Budget 2017: it could have been worse

Philip Hammond with the Budget box © Getty Images

Yesterday’s Budget was largely uncontroversial, with the chancellor not dropping any obvious clangers. John Stepek casts his eye over the main points, and explains what they mean for you.


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