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Hammond's giveaways mean balancing the books is 'remote'
Philip Hammond is unlikely to eradicate public borrowing by the mid-2020s, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said on Thursday, as it predicted there would be another spending splurge before the next general election.
UK faces two decades of no earnings growth and more austerity, says IFS  The Guardian
I'm a pragmatist, Philip Hammond tells his Brexit critics  The Times
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Black Friday is 'bonkers' for retailers
Wallets will be feeling a bit lighter this weekend as shoppers turn out in search of a bargain ahead of Christmas. It's estimated that �10bn could be spent in the UK over the Black Friday period, �2.5bn in a single day.
Black Friday 2017: Your Best Bargain Bet Might Be a TV  New York Times
High street retailers pin hopes on discount splurge in Black Friday fever  The Guardian
UK vehicles using twice as much diesel as petrol
A rise in diesel consumption was revealed just one day after a tax increase on new diesel cars was announced in the Budget. Diesel usage.
How you can avoid being stung by the new diesel tax that's coming in ...  The Sun
DEBATE: Was the chancellor right to impose a tax hike on new diesel cars in ...  City A.M.
Centrica shares suffer biggest one-day fall as British Gas loses 823000 accounts
British Gas is the UK's biggest energy supplier with more than 13m customer accounts. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA. Centrica. Centrica shares suffer biggest one-day fall as British Gas loses 823,000 accounts.
Nothing could have upstaged this  The Times
British Gas owner Centrica loses 823000 customers  Arab News
North East apprentices bucking the trend as more youngsters secure long-term ...
Figures released recently showed a worrying national trend with regards to apprenticeships, with a 61% decline in apprenticeships across the UK.
Apprenticeship levy behind 60pc collapse in number of people starting ...  Telegraph.co.uk
Calls for change to apprenticeships after numbers fall by 59%  The Guardian
Budget 2017: Stagnant earnings forecast 'astonishing'
The prediction that average UK earnings in 2022 could still be less than in 2008 is "astonishing", according to an independent economic think tank.
UK prospects for growth far weaker than first predicted, says OBR  The Guardian
Time to reconsider the Budget rules and avoid “fiscal illusions”  British Politics and Policy at LSE (blog)
Millions of people overcharged by home insurance firms – here's how you could ...
UP to 13MILLION households are being overcharged for their home insurance - simply for renewing their existing policy. On average, homeowners are being overcharged by �110 a year by falling into the loyalty trap, new analysis from Citizens Advice has ...
Many home insurance customers 'paying loyalty penalty'  Yahoo Finance UK
Budget 2017: 'Millennial railcard' isn't a done deal, whatever Chancellor ...
Rail industry insiders are furious that a long-planned, small-scale trial of a 26-30 Railcard has been presented by the Chancellor as his initiative, and as a fait accompli.
The Budget: Under 30s to benefit from new 'millennial' railcards  Sky News
Ian Marchant appointed to clean up Thames Water
Ian Marchant, the energy boss who was at the centre of one of his industry's biggest mis-selling scandals, has been brought in to clean up the corporate governance failings at Thames Water.
Thames Water promises to close Cayman Islands subsidiaries  Financial Times
Thames Water to shut Cayman Islands subsidiaries under new chairman  The Guardian
Bank of England pays men 25% more than women, says report
Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney says he's confident men and women are paid equally for doing the same job. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters.
Bank of England pay gap caused by shortage of women in senior roles  Belfast Telegraph
Bank of England admits to paying women 24% less than men because of fewer ...  The Independent