Summary of Budget 2017: Key points at-a-glance

Philip Hammond has delivered his second Budget as chancellor. Here are the key points of his speech. Image copyright PA Stamp duty and housing Stamp duty to be abolished immediately for first-time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £300,000 To help those in London and other expensive areas, the first £300,000 of the cost of […]

PMQs: Bruce asks May about looking after animal welfare

A Conservative MP asked the prime minister to give reassurance that the party supports the “highest standards of animal welfare” both before and after Brexit. Fiona Bruce’s question came after MPs voted not to write part of an EU Treaty on animals as “sentient beings” into UK law. Theresa May listed policies including introducing mandatory […]

Budget quiz: test your knowledge

Stamp duty cut for first time buyers The chancellor also says £3bn will be spent on Brexit planning and lowers UK growth forecasts in his Budget. Budget quiz: test your knowledge}

Grangela: Labour’s Angela Rayner is grandmother at 37

Grangela: Labour’s Angela Rayner is grandmother at 37

Image copyright Reuters Labour MP Angela Rayner has become a grandmother at the age of 37. The shadow education secretary announced the birth of her first grandchild in an early-morning tweet in which she gave herself the new nickname, Grangela. The Ashton-under-Lyne MP had her first son, Ryan, at the age of 16 and said […]

Budget 2017: Hammond to ‘seize opportunities’ from Brexit

Budget 2017: Hammond to ‘seize opportunities’ from Brexit

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May made Philip Hammond her chancellor in June 2016 The UK must “seize the opportunities” from Brexit while tackling deep-seated economic challenges “head on”, Philip Hammond is to say in his second Budget. The chancellor will promise investment to make Britain “fit for the future” as an “outward looking, […]

Irish PM should know better over Brexit, says Arlene Foster

Irish PM should know better over Brexit, says Arlene Foster

Media captionDUP leader attacks EU over Brexit talks Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar “should know better” than to “play around” with Northern Ireland over Brexit, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party says. Arlene Foster accused Mr Varadkar of being “reckless” as Brexit talks enter a “critical phase”. She was speaking after meeting Theresa May […]

Discount railcard extended for people aged up to 30

Discount railcard extended for people aged up to 30

Image copyright Getty Images If you’re 26 and annoyed about paying the full fare for your train travel, the Budget may offer a reprieve. The government has said people up to 30 years-old will now be able to buy a £30 railcard for discounted train ravel. The move – set to be announced in Wednesday’s […]

Budget 2017: Everything you need to know

Budget 2017: Everything you need to know

If you are wondering what to do in your lunch break on Wednesday, then a good idea is to brew a cup of tea, make a sandwich and watch the Budget. It is the biggest single event of the year affecting your finances. In his speech, the chancellor will announce the government’s plans for tax […]

Brexit: UK ‘ready to pay more to the EU’

Brexit: UK ‘ready to pay more to the EU’

Image copyright EPA Brexit supporters in the cabinet have agreed the UK should offer to pay more money to the EU as it leaves. But no formal offer will be made until the EU agrees to begin talking about a new trade deal with the UK. No new figure has been given – but it […]

UK government borrowing grows in October

UK government borrowing grows in October

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Philip Hammond will present the latest Budget on Wednesday UK public sector borrowing rose to £8bn in October, official figures show, up £500m from a year earlier. The figure comes a day before the Budget, and the monthly deficit was bigger than economists had predicted. Increased debt costs, linked […]