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 […]






Budget 2017: Corbyn says government not fit for office

Budget 2017: Corbyn says government not fit for office

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “So much for tackling injustices” Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget will “unravel” within days, continuing the “misery” for people across the country, Jeremy Corbyn has predicted. The Labour leader attacked the government’s failure to reduce the deficit, a rise in rough sleeping and the fact 120,000 people will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation. […]






What do Universal Credit reforms mean?

What do Universal Credit reforms mean?

People claiming the benefit universal credit will have to wait five weeks, rather than six, to receive their first payment from February 2018. The government had been coming under mounting pressure to act after reports that many people were getting into rent arrears, problem debt or having to use food banks while waiting to receive […]






Brexit: Broad agreement to pay more as UK leaves, the BBC understands

Brexit: Broad agreement to pay more as UK leaves, the BBC understands

Image copyright EPA There is broad agreement among ministers that the government should increase its financial offer to the EU as the UK leaves, the BBC understands. But this is only in return for the EU moving on in December to talks about a future trade deal and an implementation phase after the UK’s departure […]






Brexit: Electoral Commission reopens probe into Vote Leave

Brexit: Electoral Commission reopens probe into Vote Leave

Image caption Darren Grimes ran a pro-Brexit campaign for young people The Electoral Commission has reopened an investigation into Vote Leave’s EU referendum spending. The campaign paid £625,000 to clear bills allegedly run up by university student Darren Grimes with a digital agency days ahead of last June’s vote. A separate group, Veterans for Britain, […]






The moment Labour MPs saw the exit poll

How did those Labour MPs who were not big Jeremy Corbyn supporters react to the 2017 general election exit poll, which revealed that, far from crashing and burning, their leader had defied the odds and stopped Theresa May winning a majority? Film-maker David Modell followed some of them: Skip Twitter post by @daily_politics End of […]






Theresa May’s policy board chief George Freeman stands down

Theresa May’s policy board chief George Freeman stands down

Image copyright PA Theresa May’s policy chief is standing down to concentrate on boosting the Conservative Party’s campaigning strength and appeal to younger voters. George Freeman said the party needed to change after its “ill-conceived” general election campaign. He warned the PM during the campaign that they risked becoming “a narrow party of nostalgia, hard […]






Brexit: Extra customs checks at ports could take place ‘inland’

Brexit: Extra customs checks at ports could take place ‘inland’

Image copyright PA New customs checkpoints may need to be built “inland” at British ports to handle the increased workload after Brexit, a senior official has said. Karen Wheeler said new infrastructure would be needed to “facilitate” customs controls and it would be up to ports to decide where to locate them. But space was […]






Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing

Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing

Image copyright Getty Images The testing of driverless cars on UK roads is expected to be given the green light in Wednesday’s Budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow developers to apply to test the vehicles. Writing in the Sun, he said investment would “prepare the ground” for the cars to be […]






Universal credit: Households to miss out on benefits over festive season

Universal credit: Households to miss out on benefits over festive season

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of people on universal credit will not be paid over the festive season or will get a reduced payment, the BBC Moneybox show has highlighted. Those hit will be some of the 67,000 people who claim the benefit while working and who are paid weekly. This is because there are […]