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Budget 2017: Hammond to 'seize opportunities' from Brexit

Budget 2017: Hammond to 'seize opportunities' from Brexit

Business
The UK must "seize the opportunities" from Brexit while tackling deep-seated economic challenges "head on", Philip Hammond is to say in his second Budget.The chancellor will promise investment to make Britain "fit for the future" as an "outward looking, free-trading nation" once it leaves the EU in 2019.But he will also commit to supporting hard-pressed families with the cost of living and address housing shortages.Labour say he should call time on austerity and boost public services.In his Commons speech, which will begin at about 12:30 GMT, Mr Hammond will set out proposed tax and spending changes.He will also update MPs on the current state of the economy, future growth projections and the health of the public finances.He has been under pressure in recent months from sections of his par...
Budget 2017: Plans to build 300,000 homes a year

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

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your devicePhilip 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 would not simply "pour money in".Ministers want to speed up developments where planning permission has been granted and give more help to small building firms, he added.Labour says ministers "still have no plan to fix the housing crisis".Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show ahead of Wednesday's Budget, the chancellor also said: "There are no unemployed people" while discussing the threat to jobs posed by technological change - when pressed later, he said the government hadn't forgotten the 1.4m who are unemployedThe government was "on t...
Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing

Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing

Business
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 on roads by 2021.Mr Hammond is also reportedly planning to announce proposals to build 300,000 new homes in the UK a year, as well as extra money for NHS nurses' pay.The chancellor has also promised to investigate why some developers and speculators are holding on to land instead of building on it. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Mr Hammond said the government would do "whatever it takes" to fix the housing market, including underwriting loans to small house builders if necessary.Mr Hammon...
Iran-Iraq border earthquake is deadliest of 2017

Iran-Iraq border earthquake is deadliest of 2017

World
A huge rescue effort is under way after a powerful earthquake struck Iran's mountainous border with Iraq, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 7,000.Teams are looking for survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.The quake is the deadliest in the world this year.Most people who died were in western Iran in Sarpol-e-Zahab, a town 15km (10 miles) from the border, and other parts of Kermanshah province.The town's main hospital was severely damaged, leaving it struggling to treat hundreds of wounded people, state TV reported.A woman and her baby were pulled alive from rubble in the town, Iranian media said.Many buildings in the town appear to have collapsed, amateur video posted to Twitter by a radio station showed.Running water and electricity cut out in some citie...
I'm A Celeb 2017: Blonde bombshell set to bring sexiest shower scenes

I'm A Celeb 2017: Blonde bombshell set to bring sexiest shower scenes

Entertainment
There have been months of speculation over the official I'm A Celeb line up, and now the contestants' names are finally being revealed.The cat is now out of the bag, as Made In Chelsea bombshell Georgia Toffolo has been confirmed to be taking part in I'm A Celebrity 2017.**I'M A CELEB 2017: SOAP BADDIE JOINS LINE UP**Toff's co-star Sam Thompson let the news slip on Twitter, telling his 159,000 followers that one of his "best mates" will "smash it".Dismissing rumours that he will be entering the jungle, the former Celebrity Big Brother lad wrote: "Just want to clear something up as everyones asking. I'm not going into the jungle."Insta babe Georgia Toffolo Made In Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo hottest social media pics.Instagram Georgia Toffolo's hottest pictures ...