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Nursery child care in Birmingham is set to get a £1.5 million funding boost from the city council to ensure there is enough good quality provision across the city. Cabinet is being asked to approve the increase to the Early Education Entitlement (EEE) funding rate for youngsters aged two, three and four at private, voluntary and independent (PVI) child care settings.

The results are in for the Safer 6 campaign's fourth week, which had a special focus on Oldbury. Firefighters with council neighbourhood services officers carried out 109 home safety checks in Oldbury during the week as well as general safety visits across the town’s four wards – Bristnall, Langley, Old Warley and Oldbury. Oldbury Fire Station hosted a vehicle safety event, where firefighters checked 57 cars, highlighting and dealing with common faults including defective tyres and lights, wrongly fitting child seats, cracked windscreens and low fluid levels.

Today, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has made a historic move as the first trade union to re-affiliate to the Labour Party more than a decade after it withdrew its support. Union delegates voted for the FBU to support the Labour Party, reinvigorated after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader, at a special conference in Blackpool. The FBU was one of the first trade unions to declare support for Corbyn’s leadership campaign.

The number of motorists driving illegally in Wolverhampton bus lanes has fallen dramatically since cameras began being used to enforce the law earlier this year – so much so that the city council is to extend the scheme to cover more routes.

Pioneering Fair Trade retailer Traidcraft is offering an alternative to the frenzy of Black Friday – as new survey results show that more than half of the UK is negatively affected by shopping fever in the run-up to Christmas. Over half of all West Midlands shoppers surveyed (52%) said they experience negative emotions when shopping in the run-up to Christmas – feeling stressed, anxious, ill, argumentative and violent.

Reports setting out progress made in children’s social care services and education are to go before the city council. Children’s social care is over a year into its three-year improvement plan and the report sets out progress so far and plans for the next two years. The next two years will focus on improving social work practice and delivering more effective interventions with children and families.

This week’s announcement about the historic devolution agreement reached for the West Midlands has been welcomed by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. Vice President Kevin Rogers, a former manufacturer said in response to the announcement: “We have always been concerned that Whitehall did not properly understand manufacturing. The devolution agreement enables us to take control back and invest in the areas that concern manufacturing.

A housing development in Ladywood built through the city council’s house building arm has been handed over to tenants. Built through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) by Galliford Try Partnerships, the £2.67m development of 45 properties will include 23 properties for affordable rent.

The launch of Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce attracted an “amazing” response from the town. Over 120 attended the event at Quinto Lounge on the town’s High Street and its creation received an immediate endorsement from Sutton Coldfield’s MP Andrew Mitchell. He said: “I am delighted that Sutton Coldfield is to have its own Chamber of Commerce.

£3million programme of work to further improve cycle routes along canals in Birmingham are set for approval by the city council’s Cabinet on November 17. The scheme, part of the wider Birmingham Cycle Revolution initiative, covers sections of five canals across the city – and follows two earlier phases of canal works, approved in December 2013 and May 2015 (worth a combined £8.175million).