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.

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.

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.

Stamp duty

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Strong cider has been singled out in Budget (Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images)

White ciders targeted as duty frozen on wine and beer

A duty freeze on wine, spirits, beer and ciders other than high-strength, low-quality alcohol has been welcomed as a “win win” for consumers, producers and the Treasury.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Closed pub

Firms handed £2.3bn reprieve in business rates indexation change

UK firms have been granted a £2.3 billion reprieve on controversial business rates as part of a string of tax changes the Chancellor said proved the Government was “listening to concerns”.

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Budget 2017: Tax penalty for dirty diesel cars but white van drivers are spared

New diesel cars failing to meet the latest emissions standards will face a tax increase in April, Philip Hammond has announced.

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