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<h2><a href="">Birmingham devolution: 13 years of talking and the conversation goes on&#8230;<a href='' class='comments-small'>(9)</a></a></h2>The choice of Joseph Chamberlain’s ancestral home Highbury Hall to stage the latest in a series of Birmingham democracy conventions was symbolic in more ways than one, writes Paul Dale.

A <h2><a href="">Axe Jobcentre Plus and let councils help jobless youth, says LGA chair David Sparks<a href='' class='comments-small'>(7)</a></a></h2>The scourge of youth unemployment is so serious that the Government should scrap the "failing" Jobcentre Plus and hand powers to town halls to help young adults find work, Britain’s <h2><a href="">Bins, buses and home rule for Sutton Coldfield: welcome to Birmingham, Sir Bob<a href='' class='comments-small'>(17)</a></a></h2>Sir Bob Kerslake, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, who is leading a review into the governance capabilities of Birmingham city council, began a public meeting <h2><a href="">Birmingham appoints another children&#8217;s social services director<a href='' class='comments-small'>(5)</a></a></h2>Birmingham city council has appointed a new director to head its troubled children’s social services department, reports Paul Dale.

Alastair Gibbons, currently in charge of children’s social care in Colchester, will start <h2><a href="">Police criticised over poor response to West Midlands child abuse cases<a href='' class='comments-small'>(5)</a></a></h2>West Midlands Police has been criticised for failing to protect children at risk of sexual exploitation and told to take immediate action to address shortcomings.

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