A new 12-sided pound coin is about to be rolled out but will it get the same dismal reaction that the switch to decimal did in 1971?Read the full story ›
Find out when the old pound coins will stop being accepted and the best way to deposit them so you don't lose out.Read the full story ›
The Government has previously described the new coin - which enters circulation on Tuesday - as "harder to counterfeit than ever before".Read the full story ›
Nine out of 10 local authorities in England are increasing their level of council tax from April, a new survey has found.
Residents in some areas will see their bills rise by as much as 5%, as councils take full advantage of new powers to top up their charges with money ring-fenced for social care.
Among the 22 local authorities to buck the national trend and not raise their portion of council tax is Wyre Forest council, in Worcestershire.
Leader Marcus Hart said putting up council tax should be a "last resort". He said he had been able to freeze the tax because of increasing other fees and charges, including ones for car parking, bulky waste collections and cutting trees down.
Our narrative is, broadly, council tax payers - we won't just be using you by putting up council tax just to subsidise other services.
Tim Roache, general secretary of the public sector GMB union, said:
That almost every local authority is being forced to raise council tax to meet the even the basic needs of communities up and down the country shows just how far the Government have gone in abdicating responsibility for public services.
BT has been fined £42 million and is expected to pay £300 million in compensation to rivals over delayed high-speed cable installations.Read the full story ›
Car parking charges are set to rise in Birmingham, raising an extra half a million pounds for the city council.Read the full story ›
Sports Direct is to appoint an employees' representative who will attend board meetings following uproar over working conditions.Read the full story ›
The Chancellor Philip Hammond is visiting the region today to outline the governments plan for the Midlands Engine.
For the West Midlands, proposals are expected to include multimillion pound investment to help youth employability, funding for a new University in Hereford, and development of a Black Country Garden City.
For the East Midlands, an announcement is expected to be made about a global hub for space technology in Leicester while funds will be set aside to improve road connections around Loughborough, and regenerate Derby.
Prof Isabelle Szmigin is Professor of Marketing and an expert in consumer behaviour at Birmingham University.Read the full story ›
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced transport spending of £90 million for the North and £23 million for the Midlands to address pinch points on roads.