The introduction of the controversial apprenticeship levy caused a collapse in the number of people starting the training programmes, government figures have confirmed.
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.
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”.
The UK economy grew 0.4 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, driven by household spending as growth in consumption outpaced incomes.
The move follows a backlash by consumers about the speed of their broadband connection not being as quick as advertised. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA.