The introduction of the controversial apprenticeship levy caused a collapse in the number of people starting the training programmes, government figures have confirmed.
Protesters place windmills made from British Gas bills during a Centrica AGM in London. The company has lost 823,000 British Gas customers since JuneSteve Parson / PA.
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 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.
The move follows a backlash by consumers about the speed of their broadband connection not being as quick as advertised. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA.