Will Theresa May risk a second independence referendum in Scotland? Chief political commentator at the Independent, John Rentoul, talks through why the PM won't chance it with Share Radio's Ed Bowsher.
Nicola Sturgeon says she wants a second Scottish independence referendum - and it could be held as early as next autumn. For more on what's next, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke with Robert Colvile, editor of CapX.
Last week the Chancellor announced £500m worth of investment into technical education as part of the budget. Amongst the changes we'll see the introduction of new T-level qualifications aimed at teaching vocational subjects. To find out more about the investments being made Sarah Pennells spoke to Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy and External Affairs at the CMI.
Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio Podcast, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. Dominating the financial headlines this week has been Chancellor Philip Hammond's final Spring Budget. Described by some as a tax raid on the self-employed and small businesses the announcements of hikes in national insurance and dividend tax have come as a surprise to many given previous Conservative election pledges. There has been some good offerings though with a multi-million pound fund put aside for 'disruptive' technologies from robots to driverless cars. Unpicking all the announcements Georgie Frost is joined by Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce. Plus how tax rises are also being extended to council tax and insurance premiums. This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost in partnership with NS&I.
The boss of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, is engulfed in a massive bribery scandal that's threatening to put him in jail. The case is also linked to the huge scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's President Park Geun-hye. Shares in South Korea rose 0.4% in Friday's session after the country's Constitutional Court upheld parliament's impeachment of the President. James Brydges reports.
Government ministers have revealed a Scottish Referendum is now looking "inevitable". Nicola Sturgeon previously said another vote "makes common sense" and her party would be ready to hold it in late 2018. We spoke to our Scottish correspondent Maurice Smith to find out more.
Chancellor Hammond's Spring Budget sparked criticism from a number of Tory MPs who accused him of breaking a Tory manifesto pledge by increasing National Insurance for the self-employed. John Ashmore, Chief Reporter at PoliticsHome, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss this.
Amongst the spending pledges made by the Chancellor in this year's Budget we've heard millions will be set aside for research into futuristic technologies such as biotech, driverless cars and robotics. Money will also be put into a 5G network and supporting education in the STEM industries- science, technology, engineering and mathematics- with funding for 1,000 new PhD and fellowship positions. To discuss the investment Georgie Frost was joined by Dr Cian O'Donovan, research fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit.
As national insurance contributions from the self-employed are set to rise following today's budget, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke to Andy Chamberlain, deputy director of policy at The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed for more on its impact.