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<h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/midland-engine-eclipsed-by-governments-london-centric-spending-bias-report-claims/">Midland Engine eclipsed by Government&#8217;s London-centric spending bias, report claims<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/midland-engine-eclipsed-by-governments-london-centric-spending-bias-report-claims/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Public spending on infrastructure investment is heavily biased towards London, with the capital set to receive more funding than every other English region combined, according to new research.

The south east <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/governments-living-wage-policy-lands-town-halls-with-834-million-bill/">Government&#8217;s living wage policy &#8216;lands town halls with £834 million bill&#8217;<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/governments-living-wage-policy-lands-town-halls-with-834-million-bill/#comments' class='comments-small'>(5)</a></a></h2>The Chancellor’s decision to adopt the National Living Wage will land councils in England and Wales with an unexpected £834 million a year wage bill, it was claimed today.

The estimate <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/wmcas-vague-plan-for-economic-growth-slammed-by-sceptical-warwickshire/">WMCA&#8217;s &#8216;vague&#8217; plan for economic growth slammed by sceptical Warwickshire<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/wmcas-vague-plan-for-economic-growth-slammed-by-sceptical-warwickshire/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>The seven West Midlands metropolitan councils will submit a formal proposal for a combined authority to the Treasury this week. But a plan to take neighbouring shire counties under the <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/ricoh-arena-ghost-station-farce-highlights-wmcas-huge-transport-challenge/">Ricoh Arena &#8216;ghost station&#8217; farce highlights WMCA&#8217;s huge transport challenge<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/ricoh-arena-ghost-station-farce-highlights-wmcas-huge-transport-challenge/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>A West Midlands combined authority will be at the forefront of a new regional strategic approach to public transport planning. But the new body may find it difficult to make <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/midland-enterprise-zones-celebrate-1-billion-job-creation-success/">Midland enterprise zones celebrate £1 billion job creation success<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/midland-enterprise-zones-celebrate-1-billion-job-creation-success/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Enterprise Zones in the Midlands are creating more jobs than anywhere else in the country.

The latest Government figures show that business rates relief and capital investment deals have pulled in

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