The leader of Northamptonshire County Council says forming a ground-breaking alliance with two other counties would bring billions of pounds worth of investment and create thousands of new jobs in the area.
Northamptonshire, along with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire are going to put a joint devolution bid to the Government this summer.
Whilst keen to stress this would not merge the council councils, they would work together on key issues.
The county council says the alliance would ‘swell’ economic growth by a further £9 billion, creating at least 135,000 new jobs by 2020.
"This area has an economy larger than that of Greater Manchester and we'd like similar devolved powers, over transport and strategic planning in particular.... As the name suggests, England's Economic Heartland is one of the powerhouses of the UK economy but we believe we can further build on our competitiveness in global markets with this innovative new model, and help ensure the UK is an even more prosperous major economy.
There is a huge pay gap between the best and worst paid workers living in the East Midlands according to a survey by recruitment consultants ManpowerGroup.
Their new figures reveal that people living in Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire the best paid, earning more than £15,000 more than those living in Boston, Lincolnshire.
ManpowerGroup's analysis revealed full time workers living in Rushcliffe earn £41,100 annually, whereas workers living in Boston receive an average of £24,500 per annum.
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Birmingham City Council says plans for a £500 million regeneration of a 14 hectare site in the city centre 'will create a vibrant new destination'.
Birmingham Smithfield presents a once in a generation opportunity to build upon our recent successes and deliver a truly unique asset for the city. Our plans for Birmingham Smithfield will create a vibrant new destination – adding to the city’s reputation as a top visitor destination and a great place to live and do business.
The area’s vibrant heritage, dating back to 1166 with its focus on markets, will be central to its future transformation, with the name Birmingham Smithfield reflecting its unique history. While the area’s wholesale markets will move, its retail markets will be improved to encourage more niche and specialist traders to locate alongside the famous brands on offer at the nearby Bullring retail centre.
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240 jobs are to be lost at Nottingham City Council because of savings cuts.
The council has agreed over £27 million of savings in its 2015/16 budget.
Council tax will also be increased by 1.95%.
The council has already saved £123 million over the past four years.
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