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December strikes loom as bus drivers reject offer

Arriva bus drivers have voted to reject the latest pay offer in their stand-off with the transport operator, making it more likely the nine strike days announced for December, plus Monday 27 November, will go ahead.

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BUDGET I Tech spend to the fore as Hammond maps out future

The digital economy looks to be one of the big winners of Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget, with the Chancellor committing £500m across areas including Artificial Intelligence, low-carbon and autonomous vehicles, geospatial data and the rollout of fibre and 5G connectivity.

Rotheram asks for more housing powers

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Housing issues including a stamp duty holiday, a devolved Housing Investment Fund and a model to tackle homelessness are among the items set out as priorities by Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram ahead of this week’s Autumn Budget.

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Statutory powers confirmed for TfN

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Transport minister Jesse Norman has confirmed that Transport for the North is to be made a statutory body, giving it legal powers and duties as it seeks to develop Northern England’s transport networks.

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Leaders call for end to Merseyrail dispute

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Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram and city mayor Joe Anderson have come together, along with the five leaders of the city region’s districts, to write an open letter to transport union RMT and Merseyrail.

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Additional strikes to hit Arriva bus services

Arriva North West bus drivers, already set to strike on Monday 20 November, are also to take industrial action on nine days in December in an attempt to secure higher pay.

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Mayors call for accelerated devolution

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England’s seven regional and city-wide Mayors, including Greater Manchester’s Andy Burnham and Liverpool City Region’s Steve Rotheram, are meeting in London today to issue a call to the Government to increase the pace and scale of devolution.