The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Autumn Budget to Parliament on 22nd November. He began his speech by highlighting that the UK economy is forming a new relationship with our European neighbours and we are on a path to a new future outside the European Union.
Since publishing its position paper on the issue in August, the UK Government has been unequivocal that it has no desire to impose a “hard border” between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; it will maintain both the Common Travel Area and the Belfast Agreement.
In 2016, the public sector pay bill (excluding nationalised corporations) was £179 billion. This includes the wages and salaries of public sector workers, the employer National Insurance Contributions and employers' pension contributions towards public service pension schemes.
Last week, I welcomed Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to Soulton Hall near Wem where Tim Ashton has been trialling no-till farming in cooperation with soil experts from Harper Adams University.