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<h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/bore-accused-of-running-scared-over-kerslake-as-cllr-afzal-feels-the-heat/">Bore accused of &#8216;running scared&#8217; over Kerslake, as Cllr Afzal feels the heat<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/bore-accused-of-running-scared-over-kerslake-as-cllr-afzal-feels-the-heat/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>It was the widest ranging inquiry ever staged into Birmingham Council’s performance, but city councillors won’t have an opportunity to debate the Kerslake Review any time soon.

Labour council leader Sir <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/ian-austin-faces-tough-election-fight-in-dudley-as-ukip-eye-key-marginal/">Ian Austin faces tough election fight in Dudley as Ukip eye key marginal<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/ian-austin-faces-tough-election-fight-in-dudley-as-ukip-eye-key-marginal/#comments' class='comments-small'>(1)</a></a></h2>Labour MP and former West Midlands Minister Ian Austin is facing a tough battle against Ukip to retain his Dudley North seat at the General Election, according to new research.

The <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/more-misery-as-birmingham-faces-six-per-cent-cut-in-council-spending-power/">More misery as Birmingham faces six per cent cut in council spending power<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/more-misery-as-birmingham-faces-six-per-cent-cut-in-council-spending-power/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Town hall bosses have clashed with the Government over next year’s spending settlement for local councils, claiming that Ministers were presenting a sanitised picture of the scale of cutbacks.

Local Government <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-council-seeks-highly-resilient-individual-on-75k-to-sort-out-call-centre/">Birmingham council seeks &#8216;highly resilient&#8217; individual on £75k to sort out call centre<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-council-seeks-highly-resilient-individual-on-75k-to-sort-out-call-centre/#comments' class='comments-small'>(0)</a></a></h2>Times may be hard for local government, but Birmingham city council is still prepared to pay a £75,000 salary to someone who can improve its much criticised call centre and <h2><a href="http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-has-world-class-gold-standard-library-that-it-cant-afford-to-run/">Birmingham has &#8216;world class gold-standard library that it can&#8217;t afford to run&#8217;<a href='http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/birmingham-has-world-class-gold-standard-library-that-it-cant-afford-to-run/#comments' class='comments-small'>(2)</a></a></h2>The loss of 100 jobs and slashing opening hours almost by half will be a devastating blow for the Library of Birmingham and its staff, the cabinet member responsible for

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