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<h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/confidence-growing-for-a-combined-authority-by-christmas/">Confidence growing for a Combined Authority for Christmas<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/confidence-growing-for-a-combined-authority-by-christmas/#comments' class='comments-small'>(1)</a></a></h2>We had a great Think Birmingham event on Monday night in the City's Council House with a very august panel drawn from the upper echelons of the West Midlands' political and business <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/forward-into-battle-as-tilsley-slams-councils-pravda-newspaper/">Forward into battle as Tilsley slams council&#8217;s &#8216;Pravda&#8217; newspaper<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/forward-into-battle-as-tilsley-slams-councils-pravda-newspaper/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>The latest edition of Birmingham city council’s free newspaper ‘Forward’ has been branded a Labour party propaganda sheet and likened to the Russian political publication Pravda.

The stinging rebuke comes from <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/chance-to-have-your-say-on-birmingham-councils-competence/">Chance to have your say on Birmingham council&#8217;s competence<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/chance-to-have-your-say-on-birmingham-councils-competence/#comments' class='comments-small'>(9)</a></a></h2>The senior civil servant investigating Birmingham city council’s competence has invited people to have their say at a public meeting.

Sir Bob Kerslake, who is leading a review of the council’s <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/arts-and-culture-budget-at-risk-as-birmingham-council-enters-cuts-end-game/">Arts and culture budget at risk as Birmingham council enters &#8216;cuts end game&#8217;<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/arts-and-culture-budget-at-risk-as-birmingham-council-enters-cuts-end-game/#comments' class='comments-small'>(13)</a></a></h2>Birmingham council’s desperate search for £800 million of savings has entered the end game.

City leaders are now considering cutting spending on non-statutory provision including arts and culture and children’s centres. <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/commission-says-set-the-cities-free-but-west-mids-unlikely-to-head-devolution-queue/">Commission says &#8216;Set the Cities Free&#8217;, but West Mids unlikely to head devolution queue<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/commission-says-set-the-cities-free-but-west-mids-unlikely-to-head-devolution-queue/#comments' class='comments-small'>(20)</a></a></h2>Powerful city regions run by elected mayors with tax-raising and spending powers must be at the forefront of a drive for devolution and economic growth, an influential independent think tank reports

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