UPDATED: Budget Day on Wessex FM

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Published at 9:22am 8th March 2017. (Updated at 7:34am 9th March 2017)

Here's a look at yesterday's budget and what it really means for us here in Dorset.

Its Budget Day on Wessex FM.

Join us for full coverage of Philip Hammond's first Budget as Chancellor.

We'll bring you all the latest as its announced and what really means for the pound in your pocket.

An additional one-billion pounds for social care in England is thought to be part of today's Budget.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is also expected to insist he'll do everything he can to help ordinary working families.

But it doesn't look like there'll be a big cash injection for the NHS.

Sam Kirkham, a partner at Albert Goodman Accountants in Weymouth, has been casting her eye over today's budget.



Further £100m capital for new triage project at UK hospitals in time for next Winter.


Hammond: "We are the party of the NHS".


Additional grant funding of two billion over the next three years for social care funding. 

Phillip Hammond says: ‘The social care funding care package that I have delivered today will help to free up beds and tackle inappropriate A&E attendance – our two biggest problems in the NHS.’



The new qualifications will include including a high-quality 3 month work placement for every student.



Phillip Hammond's announced an increase by 50% in the number hours of training for 16 to 19-year-olds.

The next generation needs 'Security and dignity in old age' 


A further 110 free schools on top of the pre-announced 500.


Additional £260m into existing schools.


Free school transport will be extended to to children receiving free school meals if attending specialist schools.


£20m pledged to support the campaign against violence against women and girls. 

£12m from tampon tax will go to women's charities.



New National Savings Bonds of up to 2.1% for savings of up to £3k.


Phillip Hammond's pledged £5m to help people returning to work after a career break


Alcohol duty frozen and price of cigarettes to increase.


More support for women in the workplace.

Tax free childcare of £2k a year starts in April; hours will double to 30 hours per week.




Phillip Hammond says he wants to support ordinary, working families.

There will be more steps to support working families with living costs.

Personal allowance will increase for the seventh year in a row to £11.5k and higher rate threshold to £45k.


Self-employed national insurance will be aligned with employed by increasing class 4 national insurance contributions by 1% this and 1% next year.


No businesses receiving small business rate relief will see their bill increase next year more than £50 per month.


Rural pubs are going to get £1k off their business rates.


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