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More than one in ten house fires in West Midlands started deliberately

More than one in ten house fires in West Midlands last year were started deliberately, figures from the Home Office show. The numbers reveal the scale of the problem faced by the...

Around one in three Universal Credit claimants in Birmingham are in employment.

Thousands of workers in Birmingham are claiming Universal Credit as their low wages are not enough to live on. Charities say that the "shocking" number of in-work applicants is due to low...

Car theft rate in West Midlands is one of the highest in the country

Police in West Midlands are dealing with the highest rates of car theft in England and Wales. It has led vehicle manufacturers to demand tighter controls on the "open sale" of equipment...

Ministry of Justice takes over running of HMP Birmingham

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has today (20/08) taken over the running of HMP Birmingham for an initial six-month period at no additional cost to the taxpayer. This follows an extended period...

Government pledges £100 million to end rough sleeping, which will help the rising numbers...

The Government has pledged £100 million to end rough sleeping, which will help the rising numbers of homeless people on the streets in Birmingham. Homelessness charities have welcomed the strategy to end...

Drug-related deaths rise in Birmingham over last three years

Drug-related deaths have risen in Birmingham over the last three years, reflecting a national rise in fatalities over the period. Charities have said that most deaths from substance abuse are avoidable, and...

More than 35% of of juvenile offenders in Birmingham reoffend within a year, figures...

More than 35% of youth offenders in Birmingham reoffend within a year, according to a Ministry of Justice report. From October 2015 to September 2016, 1,110 young offenders either left custody, received...

Birmingham housing benefit applicants are waiting more than three weeks for claims to be...

New housing benefit applicants in Birmingham are having to wait more than three weeks for their claims to be processed, new figures have revealed. Between April 2017 and March 2018, new claimants...

Free childcare scheme proves popular but parents may be ‘picking up the tab’

As the school term ends, figures from the Department of Education show that thousands of parents in Birmingham have used the Government-funded 30 hours a week of free childcare during its...

Nearly 40% of parents in Birmingham fail to pay child maintenance under government scheme

Nearly 40% of the parents who have their child maintenance payments controlled by the government in Birmingham failed to pay in the first three months of 2018. Newly-released figures from the Department...

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