Budget 2013: What does it mean for you?
Chancellor George Osborne said his Budget would be "for people who work hard and aspire to get on".
He predicted that this year, the economy would avoid slipping back into recession.
And he said that more people would be in work then ever before, and that the number of people claiming unemployment benefit would fall.
A variety of forthcoming tax and benefit changes were announced in last year's Autumn Statement.
But the chancellor added some big, new, eye-catching measures in this year's Budget.
The personal allowance will rise again to £10,000, from the 2014-15 tax year. This is the first slice of income that all but the highest-paid can earn before income tax kicks in.
That higher level of personal allowance had always been this government's aspiration, but it has now been brought forward and given a definite date.
This means that even more lower-paid workers will not see their income taxed.
As previously announced, this allowance will rise anyway on 5 April this year - for those aged under 65 - from £8,105 to £9,440.
In 2013-14, the 20% basic rate of income tax will apply to the next £32,010 of income. After that the 40% higher tax rate applies.
But in 2014-15, the basic rate will apply to a narrower band of income - £31,865 - which means that the higher rate will kick in at £41,865 of income.
HELP FOR WOULD-BE HOME BUYERS
With hundreds of thousands of people locked out of home ownership by lenders' requirements for very high deposits, the government has launched a two-pronged plan to help matters.
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Firstly, the current NewBuy scheme is being expanded and will be called Help to Buy.
The government's scheme will offer £3.5bn over three years, to home-buyers who can put down only a 5% deposit.
This "shared equity" money will provide a further 20% down payment for their house purchase. The loan will be interest free for five years and will be repaid when the property is sold.
It is still going to be targeted at newly built homes, but will be open to anyone, not just first-time buyers.
It will only apply to homes worth below £600,000.
WHAT IS THE SECOND PRONG?
A new mortgage guarantee scheme will be launched by the government in 2014.
Open for three years, it will offer mortgage guarantees to lenders, so that they can feel secure in offering mortgages to people with only small deposits to put down.
The lenders will be able to buy this insurance from the government, but will be able to claim for part of their losses - if any - when a borrower defaults.
Specifically, if a borrower puts down a 5% deposit, the scheme will ensure most of the value of the loan that lies between 80% and 95% of the home's value.
The chancellor said this would underpin £130bn of mortgage lending.
It will also apply to homes worth up to £600,000.
SUBSIDY FOR CHILD CARE
The Budget confirmed the government's announcement on Tuesday of a new system of taxpayer subsidy for childcare.
Tax-free childcare vouchers, worth £1,200 per child, will be on offer, along with increased support for families with children on universal credit.
From the autumn of 2015, working parents will be able to claim vouchers to subsidise the cost of childcare for every child under five.
Parents earning up to £150,000 will be able to claim back up to £1,200 of childcare costs a year.
TAX CUT FOR EMPLOYERS
The complicated system of National Insurance will be made less onerous for employers.
A new Employment Allowance will knock the first £2,000 off the NI bill for every business and charity.
For big employers, this will be utterly trivial.
For the many small employers who employ just a few staff, this will be a big deal.
George Osborne said it would mean that 450,000 small businesses will in fact pay no NI at all.
AND FOR COMMUTERS?
Employers will be able to offer their staff up to £10,000 per person in tax-free annual season ticket loans.
This is a doubling of the current tax-free allowance.
The Chancellor cancelled a fuel duty increase planned for the autumn of 2013.
This would have added about 3p to the cost of a litre of petrol or diesel.
If the rise had gone ahead, it would have cost motorists about £1bn in extra fuel duty and VAT.
Cheaper beer seems to be the chancellor's great play for public popularity this year.
A planned 3p rise in beer duty tax has been cancelled. In fact, it is being replaced by a 1p cut in the duty on a pint of beer.
But although the so-called beer duty escalator has been scrapped, planned rises for all other alcohol duties stay in place.