Ballott Box General Election Polling Station

Voters go to polls

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All the action as historic elections take place for Metro Mayors as part of devolution agreements for Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester and politicians look for signals of how the general election will go in June.

Philip Hammond

AS 2016: Hammond backs housing with infrastructure spend

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In his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond highlighted housing as one of the Government’s four areas seen as “critical for improving productivity”, allocating funds to support infrastructure and speed up construction.

Wirral Waters Peel

Councils vie for share of £18m housing pot

Local authorities have less than four weeks to bid for grants from an £18m fund, launched on Friday by minister Gavin Barwell who also confirmed the creation of housing zones in Blackburn, Burnley and Wirral Waters.

Local elections so far, at a glance

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As the counting of votes continues across a number of the North West’s local authorities, the results are in for all Greater Manchester’s boroughs outside the city centre, and in Liverpool, Mayor Joe Anderson’s re-election was confirmed with 52.6% of the vote.

AS2015: Apprenticeship levy set at 0.5%

Three million apprenticeships will be funded by 2020 through the levy on all businesses with more than £3m payroll costs, prompting mixed responses from industry.