up

US Presidential election: What happens to America after the election?

Racism and divisions which used to be hidden have come to the surface during the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

A Living Wage is good for business

Unision regional secretary says businesses have seen productivity and turnover improvements after paying the Living Wage

The M6 Toll Road near Cannock

Nationalise the M6 Toll and free us from traffic nightmare

Labour candidate for West Midlands mayor Siôn Simon calls on Government to hand over the M6 Toll road and ease the chronic congestion on our road

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How much you could lose if the property market crashes in 2017

Council tax

Why Birmingham won’t follow Surrey with a 15 per cent council tax rise

These council cuts are a step too far

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor