Public sector payback time

Its awards consume roughly a quarter of public spending. It is hard to see where the tax hikes or spending scaleback to fund them will come from if the Chancellor sticks to his guns.

How Hammond could raise his ratings

The Chancellor has not always been well treated by his neighbour, and deserves support over public spending. But he has mishandled his internal position over Brexit.

Dealing with diesel

Government encouraged drivers to switch to it. Now some want to penalise them for doing so.

WATCH: Hammond defends his National Insurance hike

“People across the country will recognise a basic unfairness when two people earning the same amount of money, accessing the same benefits, are paying very different contributions”.

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