Brexit divorce bill: Theresa May to hold ‘inner cabinet’ talks

Brexit divorce bill: Theresa May to hold ‘inner cabinet’ talks

Image copyright EPA Theresa May is to chair a meeting of some of her senior ministers to try to make progress on stalled EU talks. They are expected to discuss how much the UK should offer to pay the EU to settle its bill as it leaves. This bill, which is likely to run into […]

Why the young should watch the Budget

Why the young should watch the Budget

Image copyright Getty Images More young people are voting than at any time in the last quarter of a century. But that resurgence is favouring the Labour Party. Just two years ago, the split in support between Labour and the Conservatives among 18 to 29-year-olds was fairly even, 36% to 32%. But in June’s general […]

Government to pledge 300,000 homes a year

Government to pledge 300,000 homes a year

Media caption“It is not acceptable to us that so many fewer young Britons are able to own a home” Philip Hammond says next week’s Budget will set out how the government will build 300,000 new homes a year. But the chancellor said there was no “single magic bullet” to increase housing supply and the government […]

Michelle O’Neill rules herself out as Sinn Féin leader

Michelle O’Neill rules herself out as Sinn Féin leader

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Michelle O’Neill said it was an “emotional but exciting time” for republicanism Sinn Féin’s Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill has ruled herself out of replacing Gerry Adams as party leader. Mrs O’Neill told BBC’s Sunday Politics programme that she had “enough to do” in her current role. Mr Adams announced at […]

Budget 2017: Plans to build 300,000 homes a year

Budget 2017: Plans to build 300,000 homes a year

Media caption“It is not acceptable to us that so many fewer young Britons are able to own a home” Philip Hammond says next week’s Budget will set out how the government will build 300,000 new homes a year. But the chancellor said there was no “single magic bullet” to increase housing supply and the government […]

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s ‘no unemployed’ remark attacked

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s ‘no unemployed’ remark attacked

Media caption“There are no unemployed people. We’ve created 3.5 million new jobs since 2010.” Opposition parties have criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond after he said “there are no unemployed people” during a BBC interview. Mr Hammond made the comment as he played down the threat posed to people’s jobs by new technology. He later insisted the […]

Paul Farrelly denies fracas claims amid Labour probe

Paul Farrelly denies fracas claims amid Labour probe

Image copyright Labour Party Image caption Paul Farrelly allegedly “squared up” to Labour’s James Frith An MP has denied claims made in a newspaper he had “squared up” to a colleague in a House of Commons fracas. The Mail on Sunday reported Paul Farrelly, the MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, “launched a foul-mouthed tirade” at fellow […]

Hammond: Driverless cars will be on UK roads by 2021

Hammond: Driverless cars will be on UK roads by 2021

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Critics say the tech behind driverless cars still needs a lot of work Driverless cars could be on UK roads within four years under government plans to invest in the sector. Chancellor Philip Hammond told the BBC the objective was to have “fully driverless cars” without a safety attendant […]

Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing

Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing

Image copyright Getty Images The testing of driverless cars on UK roads is expected to be given the green light in Wednesday’s Budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow developers to apply to test the vehicles. Writing in the Sun, he said investment would “prepare the ground” for the cars to be […]

Universal credit: Households to miss out on benefits over festive season

Universal credit: Households to miss out on benefits over festive season

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of people on universal credit will not be paid over the festive season or will get a reduced payment, the BBC Moneybox show has highlighted. Those hit will be some of the 67,000 people who claim the benefit while working and who are paid weekly. This is because there are […]

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