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Strikes close three quarters of schools

Today's industrial action by up to two million public sector workers is thought to have caused the closure of three out of four schools in England.

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Read our Autumn Statement report

Set against a backdrop of sluggish economic growth, rising unemployment, and uncertainty in Europe, the Autumn Statement included a number of measures designed to strengthen the economy. Read our summary report of the announcements made.

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The Autumn Statement and business finance

A large portion of the Autumn Statement this year was geared towards businesses, helping them to secure finance, encouraging investment and reducing the business charges payable.

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Autumn Statement 2011 Round-up

The Chancellor has delivered his statement, here is a quick round-up of some of the key announcements.

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Apprenticeship incentive revealed as youth unemployment hits 1 million

New measures to ensure apprenticeships are made available have been launched as the latest unemployment figures show that youth unemployment has passed the 1 million mark.

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Government launches business growth package

Prime Minister David Cameron announced a 'business growth package' at the Exporting for Growth and Finance Fitness conference yesterday.

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UK Government urged to cut VAT to protect Scotland's heritage and boost economy

VAT should be reduced to five per cent for renovations, repairs and home improvements, the Scottish Government's culture secretary has claimed.

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UK growth better than expected, but Autumn Statement must support business growth

UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 0.5 per cent in quarter three, preliminary figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.

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Manufacturing technology gets £170 million boost

The Government has announced a cash boost for the UK's manufacturing industry, in a bid to keep the UK at the forefront of industry technology.

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Business Growth Fund starts investing

The Business Growth Fund (BGF) has made its first investment in a small, fast-growing business, a year after being set up.

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