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The 10 best companies to be an apprentice at

Research shows that 59 per cent  of the public believe that recent moves to give apprenticeships and related schemes the same status as university degrees will lead to a general rise in their success in attracting school leavers

Autumn Statement 2013: At a glance

Key points from the Autumn Statement:  


* Petrol tax rise of 2p a litre planned for next year is cancelled.

* Rolling back green levies takes an average £50 off energy bills.

* Financial resources provided to fund expansion of free school meals to all school children in reception, year one and year two.

* New priority right to move for social tenants who need to relocate for a job.

* New loans worth £1 billion to unblock housing developments including in Manchester and Leeds.

* Plans to increase train fares by 1% above inflation from January cancelled, so they go up in line with inflation.

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Poll: Who comes out on top in Michael Gove's row with Stephen Twigg?

Both have been wielding the poisoned pen today. Gove first published a 1,300 word letter to his opposite number, Labour's shadow education secretary, picking holes in the opposition schools policy; the favour was duly returned as Twigg fired off a (much shorter) critique around 4pm this afternoon. See extracts below: