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Budget 2017: spreadsheet Phil turns showman

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Budget 2017: spreadsheet Phil turns showman

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer unveiled (probably) the last ever Spring Budget saying “our task today is to take the next steps in preparing Britain for a global future… (a thinly veiled Brexit reference) equip our young people with the skills they need, support our public services and build an economy that works for everyone.” His key message was that economic growth was not an end in itself, and the Government’s aim was to support “ordinary working families.

Despite his reputation as a spreadsheet nerd not a showman, Hammond didn’t pull any political punches, with several bruising attacks on the Labour opposition. But his team seemed surprisingly unprepared for the fall out over changes to National Insurance that broke promises from the Conservative 2015 manifesto. We've collated some of the latest stakeholder reaction so you don't have to... 

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George's political prestidigitation: Budget 2016

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George's political prestidigitation: Budget 2016

In the gossipy world of political reporting you could be forgiven for missing the fact that the decisions being made in Westminster really do affect the bottom line of businesses, households and charities across the country. But anyone (including us) who has had to set up a workplace pension or is preparing to pay a dividend will know how important the implications of this stage-managed political theatre can be, especially in the week of the Budget.

We look at whether there is good news for business and whether there are lessons in media management that can be learned. 

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