Budget 2017

Opinion focus: On Wednesday Philip Hammond presented his Budget. He was praised for his delivery, but the economic outlook looks gloomy. Here’s the best of this week’s comment and analysis on the chancellor’s fiscal footwork.

UK trade groups lack unity and struggle to represent employers’ views to government

The British chancellor played it safe but could still prove to be his party’s saviour

What if a lack of homes is not the real problem?

The chancellor delivers some welcome measures in his Budget, writes Sebastian Payne

Hammond could do little else in the face of fiscal constraints and grim economic prospects

Philip Hammond is trying to clear up a mess but his efforts are likely to be in vain

We are still not living within our means and long-term debt levels remain unsustainable

Any chancer can win an audience to rail against Britain’s faulty economic model