Heat on chancellor after warm homes cash cuts
Are the Coalition's green credentials starting to slip?
The question's being asked after an ambitious scheme to insulate homes on one of England's biggest housing estates was stopped in its tracks.
I've talked previously about the installation of "insulation overcoats" on some of Nottingham's poorest estates.
It's cut domestic energy bills and made draughty 1930s homes warm and snug places to live.
So there was genuine excitement when, last year, plans were announced to insulate 4,500 homes on the city's southern Clifton estate. Both local authority and privately-owned homes were to benefit from the £20m project.
Children in care soar as councils seek more foster parents
In all the news coverage of councils struggling with budget cuts, it's easy to overlook some big increases in funding.
Resources are being shifted into two key care services: adult care and child protection.
Survey shows East Midlands under-represented in Lords
The four-and-a-half million people of the East Midlands can be a pretty raucous and noisy lot.
But in Parliament's second chamber, there's an almost deafening silence. And that's probably because a new survey reveals the region's voice is going unheard in the House of Lords.
Cuts crisis forces radical new thinking for councils
Filming for Sunday Politics gave me the opportunity to head to the very top of the East Midlands. I was climbing Beacon Hill near Loughborough in Leicestershire.
It's from here you get a great view of the counties that make up the East Midlands. Politically, it's also a good vantage point to get a bigger picture of how the local government make-up of our counties could change.
Flooding: New law proposed to keep drains clear
Politics is about timing and a back-bench Conservative MP might just be in luck.
Before the current flooding crisis, the Nottinghamshire constituency of Sherwood MP Mark Spencer had been affected by a series of flash floods last year.
Upbeat signs as East Midlands leads the way?
With spring around the corner, who can blame coalition ministers for hinting at economic green shoots.
It's easy to get bamboozled by a blizzard of government statistics.
New Burlesque: Is it empowering or demeaning to women?
"Burlesque? Of course it's political," I was told in no uncertain terms.
Anyone who thinks of this risque entertainment as just nipple tassels and fishnet stockings needs to think again, says Dr Jacki Willson, a Nottingham-based academic expert on Britain's New Burlesque and its renewed popularity.
Budget cuts force new thinking to services, says leader
Whenever our local politicians feel the heat, watch out for a public consultation process.
The results can provide a useful alibi and shield when difficult decisions are being made.
East Midlands needs "sharp elbows", says council leader
The East Midlands needs to have "sharper elbows" in the competition for government funding, according to one of its leading politicians.
Councillor Jon Collins is chairman of East Midlands Councils, the cross-party group that lobbies ministers. But he warns the region could lose out to others pitching for government investment.
International aid gives UK respect, says Alan Duncan
It's that time of year to reflect, consider others and to look forward.
Many of the memorable images that stick in the mind from 2013 - all too sadly - are from disasters, either man-made or natural. The Syrian civil war, the snow-covered refugee camps and the typhoon in the Philippines have dominated the headlines.