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The Budget: Your reaction

09:34 UK time, Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his Budget. What do you think of this plans?

The chancellor said the measures he was unveiling in his first spring Budget would get the UK economy moving again.

He scrapped Labour's fuel duty escalator and cut duty by a further 1p - all paid for by a £2bn tax on oil companies.

He also pledged £250m to help 10,000 first-time homebuyers purchase newly built flats and houses in England, as well as announcing a further cut to corporation tax.

What are your views on the Budget? How will the changes affect you? Do you have any questions about the plans?

Thank you for your comments. This debate is now closed, but you can leave your comment here.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.


    He is expected to increase the amount people can earn before paying tax by around £600 from April 2012 - saving 25 million people around £45 a year. [sic]

    Whoop-de-do-de-do, big deal!

  • Comment number 2.

    1. Plans for investment in proper jobs
    2. Lowering of fuel tax, so we can afford to travel to work
    3. A substantial reduction in public sector waste and spending

    Too much to ask for?

  • Comment number 3.

    Complete and permanent removal of VAT. They already tax everyones wages at source(except the rich), so why should we be taxed again on what we buy.
    A fixed tariff on imports(say £10 an item).
    A heavy levy on British companies that export jobs overseas.

  • Comment number 4.

    I would like to see big cuts in defence costs...(tongue firmly in cheek)

  • Comment number 5.

    Nothing short of Osborne's resignation, closely followed by the resignations of the rest of the front bench, would satisfy me.

    Today represents something of a watershed moment for this government. Today will see the moment when they will no longer be able to get away with parroting the same old lie that everything that is wrong in the world is the fault of '13 years of Labour government'. From this point onwards everyone will be entirely justified in laying the blame fairly and squarely where it belongs: on the bankers and on their puppet government.

  • Comment number 6.

    Osborne's resignation!

  • Comment number 7.

    "what do you want to see"i suppose there is no chance of georgey accepting the fact he may have gone too far and too fast with is slasher mentality, be a man and admit, too deep too fast.ah well, what about tax increases for people on incomes,say starting at 150.000k increasing at a rate of 15000k.allowing those with the most to make a greater contribution.petrol he may give you a pence on a ltre.i don't think even he will make it a gallon??but in the the grand scheme of things it is nothing. business will want to take away workers rights he will aquiesse to this for he his planning to cut the minimum wage as the economy deteriorates.there will be a lot of Hooo! and Haaa's! today but when the dust settles and reality kicks in the truth will be the rich are still rich and doing well,thakyou very much,the poor as allways will be paying for it.. have a good one george?????

  • Comment number 8.

    I would like to see a Budget that encourages enterprise and reduces bureaucracy.Whilst unlikely to be a Budget issue,the Government should cease all bonus payments to public sector workers.

  • Comment number 9.

    Reduce tax on beer wet sales, and increase massively on supermarkets. The demise of pubs is ruining one of the countries best traditions.

  • Comment number 10.

    The Chancellor photographed outside No. 11 holding the “magic” box – all part of the outmoded pantomime. As to growth? More fantasising, I fancy.

  • Comment number 11.

    Information concerning any other funds that are not earmarked for the defecit, but for Boy Cameron's next foreign adventure, or the continued financing of the existing one.

  • Comment number 12.

    I don't want a budget, I want a General Election.

    Now please.

  • Comment number 13.

    more money for the BBC so that HYS and 606 can continue

  • Comment number 14.

    wow a whole 600 pound a year better than nothin but ill still be worse off in ever aspect people need 1000's more a year not 100's 600 wont even cover the petrol rise's not to mention vat, gas , electricity, lack of savings income, food prices sky rocketing, and everything else goin up!

    yes 600 should come nowhere need to what is actually needed cheers!

  • Comment number 15.

    Something about building industries which make money abroad, and save us spending money abroad. Not things about encouraging more entrepreneurs to get contracts to spend tax money - like giving the census to a US company.

    When the country is losing money such things are not real growth of the private sector into new areas, but parasitical growth on the back of the public sector. They make the cash flow worse not better.

    Reducing pay and conditions only discourage employers from finding ways to actually growing their business because they can take the same money, but make more profit.

    Measures to raise the value of the currency to make imports cheaper and reduce the price of oil. It makes sense when we import more than we export. The reason for low exports is not high prices or high wages compared to Germany, but the fact that we don't make products that people want to buy due to low technical productivity.

  • Comment number 16.

    Osborne to pledge 'growth' Budget?, come on, please. From what I have heard already the past couple of days, there is nothing in this budget that indicates the reality of the situation on the street and that would actually help Joe Bloggs and his or her family. OK, so they are increasing the threshold at which tax is paid, yes which will help the very low paid. But there is more to the economy then helping someone on say £12,000 per year before deductions. And besides anyone on such low incomes is going to do nothing to aid the economy or provide less burden to those people, for the simple reason because of inflation and the rise in VAT and everything else for that matter they are going to tighten their belts even further just like everyone else.
    In fact I am getting sick and tired of these so called people making their comments and predictions on the economy, as they have no clue whatsoever as to what the reality is on the street. And besides they like to make all these predictions and slap a figure here or a figure there and basing on what???...... past experience? Anyone with any brain cells will tell you that these times are rare and that we are dealing with situations we have never really been in before. So it shows the predictors, ie the economists haven't learnt any lessons yet, which is a little slow with all things considered.

    Vince Cable was right when he said Capitalism "takes no prisoners and kills competition where it can". That just doesn't include business, it includes every person in the country. A classic example of his comment is the gap between rich and poor and even down to the North / South Divide, which has got wider by the way.

  • Comment number 17.

    A return to sanity?

    Probably too much to expect since the lunatics are now firmly in control of the asylum.

  • Comment number 18.

    Hopefully further public spending cuts and tax increases that we as country have to endure to rid ourselves of the deficit.

    It is my generation that are destined for a life time of high tax and low spending and I accept this is the path ahead of me.

    We have to clean up after the party the baby boomers and labour government had!

  • Comment number 19.

    How about start thinking about society, and stop worshipping money? Monetarism has dragged us to the crumbling ledge that we now inhabit. The banks have collectively fleeced us all - if they do lend it's at ridiculously high rates, and when it comes to paying interest, they point at the low BoE interest rate and refuse this as well! It's win/win for them, and they are wallowing in our cash. Million-pound bonuses for the select few and misery for the rest of us. But hey - this is monetarism for you! Everyone from councils, utilities and banks to children and parents - all abandoning their obligations to their customers and to each other in a headlong chase for the green stuff! Rule Britannia! Will the Budget do anything to redress this? What do you think?

  • Comment number 20.

    How about a tax on junk mail? we get about two items a day delivered and if that's the same for, say 35,000,000 households then there's a one-off £218 million that
    the Government could fritter away on something before those pesky banks and insurance companies stop sending all this garbage.

    Many people criticize George Osborne for being a posh toff who can penalise the poor while remaining stinking rich himself, but the main issues I have with him are:
    1; his eyes are too small and
    2. his hair is too bouffant.

  • Comment number 21.

    A reversal on the savage cuts to disabled people.
    I am severely disabled. This year I will have to pay £65 towards my care (an increase of £5 per week) and an extra £20 towards my rent.
    I have been assessed as needing more care, yet despite being critical needs have been told I have to go without due to cuts.
    I am not rich. I don't have savings and am on benefits. Contrary to what is said, the poorest have to pay for their care. When I worked I didn't have to pay!
    I am no scrounger. I worked until I was too ill and disabled to do so any more. I had to give up my career and miss it terribly.
    Stop forcing me to choose between having a shower and getting dressed. Stop forcing me to choose between eating and putting the heating on. And stop treating me as though I chose this life.

  • Comment number 22.

    I'd like to see some 'real' help right now, not in 2012. Doesn't George Osborne get it - we can barely manage to afford the costs of fuel to get us to work at present (btw I have no option with public transport from where I live so the car is essential and also travel as part of my job). £1 a week extra in our pockets from 2012 isn't going to cut it. Surprise, surprise history is repeating itself - Thatcher increased unemployment, inflation increased - next it'll be interest rates.

  • Comment number 23.

    We already know what 90% of the Budget will be courtesy of the Conservative Party spin doctors and their mouthpiece Nick Robinson.

    What matters is not the hour long ramble and political points scoring the Chancellor will give us but the contents of the Red Book with its forecasts of what is to happen in the medium term. That will take expert analysis over the next few days. All today is about is the headlines on the TV News and tomorrows papers.

  • Comment number 24.

    I would like the chancellor to turn a deaf ear to businesses bleating about paying tax. One would think they were doing us a favour by making profits.

  • Comment number 25.

    Hopefully further public spending cuts and tax increases that we as country have to endure to rid ourselves of the deficit.

    It is my generation that are destined for a life time of high tax and low spending and I accept this is the path ahead of me.

    We have to clean up after the party the baby boomers and labour government had!


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    further public spending cuts will only create a worse situation for the economy.
    Who is actually going to have any money to spend on things if the unemployment rate continues to climb?? Public sector cuts = private sector cuts as the private sector soon realise their businesses won't be able to survive without public sector workers spending power

  • Comment number 26.

    The help for FTB's is much needed (especially by me!) but it's really just slapping a plaster on a broken leg. Property prices are artificially high & need to be brought down to a level more in line with earnings, or this sorry cycle will just continue. Stick a cap on rents & watch the B2Lers run for the hills! Then raise intrest rates to stop people borrowing beyond their means. With 7x more savers than borrowers in this country it's a bloomin scandal that we've all had to suffer so long just so that those that were irresponsible don't feel the pinch.
    There should be no rise on fuel either.
    I am so very excited about my £45 p/a tax saving. Whatever shall I spend it on? Oh yeah my sky high food, rent, travel & utilities bills :(

  • Comment number 27.

    I want a budget representative of the people of these lands - not south-east centric, not home-counties wealthy, not City of London friendly.

    But look who is delivering the budget. Fat chance.

  • Comment number 28.

    Tax the bankers! They got us into this mess.

  • Comment number 29.

    An end to

    - public sector waste
    - the entire 'diversity' industry, with the immediate scrapping of payments for all initiatives and organisations in that area
    - an end to state funding for English as a foreign language teaching for immigrants and their kids
    - foreigners to pay for their own health care
    - companies employing foreigners to pay an extra tax
    - no payments to the EU
    - no payments to asylum seekers.

    There, that's a start.

  • Comment number 30.

    10,000 Bankers and their associated city chums have netted £100 billion in bonuses over the last decade (about the cost of running the entire NHS in England for a year).

    We have just seen loss making and publicly owned RBS pay over a million to 370 of it's employees. (To put that in perspective that is 370 more than the number of real public sector employees earning even a third of this amount and or the equivalent of the salaries of 15,000 nurses!)

    The richest in the UK have never been richer the disparity between them and the rest is the greatest since the 1930's .People on average or below average earnings will see the biggest fall in real earnings over the next 2 years since records were kept.

    Oil Companies profits expand by 30% based on increased costs between extraction and the pumps .
    But is the robber Baronette going to target the mega rich (who caused the problems in the first place) or profligate corporate greed.

    Not on your life His solution reduce employees rights and remove 5% of disposable income from middle income earners with kids.

    The best thing he and the rest of His public school incompetent cohort could do is resign.

    If we have to have this unelected monstrosity of a government at least appoint Vince Cable as chancellor as having been the chief accountant of a major international PLC his acumen is going to be somewhat superior to Boy George with knowledge based on managing his Bullingdon club account and working as a Saturday boy in Selfridges!

  • Comment number 31.

    Allowing the low paid to earn an extra £45 a year - from April 2012 - that's next year folks!!!

    The cost of petrol and diesel now attracts 20% Value Added Tax on top of existing government fuel taxes. Can we safely assume the Chancellor will take the rise today on fuel duty - on all of us - by offering pennies back on pounds taken by VAT which is accepted, by most economists, as inflationary on distribution costs of basic commodities?

  • Comment number 32.

    It is rumoured that Osborne plans to merge income tax and National Insurance into one income tax. How will this be anything other than a substantial tax increase for those on pensions or those whose income comes from investments (such as pensioners)?

  • Comment number 33.

    I want him to deliver it wearing a comic relief red nose.

  • Comment number 34.

    It's crucial to rebuild local internal economies (globalism is in part a false god)

    We need to enable local people to take part in their local economies, that means an end to minimum wage paid by many large companies (eg: Tesco) which dictates benefits claims by over a third of the working population.

  • Comment number 35.

    23. At 11:17am on 23rd Mar 2011, markmyword1949 wrote:
    We already know what 90% of the Budget will be courtesy of the Conservative Party spin doctors and their mouthpiece Nick Robinson.


    That cannot be right. According to those scrupulously reliable and unbiased HYSers such as "TheMasonsArms", the BBC is a hotbed of lefty commie Marxists who refuse to give a platform to any other views.

  • Comment number 36.

    Fuel is the big one. High fuel prices affect have direct affects on tax payers through VAT/Duty and indirect via increased cost of goods through delivery and fuel surcharges.

    Any help here would keep inflation down.

  • Comment number 37.

    The Chancellor is perfectly correct in tackling our ridiculous debt - However at what cost to the Country he should be protecting and developing .

    It is an incredible situation where we can spend £ 2-3 million / day on Libya - Carry on funding the E.E.C like we are doing - Continue funding our activities in Afghanistan - Continue supporting Iraq etc.etc.etc

    When today we are going to get another financial hammering - which will result in ever rising unemployment - ever rising cost of living - ever rising energy and fuel costs etc.etc.etc

    I want to see a Budget that does as he says - pay off the national debt BUT not at the expense totally of us - The Electorate.

    Stop wasting money and look to - YOUR OWN !!

  • Comment number 38.

    no matter where we live, it is not what we want, but what we have to accept.

  • Comment number 39.

    once again the lunatics have taken over the asylum!

    you sit in front of your pc with indignation bristling like the spines on a hedgehog!

    if YOU know so much better - put your money where your mouth is and enter politics

    but thats too easy? - criticise from your armchair whilst others, better qualified try and sort out this countries economic difficulties

  • Comment number 40.

    24. At 11:18am on 23rd Mar 2011, Eboracum wrote:
    I would like the chancellor to turn a deaf ear to businesses bleating about paying tax. One would think they were doing us a favour by making profits.


    That might be because they are. Profits means more investment so more jobs. Profits means more dividends paid so more return from investment so more investment. Profits mean more tax paid. Profits mean increased share prices so better investment returns.

  • Comment number 41.

    What i want to see is a responsible and more importantly an honest budget. The biggest issue we have seems to be one of denial and a view that we can spend our way out of recession. The truth is the budget will be a tough one. It cannot undo the need for spending cuts or create instant growth, it can only ease things at the periphery.
    As for the resignation of George Osbourne, if Labour had won the election they would be cutting the same things and people would be calling for that person to resign. However you package it, we need to pay for the years of excess and easy credit at some time.
    I think a delay of the increase in fuel duty will help a little, as will the proposed incentives to create growth in the purchase of new homes for 1st time buyers (20% loans at zero interest for 5 years). We cannot abolish VAT or remove fuel duty, if we do the money will need to be found elsewhere.

  • Comment number 42.

    On a marginally more positive note.
    He has picked a jolly lovely, sunny day to rip the still beating heart out of the country :)

  • Comment number 43.

    What do I want to see?

    1) No increase in fuel tax (possibly even a decrease!)
    2) Tax reduced on everything I buy
    3) Tax increased on everything I don't to make up for it
    4) I special Lucy allowence where anyone called Lucy never needs to pay tax on anything ever again because everyone with that name is ace!

    What do I excpect to see?

    None of the above, except possibly number 1.

    If fuel tax IS increased, I can see a lot of unrest among the common man!

  • Comment number 44.

    hopefully the Chancellor might announce a General Election date so that we can vote these clowns out of office.

    The money that is being spent in Libya has exposed their LIE that the country has no money left.

  • Comment number 45.

    Recognition of the Zeitgeist Movement. You did ask.

  • Comment number 46.

    The biggest thing he can do to help the country is one which the greens will hate, and that is to slash fuel duty.

    The effect of fuel on inflation is many fold, it is an insideous cost and one no-one can escape.

    He won't do it because it is a huge revenue generator and he can hide behind the 'green' cloak.

  • Comment number 47.

    he giveth, slightly, with one hand, and he taketh away, massively, with another

  • Comment number 48.

    as a single , working, white, athiest, childless, male i fully expect to get totally shafted.

    £45 a year better off? ooooo thanks! Shame my train ticket went up £13 a month though.

  • Comment number 49.

    To: The truth is the greatest enemy of the state:

    You're wrong. Labour hiked tax after tax, wasted trillions of pounds buying votes. They've ruined the economy, as they do every single time the idiot electorate vote them into power. The situation we are in is entirely the fault of Labour. Heck, don't you know Labour intentionally loosened regulation on the banking sector in a desperate effort to raise tax revenue? Or has that information been conveniently ignored?

    The coalition is not cutting anywhere nearly far enough. Silly, big state socialist nonsense is holding back the country and forcing millions into poverty, unemployment and utter state dependency.

    What do we need from the budget? The scrapping of entire government departments. A massive reduction in state waste. The abolition of acres of quangos. The demolition of local councils. A 90% reduction in EU funding until we are out of the massive debt we are in, all £8 trillion of it.

    In return, fuel duty scrapped or reduced to 10p. VAT no longer levied on items already subject to tax. No more NI contributions from companies for employees. An end to taxes such as landfill, green and aggregate taxes. Lower corporation tax of 10%. A bulldozer through the nonsense Labour foisted on businesses in regulation and unnecessary legislation. The only way this country will ever grow properly, increase employment and start generating real jobs and true wealth is by a massive cut in the size and cost of the state.

    Osbourne won't provide that though. We'll get mealy mouthed excuses and big promotion of tax cuts which will be utterly offset by the silent tax hikes. Just what Labour did - without the tax cuts.

  • Comment number 50.

    How about tightening up on tax evasion by big business. Creative accounting and offshoring has cost this country dear. The problems U.K. plc would disappear in a single stroke. The Whole of the public sector could be financed by the monies salted away by business and there would be brilliant tax cuts for the rest of us. Will it happen? not a chance. The Tories and the right have the system sown up so they benefit from this style of avoiding paying tax, and we those that are called workshy, scroungers, feckless and benefit cheats by the rightwing press, are the ones that bear the brunt of the austere cuts that will come after today.

  • Comment number 51.

    This is going to be a Budget For Unemployment.

    Dole queues will soon reach 4 million. Thanks bankers. Thanks Tories.

  • Comment number 52.

    1. At 10:35am on 23rd Mar 2011, Gruffydd ap Llywelyn wrote:

    He is expected to increase the amount people can earn before paying tax by around £600 from April 2012 - saving 25 million people around £45 a year. [sic]

    Whoop-de-do-de-do, big deal!

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    Most people will be saving £600 x 20% = £120 a year.

  • Comment number 53.

    A return to the small society. Tories, go away. Please.

  • Comment number 54.

    39. At 11:36am on 23rd Mar 2011, locust wrote:
    once again the lunatics have taken over the asylum!

    you sit in front of your pc with indignation bristling like the spines on a hedgehog!

    if YOU know so much better - put your money where your mouth is and enter politics

    but thats too easy? - criticise from your armchair whilst others, better qualified try and sort out this countries economic difficulties

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    Which constituency did you run for then?

    Or are you a General?


    So you don't think people should voice their opinion on HAVE YOUR SAY?

    That's censorship isn't it?


    And I note that you have been voicing your opinion on lots of subjects over the last few months. Expert on a lot of things are we?

  • Comment number 55.

    24. At 11:18am on 23rd Mar 2011, Eboracum wrote:
    I would like the chancellor to turn a deaf ear to businesses bleating about paying tax. One would think they were doing us a favour by making profits.


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    They are. They pay tax on those profits. If they didn't make as much in profits the general public would have to pay more in taxes to fill that gap. That's why it's good that big companies make big profits as they pay tax on it and each of their employees pays tax on what the company pays them.

  • Comment number 56.

    32. At 11:30am on 23rd Mar 2011, Total Mass Retain wrote:
    It is rumoured that Osborne plans to merge income tax and National Insurance into one income tax. How will this be anything other than a substantial tax increase for those on pensions or those whose income comes from investments (such as pensioners)?

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    Because they will build in income tax reliefs to cover that. eg a simple one is that anyone past retirement age has a basic rate of tax of 20%, and everyone else pays 30%.

  • Comment number 57.

    My wife lost her job a year ago so I'm the only breadwinner. I buy my clothes from charity shops, go to the cheapest supermarkets, drive as little as possible, haven't been on a holiday in years, can't afford to give the kids pocket money - life is really really hard. That said, I couldn't think of a better country to live in but our government really needs to get a grip of the challenges facing our country at the moment. Food production needs boosting, electricity production needs boosting, carbon footprints need watching, manufacturing needs boosting, obesity needs tackling, nation's health needs improving, education innovation and competition needs improving and the national debt needs sorting. What I really resent at the moment is we're spending nearly 40 billion a year on interest alone for the national debt - that money could be so put to much better use.

  • Comment number 58.

    he giveth, slightly, with one hand, and he taketh away, massively, with another

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    An he speaketh lies from one face while smirking with the other!

  • Comment number 59.

    Instead of wasting money on overseas aid lets see some aid for citizens of the Uk after all its our money he is wasting to line the pocketrs of dictators who then use that money to buy weapons off UK companies and the USA.If we have such a debt which is life changing for us all(bar the rich toffs and weapons companies)then its only fair that EVERY penny we generate as citizens is pumped back into the UK not the ever grabbing poor in Africa and other places where money is wasted on buying Mercs for depots.Its a cruel world and when we in this country have balanced the books THEN and only then can we resume foreign aid.For those who think it mean then perhaps they would like to consider what would happen if the boot was on the other foot.We would get sweet fanny adams from anyone,thats a fact!

  • Comment number 60.

    Pensioners will be weeping into their tea if Geogey boy goes ahead with the plan to merge NI and Income tax, it will increase their tax bill by 60%. Nice one George!!!!

  • Comment number 61.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 62.

    If anyone is expecting Osborne to put right 10 years of Labour mismanagement, tax, spend & bust in one budget they are deluded.

  • Comment number 63.

    I want to see that the budget will make a differance in a good way to families, as a single parent of four children and living in private rented accomadation I have already lost £305 per month from my income, this coupled with the significant loss of jobs in my area and the tax rises has caused me to struggle financially a great deal, I cannot afford to loose any more of my income and neither can the vast majority of those people i know and speak too on a regular basis. I believe that one of the best and quickest ways to see economic improvement is mp's expenses should be scrapped and they should take a pay cut of say 20% minimum also bankers bonuses should be abolished and their wages capped as should the wages and other benefits of mp's, more money should be put into schools and the nhs with things such as child benefit handed only to those whose income is below £28000 per year and should be means tested, dole dossers should be kicked back into work or made to do voluntary service. National service should make a return for both boys and girls for a minimum period of two years.

  • Comment number 64.

    42. At 11:41am on 23rd Mar 2011, RubbishGirl wrote:
    On a marginally more positive note.
    He has picked a jolly lovely, sunny day to rip the still beating heart out of the country :)

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    I thought you were above making that kind comment. I'm disappointed :(

  • Comment number 65.

    How about restoring the Incapacity Benefit to tax exempt as it has always been paid at a rate considered to be net of basic tax. This may be unpopular with those seeking to demonise the Chronically Sick and Disabled, however it would be in keeping with the claimed ethos of current Government policy.

  • Comment number 66.

    Question:
    We have heard that the chancellor is likely to merge Income Tax with National Insurance. Will this create a single tax of 32 pence in the pound. As a pensioner, I presently only pay Income Tax at 20 pence in the pound on taxable income. So what will happen to my Income Tax payment.

  • Comment number 67.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 68.

    1. Incentives for new and small businesses
    2. A radical cut back in public spending including the cessation fo final salary pensions (including for MPs)
    3. A minimum bank rate equivalent to inflation
    4. Improved State Pensions
    5. A promise that we will exit the EU within 2 years
    6. Cessation of benefits and healthcare for immigrants and visitors except as provided by other EU countries reciprocally
    7. All benefit claimants (except the disabled) to personally collect benefit cheques using phot identification
    8. A 100% tax on bankers' pay over £1m per annum
    9. 100% compensation for Equitable Life's pensioners' losses caused by regulatory failure rather than the 22% offered by the Treasury
    10. £100k pa salary for MPs (yes they deserve it) but only on the proviso that they adopt a proper transparent and documented regime for expenses and the replacement of second homes by a "Westminster Self Catering Hotel"

  • Comment number 69.

    Fewer lies and money grabbing than we saw from Labour. A party that has made Britain almost unaffordable for true hard working people. This budget will only be able to tinker at the edges of the huge mess Labour have made of this country and start the long haul back to 2nd class nation status. The best we can hope for the next generation. I just hope that the odious Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, can curb his normal grand hypocrisy.

  • Comment number 70.

    43. At 11:41am on 23rd Mar 2011, lucyloopy wrote:
    What do I want to see?

    1) No increase in fuel tax (possibly even a decrease!)
    2) Tax reduced on everything I buy
    3) Tax increased on everything I don't to make up for it
    4) I special Lucy allowence where anyone called Lucy never needs to pay tax on anything ever again because everyone with that name is ace!

    What do I excpect to see?

    None of the above, except possibly number 1.

    If fuel tax IS increased, I can see a lot of unrest among the common man!


    On another HYS today, there were those arguing that in situations like yours where your wishes ("tax exception for those with the name Lucy") will be ignored by those in power and the "Lucy party", if standing for election, will not receive many votes (basically just from those called Lucy) then it is your right to take up an armed struggle against the government.

  • Comment number 71.

    20. At 11:13am on 23rd Mar 2011, WiseOldBob wrote:
    How about a tax on junk mail? we get about two items a day delivered and if that's the same for, say 35,000,000 households then there's a one-off £218 million that
    the Government could fritter away on something before those pesky banks and insurance companies stop sending all this garbage.

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    If you were so wise, Bob, you would be registed with the MPS (Mailing Preference Service) and you'd see your junk mail reduce (apart from the unaddressed stuff that Postie shoves through the letter box).

  • Comment number 72.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 73.

    41. At 11:37am on 23rd Mar 2011, carl c wrote:
    'we need to pay for the years of excess and easy credit at some time.'

    Great for the people who didn't partake in loans, credit cards, and only spent/saved what they earned.

    I didn't buy a house as the house prices were so high, I didn't see them continually rising. I denied myself credit cards as I didn't want to get into debt.

  • Comment number 74.

    What I don't want to see is any drop in the tax on fuel . I would like to see help for everyone in these tough times not just motorists.

  • Comment number 75.

    I'd like to see:
    - Renewed commitment to deficit elimination
    - Income tax simplification including low earner tax cuts funded by benefit reduction
    - Commitment to household pooling of tax allowances
    - Reduced tax relief for defined benefit pension contributions - equivalent to Brown's tax on defined contribution schemes

    I don't want to see:
    - Fuel tax reduction (there are better ways of making tax cuts)
    - Gimmicks that further distort tax and consumer choice (including the leaked new house subsidy)

    I'd also like to see the elimination of enough state imposed bureaucracy and regulation that it becomes possible to make things in this country again - Though there's not much chance of any government turning down the possiblity of legislating at someone else's expense.

  • Comment number 76.

    44. At 11:41am on 23rd Mar 2011, Steveo77 - Save 606 wrote:
    The money that is being spent in Libya has exposed their LIE that the country has no money left.
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    Don't be so childish, it simply adds more to the national debt.

  • Comment number 77.

    I'd like him to make a pledge not to cut jobs further on this lie of needed cuts, which has increased benefits payments massively and in fact, increased the amount of money borrowed by the government. Something that could have been completely avoided.

    Personally, I believe that this lot have not got a clue what to do and therefore will present a budget that will do nothing at all. It will offer a tax cut that will be balanced by NI contributions. Provide a housing scheme in a market that is grossly overpriced, that will solve nothing and generally keep going this juggernaut of catastrophic economic mismanagement that they are plying as being the only option.

    It is a disaster waiting to unfold.

  • Comment number 78.

    I'd like them to stop proping up private companies with out money.

    The public transport sector for example. If they can't run the service without our tax, then give them the finger and let the public have control over it.

    Stop using the terms "create a competetive market". A competetive market should drive prices down, how comes we're seeing the cost of everything go up?

  • Comment number 79.

    In my 47 years of life there is never been a budget where I became better off. Once you crunch the numbers its always turns out that what you gained has been skanked out of you somewhere along line in another form. The chancellor giveth but always taketh away more so. As for £45 a year better off ...that might buy me 1/2 a weeks shopping or I can get to work for 3.2 todays a year free. As another poster said ...whooppee..do!!!

  • Comment number 80.

    What do I want... several things:
    a) Simple benefits system ensuring you are better off working - simplest is a fixed flat benefit for everyone legally here which will stave off starvation and provide rudimentary shelter.
    b) From this you can scrap all the tax breaks as everyone has a basic starting point. Thus you can have single flat rate tax on all income (cash or benefits). No allowances, no fudges for the rich to avoid. Tax paid in UK = daysYouAreHere*totalIncomeInYear/365 multiplied by our tax rate. The days you are here are calculated by making note of who goes through passport control in which direction.
    c) Scrap ALL other taxes - BBC licence fee, local taxation, road fund licence.........
    local tax is more efficiently paid from central government (cuts out a lot of accountants, printing, argueing etc.) at a fixed rate per head of population [democracy determines how it is spent], road fund licence - the excuse is that it is used to persuade us to buy more efficient cars and check on mot/insurance - so the price of fuel drives efficicent cars more effectively and you could have an insurance and mot disc instead of a tax disc - hardly rocket science.
    d) Other 'persuade people to do the right thing' taxes charged as fees to those companies selling certain goods - petrol, cigarettes, alcohol - in this country, based on the amount they sell here. This will feed into prices just the same but will be easier to collect
    e) All business to pay tax on their turnover in the UK. This will prevent running to offshore tax havens being useful, it will also level the playing field between the corner shop and the huge offshore based multinationals.

    What do I expect?
    I expect to be worse off tonight, for the already stinking rich bankers and CEO's to be celebrating on their golf courses, or in the multimillion pound mansions, swimming pools etc etc etc etc

  • Comment number 81.

    That he will endeavour to chase up individuals and companies to make sure they pay the full amount of tax that most of the rest of us have to pay.

  • Comment number 82.

    39. At 11:36am on 23rd Mar 2011, locust wrote:
    once again the lunatics have taken over the asylum!

    you sit in front of your pc with indignation bristling like the spines on a hedgehog!

    if YOU know so much better - put your money where your mouth is and enter politics

    but thats too easy? - criticise from your armchair whilst others, better qualified try and sort out this countries economic difficulties


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    LOL
    better qualified meaning born into a rich family, being able to afford private schooling and knowing the right people, and having no idea what its like to be on under 25k a year yes there perfect!!!!

  • Comment number 83.

    What do you want to see in the Budget?
    Chancellor George Osborne will deliver what he has described as a "pro-growth" Budget on Wednesday. What do you want to see in the Budget?

    So the low paid are likely to be paying less tax, that will no doubt just be shunted across to national Insurance, so no real refief is likely.

    What we really need is a blitz on (unearned) Bonuses in banking, public services, NHS executives, Network Rail executives, Council executives, all those have been robbing the country of millions, and we, the ordinary public are expected to sit quietly back and carry on.

    The only way this country will ever recover is to renationalise all the utilities, Railways and all public transport.
    Many low paid people who have to travel any distance are facing a situation where if they pay their mortgage, the expensive fuel, expensive food, they cannot afford the car tax or insurance - what would you do? watch your family starve? turn to the black economy, drop out of the tax equasion altogether - as many multi millionairs have already done here - apparently legally, or give up work altogether as you can no longer afford to get to the workplace, which would of course mean claiming of the state, but then what is wrong with that? a 22% increase in immigration last year, there are no jobs for them, so what do you think they live on then? Scotch Mist?

    This country is in a very very serious risk of a very bloody rebellion, this year, next year? keep on screwing the public whilst paying the bankers billions that is what you will end up with. Then no one will be the winner, but many of the privalaged will be very big losers indeed.

  • Comment number 84.

    post 54 by deleted

    well i seem to be a damn sight smarter than you?

    so, give me your pearls of wisdom about to handle the economic situation?

    and forget cliches about 'bankers' - that just shows your low IQ!

  • Comment number 85.

    Whatever is delivered in the Budget we will pay more.
    What is needed not all this bluster over increasing taxation and depressing the populas but an in depth debate on a Bill Of Rights addressing the draconian and damaging laws relating to human sexuality. A happy sex life as said by the eminent psychiatrist Sigmund Freud is the key to prosperity, not the repressed attitude that sex is dirty and the naked human body is indecent which pervades the UK psychy.

  • Comment number 86.

    More has to be done to encourage wealth PRODUCTION with measures to lower the rates of corporation tax and removing red tape from wealth producers, especially small to medium sized wealth producers.
    More assistance to youth employment and promote REAL education so that they are qualified for REAL jobs in the wealth production sectors.
    I would cut the public sector even more and encourage the politically motivated councils and public sector workers to use the wealth producing sector more.
    I would make the BBC pay for all TV licences for pensioners over 70 (see how those BBC lefties like REAL action when THEY have to pay for it!)

  • Comment number 87.

    Encourage start up businesses
    Encourage growth in existing small business
    Discourage movement of jobs overseas
    Encourage export of goods
    Encourage real jobs making stuff again
    End the hypocrisy of high taxes on fuel
    Scrap Stamp Duty
    Encourage the housing market to restart movement
    Create activity with social benefit to help unemployed remain valued and find ways back to work
    Create easy access to re-training and education for adults especially those out of work or in part time work
    Encourage localism over globalism
    Creat business communities physically and virtually to support small business and allow them to cross fertilise ideas and opportunities
    Scrap the charitable status of Public Schools for tax purposes
    Link Bank Bonuses etc to social enterprise and development
    Incentivise big business to invest honestly in community and the development of the people - no PR schemes but real benefits
    Incentivise apprenticeships and not just for the young
    etc

    Encourage enterprise, opportunity and hope for all.

  • Comment number 88.

    Stop cutting everything.

    Stop making people unemployed.

    Start getting this economy up and running again.

    Start creating JOBS.

  • Comment number 89.

    I would like to see fuel duty fall. Reducing the cost of travel would improve personal lives and businesses alike. The economy would make more money from people traveling around the country and the reduction in product prices as transporting goods is cheapened.

  • Comment number 90.

    63. At 12:04pm on 23rd Mar 2011, sam arden wrote:
    I want to see that the budget will make a differance in a good way to families, as a single parent of four children and living in private rented accomadation I have already lost £305 per month from my income, this coupled with the significant loss of jobs in my area and the tax rises has caused me to struggle financially a great deal, I cannot afford to loose any more of my income and neither can the vast majority of those people i know and speak too on a regular basis. I believe that one of the best and quickest ways to see economic improvement is mp's expenses should be scrapped and they should take a pay cut of say 20% minimum also bankers bonuses should be abolished and their wages capped as should the wages and other benefits of mp's, more money should be put into schools and the nhs with things such as child benefit handed only to those whose income is below £28000 per year and should be means tested, dole dossers should be kicked back into work or made to do voluntary service. National service should make a return for both boys and girls for a minimum period of two years.

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    you forgot to mention no child benefits at all for more than 2 kids. that is fair and should be done ASAP with massive savings

  • Comment number 91.

    It is fine to say that the chancellor is going to make tax cuts, but the figure that was mentioned won't even be the equivalent of a pound a week. When will the government help people in the real world, that only earn around £20,000 per annum, and have no other form of income.

  • Comment number 92.

    64. At 12:04pm on 23rd Mar 2011, Khuli wrote:
    42. At 11:41am on 23rd Mar 2011, RubbishGirl wrote:
    On a marginally more positive note.
    He has picked a jolly lovely, sunny day to rip the still beating heart out of the country :)

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    I thought you were above making that kind comment. I'm disappointed :(

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    Why?

  • Comment number 93.

    We need to re-establish a manufacturing sector.

    So we need positive steps to make manufacturing more internationally competitive which means, removing regulations and providing tax breaks for investment.

    On the supply side, the government need force low skilled people currently choosing not to work to re-join the workforce. At present for many there is no economic rationale to work. Benefits, particularly for those with children are too high (an unintended consequence of reducing child poverty). If this means poverty if people choose not to work or take low paid jobs so be it. We cannot go on providing 5 million people with comfortable no work lifestyles.

  • Comment number 94.

    As a pensioner,I cannot believe this government is considering adding 12% to my bills by combining IncomeTax-and NI.I think they might discover the strength of the Gray vote if they do it.

  • Comment number 95.

    29. At 11:24am on 23rd Mar 2011, TheMasonsArms wrote:
    An end to

    - public sector waste
    - the entire 'diversity' industry, with the immediate scrapping of payments for all initiatives and organisations in that area
    - an end to state funding for English as a foreign language teaching for immigrants and their kids
    - foreigners to pay for their own health care
    - companies employing foreigners to pay an extra tax
    - no payments to the EU
    - no payments to asylum seekers.

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    So, in short, it's all Johnny Foreigner's fault.
    Are the rainbows around your way in black and white

  • Comment number 96.

    @39. At 11:36am on 23rd Mar 2011, locust wrote:
    once again the lunatics have taken over the asylum!

    you sit in front of your pc with indignation bristling like the spines on a hedgehog!

    if YOU know so much better - put your money where your mouth is and enter politics

    but thats too easy? - criticise from your armchair whilst others, better qualified try and sort out this countries economic difficulties


    mmm...
    a) I did try running - as an independant - BUT most of the people in the UK vote 'Labour because I am a working class person in a slum area of the country' or 'Conservative because I think the nearby field means I'm part of the landed gentry'.... neither type of voter actually thinks at all, looks at the history of their party, the rank incompetance that has seen 'Great Britain' of 1945 reduced to the insignificant 4th world despotic and diseased backwater it is now.

    b) George Osborne's qualifications for being the chancellor include such notable things as a history degree, providing 'data entry services' for the NHS (i.e. typing things into a computer), a special advisor in the department of agriculture and a speech writer for Hague. Frankly my degree in science is at least vaguely numeric, I wasn't born to a rich daddy and sent to a private school where I didn't have to worry about money.... so I guess that far from being BETTER qualified than me for the job he isn't as well qualified as I am. (And yes I do have post graduate qualifications as well).

    So when I do pronounce like a spikey hedgehog on the failings of ALL the political classes (Labour and Conservative) and point out the pathetic and poor reporting of supposedly intelligent commentators on the BBC people like you probably should read, think, digest and then understand how bad things are before trying to pretend this current bunch of no hope idiots are any better than the last bunch of no hope idiots.

    You do realise how much tax the chancellor needs to collect from the middle classes to pay for the 30% unemployment (check the ONS before you disagree with me), for all the overseas purchases (cars for the police, uniforms for the army, scrapping of the ark royal, ambulances etc etc etc ).

  • Comment number 97.

    Edge want to see investment in practical, technical and vocational education. We are hoping for funding for University Technical Colleges. Britain desperately needs highly skilled and educated technicians to aid in economic recovery and we need to invest in their training. We wait with anticipation...

  • Comment number 98.

    It would be helpful if there was an acknowledgement that the current Government is not fully representative of the voters, and that Conservative Policies have not been endorsed. That being so the country needs policies to encourage long term and stable jobs, long term investment to produce the really big investments and a fairness in taxation that both encourages saving and is fair to those who cannot save much from their poor wages.
    We can do without short term popularist policies such a road fuel tax cuts, but we do need properly thought out long term policies for real growth in the economy.

  • Comment number 99.

    I know it’s a pipe dream, but for a change I would like the Chancellor to stand up and say, as the country needs all its resources, they will re-assign the millions of pounds that have been earmarked to show the world how macho our government is by bombing Libya to be invested in saving the jobs they are cutting in our local services. How come when the government wants to go to war, money is no problem, but when it comes to saving our jobs the money is not there?

  • Comment number 100.

    Fitz 13, big companies do pay tax but they don't pay the full amount of tax smaller companies pay. I advise you to get out more and read something other than rightwing rags. See how much UK tax Barclays paid. See how much UK tax Vodaphone paid. See how much tax BT paid after some magical accounting. The proper amount of tax paid is by the working person and small businesses. Each government can't tackle it as they are impotent!

 

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