8 min ago
Bedroom Tax toll continues as housing hardship claims up 400%
Local councils say they do not have enough money or resources to cope with the rising number of people applying for help.
5 hrs ago
Bedroom Tax triggers 338 per cent leap in hardship payments
More than 25,000 people applied for discretionary housing payments in April to help cover their rent - a 338 per cent leap on the same month last year when just 5,700 people asked for the cash.
Fri May 17, 2013
Disgust as 300 new homes set for Alcester
Planners from Stratford-Upon-Avon District Council have suggested councillors should grant permission for two applications to build houses north of Allimore Lane when they meet on Thursday .
Thu May 16, 2013
Tributes paid to Stourport cyclist
THE family of a Stourport cyclist who died after a collision with a car have paid tribute to a much-loved son and brother.
Investigation launched after BMW set on fire on owner's drive in Solihull
Fire crews from Solihull , Bickenhill and Hay Mills were called to Hampton Lane shortly after 1am today to reports of a car on fire on a driveway.
Birmingham suffragette Julia Varley honoured with blue plaque
A woman who fought tirelessly for workers who endured 80-hour weeks and appalling conditions is to be honoured for her campaigning.
Your Communities: Poetic pupils show they have the write stuff
Five hundred entries were received from schools across Solihull and Birmingham, with the best 60 shortlisted to go in an anthology, printed by Jaguar Land Rover, so Lyndon could present complimentary copies to each contributing poet.
Scientology recruitment centre plan
Plans to convert a mansion house in Birmingham into a A 6m headquarters for the Church of Scientology have been recommended for approval.
Statue campaign 'to define Brum'
The Bishop of Birmingham said he wanted to see something like Chicago's Cloud Gate sculpture to represent nature's influence on world faiths Fellow viewer Mae Bourbage suggested bringing back the King Kong statue, which was built and positioned outside the Bull Ring in the early 1970s Birmingham's Civic Society says it wants to commission a piece ... (more)
Wed May 15, 2013
Holllywood cancer survivor prepares for 11th Race for Life
BREAST cancer survivor Lynne Todd has taken part in Race for Life ever since her treatment ended 11 years ago, and doesn't plan to stop now.
Chicago's go into administration
THE OPERATOR of Chicago's nightclub, Atmosphere Bars and Clubs, has gone into administration, putting the future of the Stratford-upon-Avon venue at risk.
Council Prosecutes Rogue Cold Calling Duo
A pair of rogue traders who travelled over 200 miles from Lancaster to target the elderly in Rhondda Cynon Taf have been prosecuted by the Council's Trading Standards team.
Leamington Spa Courier
Get busy and save the bees at new hive-share
Budding bee-lovers can get a taster of keeping a hive and do their bit for falling population thanks to taster sessions and a brand new community hive.
The Smashing Pumpkins Ruined My Joy, Again, Last Night at The Palladium
In 2000, a fifteen-year old Gavin persuaded his Dad to buy him a ticket to see the Smashing Pumpkins on their farewell tour.
Small Heath fatal fire victim's room was - all in flames'
A man has described the moment he and two others were forced to leap from a first-floor window of a house in Birmingham to escape from a fire started by his spurned ex wife.
VIDEO: Birmingham woman who had double mastectomy praises Angelina Jolie
A Birmingham woman who underwent a double mastectomy after being told she had a deadly cancer gene has praised Hollywood star Angelina Jolie for admitting she has had the same op .
Police hunt suspected Triad members after Birmingham karaoke bar attack
POLICE are hunting three suspected members of a Chinese Triad gang who carried out an horrific assault on a karaoke bar customer.
'Screaming' motorway cones unveiled
The cones are fitted with an alarm that " will literally scream " when the cone is struck, the Highways Agency said.
Tue May 14, 2013
Families hit by bedroom tax told 'use a sofa-bed'
Families in Wales hit by the so-called bedroom tax can "go out to work" or use a sofa-bed, a key architect of the UK Government's controversial welfare reforms told MPs today.
Buzzing retro UK four-piece Peace plays Johnny Brenda's in June; locals Weekender open the show
Falling somewhere between Primal Scream, Happy Mondays and Bush, the buzzing Birmingham, England four-piece Peace makes its Philadelphia debut this summer with a headlining show at Johnny Brenda's on June 10th.