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Gender pay gaps: how West Midlands councils compare 

16 Apr 18

At the risk of hyperbole, this month’s required publication by nearly 10,000 companies and public sector organisations of comparable gender pay gap data bears a certain resemblance to Winston Churchill’s…


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VOTE2018: Council battlegrounds on 3 May 

16 Apr 18

With the Commonwealth Games baton handed to Birmingham and as schools and offices return from Easter breaks – including here at Chamberlain Files towers – Kevin Johnson looks at the…


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This year’s council tax experience – how was it for you? 

3 Apr 18

With local elections exactly one month away and the new tax year arriving in three days, Chris Game takes a look at what’s happening to council tax around the country.


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May must be near – councils are in the news 

22 Mar 18

You know May is approaching, not with an upturn in the weather, but when local government starts to receive national attention, writes Kevin Johnson.


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Daily Mail’s right about local government’s C-word – why make it so easy for them? 

19 Mar 18

With the dust settled on MIPIM in Cannes, Chris Game reflects on why the C-word causes so much trouble in local government circles.


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As with nerve agents, Brexit regional impact is all about exposure 

13 Mar 18

It’s Not-the-Budget Day.


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Housing shortfall down but challenge remains 

12 Mar 18

At the start of what could be an important week for housing in the West Midlands, Mike Best reflects on the long-awaited and much-anticipated Greater Birmingham HMA (Housing Market Area) Strategic Growth…


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Three years – finance and culture challenges remain 

8 Mar 18

Reading the latest letter to Sajid Javid, this time jointly from Panel chair John Crabtree and Council leader Ian Ward, it would be easy to forget that more than three…


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Skills: a crisis of aspiration? 

5 Mar 18

As I listened into the latest city skills debate last week, the most striking aspect was that which was not said, writes Kevin Johnson.


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Procuring the future 

1 Mar 18

Local procurement multipliers deliver inclusivity, competitive collaboration, new products and new IP – but too often current public procurement is failing to deliver the innovations required for sustainable growth, writes…


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Birmingham does cranes…and skills debates 

27 Feb 18

If you walk around Birmingham city centre, you can’t help but bump into one of two things.


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Combined Authorities ARE local government: WMCA CEO learns the hard way 

26 Feb 18

Want a recipe for a one-day conference leaving your austerity-battered punters feeling both happy and entertained?  Try this: pick a plush venue in London Town, get one of your three…


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Inclusivity or productivity – or both? 

22 Feb 18

Increasing labour productivity has been the holy grail of government policy for many years.


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Destroying Oxfam is not in public interest 

15 Feb 18

My twitter profile identifies me, inter alia, as a disheartened centrist and internationalist.


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Teamwork becomes slightly more taxing 

10 Feb 18

Yesterday’s meeting of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) confirmed at least one political truth for Mayor Andy Street, writes Kevin Johnson.


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Car, Sprint or Streetcars 

8 Feb 18

Beverley Nielsen, the Lib Dem candidate for West Midlands Mayor last year, looks at ‘intermediate options’ on transport for Mayor Street.


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A brand new Countdown begins 

6 Feb 18

It was at 4.45pm on 2nd November 1982 that Channel 4 started broadcasting.


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President’s Club: charitable questions 

30 Jan 18

Having spent twenty-five years working in and around the private and third sectors, I’ve been asked a lot about the coverage of The President’s Club dinner, writes Sarah Gee.


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How Birmingham’s past can inspire Brexit Britain’s future 

24 Jan 18

As Britain heads out the door of the European Union, where’s the game plan for how we thrive in the brave new world that’s coming, asks Labour’s Liam Byrne?  It’s…


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Ed Doolan: radio icon, local hero 

18 Jan 18

In 1974 an Australian born, former teacher joined the newly launched commercial radio station, BRMB.


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Last week’s ‘Andy who?’ is this week’s ‘Andy wow!’ 

18 Jan 18

I hold no brief whatever for the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, and have been critical, including in these columns, of aspects of both his election campaign and his eight…


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Sometimes only single-minded mavericks can succeed 

17 Jan 18

If the health police haven’t yet been alerted, they’d jolly well better be, writes Paul Dale.


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Welcome to politics, Mr Mayor 

15 Jan 18

After seven months in the role, Andy Street has discovered that being a Metro Mayor is a political job after all, writes Kevin Johnson.


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Reshuffle Kerfuffle – what does it mean for the West Midlands? 

8 Jan 18

New Year, new Government.


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Time to review region’s green belt 

20 Dec 17

Conservationists will probably be delighted to learn that West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has thrown his weight behind a campaign to save the Dudley green belt, writes Paul Dale.