The leader of Birmingham City Council has described the latest round of government cuts to its budget as "the end of the local authority as we know it".
Sir Albert Bore today confirmed that hundreds more people are losing their jobs, to help save hundreds of millions of pounds over the next four years. Chris Halpin reports.
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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.