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What the papers say - November 23

What the papers say – November 23

There are hard hats, brickbats and bouquets – with caveats – for the Chancellor on Thursday’s front pages.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks in the Commons (PA)

Budget 2017: Corbyn condemns failure to tackle social injustice

Jeremy Corbyn accused the Government of “tossing fuel on the fire” via the Budget, despite Theresa May’s promise to tackle burning injustice.

Strong cider has been singled out in Budget (Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images)

White ciders targeted as duty frozen on wine and beer

A duty freeze on wine, spirits, beer and ciders other than high-strength, low-quality alcohol has been welcomed as a “win win” for consumers, producers and the Treasury.

Horse in frost in Yorkshire this week (Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images)

Met Office weather warning as snow forecast for Thursday

Snow is forecast to hit parts of Britain later along with heavy rain and strong winds.

Public sector pension bill revealed

Government may not eradicate deficit before 2031, watchdog warns

Britain’s fiscal watchdog has called into question the Chancellor’s target for balancing the books, saying the Government may not eradicate the deficit before 2031.

Chancellor Philip Hammond prepares to deliver the Budget (Yui Mok/PA)

OBR takes shine off stamp duty move as Budget aims to get UK building

Flagship Budget changes to help young people get onto the property ladder will mainly benefit people who already own homes by forcing up purchase prices, the official economic watchdog has warned.

Tax avoidance clampdown

Hammond pledges further tax clampdown on digital firms

Online giants such as Google, Apple and Amazon will pay a tax on their digital royalties to further clamp down on tax avoidance and raise £200 million a year, the Chancellor has announced.

The Chancellor unveils more more for the NHS (Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images)

Budget 2017: NHS bosses to discuss ‘what is possible to deliver for patients’

NHS bosses are to meet to discuss “what it is possible to deliver for patients with the money available” after the health service in England did not get the funds it requested from the Treasury, officials have indicated.

Stamp duty

What will the stamp duty changes mean for the housing market?

A million first-time buyers are expected by the Government to benefit from the stamp duty cut over the next five years – but experts have warned there could be unintended downsides for the housing market.

Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding (Yui Mok/PA)

Dozens rescued after flooding hits UK as severe weather continues

Nearly 30 people have been evacuated from their homes in north Lancashire as heavy rain caused widespread flooding and travel disruption across north west England and North Wales.

(Joe Giddens/PA )

Police release photos of pensioner’s ‘terrible injuries’ in bid to trace robbers

A frail 87-year-old man will need surgery for his injuries after robbers smashed their way into his home and beat him up.

Stamp duty

Stamp duty cut for first-time buyers at heart of plan to tackle housing crisis

The main gainers from the Government’s cut in stamp duty for first-time buyers will be those who already own a home, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has said.

The Duke of Cambridge takes the wheel of a Land Rover Discovery (Paul Ellis/PA)

Off-roading lesson for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been given a lesson in Land Rover off-roading during a tour of the all-terrain marque’s flagship plant.

Philip Hammond announced significant investments in his Budget (Joe Giddens/PA)

Ministers defend Hammond’s stamp duty move after warning from OBR

Ministers have defended Philip Hammond’s flagship Budget tax cut to help young people get onto the property ladder, after the official economic watchdog warned it could simply drive up house prices.

Maybots on Budget day at Westminster (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images)

Budget 2017: Key points

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has unveiled his Autumn Budget statement. Here are the main announcements:

Emmerson Mnangagwa emerged from hiding on Wednesday, departing from neighboring South Africa to return home in preparation to take power after Robert Mugabe's stunning resignation. (AP)

Zimbabwe’s leader-in-waiting appeals for unity and peace in ‘new democracy’

President-in-waiting Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a triumphant return to Zimbabwe, telling a huge crowd of cheering supporters that the country is witnessing “a new, unfolding democracy”.

British Gas update

British Gas sheds customers after hiking prices

British Gas owner Centrica has revealed it lost another 823,000 household energy accounts since June and warned over its earnings outlook as it also took a hit from warmer-than-normal weather.

(Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Budget 2017: £3 billion Brexit war chest set aside for no deal scenario

A Brexit war chest of at least £3 billion has been set aside to prepare the UK for the prospect of failing to secure a deal with Brussels.

RBS stake sale

RBS Government stake sell-off to restart within 18 months

The Government is dusting off plans to re-privatise taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland with the aim of selling £15 billion of its shares by 2023.

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