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Sir Albert’s front bench matches Cameron’s in the ‘white boys’ club’ stakes

On February 10th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

David Cameron has been accused by Labour of running his government like an “old boys’ network”, preferring to promote chaps rather than the ladies to positions of power and influence. via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/Nt2lC3

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Jobs, jobs, jobs. Are LEPs getting the job done?

On February 10th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

The Files’ chief blogger, Paul Dale, sets the scene for our focus on LEPs this week. He returns to the heady days of summer 2010 as RDAs began to dissolve via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1cnd4mQ

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Council considers ‘cooperative’ libraries

On February 7th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Birmingham’s community libraries may be transferred from city council ownership to be run by staff and volunteers under a radical plan to avoid axing services. Deputy council leader Ian Ward via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1gaNvrW

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Commissioner Jones, water cannons, chocolate tea pots and the half pint of beer budget

On February 7th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

What a week it’s been for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones. In the space of a few days he’s managed to move into sound bite overdrive. The via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1fOCyhr

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How to solve the ‘Birmingham problem’: devolution and an elected mayor

On February 7th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

What do you do about a problem like Birmingham? This is a question that has consumed local government nerds for years. The thing is, this city of almost 1.1 million via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/NdnShK

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Major jobs boost for West Midlands as LEPs set up £125m regional investment fund

On February 6th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

A £125 million Regional Investment Fund set up by the West Midlands’ Local Enterprise Partnerships will create up to 9,000 new jobs, Chamberlain Files can reveal. The region’s six LEPs have agreed via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1fy7LDa

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Black Country LEP unveils £120m growth plan to create 6,000 manufacturing jobs

On February 5th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

A radical growth plan to create thousands of jobs and overturn years of industrial stagnation in the Black Country has been unveiled. Almost 6,000 new manufacturing jobs will be created in in via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1cUoCC3

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Pickles to tell West Mids police: ‘Hold a referendum if you want council tax to rise by 6p a week’

On February 4th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

West Midlands Police Commissioner Bob Jones may be forced to abandon plans to increase council tax bills by an average six pence a week because the Government considers the rise via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1bqlixk

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Bailey v Ward row goes ‘toxic’ as Service Birmingham-Capita contract row rumbles on

On February 4th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Deputy Birmingham council leader Ian Ward, has been accused of “sailing close to the wind” by declaring that he still doesn’t know how much it will cost to terminate the city’s via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1kJTN4H

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Police watchdog urged to substantiate ‘Shariah law is rife’ in Midlands claim

On February 3rd, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Police watchdog Tom Winsor is under renewed pressure to explain his claim that ethnic minority communities are failing to report serious crimes, preferring instead to operate their own forms of via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1nHsqL9

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