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Theresa May is battling to stay in power as MPs seek to seize control of parliamentary business in a bid to secure a softer Brexit.

Norfolk and Waveney’s NHS has been snubbed in every single bid for big ticket money - bar one - made to the government over the last two years, with £417m of funding it asked for denied.

A cross-party group of MPs have called for a meeting with the chancellor - because they fear Norfolk County Council will have to axe more key services without a better government deal.

Suffolk is set to pioneer technology aimed at future-proofing Britain’s roads as part of a nationwide £22.9m government project.

Up to 500,000 lives could be saved under plans for the NHS in England over the next decade, health chiefs claim. But what does the announcement mean for Norfolk and Suffolk? Health correspondent Geraldine Scott explains.

A conservative Norfolk MP called on the government to scrap income tax after claiming it was originally a temporary measure while mocking Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Norfolk is at a “cliff edge” because it stands to lose millions of pounds to spend on services when a government grant is pulled.

The answer to most difficult questions is the same: money.

Pot-holes are to be filled in on Norfolk’s weathered roads, thanks to a £13m budget boost for the county.

Past Budgets have quickly fallen to pieces.

After recent deaths in north Norfolk, bereaved parents, a GP and a campaigner tell JESSICA FRANK-KEYES how a lack of local services is failing suicidal young men.

Norfolk is set to get no new investment from the Budget because it is a “basket case” in the eyes of the Treasury, it has been claimed.

The chancellor’s announcement that mental health services for young people are set to get a funding boost has been praised as “a step in the right direction” by those working in the county’s schools.

Extortionate business rates have been a thorn in the side of East Anglia’s high street retailers for some time - an ailment which has eventually brought many companies to their knees.

The spending commitments outlined by the chancellor in his budget are projected to cost a “colossal” £94bn between now and April 2024, writes CLARE GOODSWEN, tax partner at M+A Partners in Norwich.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) could be in line for a share of a £10m cash boost set aside for air ambulance charities across the country.

Tech giants will face a new tax under plans set out by Philip Hammond in his Budget, raising £400m a year.

Chancellor Philip Hammond will present his final pre-Brexit Budget today – and the Eastern Daily Press will bring you the latest on what it means for people and businesses in East Anglia.

A £1.5bn package to support Britain’s struggling high street will be set out in the Budget.

Tory MPs are looking to chancellor Philip Hammond to raise party morale as he delivers what’s expected to be his final budget before the UK leaves the European Union (EU).

A question mark hangs over whether a major Norfolk road will get a share of a war chest to improve the nation’s highways.

Jeremy Corbyn will join the fight to protect Norfolk’s children’s centres during a visit to the county this weekend.

Pressure on the chancellor to drop plans to increase beer duty is coming to a head - with the boss of East Anglian brewery Adnams adding his voice to calls.

Government figures reveal a third of all properties bought in north Norfolk in 2017-18 were second homes. JESSICA FRANK-KEYES looks into the effect this rise has had on the area’s coastal communities

A Treasury minister has outlined the positives of devolution for East Anglia.

Norfolk headteachers will join nearly 1,000 others from schools around the country to lobby the government over the school funding crisis.

A change in the business rates system could be on the cards after the latest high street casualty, House of Fraser, was narrowly rescued from ruin.

Lessons learned from building the Norwich Northern Distributor Road will be used to prevent similar issues when it comes to Great Yarmouth’s third river crossing, pledge council bosses.

The showdown was a long time coming. For too long our government has been fractured and divided.

MPs say they are “increasingly concerned” about the impact of business rates on high street retailers after questioning if they were still “fit for purpose”.

I have a conflicting relationship with alcohol.

Pubs are struggling and a different major retailer seems to be announcing store closures each week. A supermarket boss has pointed the finger at business rates – but have changes made last year really had a destructive impact? Doug Faulkner reports.

The world’s most advanced warplane has touched down at RAF Marham - safeguarding thousands of jobs and making a vital contribution to our region’s economy.

Norwich is one of the top cities for first-time buyers wishing to take advantage of the stamp duty relief which came into force last year.

The price at the pump is a frequent headache for politicians.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is to unveil a new strategy for the financial technology (or fintech) sector.

A “Tigger-like” Philip Hammond sounded an upbeat note as he claimed Britain was bouncing back and that improving public finances could open the door to public spending increases.

Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement was an attempt to rouse Britain’s confidence with the clear message: “Things are on track.”

The government’s official forecaster has upgraded projections for growth and predicted falling inflation, debt and borrowing, in a boost for chancellor Philip Hammond.

The chancellor will today deliver his spring statement and declare “the end of austerity is in sight”.

Leaders in the restaurant and pub trade have called on the chancellor to tackle business rates, warning the industry is at “tipping point” ahead of today’s Spring Statement.

Fishing leaders have warned the government it would miss out on a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to regenerate East Anglia’s coastal towns if fishing rights are given away in Brexit negotiations.

The decision to grant plans for Great Yarmouth’s third river crossing national status to help the planning process has been welcomed by a senior councillor and MP for the town.

The £120m project to build a third river crossing in Great Yarmouth has taken another leap forward.

Experts are urging Philip Hammond to freeze rises in business rates in next month’s spring statement after figures revealed almost a quarter of a million commercial premises are braced for above-inflation hikes.

Residents of Great Yarmouth will be able to find out more about the plan to build the £120m third river crossing for the town by attending drop-in information sessions next month.

£12m of government funding will be released in a bid to help unlock development of more than 1,000 homes at Anglia Square.

East Anglia’s Conservative MPs have backed Theresa May amid Westminster whispers about plots to force her out of Number 10.

January is proving to be rather bleak. Norwich has lost jobs and there remain many more under threat across the county.

Updated UK inflation falls back to 3%

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Soaring inflation has fallen back from a near six-year high, signalling the start of an abatement of the sustained squeeze on household finances.

Oh dear. Only last week in this very column I praised Theresa May for her stoicism in the face of repeated disasters. And then came the reshuffle.

With the biggest cabinet beasts – Amber Rudd, Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson and David Davis – keeping their jobs this is a reshuffle that will not live long in the memory – apart from a few embarrassing gaffes.

Great Yarmouth MP and immigration minister Brandon Lewis is tipped for promotion ahead of a cabinet reshuffle by prime minister Theresa May.

New car sales fell by around 5.6% last year amid falling business and consumer confidence, according to the motor industry’s trade association.

Interest rates are set to hold steady after the first hike in ten years last month.

Estate agents have said that first time property buyers in Norfolk will benefit from the changes to stamp duty announced in the government’s autumn budget.

He survived – just about. The whispers coming out of government after Philip Hammond’s gaffe-laden appearance on Andrew Marr’s Sunday sofa sounded grim for the chancellor.

A £98m pledge from the chancellor in his Budget means work could start in 2020 on a new bridge which will open up investment for the whole region.

There were a few more fireworks than anticipated in what many assumed would be an uneventful Budget. Here are five things we learned from the chancellor’s second outing with the red box:

The chancellor Philip Hammond has committed £98m towards the cost of a new bridge in Great Yarmouth.

A downgrade of economic predictions and “disappointing” productivity performance cast an early pall over the Budget.

Despite claiming the Budget would be about “much more than Brexit”, the chancellor still had an announcement to make on the biggest political event in a generation.

Chronic skills shortages in construction and STEM subjects were addressed in the Budget with promises of funding to help training providers improve current practises and adjust to new ones.

East Anglia’s oil and gas industry could receive a “new lease of life” after the chancellor announced measures to make it easier for companies to exchange late-life assets.

East Anglia’s small firms have welcomed a “business-friendly Budget” which has eased their tax burden in a challenging trading climate.

Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled his Budget promising to invest in technology, provide further funding for devolved authorities, business and the NHS and to continue restoring the public finances.

Strong signals that the curtain could be brought down on the age of austerity are expected when Philip Hammond gives his Budget.

Chancellor Philip Hammond could use the Budget to announce plans to boost the region’s infrastructure as part of a promise to “invest to secure a bright future for Britain.”

Ahead of the chancellor’s Autumn Budget, here are the answers to some key questions.

There is a lot riding on the Budget – not least the future of the chancellor and perhaps even the prime minister.

A pre-Budget poll shows most voters expect to pay higher taxes because of Brexit.

Great Yarmouth will this week find out whether its long-awaited third river crossing has been deemed worthy of Westminster backing in the Autumn Budget.

The lights have been switched on, the decorations are beginning to go up – Christmas is just five weeks away. But for more than 1,150 people in Norfolk a dark shadow has already been cast over the festive period.

The CITB must immediately reverse its ambition to relocate to Peterborough and should instead set its sights on modernising its Norfolk headquarters, says an MP.

Changes to the personal tax allowance, simplification of the VAT system and a review of tax-exempt business expenses are among the Budget predictions from a regional tax advisory firm.

Inflation unexpectedly paused last month, as rising food prices were countered by a drop in fuel costs.

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Norfolk companies are facing a collective hike in business rates of almost £3m next year as inflationary pressures push up rates.

Opinion: The Government’s Brexit team is far too amiable in its dealings with the flinty Eurocrats, says Chris Moncrieff.

Chancellor Philip Hammond must tackle the UK’s productivity problem if his budget is to improve people’s lives across the country, writes Richard Tunnicliffe, the CBI’s regional director for the East of England.

Immediate action to halt an expected rise in business rates next year is paramount in a Norfolk business lobby group’s demands for the chancellor ahead of the autumn budget.

Philip Hammond may be hauled in front of an influential committee of MPs to address concerns over a worrying lack of diversity among the Bank of England’s most senior staff.

Philip Hammond has heard concerns from a former cabinet minister that British financial institutions in South Africa could have been used as conduits for laundered money.

East Anglia’s Conservative MPs have united to condemn the “threats of violence” and “aggression” which greeted the party as its annual conference kicked off in Manchester.

More than one million pounds in rate relief is being released to North Norfolk businesses, following an announcement from the North Norfolk District Council.

Hopes have been raised that the “total shambles” of business rate relief owed to small firms could soon be at an end - after the government set a deadline for a software update.

A proposed plan to build a free range chicken unit in Hickling has received almost 60 objections largely on account of the smell, dust, and noise the site will emit.

Grammar schools? Gone. Fox hunting? Gone. Dementia tax? Gone.

The lord mayor of the City of London will add his voice to a growing chorus of business leaders urging Theresa May to strike a Brexit deal with the EU before negotiations draw to a close.

New chief secretary to the treasury Elizabeth Truss has dismissed claims she suffered a demotion in the prime minister’s post-election reshuffle.

It all began as a likely landslide victory for the Conservatives - but that expectation has gradually eroded as the campaign has progressed, until the result has become too close to call. How did this happen? Chris Moncrieff explains

The North Norfolk election battle heated up at the weekend with Chancellor of the Exchequer claiming the constituency was being passed by under Norman Lamb and Mr Lamb challenging the Prime Minister to a meeting over the ‘dementia tax.’

Firms which were promised support with spiralling business rates in the Budget are having to cough up for the full bill.

Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed it has been fully returned to private hands nearly nine years after the government bailed it out at the height of the financial crisis.

A £9.2m business rate relief fund for East Anglia’s hardest hit companies will not provide a long-term solution to the impact of rates rises, a campaigner has claimed.

Opinion: Our election system is broken. It’s time to fix it, says Aidan Semmens.

The principal of a regional land college said he was looking forward to a recently-announced boost in government funding “after two decades of funding squeezes that our sector has taken in stoic silence”.

Tesco is in line for a £105m business rates cut on its biggest stores over the next five years, while small firms are set to be hammered with crippling hikes.

Google has announced its latest UK tax payment after coming under fire from the government last year for not paying its fair share to the exchequer.

The full impact of a rates overhaul on businesses in our region can today be revealed - including a Norfolk pub hit by a 1,300pc increase.

The business community in Norfolk is reacting to the government’s “astonishing” u-turn on National Insurance contribution rises for the self-employed.

It is embarrassing for a Chancellor to have to u-turn on a budget measure so quickly.

Chancellor Philip Hammond conducted a major budget u-turn over plans for a hike in National Insurance Contribution for the self-employed.

The taxpayer’s stake in Lloyds Banking Group has been cut to below 3% as the Government continues to sell down its shareholding.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled his first Autumn Statement - but what could it mean for people and businesses in Norfolk?

Workers in North Norfolk could be the hardest hit by the chancellor’s controversial National Insurance Contribution revenue raiser.

East Anglian commuters could benefit from safer and quicker journeys from a £400,000 project which could see traffic lights installed at the notorious Fiveways roundabout on the A11.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will have little sympathy with the Conservatives’ manifesto woes.

An increase in the amount of National Insurance paid by self-employed workers has been greeted with anger by many – with accusations the government has gone back on a manifesto pledge.

Here is Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget at a glance:

Chancellor Philip Hammond stood accused of breaking a Conservative manifesto pledge after putting a controversial tax hike for the self-employed at the heart of his pre-Brexit budget.

Teaching associations have criticised the Government for failing to provide enough funding to support existing state schools in this year’s Budget.

An increase in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for the self-employed is a “kick in the teeth” for entrepreneurs, it has been warned.

Philip Hammond had a hard act to follow in delivering his first budget.

Experts working in the social care have welcomed the government’s £2bn cash injection into the sector, but say more will be needed to make up for “years of under-funding”.

Businesses have cautiously welcomed a £435m package of rate reliefs for small businesses and pubs – but some have questioned its long-term effectiveness.

Chancellor Philip Hammond shed his strait-laced image and showed a more humorous side as he took to the despatch box to deliver his first Budget.

The Budget sets out a plan for a “brighter future” as the UK leaves the European Union, the Chancellor has told MPs.

Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his first spring budget today. Here are a few of the things he is expected to announce.

Cash to teach young people about the importance of universal suffrage almost 100 years after women first got the vote will be announced in the chancellor’s International Women’s Day budget.

It has already been revealed that investment in science and free schools will be among the announcements in Philip Hammond’s first full budget.

Millions of pounds to create more free schools will be unveiled in the budget this week.

A £500m boost for British science is expected to be unveiled in the Budget.

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George Freeman is not going to be allowed to forget his torrid week in a hurry.

Norfolk’s 1950s-born women will return to parliament next week to reiterate their call for action after they were not told about changes to their pension age.

Liberal Democrat peers will attempt to force the government to set out its strategy on local funding and economic growth post-Brexit.

A major bookshop chain came under fire amid accusations of opening up unbranded stores – including a branch which opened in Southwold three years ago.

Personal injury payouts are expected to rise sharply after the government announced changes to the formula used to calculate compensation sums.

A Norfolk MP has insisted he is committed to helping people live without stigma and discrimination following a backlash over comments he made about disability benefits.

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey has led a small delegation of MPs to meet the Chancellor of Exchequer to press the case on behalf of independent retailers in two coastal towns against proposed business rate rises due to be enforced this April.

Businesses in Southwold have been leading the fight against the increase in business rates which has left many small high street outlets facing an uncertain future.

Senior ministers at the centre of the proposed business rates changes have criticised a “campaign of distortions and half-truths” about the move in a letter to Conservative MPs.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is in line for a Budget boost as Britain’s fiscal watchdog unveils a brighter outlook on economic growth and the public finances, according to a report.

Pubs could be pushed over the edge by increases to business rates, it has been warned, as chains including Greene King write to the government to appeal for smoother transition arrangements.

A group of sixth form students at the City of Norwich School (CNS) have attended a special event at 11 Downing Street, after receiving an invitation from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond.

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Government of arranging a “sweetheart deal” with a Tory-led council to stop a controversial council tax referendum.

One of the chancellor’s Philip Hammond’s first major announcements was the launch of the updated National Cyber Security Strategy – setting out “the government’s plan to make Britain secure and resilient in cyberspace” up to 2021.

The region’s local enterprise partnership has been awarded an additional £69m from government to improve infrastructure and skills, and support small businesses and innovation.

There has been exciting news about internet connection recently. In December the chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced that a further £400m would be spent on bringing superfast broadband to the “hardest-to-reach parts of Britain”.

The Government borrowed a higher-than-expected £6.9 billion in December, marking the final update on the UK’s public finances for 2016.

The full text of Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech

The clouds of Brexit uncertainty hung heavily over the Autumn Statement as Philip Hammond laid out the challenge ahead of him and the country.

While there may have been doom and gloom around for some, savers were given a welcome boost – after battling with record-low interest rates this year – with the announcement of a savings bond and a short-term safeguard on pensions rises.

Britain is poised for austerity beyond the end of the decade as the Chancellor added to the country’s debt mountain with an infrastructure spending spree in the wake of predictions Brexit will cost the economy £60bn over the next five years.

Farming and countryside groups gave a mixed reaction to chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement, claiming more could have been done to help rural industries.

Britain’s new Chancellor will borrow billions of pounds more money to build roads and instal lightening speed broadband as independent forecasters claim Britain’s economy is poised to take a £60bn Brexit hit.

Expectations that Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first big outing in the House of Commons would be a box office event were low.

The main announcements in the November 2016 Autumn Statement included:

Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled his first Autumn Statement - but what did it include?

A proposal to increase wages for low paid workers has been welcomed cautiously by employers.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has unveiled his first Autumn Statement to Parliament.

The government is today expected to announce more help for so-called Jams - families who are ‘just about managing’ - in today’s Autumn Statement.

Letting agents will be banned from imposing fees under plans which will be unveiled by the Chancellor in his first Autumn Statement today.

Today, the chancellor will unveil his first Autumn Statement to Parliament. But what is it? And why is it important?

The Government has reduced its stake in Lloyds Banking Group to less than 8% following a share sale.

Sector leaders have welcomed prime minister Theresa May’s £2bn pledge to put research and development at the heart of British industry’s future.

Philip Hammond, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, will deliver his first Autumn Statement to Parliament on November 23.

The Chancellor Philip Hammond - nicknamed ‘spreadsheet Phil’ in homage to his perceived lack of charisma - will appear at the despatch box this week in the first big set-piece event since a changing of the guard on Downing Street following the Brexit vote.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is facing twin pressures to help so-called “just about managing” families and reassure business over concerns around Brexit and the Government’s agenda in his Autumn Statement.

Boosting productivity in Norfolk and Suffolk must be a focus of the chancellor’s upcoming Autumn Statement, business leaders say.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is ready to serve his full eight year term defying pro-Brexit campaigners demanding his resignation, it has been reported.

Lloyds Banking Group has set aside another £1bn to meet compensation claims for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI).

A third Heathrow runway has been given the go-ahead, the government has confirmed.

The long-awaited decision on which airport expansion scheme should get the go-ahead is to be finally made.

The RAC is hoping chancellor Philip Hammond will “see sense” and continue the freeze on fuel duty increases in next month’s Autumn Statement.

Britain’s economy is heading for a “rollercoaster” ride over the coming two years or more during negotiations to leave the European Union, Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned.

Labour will indicate today that it is planning to shake up farm subsidies when Britain leaves the European Union.

More than 10,000 responses have been received to the public consultation on devolution proposals in Norfolk and Suffolk – with most people backing proposals for the government to hand back power to local bodies.

A collective groan spread across the country like a national Mexican wave as David Cameron’s exit honours list was leaked. Any smidgen of faith, trust and respect in an honours system that the people want to see recognise and celebrate the exceptional, selfless and extraordinary evaporated in that long resigned sigh.

The UK economy picked up pace in the run-up to the Brexit vote thanks to the strongest performance from industrial production since 1999.

The UK economy picked up pace in the second quarter of this year following a robust performance from industrial production and the services sector.

Tax and spending policy could be “reset” if the economy takes a downturn following the EU referendum result, Philip Hammond has said.

The Government has surprised economists by borrowing a less-than-expected £7.8 billion in the month of the EU referendum result.

Japan’s SoftBank has promised to double the number of UK staff at smartphone chip designer ARM Holdings after reaching a deal to buy the Cambridge-based firm for more than £24 billion.

East Anglia’s European Union doubters can be persuaded to remain by pragmatic arguments, the foreign secretary has said.

RAF crews, including those operating Norfolk-based Tornados, have been praised by foreign secretary Philip Hammond, as he described Islamic State’s loss of the Iraqi city of Ramadi as a “significant blow” to the extremists.

Tornado jets have taken off from RAF Marham this morning to provide extra support as Britain begins bombing against Isis in Syria.

Chancellor George Osborne is to issue a stark warning to Cabinet colleagues that they must deliver on promised spending cuts if they are to ensure Britain’s future prosperity.

British tourists stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh are appealing for information about when they can return home.

Downing Street has denied David Cameron has changed his policy on Syria, following reports he has dumped plans for a Commons vote to approve air strikes.

Senior Labour figures have privately pledged support for airstrikes in Syria with half of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet ready to back intervention, according to reports.

Last week on Radio 4’s Today Programme, the presenter Matthew Price stated apocalyptically that “there will be some who view what is about to happen between Britain and Iran as a mistake of colossal historic proportions”. What could this dreadful mistake be? Was someone about to declare war? Not quite.

MPs are to receive a 10pc pay rise which will be backdated to the start of the parliamentary year.

More British holidaymakers are expected to fly home from Tunisia today, after the Government urged them to leave the country amid fears of another attack.

British tourists in Tunisia have been advised to leave the country amid fears of a fresh terror attack following the atrocity in Sousse.

A Bradwell couple who were caught up in the Tunisian beach terror attack said they feel lucky to have survived - as they left the beach just minutes before the gunman opened fire.

A flight containing the bodies of eight Britons killed by a gunman in the Tunisian beach massacre has begun its journey to the UK.

The majority of those killed when a gunman opened fire on holidaymakers were British, Tunisia’s prime minister has reportedly said.

More than 100 Britons left stranded in earthquake-hit Nepal have been reunited with loved ones in emotional scenes after landing back on home soil.

David Cameron made a historic visit to the EDP office in Lowestoft which is also the home of our sister paper, the Lowestoft Journal – the first prime minister ever to have done so.

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