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BBC.co.uk

EU exit would risk jobs, says group of business bosses

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Leaving the European Union would threaten jobs and put the UK’s economy at risk, leaders of some of Britain’s biggest companies have said. Bosses – including those of BT, Marks & Spencer and Vodafone – signed a letter published in the Times, saying an EU exit would deter investment in the UK. Leave campaigners point out two-thirds of FTSE 100 firms, including Tesco and Sainsbury, did not back the letter. A referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU will be held on 23 June.

 

The Financial Times

Almost a third of UK apprentices fail to complete work schemes

More than 30 per cent of people who start apprenticeships in Britain fail to complete them, and the numbers have worsened every year for the past three years. The data on “success rates”, which the Financial Times has drawn from official spreadsheets, raise questions about the government’s flagship policy to boost the number of apprenticeships to improve the skills of Britain’s workforce. The government has highlighted the fact that it created more than 2m apprenticeships in the previous parliament and has promised to create another 3m by 2020. However, its figures refer to the number who start apprenticeships, not the number who successfully complete them. The success rate for all apprenticeships was 68.9 per cent in 2013/14, the latest year for which data are available. It has declined steadily since 2010/11 when it was 76.4 per cent.

 

The Times

Ford steers towards driverless cars

Ford is embarking on an investment splurge with the aim of launching a vehicle that will take over from the driver in traffic jams in what could be a big step towards a future of driverless cars. “Our plan is to change the way the world moves, as Henry Ford did 113 years ago,” Mark Fields, the chief executive of Ford, told The Times at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

 

The Independent

Councils cut CCTV spending amid budget squeezes

Councils have drastically cut spending on CCTV and are operating fewer cameras, according to a new report.

Campaign group Big Brother Watch found local authorities spent at least £277 million on the installation, maintenance and monitoring of the systems between 2012 and 2015. A previous study found between 2007 and 2011, town halls spent £515 million and controlled at least 51,600 CCTV cameras, while 45,284 cameras were being operated as of March last year.

Posted by Lois Hardy on 23/02/2016