Despite Aston Villa suffering a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final yesterday, they did play a part in the biggest FA Cup Final bet ever.
One William Hill client from the West Midlands netted just over three quarters of a million pounds after betting on Arsenal to win.
Villa played their part in the biggest FA Cup Final bet ever - a West Midlands online client of ours had £500,000 on Arsenal to win at 8/15 and collected £766,666.67 as a result.
Research claims children in the West Midlands receive the less pocket money that anywhere else in the UK.
They are given an average of £5.45 per-week, which was the smallest amount in a regional survey by a high street bank.
The research by Halifax found children in the East Midlands receive an average of £5.64 per week.
Giles Martin, Head of Halifax Savings, said:
A fall in the amount of pocket money children receive for the second year running shows the financial pressures that some households are still under, despite the improving economy.
Nevertheless, parents will be pleased to know that on the whole, children are satisfied with the amount of money they receive.
Smoking is putting four hundred thousand children in poverty according to researchers from the University of Nottingham.
It is the first UK study to highlight how smoking impacts on family finances.
It suggests some parents are likely to forgo basic household and food necessities to fund their addiction.
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.