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Chancellor Philip Hammond had no evidence for his statement that disabled workers hurt the UK economy, the government quietly admits

There was no evidence to support Chancellor Philip Hammond's statement to the Treasury Select Committee that employing workers with disabilities lowers national productivity, the Treasury has admitted. Hammond had made people angry last...Show More Summary

Having one’s royal cake and eating it | Brief letters

Meghan Markle handshake | Apple’s tax payment | No bull | Tabloid Guardian | Philip Hammond | Rude place names Meghan Markle visits a community radio station and meets staff on a magazine collective, in response to their invitation. She provides both with masses of invaluable publicity and, it appears, generates a great deal of pleasure. Show More Summary

10 things you need to know in markets today

Good morning! Here's what you need to know in markets on Thursday. 1. The European Union isn't being clear with the relationship it wants with Britain after Brexit, Philip Hammond argued in a speech in Germany on Wednesday evening. "In...Show More Summary

Philip Hammond accuses the EU of not being clear on what relationship it wants with the UK after Brexit

Philip Hammond will say that the EU isn't being publicly clear about the relationship it wants with the UK after Brexit. In a speech in Berlin on Wednesday, the Chancellor will say: "It takes two to tango." Britain is pursuing a Brexit...Show More Summary

Transition period has priority over ultimate Brexit, British ministers write

BERLIN (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond and Brexit minister David Davis wrote in a German newspaper that they wanted to give German business leaders the message that a transition period took priority over Britain's final exit from the European Union.

UK won't pay Brexit bill if no trade deal agreed: Davis

Brexit Secretary David Davis said Sunday Britain will not honour financial commitments agreed this week with the European Union if they fail to secure a future trade deal, contradicting finance minister Philip Hammond. "No deal means that we won't be paying the money," he told the BBC. Show More Summary

PETER HITCHENS: How do we save British politics? Make MPs get the bus to work

This is Peter Hitchens' Mail on Sunday Column How clever of the Defence Ministry to tell Chancellor Philip Hammond to pay his overdue bills if he wants to carry on flying in RAF planes. The only problem with the plan...

Why Hammond's wrong

Philip Hammond is copping flak for blaming the productivity slowdown on disabled workers. He said: It is almost certainly the case that by increasing participation in the workforce, including far higher levels of participation by marginal groups and very high...

Philip Hammond blames low productivity on disabled workers

Philip Hammond called "ignorant" after suggesting low productivity rates were because of more disabled people working. The chancellor told the Treasury Select Committee that more disabled people working "may have had an impact" on productivity. Labour...Show More Summary

Britain has not yet decided on final Brexit aims: Hammond

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday that the government had not yet decided what it wants from a final Brexit agreement with the European Union because it is still waiting to clear preliminary negotiations with Brussels.

Eeyore? We need reasons to be cheerful, amid the doom and gloom

My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. It is five days since Philip Hammond?s budget and, though you should never disregard the dangers lurking beneath the surface, it remains intact. Sometimes budgets unravel...

Senior Tories in budget backlash over NHS and social care cash

Two former health secretaries and chair of select committee call for end to short-term thinking as crisis grows Philip Hammond is facing a backlash from senior Tories after failing to provide any extra funds for social care in the budget and announcing only a “short-term fix” for the NHS. Show More Summary

What did this week’s Budget mean for the communications sector?

Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled his Budget on Wednesday. The focus was on ‘building a Britain fit for the future’, including measures such as £160m for new 5G infrastructure, £190m for local full-fibre networks and up to £35m to trial improvements to railway mobile coverage

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