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Osborne allows councils to keep £26bn in business rates

George Osborne has announced that local councils will be allowed to keep the business rates they raise, providing them with £26 billion.

In exchange, the local government grant will be phased out - leaving councils with a surplus on what they had before, Osborne said.

Local authorities will be given the power to raise or lower business rates, as the single national rate is abolished completely.

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Osborne: HS2 plans will go ahead despite opposition

George Osborne has insisted that HS2, the controversial new high-speed rail link, will be built through his own constituency despite fierce opposition, reports Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship.


Corbyn pulls out of TV interviews because he's 'tired'

Jeremy Corbyn was due to be interviewed by ITV News today Credit: PA

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pulled out of interviews with the ITV regions scheduled for today because he is "too tired and losing his voice".

ITV's Political Correspondent Paul Brand has the latest:


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