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BUDGET 2017: Five things the Budget 2017 didn’t deliver

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled the awaited Budget 2017.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Hammond said that the Government ‘must invest to secure a bright future for Britain’ and that is what it is currently doing.

He said...

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