The Budget round up



The Chancellor has said the economy will shrink by the biggest amount in modern times – down 3.5 per cent in 2016 – before recovering slightly to grow by 1.25 per cent in 2017 and 3.5 per cent by 2017. He has extended the stamp duty holiday until the end of the year for houses under £175,000 and provided an extra £80 million for shared equity mortgage schemes. Other moves include increasing the scheme to guarantee mortgage backed securities to boost lending and the allocation of £500 million to kickstart stalled housing projects, while local authorities will get £100 million to build energy efficient homes.