Council tax bills have landed on doormats and across the country most households face higher charges to pay for care for older and disabled people.
Philip Hammond promised a Budget that helps young people get the "skills they need to do the high-paid, high-skilled jobs of the future". The support shown to technical education, primarily via new 'T-Levels' for 16-19 year olds, will be broadly welcomed, with the UK seeking to act on its lowly 16th most productive economy status, according to OECD data¹.
Unless you're dropping some serious cash on a diamond encrusted wedding dress, it's a pretty safe bet that food and drink will be the biggest slice of your wedding budget. And so it should be - food and drink are essential to you and your guests having a great time, and setting the tone for the day.
What we don't want to happen is for regulation of digital currencies to 'all of a sudden' come into force and for the banking sector to be the only people prepared or equipped for it. The power of this new financial technology is its ability to disrupt the way we do business, not perpetuate doing things the same.
While the Budget was a positive first step, a long term commitment is needed to deliver inclusive growth and productivity across the regions, with business and citizen engagement at its heart.
Productivity was a frequently used word in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's presentation of his final Spring Budget. Raising productivity is a major focus and commitment - it has been placed "at the very heart of [the government's] economic plan."
Did you go to a grammar school? And if you did, did you get a good education? If the answer to both those questions is Yes, you may very well have welcomed the government's pledge in the budget this week to make extra money available for new schools that will be allowed to choose their pupils according to academic ability...
Flexible working itself requires highly sought-after skills, and we should not be afraid to draw this to the attention of recruiters and employers. We will need to prove ourselves and the value we bring. We are a flexible working PR and Communications consultancy, and here are some of the lessons we have learnt from our own experience:
For retailers up and down the country, there was little in the Budget to be enthused about. This was a Budget lacking clarity and ambition. While the ...
There is a reason why the happiest country in the world is also the highest taxed. It's because they use tax to invest in excellent public services. They believe in the concept of a society that everyone contributes to and benefits from. They realise that taxation, rather than being an evil, is the subscription fee you pay for a civilised society.
But the bottom line is that the government needs money to run public services and things that the private sector either can't or doesn't want to do. That money comes predominantly from taxation in one form or another. To have turned taxation into the most sacred of all sacred cows is an act of supreme folly and self-delusion. We cheat ourselves by not talking about tax or condemning those who do.
At a glance, Philip Hammond's Budget yesterday was a fairly boring affair. Forecasts remained somewhat constant, levels of taxation were shifted up a little here and down a little elsewhere, there were a few spending boosts to certain areas and certain money grabs elsewhere, but all things considered this Budget was, on the face of it, quite a dull one. However, looking deeper, the Devil is in the detail.
Because once you've got the travel bug, the big question is when can you afford to get back out there - and how much do you have to save to stay? It's not so bad if you're heading somewhere like South East Asia but what about a more expensive destination like Australia?
We're in an age in which the people are demanding change, demanding to take back control of their communities, of our economy, and the Chancellor has again demonstrated this government is operating for the 1%, not the rest of us.
The Autumn budget will be an indicator of how well the economy is doing and we could see some more announcements being made. can also be dubbed the Brexit Budget because the likely impact from Article 50 and negotiations may change the way the Government does business.
Mr Hammond would be right to be pleased with his first proper outing. There wasn't much showboating, and there weren't as many gimmicks as we had become used to under Mr Osborne (pasty tax anyone?), he was playing it safe this Spring. The autumn might dampen his spirits though.