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Quick to complain but unwilling to help: This attitude to fly-tipping needs to change

Why we need to ask some serious questions about state of our city

Children at Chad Vale Primary School in Harborne, Birmingham, enjoying free school dinners

Opinion: Let's ensure EVERY child has a good school dinner

Children are smarter and healthier when they have a high quality hot school dinner

Racing at Hall Green Stadium

Democracy comes last with a planning system that's gone to the dogs

Hall Green greyhound stadium, rivalries in Sutton Coldfield, a father's quest for justice and the weak Metro mayor all under the spotlight

We need a strong mayor, not this weak figurehead

The West Midlands deserves a powerful mayor - so why is the Combined Authority offering us a toothless tiger says police commissioner David Jamieson

Backbenchers and junior officials still feeling unloved and out of the loop in Birmingham City Council's brave new world

A report surfaced this week suggesting there is still much work to do for council bosses

The British Union Flag and the European Flag

Brexit fall out should not be allowed to hit Birmingham's plans for growth and jobs

City and regional leaders need to shout out like Scotland and Cornwall to ensure we retain investment and jobs amid Brexit uncertainty

You're not being shackled from discussing immigration - it's just all you talk about

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes is keen to bust at least one myth, once and for all

Opinion: Efforts to reform city’s children’s services are proving painfully slow

When it comes to covering child protection services in Birmingham words like “failing”, “damning” and “struggling” have become so very familiar.

David Jamieson and new Crime Board, including Ashley Bertie, to his right

Rising star sits alongside some lively choices for police commissioner

Police commissioner David Jamieson puts his deputy difficulties behind him with some unexpected selections

The Battle of Verdun left some French towns with no population at all

Look to French in great devolution battle

As work continues to form the new West Midlands Combined Authority, Chris Game says a few lessons can be learned from our Gallic cousins across the Channel

Will our Andy Burnham please stand up?

Political big guns coming out for London and Manchester mayoral elections - but where are ours.

Labour leader Clancy finds places for both friends and foes in his first cabinet

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes casts his eye over the new-look city council cabinet

The closing ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Why are we so scared of aiming high? A Commonwealth Games bid would show ambition

This week we look at Commonwealth Games, election foul play and the new IKEA store

An army of creative talent awaits Auntie Beeb here

Head of Business Graeme Brown reflects on the BBC's place just days before the Government's white paper on the corporation is published

ballot box

Birmingham council elections 2016: How the political landscape could change

Local Government expert Chris Game, of the University of Birmingham, looks at the battle for seats in local elections in the West Midlands

Ceremonial launch of Sutton Coldfield Parish Council in March

More than benches and bus stops at stake for Royal Town

Forget parish council stereotypes, Sutton Coldfield's new authority will be unlike any other

Protest over Boundary Commission plans for new Acocks Green council ward

Even tennis club thinks Boundary Commission has crossed the line

Thousands show that, far from being apathetic about local issues, community identity really matters to them

It has been a solid start but Birmingham's council leader still has much work to do

In December we made some demands of John Clancy - so how is he doing?

Liam Nolan outside the Perry Beeches II free school in Newhall Street, Birmingham

Academy chain learns a lesson at the school of hard knocks

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes examines the fallout from the financial scandal enveloping the Perry Beeches chain of schools

Is homophobia a thorny issue for Birmingham Labour Party?

Activist's allegations have brought question of homophobia to the fore

Videos & Photos

CGI of the new-look Centenary Square

'Unattractive' £10m Centenary Square revamp gets green light

Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips

MP Jess Phillips fits panic room in her office after Jo Cox killing

Watch: Timelapse video shows historic Central Library coming down

In This Week's Paper

Journalists

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