Anderson takes chair at combined authority

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Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has been appointed chairman of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, replacing Wirral leader Cllr Phil Davies, who had announced his intention to step down prior to the authority’s meeting on Friday.

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.

MIPIM UK: Northern Powerhouse sets conference agenda

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Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The first day of the MIPIM UK conference programme in London was dominated by talk of the Northern Powerhouse, with panel debates formed of council and businesses leaders delivering positive messages about the opportunities on offer.

Budget: Changes to student funding regime

Firms in the education building sector will be watching to see the impact on student places and higher education spending following radical changes to tuition fees and the grant system.

Osborne announces new industry-led schools

Government has announced two new technical schools for the North West aimed at filling skills gap in priority sectors; Crewe University Technical College and a Studio school at Deyes High in Sefton.