And there are other policies she could pursue. More nurseries in primary schools. Tougher school discipline. Longer sentences for child abuse.
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James Cartlidge: The devastating truth at the heart of the NICs row. We’re palming difficult decisions off on the next generation.
We may be rowing back to defend one promise. But another more fundamental promise to the future is actually at stake.
And May’s reputation for straightforwardness risks damage from the Budget’s proposals for NICs.
David Gauke: This is a Budget for resilience, skills and fairness – and our changes to NICs are fair
Self-employed people earning less than £15,900 a year will still see a reduction in their NICs bill, and also benefit from the increased income tax personal allowance.
Bright Blue, the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Resolution Foundation and others give their views.
Only a constitutional referendum lock, safeguarded by the Queen, can protect us from the left-wing coalition that could take power in 2020.
Ryan Shorthouse: Balancing the budget. Make private schools pay VAT. End ring-fencing. Charge for missed GP appointments.
The second piece in our pre-Budget series on how to eliminate the structural deficit.
Hammond was right to postpone the date by which he aims to achieve a balanced budget. But whether or not Tory MPs really have the appetite for one is doubtful.
Alex Morton: Here’s a radical but workable plan for the Budget. Trade off simplified tax reliefs for lower marginal rates.
He could commit to some tangible metrics – i.e: reducing the tax code in length by 25 per cent by 2019, or pledging to abolish three taxes in each budget.
The harsh truth is that, nearly seven years into Conservative-led Government, we are still living beyond our means.
OECD analysis indicates that the cost of childcare as a percentage of income for a two-earner family is now the highest in the developed world.
James Frayne: First, they encourage us to switch to diesel. And now they want to charge us for it. What planet are these politicians on?
You can’t encourage people to take what are described as virtuous acts, only to punish them later financially.
It would simply replicate all the worst faults of the NHS and create a new set of problems.
Even if she wanted to, she couldn’t reduce her department’s budget without a change in the law.
WATCH: Ici Londres – The three key elements to making a success of Brexit, presented by Daniel Hannan
We obsess about the views of EU member states, but must also consider domestic reform and global relations.