Grangela: Labour’s Angela Rayner is grandmother at 37

Image copyright Reuters Labour MP Angela Rayner has become a grandmother at the age of 37. The shadow education secretary announced the birth of her first grandchild in an early-morning tweet in which she gave herself the new nickname, Grangela. The Ashton-under-Lyne MP had her first son, Ryan, at the age of 16 and said […]

Budget quiz: test your knowledge

Budget to make Brexit UK ‘fit for future’ Chancellor Philip Hammond will vow to tackle deep-seated economic challenges “head on”. Budget quiz: test your knowledge}

‘I would have died without Help to Rent’

Media caption‘I would have died without Help to Rent’ For Steve, homelessness started when his relationship broke down. He moved into shared accommodation and after going into hospital with pneumonia he came home to find the landlord changing the locks. Soon he was on the streets. “People think if you’re homeless you must be some […]

Budget 2017: Hammond to ‘seize opportunities’ from Brexit

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May made Philip Hammond her chancellor in June 2016 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, […]

Irish PM should know better over Brexit, says Arlene Foster

Media captionDUP leader attacks EU over Brexit talks Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar “should know better” than to “play around” with Northern Ireland over Brexit, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party says. Arlene Foster accused Mr Varadkar of being “reckless” as Brexit talks enter a “critical phase”. She was speaking after meeting Theresa May […]

Discount railcard extended for people aged up to 30

Image copyright Getty Images If you’re 26 and annoyed about paying the full fare for your train travel, the Budget may offer a reprieve. The government has said people up to 30 years-old will now be able to buy a £30 railcard for discounted train travel. The move – set to be announced in Wednesday’s […]

Budget 2017: Everything you need to know

If you are wondering what to do in your lunch break on Wednesday, then a good idea is to brew a cup of tea, make a sandwich and watch the Budget. It is the biggest single event of the year affecting your finances. In his speech, the chancellor will announce the government’s plans for tax […]

UK government borrowing grows in October

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Philip Hammond will present the latest Budget on Wednesday UK public sector borrowing rose to £8bn in October, official figures show, up £500m from a year earlier. The figure comes a day before the Budget, and the monthly deficit was bigger than economists had predicted. Increased debt costs, linked […]

Brexit: Broad agreement to pay more as UK leaves, the BBC understands

Image copyright EPA There is broad agreement among ministers that the government should increase its financial offer to the EU as the UK leaves, the BBC understands. But this is only in return for the EU moving on in December to talks about a future trade deal and an implementation phase after the UK’s departure […]