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Extra £30m pledged for Birmingham children's services

An extra £30 million will be ploughed into Birmingham’s troubled children’s services department next year, with new jobs to be created, it can be revealed today.

It comes as the council struggles to find an extra £300m in expected cutbacks in the coming years.

City council leader Sir Albert Bore said the extra money will be spent on bringing the department up to scratch, including recruiting a number of new social workers.

He added that bosses were hoping for “some good news soon” in the hunt for a new director of children’s services, after their last appointment Bernie McNally quit in the middle of her month-long induction period. He argued that problems recruiting and retaining social workers was not a problem exclusive to Birmingham.

Sir Albert said the authority would be applying to the government in the hope of receiving extra funding to help improve the department, which has been rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted for the past six years.

Birmingham City Council has to make £300m cuts in the next four years Credit: PA

But, he warned, if the answer from Westminster was no, the money would have to come from yet more budget cuts.

The council has already made some £465msavings since 2010, with more than £300m of cutbacks still to come by 2018.

Sir Bore’s comments came ahead of the release of a consultation report, which is appealing for people to contribute their views on where the axe should fall ahead of the 2015/16 budget.

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Exclusive interview with Uganda's president

Businesses in the East Midlands are being urged to invest in Uganda, a country which ordered tens of thousands of Asians to leave more than 40 years ago.

Potential investors met with President Yoweri Musevi last night who said the country was safe, stable and prosperous. In an exclusive interview with our reporter Rajiv Popat, the President said there was no chance of history repeating itself.

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JCB to cut 150 office jobs due to global order decline

JCB is to cut 150 office jobs in the UK because of a decline in global orders for its diggers.

A general view of the JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The company said the roles would go mainly from the firms base in Staffordshire but other sites could also be affected.

A consultation has begun with staff about redundancies. A decision is expected before Christmas.

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