The Budget

Hammond's fiddling sees him through

The chancellor can’t have been looking forward to the Budget this week, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But in the end, it wasn’t so bad.

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.

What’s on the cards for next week’s Budget?

Philip Hammond © Getty images

Emily Hohler looks ahead to the chancellor’s Budget speech next week.

Hammond backs down on tax rise for self-employed

Philip Hammond © Getty images

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been forced to backpedal on his plans to raise national insurance contributions for the self-employed.

Dividend-tax grab shows why Isas and pensions still matter

Philip Hammond’s 2017 budget is another reminder that assuming that the tax system won’t change is always a dangerous foundation for financial planning.

The chancellor hasn’t finished fiddling yet

The self employed shouldn’t relax yet, says Merryn Somerset Webb. One way or another, Philip Hammond will be back to tax them.

How to fix the fuss over National Insurance contributions

The solution to all the fuss over National Insurance contributions for the self-employed is simple, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We all pay the same tax regardless of how we work.

Hammond's boring Budget speech promises very little

The vote to leave the EU gave the chancellor a very good excuse to do very little in what he promises was his last spring Budget.

A bad, boring Budget

Philip Hammond’s first spring Budget contained very little of any interest, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The Budget was boring – and that was a huge mistake

The chancellor had a golden opportunity to simplify Britain’s tax system yesterday. But all he did was tinker around the edges. It’s time to be bold, says John Stepek.

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