Plans for a £34 billion high speed rail line linking Birmingham with London, Manchester and Leeds have been thrown into turmoil after the official public spending watchdog concluded the HS2 business case does not make sense.
West Midlands councils have had their budgets cut by £76 million this financial year. Jonathan Walker looks at how a flawed US study could have led Chancellor George Osborne to wield the axe unnecessarilyRead
Government ministers have denied doing a deal with rail operators who were demanding £40 million in compensation after the bidding competition for the Great Western rail franchise was scrapped in January.Read
New BBC Director General Tony Hall is to meet city leaders as they put forward proposals to make Birmingham the centre of the corporation’s digital revolution – clawing back major under-investment in the region.Read
Criminals who siphoned more than £1.8 million from a city charity used the money to buy themselves houses, employ family members, and handed themselves up to £10,000 “petty cash” a time, an inquiry has found.Read