Highlights of the week ending 17 March

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This week the Chancellor delivered his first full Budget, with a number of announcements around education and skills. This included the establishment of ‘returnerships’, a new offer promoting existing skills interventions to the over-50s; the enhancement of the existing Mid-life MOT strategy, which covers careers guidance; the delivery of 12 new investment zones which will have access to funding for skills and apprenticeships; investment in childcare; and increased devolution to Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. Following the Budget, the Government published details of the new ‘trailblazer deeper devolution deals’ for Greater Manchester and the West Midlands

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