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'Extra £200 million for Wales' says Hammond

The Chancellor says his Budget includes an extra £200 million for the Welsh Government to spend.

Help with business rates - in England

Businesses hit by business rate increases in England are to get extra help, including a £300 million discretionary fund to help the worst hit and a £1,000 discount for most pubs.

It will be up to the Welsh Government to decide whether to offer more help to businesses in Wales.


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Helping young and reducing deficit main Budget themes

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has revealed to ministers the main themes of Wednesday's Spring Budget.

The Budget is intended to help young people get the skills they need to perform high-skilled and high-paid jobs in future, and give more children the opportunity to go to a good or outstanding school.

Another key theme is to bring down the deficit so the country can "get back to living within its means".

Mr Hammond said the UK economy had continued to show evidence of "fundamental robustness and resilience", but warned further austerity measures are on the cards with deficit and debt "too high".


Just six weeks to go to new pound coin launch

The pound in your pocket - did you know you'll need to spend the old round ones before October the 15th this year?

After that they will no longer be legal tender.

In six weeks time a new one is being introduced - the most secure coin in the world according to the Royal Mintin Llantrisant.

Richard Morgan has been for a sneak preview.

Car bought in North Wales could fetch £50,000

The Hillman Imp model was launched in 1963. Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

One of the most famous Hillman Imp cars ever to race, which took part in the Monte Carlo Rally 50 years ago, is to go under the hammer.

The car could fetch up to £50,000 when it is sold at auction in Wiltshire next month. The Imp, with registration plate JDU46E, was built in 1966 by the Rootes Group, which had bought the Hillman name.

It has an impressive racing pedigree after competing in the 3,400-mile 1967 Monte Carlo Rally, coming second in its class and 46th overall.

I was incredibly lucky to buy the car. I was on holiday in North Wales in 2013 when I saw a classified advert in a local paper selling the car.

As it was in Cheshire not too far away, I went to see it and met the then owner, a retired banker and rally fan.

He wouldn't sell the car to me for about a month - not until he was sure I was going to look after it.

– Mark Tudge, owner
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