Good evening. Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has announced the biggest raft of tax cuts for half a century. Read on for the key points from today's mini-Budget – and a calculator for how they impact your finances. But, first – the headlines...
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The big story: Chancellor's tax cuts in mini-Budget
In the end, he went further than many had expected. Kwasi Kwarteng today unveiled a package of tax cuts worth £45bn, as he set out his plan to boost economic growth.
The Chancellor brought forward a cut to the basic rate of income tax cut, slashed National Insurance contributions, axed a planned increase to corporation tax and announced a permanent cut to stamp duty. Mr Kwarteng also scrapped the 45 per cent additional rate of income tax and lifted a cap on bankers' bonuses.
View the key points from the biggest package of tax cuts in 50 years, which was unveiled in the Commons this morning and will be funded through government borrowing.
The unveiling of the "Plan for Growth" prompted the pound and FTSE 100 to both fall sharply amid concerns the proposals will drive up debt and fuel inflation.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies accused Mr Kwarteng of taking a reckless gamble on the country's finances, warning that he is "betting the house" on the tax cuts.
If you did not catch Mr Kwarteng's statement in full, these are the 10 key quotes that reveal his "new era".
In a special episode of Chopper's Politics podcast, Christopher Hope unpacks the announcement with Gordon Rayner and Tony Diver.
Bonfire of red tape
Remaining EU laws are to be torn up by the end of next year as part of the Chancellor's bid to reduce unnecessary costs for British businesses and unleash growth.
Mr Kwarteng said the bonfire of red tape would lead to "a simpler system" that was easier for firms to navigate.
As Matt Oliver reports, he said government departments have been ordered to review all retained EU regulations by December 2023 – by which point they will be "automatically" axed unless they are amended or replaced.
'Breath of fresh air'
In a whirlwind of a statement, Mr Krwarteng effectively rode roughshod over the economic orthodoxy adopted by all Conservative governments since 2010 and tore up his predecessor Rishi Sunak's tax-grabbing legacy in just 30 minutes.
In her analysis, Janet Daley says it was "nothing less than a revolution in the way government used fiscal policy to reinforce a political philosophy".
And Jeremy Warner concludes that it was "a breath of fresh air" that put wealth-creating enterprise back at centre stage.
Comment and analysis
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