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<h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/harrowing-child-sex-abuse-scandal-revealed-as-council-makes-123m-bid-to-save-social-services/">&#8216;Harrowing&#8217; child sex abuse scandal revealed as council makes £123m bid to save social services<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/harrowing-child-sex-abuse-scandal-revealed-as-council-makes-123m-bid-to-save-social-services/#comments' class='comments-small'>(9)</a></a></h2>Birmingham has asked the Department for Education for a £123 million emergency grant to turn around failing children’s social services.

The size of the request is in line with a recommendation <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/doubts-grow-over-viability-of-4bn-birmingham-connected-transport-plan/">Doubts grow over viability of £4bn Birmingham Connected transport plan<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/doubts-grow-over-viability-of-4bn-birmingham-connected-transport-plan/#comments' class='comments-small'>(3)</a></a></h2>A 20-year vision to transform public transport in Birmingham remains largely aspirational and its success may depend on generating funding through taxes on businesses and obtaining EU grants, a senior <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/puritans-v-cavaliers-birmingham-arts-and-culture-scene-at-centre-of-council-cuts-battle/">Puritans v Cavaliers: Birmingham arts and culture scene at centre of council cuts battle<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/puritans-v-cavaliers-birmingham-arts-and-culture-scene-at-centre-of-council-cuts-battle/#comments' class='comments-small'>(14)</a></a></h2>If the past two years are anything to go by Birmingham council Labour group’s 2015-16 budget setting meetings, which begin this weekend, will be long, emotional, and ultimately result in <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/bookies-cut-odds-on-ukip-winning-midland-seats-after-rochester-victory/">Bookies cut odds on Ukip winning Midland seats after Rochester victory<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/bookies-cut-odds-on-ukip-winning-midland-seats-after-rochester-victory/#comments' class='comments-small'>(3)</a></a></h2>The odds on the United Kingdom Independence Party winning Midland seats at the General Election have been cut following the party’s victory at the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Ukip is now <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/council-issues-culture-pledge-high-quality-arts-provision-for-all-children/">Council issues culture pledge: &#8216;High quality arts provision for all children&#8217;<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/council-issues-culture-pledge-high-quality-arts-provision-for-all-children/#comments' class='comments-small'>(2)</a></a></h2>All children and young people in Birmingham should have the opportunity to experience “high quality arts and cultural provision as audience members, participants, creators and leaders”, according to a radical

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