The Budget: what could the government do to help you?

20/03/13

It's Budget day and the chancellor is setting out plans for the next year.

The government says it needs to make cuts to balance the books after the financial crisis.

But the economy has hardly grown since the last election leaving George Osborne under pressure to spend and borrow more.

Unemployment has been falling but remains high with 2.52 million people out of work, 993,000 of them aged 18 to 24-years-old.

Newsbeat spoke to people in Coventry and Birmingham, to find out how they're feeling about the economy.

The young entrepreneur

Kim Turrell

Kim Turrell is the type of person the government wants to see succeed.

She started her own graphic design firm in 2010, when she was 23.

It's been a big success and she's just moved into a new office in Birmingham, but isn't too happy with the government.

"For me as a young business owner, the outlook's not good."

She's found it hard to get advice on how to grow her business, since her local Business Link service was closed.

It was cut to save money and because the government said it wasn't efficient.

"The support just isn't there. Services have been shut down and the things I've wanted to do, I've really had to push to do myself."

The tradesman

Martin

Martin Chadwick is 30 and a builder with his dad's firm in Coventry.

They're not struggling for work at the moment but are doing fewer jobs preparing shops to welcome new tenants.

For Martin, one of the biggest issues at the moment is the price of fuel.

"It's ridiculous, £100 to fill (our van) and we're doing that two or three times a week."

"We've got two of them, so that's £600 going on fuel. It's like another person's wage at the moment."

Although there's been no rise in fuel duty for two years prices have still kept rising because oil has become more expensive.

The young dad

Richard

Twenty-three year old new dad Robert McNair is surviving on short-term jobs in places like warehouses.

He and his partner are finding it hard, never knowing how much he'll make each week.

"We won't get as much shopping in some weeks, [just] get the necessities, and make sure the baby's looked after."

He says businesses need more confidence to invest in staff, but admits he's not sure how to achieve that.

"They can't take a chance on me. If they took on me for twelve months and two months down the line there's no work, they've got to pay me to do nothing.

"I wouldn't risk it if I had a business - I'd be planning short term too."

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