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Apprenticeship levy behind 60pc collapse in number of people starting training ...
The introduction of the controversial apprenticeship levy caused a collapse in the number of people starting the training programmes, government figures have confirmed.
Apprenticeship numbers fall by 59% after levy imposed  BBC News
Apprenticeship levy set for reassessment  Belfast Telegraph
Budget 2017: 'I've never been able to afford my own home'
What do the measures introduced in the Budget mean to young people in the UK? The Chancellor Philip Hammond, announced the immediate abolition of stamp duty for properties up to �300,000 in England, Northern Ireland and, for a time, Wales.
The OBR's UK economic predictions may be gloomy, but they are correct  Financial Times
Stamp duty stampede on first-time buyer homes in London  Evening Standard
Centrica battered by �1.6bn market crash after 823000 flee British Gas
Centrica, the UK's largest energy utility, suffered its steepest share price fall in twenty years on Thursday morning after admitting its earnings per share for 2017 will be almost a fifth lower than investors had expected at 12.5p a share.
FTSE 100 drifts lower; no US lead due to Thanksgiving holiday  Proactive Investors UK
Centrica sees record shares fall as price hike sends customers fleeing  Belfast Telegraph
'Google tax' to crack down on avoidance by internet firms in UK
Internet companies that legally avoid taxes by shifting profits overseas face being taxed on royalties on UK sales in a move dubbed the “Google tax”.
What the Budget means for tax  economia
HMRC raises �160 billion in tax avoidance clampdown  Evening Standard
Household spending drives UK third-quarter growth of 0.4 per cent
The UK economy grew 0.4 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, driven by household spending as growth in consumption outpaced incomes.
Consumer spending rebounds to support third quarter economic growth  Sky News
Household spending rebounds as UK economic growth accelerates  Belfast Telegraph
Shake-up in advertising of broadband speeds after consumer backlash
The move follows a backlash by consumers about the speed of their broadband connection not being as quick as advertised. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA.
Broadband firms must ditch 'misleading' speed ads  BBC News
ISPs forced to ditch 'misleading' broadband adverts  IT PRO
Bank of England admits to paying women 24% less than men because of fewer ...
The Bank of England has revealed a gender pay gap of just over 24 per cent between the average wage of its male and female staff, citing a lack of women in senior positions as the core reason for the gaping divide.
Bank of England reveals gender pay gap  BBC News
Bank of England pay gap caused by shortage of women in senior roles  Belfast Telegraph
UK diesel use double petrol figure
Consumption of diesel reached a record 24.6 million tonnes last year compared with 12 million tonnes of petrol, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).
This is how much cigarettes are going up in price and it is a big increase  Liverpool Echo
Budget 2017: What does the diesel change mean?  BBC News
Fake Yeezy trainers and counterfeit Kylie lipsticks - the most common online ...
Christmas shoppers fell victim to almost �16million in fraud last year, with 65% of crimes linked to online auctions sites, Action Fraud has revealed.
Police warn Christmas shoppers about 'sharp rise' in fraud  Sky News
Christmas fraud: Mobiles and clothes top presents targeted  BBC News
Ultra-fast �190m broadband fund up for grabs
The government says it will distribute �190m of funding to help the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband across the UK. Public bodies will now be able to apply for a share of the money, which is part of a �1bn fund first announced in 2016.
12000 New Scottish Homes to Get 1Gbps Fibre  DIGIT.FYI (blog)
UK Government launches �190m gigabit broadband challenge fund  FutureScot (blog)