This time last week, Philip Hammond would have been looking forward to his first (and last) Spring Budget. Its reception may convince him to cut the jokes, but Jill Rutter argues the real lesson is that he needs a better way of making Budgets.
The Institute for Government has called for the Chancellor to live up to his ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ moniker by using data on government performance to drive decisions. Based on today’s Budget, Dr Emily Andrews says the signs are promising but it’s too early to tell if he really deserves his title.
Most chancellors love Budget surprises. But, argues Stella Amiss, Head of Tax Policy, Regulation and Reputation at PwC, the challenge of designing a tax system for post-Brexit Britain makes this a good time to engage the public properly on tax choices.
Last week’s election in Northern Ireland has resulted in unionists, for the first time ever, losing their majority in the devolved Assembly at Stormont. Aron Cheung says the result will impact the government in Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole.