Kate Forbes appointed Scotland’s first female finance secretary | Politics

Nicola Sturgeon has appointed Kate Forbes as Scotland’s first female finance secretary in a mini-reshuffle forced by the abrupt resignation of Derek Mackay earlier this month. Forbes was appointed to the post 11 days after being asked to present the Scottish government’s draft budget for 2020 with about 14 hours notice, after Mackay’s sudden resignation … Read more

The Guardian view on apprenticeships: failing the young | Editorial

By turning their attention to the muddle surrounding on-the-job training, ministers could prove ‘levelling up’ is more than a slogan That the government’s apprenticeships programme in England is in trouble is generally accepted, even if it is not widely enough known. While the particular problem most likely to catch the government’s attention is probably funding, … Read more