He spoke on a range of issues including social care funding, the price of cigarettes, funding for technical education post-16 and business rates.
It’s Philip Hammond’s first and last spring Budget. And the Chancellor is determined to use his image as a penny-pinching accountant to maximum advantage, as he tries to steer the British economy and finances through both Brexit and deficit reduction. Paul Waugh, Executive Editor, Politics, The Huffington Post UK
Here were some of the main points:
Growth forecast for the economy has gone up from 1.4% to 2%
No mention of climate change, Brexit fails to make an appearance
Extra £2 billion for social care in England over the next three years
Higher paid self-employed to pay an average of 60p a week more in NI
Most pubs are to be given a £1,000 discount on business rates
Corbyn accuses Chancellor of producing ‘Budget of utter complacency’
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