Budget 2017: Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘to target housing and NHS’

Budget 2017: Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘to target housing and NHS’

Media captionStephen Hammond: Money in Budget ‘for housing and health’ Chancellor Philip Hammond plans to use “headroom” in the public finances to target spending on housing and health, a close friend has told the BBC. Stephen Hammond – a former transport minister – said the chancellor wants to use next Wednesday’s Budget to “attack problems” […]

Budget 2017: Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘to target housing and NHS’

Budget 2017: Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘to target housing and NHS’

Media captionStephen Hammond: Money in Budget ‘for housing and health’ Chancellor Philip Hammond plans to use “headroom” in the public finances to target spending on housing and health, a close friend has told the BBC. Stephen Hammond – a former transport minister – said the chancellor wants to use next Wednesday’s Budget to “attack problems” […]

Brexit: EU gives May two weeks to act on divorce bill and Ireland

Brexit: EU gives May two weeks to act on divorce bill and Ireland

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tusk said progress on citizens’ rights had not been mirrored in other areas Theresa May has been told she has two weeks to put more money on the table if the EU is to agree to begin Brexit trade talks before the end of the year. EU Council President […]

Sarah Clarke is first female Black Rod in 650 years

Sarah Clarke is first female Black Rod in 650 years

Image copyright AELTC/Jed Leicester Image caption Sarah Clarke is championship director of the All England Lawn Tennis Club Black Rod – a Parliamentary role that can trace its origins back 650 years – is to be a woman for the first time. Sarah Clarke is currently in charge of organising the Wimbledon tennis championships. She […]

Ireland demands border promise before Brexit trade talks

Ireland demands border promise before Brexit trade talks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Irish PM Leo Varadkar was speaking at an EU summit in Sweden The Irish government has said Brexit trade deal talks should not proceed until there is a firm commitment to preventing a “hard” Irish border. Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said the assurance must be written down before […]

Mistakes in benefits claims could cost up to £500m

Mistakes in benefits claims could cost up to £500m

Media captionESA claimant Peter Cartwright: ‘People need this money to live’ Mistakes in paying out benefits claims could cost up to £500m to put right, the BBC has learned. The errors identified by the Department for Work and Pensions affect the main sickness benefit, the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The BBC understands that assessors […]

Brexit ‘collaborator’ slur rejected by Tory MP Sandbach

Brexit ‘collaborator’ slur rejected by Tory MP Sandbach

Image caption Antoinette Sandbach: “We must work together and not seek to divide” A former Conservative member of the Welsh Assembly has hit back at claims that Tory MPs aiming to amend the UK government’s Brexit plans are acting as “collaborators” with Labour. Antoinette Sandbach, now MP for Eddisbury in Cheshire, said the use of […]

Brexit: Davis says the UK has compromised in talks

Brexit: Davis says the UK has compromised in talks

Media captionDavid Davis: “Nothing comes for nothing” in negotiations David Davis says he has “been offering some creative compromises and not always got them back” in Brexit talks. He told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg many EU countries do want to move on in the negotiations because they can see it is very important to their […]

Simon Coveney: Ireland ‘jumping into dark’ on Brexit

Simon Coveney: Ireland ‘jumping into dark’ on Brexit

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Boris Johnson and Simon Coveney are holding talks in Dublin Ireland is not ready to allow talks on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU to move to the second phase next month, its foreign minister has said. Simon Coveney was speaking ahead of talks with his UK counterpart, Boris Johnson […]

Brexit: ‘Don’t put politics above prosperity’, Davis urges EU

Brexit: ‘Don’t put politics above prosperity’, Davis urges EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Davis laughed off a question about the UK being prepared to pay 60bn euros for financial obligations David Davis has warned against “putting politics above prosperity” in Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU. In a speech in Berlin, the UK’s Brexit Secretary outlined his hopes for a deal […]

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