Seven councils in the West Midlands are among a group of 42 across the country campaigning for fairer funding in schools.
The F40 group includes some of the lowest funded local authorities in England and says it wants "fairness and equal opportunities in education for all children, regardless of where they live".
The F40 group includes:
Cheshire East Council
Solhull Metropolitan Borough Council
Staffordshire County Council
Warwickshire County Council
Worcestershire County Council
Responding to today's news, Shropshire Council said it was "generally pleased with the settlement" and acknowledged it came at a time when schools "have been experiencing
challenges in balancing their budgets".
schools have not been well funded and so we would hope this is a fairer
settlement in relative funding terms with those schools in other areas, who
have historically attracted higher levels of funding per pupil," Ed Potter, cabinet member for children’s
The F40 group has previously said while it recognised that those schools with pupils with higher additional needs should receive more funding, "the way this is applied across the country is inconsistent and unfair".
West Midlands to get an extra £175m for schools
Schools in the West Midlands will receive an extra £175m over the next three years, but it is the second-lowest increase in funding per-pupil in the country.
The figures are laid out in the government's provisional spending plans and the West Midlands will see an average increase of 3.6% per pupil by 2020-21.
Only London is expected to see a lower per-pupil increase with 3.2%.
The spending plans will increase the total budget for the region to £3.97bn by 2020-21.
The prime minister has promised to boost spending in UK schools by £14bn over the coming three financial years.
The five-year-old from Worcester, who's battling an aggressive form of leukemia, is currently having more tests to see whether he's well enough to travel to Singapore for potentially life-saving treatment
Police force hopes to get more recruitment funding
West Mercia Police is expecting the Home Office will announce funding for more officers, on top of the extra 93 the force has been allocated today.
Last month, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said he hoped to eventually get between 300 and 360 as a result of a pledge by the chancellor of £750m to fund 20,000 police officers across the UK.
Sajid Javid's promise included £45m to hire 2,000 police by March next year and the West Mercia PCC's office said these extra 93 officers were seen as part of that first tranche of spending.
It hopes further announcements will bring it closer to that aim of 300-360 extra officers.
Last autumn, West Mercia Police announced it was recruiting an extra 100 officers and in February it confirmed it would hire another 115 on top of that.
All 215 of those recruits should have started work by December this year.
Fire services could form alliance
Plans for two fire services to enter a formal alliance are going to be discussed later.
Shropshire's fire brigade has had a loose partnership with their neighbours in Herefordshire and Worcestershire since autumn last year.
It's so far focused on IT resource-sharing as well as risk management planning.
Barrie Sheldon was deputy police and crime commissioner for West Mercia for four years from 2012.
There's going to be hundreds of thousands of pounds, if not millions, spent on legal fees and the potential of millions of pounds being paid out to put Warwickshire Police back into a state where they can get back to becoming a viable force."
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Police forces split: Warwickshire 'saddened' over Home Office request
Warwickshire Police said it was "saddened" to request the Home Office step in to help agree its break-up plans with the West Mercia force.
The two forces have been in talks since the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Chief Constable Anthony Bangham announced they wanted to end their strategic alliance by 8 October.
West Mercia said negotiations have now ended without an agreement.
The Warwickshire force has now written to the government and asked it to require West Mercia to continue to collaborate with them "across joint business areas" past the split deadline.
A joint statement
from Chief Constable Martin Jelley and Police and Crime Commissioner Philip
Seccombe said: "We are saddened that
it should have ever been necessary to make this request to the Home Secretary.
"Throughout the last 12 months of negotiations with West
Mercia, we have remained focused on achieving an orderly separation which
protects the interests of our communities and our workforce.
"We have made multiple offers to this effect,
which have been refused on each occasion by West Mercia."
The Home Office has been approached for a comment.
Flooding 'could worsen over the weekend'
The Environment Agency says flooding across the West Midlands could worsen this weekend, with more heavy ran expected.
It still has two flood warnings in Shropshire and a number of flood alerts across Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire.
The agency said river levels have been slowly falling since the rain earlier this week, but they remain high.
BreakingHome Office could intervene in police break-up row
The Home Office might have to step in help the West Mercia and Warwickshire police forces agree their break-up plans.
The two forces have been in talks since the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion and the Chief Constable, Anthony Bangham, announced they wanted to end their strategic alliance. West Mercia said negotiations have now ended without an agreement.
In a statement, the West Mercia force said: "We now anticipate intervention from the Home Office in the coming days to allow further time for Warwickshire to transition to a standalone model."
The force said it also understands a High Court injunction is being applied for by
Warwickshire to try to prevent the termination of the current alliance
"We cannot simply
accept the continuation of the current arrangement, which sees West Mercia
significantly subsidising a neighbouring force," the statement added.
Plans for repair work on Hereford's Shirehall have been referred to the culture secretary after concerns were raised the rules hadn't been followed.
Work began on the grade II listed building without planning permission and ward councillor Jeremy Milln said: "We need to demonstrate by example. We cannot expect others who care for listed buildings in this county to do so in an exemplary manner unless we are prepared to do so ourselves."
Herefordshire Council said it had started the work after part of a ceiling collapsed and believed it was acceptable after taking advice from specialists.
But it has now applied for retrospective planning permission and permission to continue with the scheme.