"We have to make sure that the decisions we make are fair, and the most vulnerable people, those being affected by it are being looked after in the best way possible."
"Now it doesn't mean we shouldn't make difficult decisions but it does mean we should take due care about them. i hope that this consultation will show that we have done that and that we'd be able to perhaps even come up with an alternative"
Cllr Les Jones, Leader of Dudley Council
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Ahead of the conference, calls are growing for Midlands regions to have their own devolved powers to match those on offer to Scotland.
After a cool start, Sunday looks set to be a dry and bright day, with sunny spells.
Mainly dry with clear spells but possibly one or two light showers near coasts overnight, remaining largely dry on Sunday.