Chancellor tempers tax cut expectations as £800m tech package to free up public service workers' time announced

Credit: Sky News- Published on March 3, 2024
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has tempered expectations of tax cuts in Wednesday's budget as he announced an £800m package of technology reforms designed to free up time for frontline public sector workers.

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Published on March 1, 2024 -  02:30
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