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.
Only a constitutional referendum lock, safeguarded by the Queen, can protect us from the left-wing coalition that could take power in 2020.
If our survey’s findings are representative, this majority either agrees with the Chancellor or is in unity mode or both.
Our current deficit could easily double in a less benign economic climate. Failure to take tough action would be reckless.
Plus: Is Hammond’s deficit reduction strategy right? Is Trump a good or bad thing? And should May call a snap election?
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.
The first piece in our mini-series on reducing the deficit explores ideas from addressing ‘grey welfare’ to closing Whitehall departments.
The harsh truth is that, nearly seven years into Conservative-led Government, we are still living beyond our means.
It should be used to pay for what we owe in our pensions and benefits system – and thus provide more inter-generational justice.
She’s only been in power for a few months but there have already been ten notable policy changes.
The Centre for Social Justice applauds the Universal Credit changes. But praise elsewhere is thin.
Circumstances dictate a suck-it-and-see Autumn Statement – but also one that can transcend its own caution by pointing to a visionary landscape ahead.
“Towards the end of this Parliament, at the point at which our contributions to the European Union reduce, there is an expectation on the part of the public and the NHS that there should be an increase.”
He defines them as “people who work hard and by and large do not feel that they’re sharing in the prosperity that economic growth is bringing to the country”.