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Credit card debt

Average debt in the West Midlands stands at £6,000 - before you start with mortgages

The figure equates to nearly seven months’ average rent in the region

Huge fall in foreigners coming to work in the West Midlands

New figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show that the number of people coming from overseas and registering for National Insurance numbers

Tony Blair pays tribute to former Black Country MP who died

MP Ken Purchase described as 'passionate and effective representative of his beloved Wolverhampton'

Brummie comedian Jasper Carrott with the Birmingham Mail in the Bull Ring on October 7, 2005

Birmingham named the UK's funniest city

Social media study finds Brummies are the funniest people in the UK

Council tax

Warning over council tax scam targeting your life savings

Beware fraudsters ringing residents and telling them that they have paid too much council tax

Home Secretary Theresa May meets anti-extremism campaigners in Birmingham

Controversial Prevent anti-extremism strategy 'has stopped Brummies being radicalised'

City Prevent manager Waqar Ahmed defends policy and dismisses claims that community groups standing up to hate-preachers and ISIS extremism are Government stooges.

Migrants to Birmingham are less likely to claim benefits

New data shows the proportion of immigrants claiming benefits in the city is far lower than the non-immigrant population

A police officer making notes

Is your area safe from crime? Find out with our postcode search tool

We’ve created a new widget so you can bump in any postcode in our region and find out the answers

Chiltern Railways

Trial could see end to train tickets and automatic best prices for each journey

A 12-month Chiltern Railways trial will be launched later this year on journeys between Birmingham and London

Hickory's Smokehouse fire: A 'tragic loss' for Black Country heritage

Heritage expert says thatched roof was an 'architectural joke' by its Dudley based creator

Prime minister David Cameron arrives to open the Perry Beeches III school

Calls for more schools oversight in wake of scandal in Birmingham

Millions of pounds earmarked for education is "disappearing into the back pockets of those in charge" warns national education boss

Axe hanging over Birmingham's lollipop ladies finally lifted

New charity also launched with £100,000 cash pot to promote and fund safer school travel schemes such as walking buses

Why over 10 per cent of everything you recycle ends up in landfill anyway

The recycled rubbish was contaminated and had to be junked because people put the wrong material in the wrong bin

Disappointing drop in top GCSE results in West Midlands

A 2.9 per cent fall in students earning between A* and C grades in their GCSE results in the region disappointed

James Brindley School in Bell Barn Road Birmingham

Parents outraged after GCSE course work disallowed after school failed to keep to regulations

Pupils at the James Brindley School taking GCSE English have had their course work disallowed

Graphic of Bordesley Circus roundabout showing where accidents have occurred

Birmingham roundabout is one of Britain's most dangerous

New data reveals city's six most perilous roundabouts - and one of them is the second worst in the country

Decision day on major 270ft tower hotel for Birmingham city centre

New tower block hotel to be built opposite John Lewis, Grand Central and New Station

West Midlands gets first £36 million devo deal handout from Government

The region will elect a mayor next year who will use the cash to deliver economic growth, transport and housing across the Greater Birmingham area            

Motorists can expect heavy traffic this coming weekend

West Midlands motorists warned over bumper bank holiday traffic

RAC says it expects more than double the number of road journeys to be made this coming long weekend than during the 2015 August bank holiday

Adrian Goldberg from the BBC will chair an event discussing the work of IPSO

Press watchdog IPSO to host special Birmingham event

Chance to meet new regulator of UK's printed media as city centre debate and Q&A held to mark second anniversary of launch

Videos & Photos

Brummie comedian Jasper Carrott with the Birmingham Mail in the Bull Ring on October 7, 2005

Birmingham named the UK's funniest city

Axe hanging over Birmingham's lollipop ladies finally lifted

CGI of the new-look Centenary Square

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

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