Hammond’s claim to balance the books has ‘no credibility’, say MPs

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s goal of eliminating the budget deficit and balancing the books has “no credibility” and should be abandoned, MPs have said.

After last year’s Budget delivered a massive spending boost to the NHS, the cross-party Commons Treasury Committee said it was clear it was no longer Government policy to aim to run a surplus.

The committee dismissed Mr Hammond’s claim the UK could look forward to a “deal dividend” if the Government reached agreement with Brussels and  avoided a “disorderly” no-deal Brexit.

It also poured cold water…
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