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Councillor Ian Cooper, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“Earls High school in Halesowen was evacuated after a bomb threat phone call this morning. Police are investigating the call but say there is 'no credible threat'.

“We are working with West Midlands Police on this incident but would like to reassure parents that the situation was dealt with quickly and safely and there are no suggestions of any threat to any other schools in the Dudley borough.”

Six schools receive bomb threats but 'not credible' say police

Six schools have received bomb threats in the West Midlands this morning but "but intelligence experts insist there is no credible threat".

West Midlands Police says four schools in Sandwell, one in Dudley and one in south Birmingham received calls at about 09:00. 

The emerging West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is consulting on its proposed role and functions.

A survey can be found on the WMCA website - www.WestMidlandsCombinedAuthority.org.uk- from Monday 18 January until 8 February 2016 and people are encouraged to take part and leave feedback.

The survey into the ‘Scheme’ document, which was submitted to ministers in October, will help inform the government’s decision on whether it is appropriate and in the region’s best interests to formally establish a Combined Authority (WMCA) ahead of Parliament being asked to approve it.

The future of a Coseley school, which has both falling pupil numbers and exam results, is being put to the public.

Dudley Council today launched a consultation exercise on the potential closure of The Coseley School.

The school has 557 pupils, just over half of its 975 capacity, and last year’s GCSE results placed it bottom of all borough secondary schools for five A*-C including English and maths.

Just 54 parents, including some from outside the borough, have chosen the school as their first preference for September 2016 against a maximum intake of 195. The fall in pupil numbers has also had an impact on the school’s finances.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Chancellor to hand over greater powers and more funds to deliver more jobs, new homes, better transport links and higher skills in the West Midlands.

Speaking at Treasury Questions, Austin urged George Osborne to free the West Midlands from the control of bureaucrats in Whitehall to give the new combined authority greater powers over job creation, housing, transport and training.

The Chancellor promised to continue working with local leaders to push for an agreement that devolved “very significant powers” to the Midlands.