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Ensuring the West Midlands have the infrastructure in place to make the most of the opportunities of the coming decades was on the agenda as the government’s official advisers on infrastructure policy visited the region.

Maximising the benefits of HS2 through investment in local public transport, helping businesses expand their services and markets with 5G technologies, and ensuring that infrastructure helps reduce carbon emissions were all discussed during a series of meetings between the National Infrastructure Commission and Cllr Bob Sleigh, Deputy Mayor for the West Midlands and officials from West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The trending ‘Coastal Grandmother Aesthetic’ transports people back to classic Nancy Meyes films, with a nod to nostalgic cooking and coastal vibe interiors. No matter where you live, you can create an interior where you can almost feel the ocean breeze.

Originating from a viral TikTok video, the trend is inspired by flowing coastal atmosphere, handwritten recipes, delicious cooking, and snug linen and rattan interiors.

People who pay council tax by direct debit, which is a safe, simple and quick way to pay will see the cash go directly into their bank accounts from April. Those who do not pay by direct debit will be contacted by their council and invited to make a claim.

Around 20 million households in council tax bands A to D - including 95% of rented properties - are set to benefit from the £3 billion council tax rebate, which does not have to be repaid.

A new study from Retirement Villages Group (“RVG”) today reveals that the total value of unpaid services provided by retirees in the West Midlands annually is £3bn and a staggering £48bn across the UK every year 1 - the equivalent of 2% of 2021 UK GDP.  The findings highlight the critical but often overlooked role people aged over 65 have in our society and economy.   

Christian Fox, a barrister at Becket Chambers: "The criminal justice system is like a defibrillator in an old phone box: no one really cares about it until your life depends on it, then suddenly it is the most important thing on earth and you hope to heck it works. The problem is, the criminal justice system doesn't work, in fact access to justice in this country no longer works full stop.

City of Wolverhampton Council’s multi-million-pound programme to replace its out-dated housing stock with better homes for residents is set to get underway in the coming months. The Council confirmed in its Housing Revenue Account report in January that an Asset Management Strategy is being developed for the regeneration of its 4,100 homes built by old, non-traditional construction methods.

10 site managers who work for David Wilson Homes East Midlands, based in Coalville, have all secured top national awards for the quality of build at new housing developments across the region.

Five of the winning site managers oversee the delivery of new homes in Leicestershire, and have each received a top industry Pride in the Job Quality Award from the National House Building Council (NHBC).

TalkTalk has launched its new Future Fibre Fund in Birmingham, as it looks to support local community groups with a donation to help them succeed. As the UK’s only large-scale value provider of connectivity, TalkTalk is passionate about helping people connect affordably to all the possibilities the outside world offers, as it rolls out Future Fibre - the UK’s fastest and most reliable full fibre technology.

With the Bank of England having just announced a fifth consecutive interest rate hike, I have a comment below from my client, the co-founder of ZIPZERO, about the need for businesses to react. Namely, he is calling on David Buttress, the Government’s new ‘cost-of-living tsar’, to work with energy providers and retailers to double down on the support provided to customers right now, rather than leaving it up consumers to manage the challenging economic climate alone:

With limited spaces remaining for Logistics UK’s Fleet Engineer Conference 2022, the business group is encouraging delegates to book – or complete existing bookings – now to avoid disappointment. Taking place at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire on 23 June 2022, the conference will prove to be an unmissable event for anyone with responsibility for specifying commercial vehicles, ensuring roadworthiness and compliance, and maintaining fleets.