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Employers are urging the UK government to delay the apprenticeship levy — a tax on all employers with a pay bill of £3m or more — by at least a year, after the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The levy will shift much of the cost of funding apprenticeships from the state to employers. It is due to start in April but business groups see the shake-up of government after Brexit as an opportunity to push for a delay and redesign. The EEF, Britain’s largest association of manufacturing employers, the CBI business lobby group, the Charity Finance Group and the Institute of Directors are all asking Theresa May’s government to postpone the levy. Business groups are also discussing whether to make a joint appeal. The levy was a flagship policy of George Osborne, the former chancellor, and is seen as a significant revenue source for the government.
Volkswagen’s plan to fix most of its 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests includes a computer software update and a larger catalytic converter to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, and it may not hurt mileage or performance, according to dealers who were briefed by executives on the matter. Limited details of the plan were made public at a regional dealer meeting in Newark, New Jersey, by Volkswagen of America chief operating officer Mark McNabb, said two dealers who asked not to be identified because the plan hasn’t been made public. One dealer said the group was told early testing of a small sample of repaired cars showed the fix made “no discernible difference” in the cars’ mileage, horsepower or torque. Both dealers said they were told more testing was needed, and the plans still had to be approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.
Travellers heading towards Dover could face delays for weeks to come, police have admitted after a weekend of gridlock on the roads. UK Border Force officials were drafted in to help after extra security checks which were introduced following recent terror attacks caused miles of tailbacks. Kent police said the situation was back to normal by Sunday night, with those on the roads facing a wait of about 30 minutes on the A20 approach to Dover. However the force said that the “large volume” of holiday traffic coupled with heightened security checks “could however mean some delays over the next few weeks”.
Nicola Sturgeon ‘determined’ to protect Scotland’s place in EU
Nicola Sturgeon is expected to say she is “determined” to find options to ensure Scotland’s key interests are protected during the European Union Brexit negotiations in a speech in Edinburgh today. Addressing an audience of business leaders, charities and public-sector organisations, the Scottish First Minister and SNP leader will reflect on the EU referendum campaign and the result. She will be speaking one month on from the EU referendum at the conference of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank.
Leisure entrepreneur David Lloyd is entering the electric car market by launching a company called EV Hub to provide a UK-wide network of charging stations. The centres will include office space and some could be located beside coffee shops where customers could work or relax while waiting for their vehicles. Lloyd, a former professional tennis player and founder of the David Lloyd Clubs chain, told The Mail on Sunday he plans to raise an initial £500,000 via crowdfunding to launch a network of five hubs in London. He will then look for further investment to roll them out across the country.