The chronic shortage of primary school places hit the front page of yesterday’s Birmingham Mail. And rightly so. This is one of the biggest problems I face as a local councillor. Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe. It is hardly surprising the demand on primary school places is going to intensify. But instead of the city’s education bosses investing for the future, education provision is being under resourced. Too many of our children are being taught in temporary build accommodation. Many more have to travel great distances across the city because they cannot find a school place in the area in which they live. This problem is particularly acute in deprived inner city wards like Sparkbrook and Springfield.