Stamp duty cut for first-time buyers at heart of plan to tackle housing crisis

The main gainers from the Government’s cut in stamp duty for first-time buyers will be those who already own a home, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has said.

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Budget 2017: £3 billion Brexit war chest set aside for no deal scenario

A Brexit war chest of at least £3 billion has been set aside to prepare the UK for the prospect of failing to secure a deal with Brussels.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks in the Commons (PA)

Budget 2017: Corbyn condemns failure to tackle social injustice

Jeremy Corbyn accused the Government of “tossing fuel on the fire” via the Budget, despite Theresa May’s promise to tackle burning injustice.

It wasn't all serious during the Budget speech (PA)

In video: Budget 2017 – Philip Hammond’s best gags

Chancellor Philip Hammond didn’t shy away from keeping MPs entertained as well as informed during his Budget speech.

The Chancellor unveils more more for the NHS (Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images)

Budget 2017: NHS bosses to discuss ‘what is possible to deliver for patients’

NHS bosses are to meet to discuss “what it is possible to deliver for patients with the money available” after the health service in England did not get the funds it requested from the Treasury, officials have indicated.

Grenfell Tower, viewed from Notting Hill Methodist Church (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Grenfell fire death toll highly unlikely to change, says coroner

The Grenfell Tower death toll is “highly unlikely” to change from 71, a coroner has said as she opened inquests for the final two victims of the blaze.

RBS stake sale

RBS Government stake sell-off to restart within 18 months

The Government is dusting off plans to re-privatise taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland with the aim of selling £15 billion of its shares by 2023.

Police in Glasgow found the alleged robber (David Cheskin/PA Archive/PA Images)

Man ‘fell asleep covered in Doritos’ after alleged break-in

A man was discovered with a half-eaten pie and covered in Doritos after allegedly breaking into a home and falling asleep.

The Budget in 5 graphics

The Budget in 5 graphics

How long did the Chancellor speak for? Who are the winners and losers in tax changes? These answers and more are in these simple graphics.

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Police release photos of pensioner’s ‘terrible injuries’ in bid to trace robbers

A frail 87-year-old man will need surgery for his injuries after robbers smashed their way into his home and beat him up.

Tax avoidance clampdown

Hammond pledges further tax clampdown on digital firms

Online giants such as Google, Apple and Amazon will pay a tax on their digital royalties to further clamp down on tax avoidance and raise £200 million a year, the Chancellor has announced.

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Budget 2017: Hammond pledges transport boost to get UK “firing on all cylinders”

Philip Hammond pledged to get the UK “firing on all cylinders” with a range of investments in transport projects.

Emmerson Mnangagwa emerged from hiding on Wednesday, departing from neighboring South Africa to return home in preparation to take power after Robert Mugabe's stunning resignation. (AP)

Zimbabwe’s leader-in-waiting appeals for unity and peace in ‘new democracy’

President-in-waiting Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a triumphant return to Zimbabwe, telling a huge crowd of cheering supporters that the country is witnessing “a new, unfolding democracy”.

Horse in frost in Yorkshire this week (Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images)

Met Office weather warning as snow forecast for Thursday

Snow is forecast to hit parts of Britain later along with heavy rain and strong winds.

Stamp duty

What will the stamp duty changes mean for the housing market?

A million first-time buyers are expected by the Government to benefit from the stamp duty cut over the next five years – but experts have warned there could be unintended downsides for the housing market.

Chancellor Philip Hammond prepares to deliver the Budget (Yui Mok/PA)

OBR takes shine off stamp duty move as Budget aims to get UK building

Flagship Budget changes to help young people get onto the property ladder will mainly benefit people who already own homes by forcing up purchase prices, the official economic watchdog has warned.

Public sector pension bill revealed

Government may not eradicate deficit before 2031, watchdog warns

Britain’s fiscal watchdog has called into question the Chancellor’s target for balancing the books, saying the Government may not eradicate the deficit before 2031.

The Duke of Cambridge takes the wheel of a Land Rover Discovery (Paul Ellis/PA)

Off-roading lesson for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been given a lesson in Land Rover off-roading during a tour of the all-terrain marque’s flagship plant.

Housebuilder?s profits plummet

Housebuilder shares fall after Chancellor threatens intervention on unused land

Housebuilder shares took a tumble after the Chancellor warned of Government intervention if companies fail to take advantage of planning permission and continue to sit on unused land.

Theresa May during Prime Minister's Questions (PA)

Jeremy Corbyn ‘a blast from the past’ over Brexit, says Theresa May

Theresa May branded Jeremy Corbyn a “blast from the past” as she claimed she remains optimistic over Brexit.

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