Tuesday evening news briefing: What the Budget could cost you

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Budget due to offer £7,500 grants for self-employed Rishi Sunak has plenty to weigh up as he puts the finishing touches to tomorrow's Budget, which must balance the need to rebuild the UK's public finances with the impact any measures could have on economic green shoots as lockdown is lifted. Yet as senior Tories indicate their support for modest tax rises, including William Hague, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt, it has emerged millions of self-employed workers are due to be offered grants of up to £7,500 in the fiscal statement. Political Editor Ben Riley-Smith has the exclusive details on what to expect. With major tax rises planned - read how much it could cost you. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng indicated this morning that the Chancellor will be extending furlough and the Budget will reportedly feature an additional £408 million in support for the culture sector. Read more. Undoubtedly, the big question is: does the UK need to pay down its eye-watering debts? Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and Jeremy Warner set out the arguments for and against. Mr Sunak has borrowed £270 billion this financial year to pay for the pandemic - more than enough to keep him awake at night. Ben Wright analyses how the Chancellor will decide whether the UK is storing up too many problems for the future. Here is what the Budget could mean for you and read on for the stocks to buy before the announcement from about 12.45pm tomorrow. EU unity crumbles over Covid vaccine supply issues Austria and Denmark have become the latest EU countries to break away from Brussels' vaccines strategy, raising fears that the bloc's unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic was crumbling. Read on for details of the split, which comes as France approves the AstraZeneca vaccine for over-65s despite Emmanuel Macron's earlier claims it is "quasi-ineffective". Meanwhile, in the Commons, Matt Hancock revealed the hunt to find 'Patient X', who is infected with the highly infectious variant first found in Brazil, has been narrowed down to 379 households in southeast England. Experts have said the variant has not reached Britain in sufficient numbers to be a major threat or impede the vaccine rollout. Boris Johnson backs 2030 British-Irish World Cup bid A British and Irish bid for World Cup 2030 is more likely than ever after Boris Johnson declared he was "very, very keen" on the possibility of playing host. Talks continue among governing bodies ahead of a potential tilt to win over Fifa. Click here for a guide to the bid, its rivals and how a World Cup might look shared between the home nations. It comes as the world of football mourns Ian St John, the former Liverpool striker who helped lead the club to glory under Bill Shankly, who has died aged 82. Of course, he will be remembered not just as a great striker but as one half of the finest double act in sports broadcasting: Saint and Greavsie. Jim White and Jeremy Wilson look back at the show. At a glance: More coronavirus headlines Also in the news: Today's other headlines Duchess of Sussex | The Mail on Sunday has sought permission to appeal the Duchess of Sussex's privacy ruling, arguing that the judge failed to heed a precedent set in a case involving Boris Johnson's love child. It comes amid speculation Meghan's interview with Oprah may have to be pulled as the Duke of Edinburgh remains in hospital. Prince Harry referred to his mother in a teaser trailer for the show. Hannah Betts examines the similarities between Princess Diana and Meghan. Around the world: The rise and fall of Andrew Cuomo A third woman has accused Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate behaviour, just hours after the New York governor formally referred himself for investigation over similar allegations from two former aides. With an Emmy, a best-selling book and potential presidential nomination, Mr Cuomo had been basking in a media-driven political paradise as the Covid-19 ravaged New York. But less than a year later the governor has fallen from a great height. Verity Bowman charts his rise and fall. Tuesday interview Alice Cooper: 'None of us thought about getting past 30' Alice Cooper Credit: Michael Ochs Archives As he returns with Detroit Stories, his best album this century, the veteran rock star looks back at his wild early years in 'Murder City' Read the full interview Comment and analysis Editor's choice Toxic, macho, out of touch | Ant Middleton's reality TV career shouldn't have lasted this long Unlockdown fears | I'm 25 and terrified of going to bars and clubs when they reopen Real life | 'The day I discovered that my husband was a paedophile' Business and money briefing Boohoo's woes | Fast fashion giant Boohoo has seen its shares fall after reports that it could face a possible US import ban related to past alle

Tuesday evening news briefing: What the Budget could cost you

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp.

Budget due to offer £7,500 grants for self-employed

Rishi Sunak has plenty to weigh up as he puts the finishing touches to tomorrow's Budget, which must balance the need to rebuild the UK's public finances with the impact any measures could have on economic green shoots as lockdown is lifted. Yet as senior Tories indicate their support for modest tax rises, including William Hague, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt, it has emerged millions of self-employed workers are due to be offered grants of up to £7,500 in the fiscal statement. Political Editor Ben Riley-Smith has the exclusive details on what to expect. With major tax rises planned - read how much it could cost you. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng indicated this morning that the Chancellor will be extending furlough and the Budget will reportedly feature an additional £408 million in support for the culture sector. Read more.

Undoubtedly, the big question is: does the UK need to pay down its eye-watering debts? Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and Jeremy Warner set out the arguments for and against. Mr Sunak has borrowed £270 billion this financial year to pay for the pandemic - more than enough to keep him awake at night. Ben Wright analyses how the Chancellor will decide whether the UK is storing up too many problems for the future. Here is what the Budget could mean for you and read on for the stocks to buy before the announcement from about 12.45pm tomorrow.

EU unity crumbles over Covid vaccine supply issues

Austria and Denmark have become the latest EU countries to break away from Brussels' vaccines strategy, raising fears that the bloc's unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic was crumbling. Read on for details of the split, which comes as France approves the AstraZeneca vaccine for over-65s despite Emmanuel Macron's earlier claims it is "quasi-ineffective". Meanwhile, in the Commons, Matt Hancock revealed the hunt to find 'Patient X', who is infected with the highly infectious variant first found in Brazil, has been narrowed down to 379 households in southeast England. Experts have said the variant has not reached Britain in sufficient numbers to be a major threat or impede the vaccine rollout.

Boris Johnson backs 2030 British-Irish World Cup bid

A British and Irish bid for World Cup 2030 is more likely than ever after Boris Johnson declared he was "very, very keen" on the possibility of playing host. Talks continue among governing bodies ahead of a potential tilt to win over Fifa. Click here for a guide to the bid, its rivals and how a World Cup might look shared between the home nations. It comes as the world of football mourns Ian St John, the former Liverpool striker who helped lead the club to glory under Bill Shankly, who has died aged 82. Of course, he will be remembered not just as a great striker but as one half of the finest double act in sports broadcasting: Saint and Greavsie. Jim White and Jeremy Wilson look back at the show.

At a glance: More coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Duchess of Sussex | The Mail on Sunday has sought permission to appeal the Duchess of Sussex's privacy ruling, arguing that the judge failed to heed a precedent set in a case involving Boris Johnson's love child. It comes amid speculation Meghan's interview with Oprah may have to be pulled as the Duke of Edinburgh remains in hospital. Prince Harry referred to his mother in a teaser trailer for the show. Hannah Betts examines the similarities between Princess Diana and Meghan.

Around the world: The rise and fall of Andrew Cuomo

A third woman has accused Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate behaviour, just hours after the New York governor formally referred himself for investigation over similar allegations from two former aides. With an Emmy, a best-selling book and potential presidential nomination, Mr Cuomo had been basking in a media-driven political paradise as the Covid-19 ravaged New York. But less than a year later the governor has fallen from a great height. Verity Bowman charts his rise and fall.

Tuesday interview

Alice Cooper: 'None of us thought about getting past 30'

Alice Cooper Credit: Michael Ochs Archives

As he returns with Detroit Stories, his best album this century, the veteran rock star looks back at his wild early years in 'Murder City'

Read the full interview

Comment and analysis

Editor's choice

  1. Toxic, macho, out of touch | Ant Middleton's reality TV career shouldn't have lasted this long
  2. Unlockdown fears I'm 25 and terrified of going to bars and clubs when they reopen
  3. Real life | 'The day I discovered that my husband was a paedophile'

Business and money briefing

Boohoo's woes | Fast fashion giant Boohoo has seen its shares fall after reports that it could face a possible US import ban related to past allegations of poor working practices by suppliers. Read on for details.

Sport briefing

Five years of Eddie Jones | Five years and 62 Tests into the tenure of head coach Eddie Jones, it is fair to say that England have reached a sticky patch. Read where his 47 England debutants are now - and why there has not been one fly-half. Meanwhile, Will Greenwood picks his British and Irish Lions starting XV after Six Nations round three.

Three things for tonight

And finally... for this evening's downtime

Leering Italians and heady freedom | Her backpack contained two pairs of shorts, a bikini and a few T-shirts. Heidi Fuller-Love reveals what hitch-hiking across Europe in the 1980s was really like.