January 2015

Growth Deal boost sees almost £100m invested in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Economy

29 January 2015

Growth Deal boost sees almost £100m invested in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Economy

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has today agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government which will see an extra £15.4m invested in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire area between 2016 and 2021. Read More

Smarter use of technology could save local authorities billions

29 January 2015

Smarter use of technology could save local authorities billions

Local authorities could save £10 billion in the next five years by using “smarter and more collaborative” technology and data implementation. Read More

£250,000 funding announced for more than 1,500 new training opportunities

28 January 2015

£250,000 funding announced for more than 1,500 new training opportunities

New investment to help more social housing tenants play a greater role in the way their homes and wider community are managed. Read More

More than £1.5m of proposed cuts removed from Walsall Council budget

28 January 2015

More than £1.5m of proposed cuts removed from Walsall Council budget

Following consultation undertaken by the Council, the Authority withdrew some of its plans for budget cuts. Read More

Greater Birmingham schemes capitalise on Downing St event

28 January 2015

Greater Birmingham schemes capitalise on Downing St event

More than 30 major UK and international institutional investors learned about Greater Birmingham’s vast potential at the government’s inaugural ‘Investment into Cities’ event, held at Downing Street yesterday (Tuesday 27 January). Read More

Redesigning health and social care - new Socitm guide now published

26 January 2015

Redesigning health and social care - new Socitm guide now published

Socitm has published a new guide to the information and technology challenges and opportunities arising from recent and forthcoming changes in health and social care. Read More

Birmingham council to hold all-out elections in 2017, and improvement panel named

22 January 2015

Birmingham council to hold all-out elections in 2017, and improvement panel named

Birmingham City Council has been ordered to hold all-out elections in 2017 with every seat up for grabs following direct intervention by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles Read More

Birmingham council to privatise five children's homes

22 January 2015

Birmingham council to privatise five children's homes

Authority vowing to find independent operator for its last homes - despite outcry from staff and unions Read More

Osborne backs Solihull's right to decide its future

21 January 2015

Osborne backs Solihull's right to decide its future

Chancellor George Osborne has backed Solihull's stance as the borough's council continues to stand in the way of a West Midlands combined authority. Read More

NEC Group sold to LDC in £307m deal

19 January 2015

NEC Group sold to LDC in £307m deal

Sale of the NEC Group represents one of the largest in the history of Birmingham City Council, while new owners have pledged improvements to the venues Read More

Herefordshire and Shropshire win £75m jobs grant

19 January 2015

Herefordshire and Shropshire win £75m jobs grant

Some £75m is to be invested in Shropshire and Herefordshire over the next five years under a government deal. Read More

Solihull Council set to deny workers 'a living wage'

19 January 2015

Solihull Council set to deny workers 'a living wage'

Solihull Council looks set to refuse its lowest earners the £7.85-an-hour living wage. The authority instead agreed to consider a smaller pay rise, saying it could not afford the £550,000 cost of implementing the initiative. Read More

West Midlands Sector Led Improvement Bulletin – January issue out now

15 January 2015

West Midlands Sector Led Improvement Bulletin – January issue out now

In here you will find a brief summary of just some of the Improvement work that is taking place in our region. Read More

LGC Awards 2015 – eight West Midlands councils shortlisted

15 January 2015

LGC Awards 2015 – eight West Midlands councils shortlisted

Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Stoke, Shropshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Telford and Worcestershire Councils have all been shortlisted for the LGC Awards. Read More

Sandwell Council homes to be bought-back in housing crisis battle

13 January 2015

Sandwell Council homes to be bought-back in housing crisis battle

Sandwell Council will buy-back council homes sold under the 'right to buy' scheme as it continues to battle a housing crisis. Read More

Council 'revolving door' staff arrangements costing up to £5bn

13 January 2015

Council 'revolving door' staff arrangements costing up to £5bn

Council 'revolving door' staff arrangements costing up to £5bn. Read More

£350m Greater Birmingham growth deal 'is just the start'

8 January 2015

£350m Greater Birmingham growth deal 'is just the start'

Nick Clegg said councils would need to embrace change if they hoped to win further funding and devolution packages Read More