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<h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/sir-albert-sees-grounds-for-optimism-amid-the-cuts-but-labour-rank-and-file-mood-is-grim/">Sir Albert sees grounds for optimism amid the cuts, but Labour rank-and-file mood is grim<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/sir-albert-sees-grounds-for-optimism-amid-the-cuts-but-labour-rank-and-file-mood-is-grim/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Delivering his fourth austerity budget speech on the trot Sir Albert Bore sought to tread a careful line between the desperation of savage spending cuts and the sunnier prospects of <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/whitehall-still-knows-best-for-birmingham-but-boris-gets-devo-max/">Whitehall still knows best for Birmingham, but Boris gets devo-max<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/whitehall-still-knows-best-for-birmingham-but-boris-gets-devo-max/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Whitehall will keep an iron grip on how councils spend £5.3 billion of regeneration cash in defiance of Government promises to devolve powers and budgets to city regions, writes Paul <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/leps-only-half-way-to-success-and-still-under-whitehall-control-study-warns/">LEPs only &#8216;half way to success&#8217; and still under Whitehall control, study warns<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/leps-only-half-way-to-success-and-still-under-whitehall-control-study-warns/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Local Enterprise Partnerships are only half way to being a success story because they do not have sufficient funding to make a real difference and are subject to too much <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/just-good-friends-as-council-embarks-on-capita-love-in/">&#8216;Just good friends&#8217; as council embarks on Capita love-in<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/just-good-friends-as-council-embarks-on-capita-love-in/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago the Kerslake Review hadn’t been thought of and Birmingham city council was slowly starting to understand the scale of the Trojan <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/gisela-stuart-stuns-party-chiefs-with-labour-tory-grand-coalition-forecast/">Gisela Stuart stuns party chiefs with Labour-Tory &#8216;grand coalition&#8217; forecast<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/gisela-stuart-stuns-party-chiefs-with-labour-tory-grand-coalition-forecast/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Edgbaston Labour MP Gisela Stuart has raised the possibility of her party forming a “grand coalition” with the Conservatives after the General Election in an arrangement similar to the Government

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