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How has the Budget affected you?

13:38 UK time, Wednesday, 24 March 2010

The political parties are drawing up their election battle lines around the economy following the Budget. What did you think of it?

Chancellor Alistair Darling announced that stamp duty will be scrapped on house purchases up to £250,000 for first-time buyers. He also said planned fuel price increases will be phased in to soften the blow.

Conservative leader David Cameron accused the Labour government of stealing Tory policies on stamp duty and the strong cider tax, and of "leaving it to the next Conservative government to clean up the mess." Meanwhile, the Lib Dems said both the chancellor and David Cameron were "in denial" about the scale of cuts needed to address the deficit.

Will this Budget leave you be better or worse off? Has the Chancellor made cuts in the right areas? Do you think cuts of £11bn in spending are achievable? Are you affected by the stamp duty changes?

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Your questions about stamp duty changes answered

Read your previous comments on the Budget

This debate has now been closed. Thank you for your comments.


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  • Comment number 1.

    More duty on alcohol after pledges to "save the pub: ridiculous!

  • Comment number 2.

    It was less of a budget and more of a Party Political.

  • Comment number 3.

    Coooo-weeee Mr. Cameron!

    You asked to be shown a Small Business owner who is looking forward to another Labour Government.

    You've just found one. Me.

  • Comment number 4.

    A nothing budget, avoided all the issues the country faces and left the next government to sort it out. Heaven forbid that labour gain re-election and are allowed to execute this feckless plan.

  • Comment number 5.

    As so many people on here believes being made redundant and unemployed pays so lucratively on benefits such as £60.00pw I'm surprised they are still bothering to go to work!

  • Comment number 6.

    I doubt if anyone will really know until it all unravels over the next couple of days like Gordon Brown's Budgets always do, then everyone will be able to see the real winners and losers.

    Don't forget that as with all of Gordon Brown's budgets the Devil is in the detail.

    Yes I know that Alistair Darling is the Chancellor and he supposedly wrote the Budget statement but we all know better than that don't we?

  • Comment number 7.

    Why pick on alcopops?

    Should have cut benefit payments for kids that can't keep their pants on.

  • Comment number 8.

    A complete non-event as everyone knows the inevitable & necessary large cuts in public expenditure are yet to be implemented - by whoever wins the next election. In the meantime it's an exercise in trying to look responsible, offend as few voters as possible & basically do very little. All a bit pathetic and one of the disadvantages that democracy brings with it. The electorate are unlikely to vote for the instruments of torture.....

  • Comment number 9.

    This budget has affected me. It has confirmed that Darling has a vacuum between his ears.

  • Comment number 10.

    The only thing that affects me is the fuel cost, which goes up all the time.

    I don't smoke and I hardly drink.

  • Comment number 11.

    Not a mention of pensioners, especially those on minimum of £90 a week. A suspected 40k died this winter of hypothermia, what a country?

  • Comment number 12.

    The bloke I buy the Big issue from has a bank account - so who is the "bank accounts for all" scheme meant to benefit, apart from the Labour-voters manning the quango running it?

  • Comment number 13.

    The BBC2 Budget 2010 programme are showing a garage in the background selling unleaded at 93.7, can anyone shed any light on its whereabouts.

  • Comment number 14.

    How has it affected me? I am now ready for a sleep.

    I've before seen so many words used to say so little.

  • Comment number 15.

    I note with interest the increase in cider duty. Interesting how a lot of cider is made in the Southwest - not a traditional Labour supporting area is it ? How about putting up Tax on Scottish Whisky or Newkie Brown ? Not much chance of that just before the election is there Darling.

  • Comment number 16.

    Same old stuff - just keep on spending - keep that public sector gravy train well and truly rolling. Fundamentally misses the point that us with business generate the taxes for his cronies to blow on £100k salaries and gilt edged pensions. Lets crack on have an election and get rid of these buffoons

  • Comment number 17.

    I don't drink much, I don't smoke and I don't own (or be anywhere near being able to afford) a home under £250,000. So I do not suffer or gain by any of the above. I do however have to drive a car, I do have to eat, I do have to pay high interest on credit cards and I have no savings or investments whatsoever.Therefore overall I'm probably a few quid a month worse off. I doubt whether that will change much (other than become even more cash strapped) under a Tory government if they win in May!

    No pay rise last year and possibly none this year - where does that leave me? Still struggling while others get richer and richer. No budget or election is going to improve my life in any way at all, therefore I may as well not vote.

  • Comment number 18.

    A bit of a non-event for me.

    I don't smoke, I don't drink cider, I do drink but buy very nearly all my alcohol in mainland Europe so that increase does not affect me. I have no plans to move home - well, not until I retire, then I'll be off to sunnier climes so it will just be selling here. The fuel increase will affect me but being phased in it's not so bad. I only do about 5K miles a year anyway. Wish he'd abolished Road Tax and increased fuel duty to cover it but he didnt. Council Tax rise will affect me, that should have been capped at 0%!

    Not much change on the face of it.

  • Comment number 19.

    How about a tax linked to ones job TYPE regardless of the income but related to benefit to the UK. If it's a wealth creating job the tax should be less. If it's a parasitic pseudojob then the tax should be more.

    This way in the first category:

    surgeons, street sweepers farm workers and drivers (except the driver described below) would pay LESS % tax


    in the second category:

    drug dealers, investment bankers, pirates, minicab lobbyists (as distinct from proper drivers described in the low tax section above), property speculators and loan sharks, would pay MORE % tax on their incomes.

  • Comment number 20.

    When does the new stamp duty come into effect?
    I'm in the process of buying a house and hope it's immediately!

  • Comment number 21.

    Well it doesn't really affect me from what I can see. It is a matter of weeks before an election, it was never going to. It would be interesting to see what this budget would have looked like if there was 2 years to run before the next election. I think it would be somewhat different. This government have been in a holding pattern for the last 12 months.

  • Comment number 22.

    Housing stamp duty distorts the market. The 1st £250,000 of a house price should be tax free with the duty on houses over this value only payable on the excess part.

  • Comment number 23.

    MORE money for parents of one and two-year-olds? I wouldn't mind as much if the children got the money - but they don't, their parents will get it.

    The career option of state-benefit-funded parenthood is now an even more attractive prospect for the legions of unqualified teenagers.

  • Comment number 24.

    mandelsonn just said that the labour party are making cuts across the departmental board and that he will give a press announcement later today detailing how much he will save the UK economy by making cuts in his department. my question is why havent the labour government made these cuts before now? why wait until the economy is rock bottom to do this? couldnt be anything to do with an election and more labour spin could it?
    It seems that this budget is all for show and the 'real' budget will happen after the election

  • Comment number 25.

    How many £1M homes are there in Scotland compared with London & the South-East? Another tax on the English by this Scottish Chancellor.

  • Comment number 26.

    As usual desperate measures by a desperate Govt, this is undoubtedly the worst ever Govt to be in power to my knowledge in all of my 60 years. They have no idea how to run a country only how to ruin it.

    This budget is a huge non-event designed to capture the deserting electorate from the Labour Party, roll on the forthcoming elections that this country can see a new fresh Govt out to govern the country and not themselves!

  • Comment number 27.

    The budget has not affected me directly at all as far as I can tell except to make alchohol slightly more expensive which is par for the course.

    I do however think the budget was about right, the temptation for politicans to let rip with goodies just prior to an election must be high and fair play to the fella he hasn't done so.

    I dont have much time for Osbourne, charisma bypass at birth. I also think their policy is just daft, a slash and burn on the public sector would rip into the heart of the private sector also. I for example work for a company who works for a company whose chief market sector is the home office. I am sure there are literally millions who would be effected if Osbourne got his hads on the government hatchet and then we would know real misery and real unemployment (Anyone old enough to remember the early eighties ?)

  • Comment number 28.

    no 25.

    Have you seen the house prices in Edinburgh lately???????
    Perhaps you should look at them before unfounded speculation!

  • Comment number 29.

    No stamp duty under £250,000 for first time buyers? What about people like us, trapped in a failing part-rent part-buy key worker scheme (my husband is a teacher), which when we inevitably need to move in the next few years due to an expanding family, we will be as broken and poor as first time buyers!

    Where in this budget is the government looking after respectable, hard working people who are struggling under the disaster that has been this government?!

  • Comment number 30.

    Being a single, white, Englishman in full-time employment who has been prudent with my earnings, paying of my mortgage asap, saving hard etc, this has done nothing for me. In truth I never expected it to, because this government has always treated people like me a cash cows in order to implement their wacky policies. Roll on May 6th 2010 when hopefully the Tories will end this tax and spend madness once and for all.

  • Comment number 31.

    Again, bennies for those who want to get on the housing ladder and nothing for the ones who can't get a mortgage or don't want one.

    Why must we all be home-owners Mr Darling ? - not all of us want to get on the ridiculous merry-go-round you keep messing with the controls of.

  • Comment number 32.

    Yet again the average man in the street has been hit with rises in booze,cigerattes and fuel increases, they work had for ther money all to get it return is it all taken away in tax. We should reduce fuel tax that would cut the average persons cost of living, tax the luxeries such as gambling, bingo, MP's expenses, Union funds and increase tax on all those earning over £25 per week. Reduce the number of MP's and local Councillors that would save a fortune. Living abroad is more and more appealing. Trouble is who ever wins the next election will hammer us again and again, why don't MP's listen and stick to there agenda of punishing MR AVERAGE

  • Comment number 33.

    At least we have had some credible idea of what labour are going to do in terms of the finance of the country, in respect of the tories, all we have is the same old garbage on politics and not one iota of an idea for the finances, i stick with the devil we know thanks very much.

  • Comment number 34.

    Why on earth is there no drop in benefits ? - belt-tightening really ought to start with the ones who don't put anything into the pot.

    (usual disclaimer about not meaning disabled/pensioner/otherwise willing-to-workers)

  • Comment number 35.

    Every budget by this lot has only succeeded in pushing GB deeper and deeper into dept.

    There should have been an election last year.

    What a load of rubbish, the budget is that good even our savings are falling, as the bottom is now falling out of the £. Dropped 2c against the USD in 2 hours.

  • Comment number 36.

    Darling says he's going to force RBS,LLoyds and Bradford and BIngley to loan money to bussinesses, but at the same time is going to buy millions in shares and lend B £ B millions. In other words he is going to force the taxpayer to lend to bussinesses .

  • Comment number 37.

    My business rates have inceased by 27% this year in an obvious 'stealth tax' caused by revaluation.

    Will the announced reduction in business rates in October make up for this? Knowing this government's record, I suspect not.

  • Comment number 38.

    How has this budget affected me? It hasn't. I was poor before and I'm still poor now.

  • Comment number 39.

    Not much substance - it does not hurt anybody particularly - just an election sop.
    We are still in huge deficit - but this Government is happy to put off the real tackling of the problem until they have been re-elected.
    Mr Brown looked very jaded during the speech but Cameron appeared in top form.
    Lets get on with the election Prime Minister!!

  • Comment number 40.

    I hate this "first-time buyer" stuff. I don't know where I stand. What if you owned a house, then rented and then wanted to buy again with a new partner who has never owned a house before? Where are you then? As far as I'm concerned we're trying to start afresh and money, for us, is tighter than ever. We'd really benefit from this measure, but do we qualify?

  • Comment number 41.

    MORE money for parents of one and two-year-olds? I wouldn't mind as much if the children got the money - but they don't, their parents will get it.

    Oh great yet more teenage single Mums.

  • Comment number 42.

    If you are old enough to remember the early 80s you may be old enough to remember the mid-70s. A minority labour government supported my the liberals , hyper inflation and the UK government going cap in hand to the IMF for handouts.
    For 1976 read 2011...

  • Comment number 43.

    £4.00 a week more child benefit, offset by more fuel duty (30p a week or so) and beer duty (20p a week more) so all in I'm £3.50 a week better off.

    Enough to buy my vote for Labour ? Not by £49,996.50 a week.

  • Comment number 44.

    Once again, no support at all for people who choose not to run a car.

  • Comment number 45.

    The removal of stamp duty for houses below £250,000 for the first time buyer is a all I need to do is find a bank who will lend me money, and save a big enough deposit whilst paying all the increases in bills, council tax etc.

    A doddle if you are a hermit with no friends I suppose

  • Comment number 46.

    A smokescreen by the Chancellor!

    Like the way they put tax up doesn't sound much does it? 2% on this n' 1% on that, they haven't the guts to tell us in plain English... BEWARE, this could mean a percentage increase every time inflation goes up - never said anything should inflation comes down did he?

    What worries me is what will they do after the election, sorry folks I just can't trust what he and Brown say's anymore.

    If they tell me it's raining I'd probably look for myself!

  • Comment number 47.

    Hmm let's see. OK, so I'm married, I've not got any kids, I like the occasional drink, I smoke, I drive a car, I work hard in my full-time job, I own a house.

    Nothing for me as usual!!!!! It seems that votes from married couples without kids who both work and own their own home are not important.

    So long Labour, you absolute sham of a government!!!!! Close the door on your way out!

  • Comment number 48.

    The only happy people are the scroungers on benefit the only thing in the budget that may affect them is the price of cider and smoking he did nothing to make them get of their backsides and find work.

  • Comment number 49.

    Also 10% tax on Cider ! Hitting the wealthy ? The average tramp will now have to up his begging quota by 10% !

  • Comment number 50.

    And more tax to pay ...smashing

    I havent had a pay rise for 2 years now but our politicians have without fail increased indirect taxes every year. So worse off .. again!

    Think its time I moved to another job ... or even better become unemployed .. then I wont have to worry about an ever-eroding wage.

  • Comment number 51.

    What a load of rubbish. No stamp duty for first time buyers on houses up to £250k. If you can't afford a 1% tax on a new house then you shouldn't be buying one, as you'll be the next person to default on your repayments and another bank will lose £100k plus by writing off your mortgage.

    It's folks like this that caused the credit crunch. Hundreds of thousands of people have reneged on deals and gone bankrupt leaving the banks out of pocket by millions of pounds. Wonder why the banks won't lend to risky customers? Because they've been burnt too many times previously and Labour managed to push the blame for the recession onto the banks cleverly dodging it themselves.

  • Comment number 52.

    It is all so tiring, never ending political jibes , a labour party so rude that half of them left when the opposition leaders gave their responses, a mean spirited self congratulatory budget statement without any real foundation in the real world. All about getting elected. Gordon Browns deceitful hands all over it. No wonder we are weary with politics in this country. Still come May 6th if the prime minister can ever summon up the courage to call the date ( and his track record is a bit suspect ! )
    we can say goodby to their spin and sleaze. Bring on the day.

  • Comment number 53.

    OK, so we can see extra money for Higher Education - but what about support for Further Education? With funding cuts affecting many colleges and staff redundancies being made to enable colleges to continue - what support is there for them. Also the extension of the work or training being extended for under 24 year olds, surely this needs to be looked at as it seems that college courses with a qualification at the end of them are not seen as training under this scheme. Students are having to quit college as they are being told their benefits will be cut if they do not attend training organised by the employment service (normally involving approximately 13 weeks of being left to their own devices to look for jobs on the internet).

  • Comment number 54.

    Has nobody realised that the extra tax from the bankers is our money !! not only did the bankers use our interest payments to pay themselves bonuses but also to increase the the HMRC coffers by another 2 Billion pounds. Just how much interest has been lost by those in this country who did not live to excess and are trying to survive on savings. Anyone can make money if you lend out at more than 12 times interest paid..............!!! This deficit will be paid by those who were prudent during the boom and bust.Labour won t look after them instead give it to first time buyers... ! What happens when we lose our credit rating and interest rates soar, I suppose we bail them out again......!!

  • Comment number 55.

    I think that increasing the cost of fuel even further is obsurd! already in some areas petrol is as much a £1.23p per litre, i mean come on how are we supposed to cope as if things are not difficult enough already now we can look forward to even more expense. How about you repair all these pot hole riddled roads or improving the road networks- no of course not and yet we pay through the nose for road tax,mot insurance and now fuel its daylight robbery.

  • Comment number 56.

    Is this Budget ever going to be passed formally into law by Parliament ? I see the Finance Act 2009 (implementing the 2009 Budget) was promulgated on the 21st July 2009!

  • Comment number 57.

    After listening to his intro speech about how the government have helped small business & families losing there houses, it suddenly occurred to me that he must have been living in another country for the last couple of's the only explanation.

  • Comment number 58.

    The chancellor announced he is cutting Housing Benefit - no one seems to have noticed! He disguised this by claiming higher value accommodation would not be allowed for housing benefit - this makes this look like a minor issue, but in fact taking out the higher value accommodation in an area reduces the amount of housing benefit for all claimants. The housing benefit amount is based on an average rent for the area (per size of house - 1 bed, 2 bed, etc) so if the higher value properties are removed from the calculation then the housing benefit amount available for all claimants is reduced. This is a vital benefit for low income and disadvantaged groups and will have a severe impact on the most vulnerable in our society.

  • Comment number 59.

    10% above inflation rise on the duty on Cider, what is the meaning of it? This will be seen tantamount to racism here in the SW while all the Home Counties wine quaffers are only dealt a derisory increase. Uprise the SW and decry this persecution with a shout of 'FREEDOM'!!

  • Comment number 60.

    The poor will get poorer (petrol £6 a gallon soon) and the rich will be insulated as ever.

  • Comment number 61.

    (#5) Xantal - Well said, mate!

    Mr Darling manages to find £385million to spend on the roads????? Has he gone completely mad?

    Motorists are there to produce income for this government, and roads are there to make money for private sector companies.... not have money thrown at them willy-nilly, like this!

    Scandalous waste of tax-payers' money on what is laughingly refered to as "infrastructure" projects.

    But then again, perhaps the budget for maintaining ministerial vehicles is coming under pressure from repairing the damage caused by using them on our road network.....

  • Comment number 62.

    i am ashamed of this government-winter fuel payments are a good thing but dont help enough in this economic climate and why is it that you have to be a pentioner when disabled people who rely on heating to cope only get a few 25quid payments if they below pension age? we are in debt because of this government as i am a fulltime carer to my partner and it took 3 years to get some socalled government help!help like hell! the budget does nothing but help the rich still and the people suffer for their much worse is the nhs and education and the price of food and energy bills gonna cost us all now.thanks for nothing mr darling and mr brown(who was never voted in by the public and shoul;d of had an election as soon as mr blair went and we prob wouldnt be in this crap position as a country so no mrbrown u have never been for the people)

  • Comment number 63.

    A timely revaluation of the Council Tax Bands would bring in some much needed revenue. Remember folks the Council Tax is a property-based tax. Everyone has 'benefited' from rising property prices, time for a re-valuation, nothing 'stealthy' about it at all.
    An end to the upper earning limit on NI would help, even Nigel Lawson recognised that tax anomaly but was prevented from removing by Thatcher although he/she got rid of mortgage tax relief(another tax anomaly).
    A programme of Council house building(not for resale) would provide employment and bring a social benefit, more housing at reasonable rents would take some of the heat out house price rises, benfiting FTBs. Not everyone can or wants to, own a house.

  • Comment number 64.

    Yet again the long term unemployed SKILLED workers get shafted in favour to unskilled, under, 25 yr olds! You need to build a business network and that means getting the right skilled employees back into work. NOT bringing in unskilled ‘drones’!!

    Nothing in today’s budget has given me any hope of finding a job in the foreseeable future! The only saving grace seems to be no increase in road tax!! But that’s out-weighed by the increase in fuel!! I’ve had to put my car off the road because I can’t afford to run it!!

    If anyone can point out how this budget helps single, skilled workers; could you explain it to me!!

  • Comment number 65.

    'Still come May 6th if the prime minister can ever summon up the courage to call the date ( and his track record is a bit suspect ! )
    we can say goodby to their spin and sleaze. Bring on the day.'

    I cannot differentiate between the spin and sleaze of one 'party' and another, so why is May 6th significant?

  • Comment number 66.

    Darling has announced £270 million in university funding for 2010-2011, and 20,000 new university places.

    This comes after the number of new university places were halved from 60,000 to 30,000 over 3 years following a budget blunder announced in January '09.

    Not only this, but just over a month ago it was announced that the country's university budgets have been cut by £449m, leading to student places being reduced by an estimated 6,000 for the next academic year.

    These massive reductions in university funding include an eye-watering 8% reduction in funding for my university, the University of Reading.

    Yet the government has the cheek to claim today's measures are part of a sustained improvement in education policy.

    The hypocrisy is staggering.

  • Comment number 67.

    It basically was a waste of time. The real budget will be delayed until after the election, as it would have been political suicide for Labour to spell out any significant cut backs 6 weeks before an election. They will have to come, but the public will not be happy when they are announced.
    There was a lot of political point scoring, which was to be expected. Although I never will be able to afford a house costing £1m, I thought increasing the stamp duty to 5% was very unfair. That means somone having to find £50k.
    Increases in spending were announced in a fair bit of detail, but not cuts. The growth rates under pinning the budget were quite frankly too high, and will not be achieved.
    The borrowings that the Government are prepared to live with were frigthening. Even if thet reduce borrowings as they say, we will be borrowing money in 5 years time. We can not continue to increase our debts, sooner or later you have to start paying it back.

  • Comment number 68.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 69.

    I too am a first time buyer due to complete in April but havent paid my stamp-duty yet? Am i still obliged to pay after todays announcement?

  • Comment number 70.

    To all the politicians sitting in that mad house they call "The House of Commons" and putting on yet another disruptive display, I say to them - We the general public are not stupid. It is time to change the whole parliamentary system and bring in some common sense and cut out the amount of lying spin that occurs on a regular basis. Everyone can see that this budget was a electionering stunt but it has been forgotten that the majority of the people have good clear memories of the performance of New Labour over the past 12 years including the Iraq war.

  • Comment number 71.

    *Yawn* can't actually remember a budget ever having any great effect on my life. i drink, i smoke, i drive about a bit, only a couople of quid a week in total extra . . . anyone who's worried about a couple of extra quid a week can't be that good at managing the money and i have no sympathy, , , i now if he introduced a Curry Tax on takeaways i think i'd be bankrupt . . . and no that isnt an idea worth taking up ! ! ! !

  • Comment number 72.

    I would feel a lot happier if a qualified economist was holding up that tattered red briefcase instead of a lawyer.

    Besides, I decided a long time ago that there is no incentive for me to work hard in Britain because all that I acquire will eventually end up back in the treasury. When I eventually settle somewhere, it will emphatically not be here.

  • Comment number 73.

    that wasnt a BUGET. Just a hope in HELL, to keep there JOBS, SACK THE LOT OF THEM I SAY.

  • Comment number 74.

    I don't smoke, I don't drink and I don't don't drive, so none of the Chancellor's budget affects me, but I do seem to notice one thing about all budgets not just this one, why don't the prices of cigars, spirits and wines go up along with beer and cigarettes, seems to me that the Chancellor doesn't want to increase prices on items that the richer community buy, let the poorer community be charged for any increases.

    I see pensioners (I am one) don't get a look-in, typical of any government, the winter fuel bill should be increased (after all utility bills do not remain static), the state pension should be increased and should not be taxed and neither should company pensions be used to pay the state pension tax, it's just been increased for the new financial year and I will be getting roughly an extra £3 per week.

    I find it insulting that after working for years and paying god knows how much tax and national insurance, I get less than £200 a week state pension, that's over 10 times less than I got in my salary when I was working.

    Still won't vote, no incentive.

  • Comment number 75.

    So he has garranteed everyone will have a basic bank account eh!

    Well give us the money to put into it then?

    More money for the banks and tax to the gov.

    I am a pensioner and the only way I can get out of my house is by car, unfortunately I cannot walk very far. Higher fuel prices? it certainly helps me - to stay in the house. Even if I sell my car it's not worth much now!

  • Comment number 76.

    £250k stamp duty for the entire country? No difference in house prices between, say, London and the North East then? Or are Londoners being overlooked again?

  • Comment number 77.

    Labour are just spin, spin, help us out, they're going to spread the fuel duty rise in stages...but the price of fuel has already crept above £1.20 a litre in many places so our Labour government have already benefitted by more than a 30% tax windfall from motorists in the past 9 the budget is worthless - thanks Labour for nothing!

  • Comment number 78.

    What have we done to get 13 years of this awful crowd? The Budget must be one of the most political of all time. Pure electioneering with sop after sop to the Socialist Client state they have created. A complete failure to address the real economic problems of the Country caused wholly by the Blair/Brown Junta and their appalling cronies. Not a hint of an apology for 13 years of mismanagement, waste and corruption. They have nothing whatsoever to recommend them and are a disgrace. I can only hope that Labour and all that it stands for is shortly consigned to the dustbin of history - where it undoubtedly belongs.

  • Comment number 79.

    As somebody who does not claim benefites but still his taxes and has to pay various excise duties along with Council Tax, Water Rates, VAT, Fuel duties when I travel by rail, bus, taxis and planes etc, I feel that I contribute very well to the UK treasurey. I also pay further taxes through duty on alcohol etc.

    The only real benefit that me and my wife recieve is her state pension, while I always notice that unemployed single parents with no intention of working always seem to be 'in clover'!(Monday Books!!!)

    So, In answer to the question 'Has the budget affected me?' My answer would be a definate NO!

  • Comment number 80.

    This has to be the most pointless exercise by a Chancelor I have ever seen, what it basically comes to is, 'we are going to tax you, but we want you to think we wont, well not this year anyway' and what on earth is a 10% tax increase in cider going to do for the country?

    If I did not think they were actually serious about what he said I would split my sides with laughter.

  • Comment number 81.

    It doesnt affect me apart from taking the little i did have and making it less. It wouldnt matter what government was in power, i think that once they get the plush offices, expenses etc they forget what the real world is, After all an extra 3p a mile is nothing when you can claim it back on expenses. And its funny how the house of commons can be full for a budget but empty when there are issues that need to be discussed... Still as we are all shareholders in these banks i suppose we can expect a bonus or two this year eh....

  • Comment number 82.

    Surely 51% fuel duty is bad enough- and then to pay VAT on the fuel duty we are paying tax on tax. Surely a reduction in fuel duty is needed or to not pay VAT on the duty, only on the fuel, surely fuel duty does not ADD VALUE to the fuel.

    This budget does nothing to help the average person (as noted by Keith above). I don't believe the Tories will make things any better for the average person, only for their own bank balances. I am not going to vote Tory just to get out Labour (the same way I did not vote Labour just to get out the Tories). I will vote Lib Dem, and if all the people who actually support them were to do the same and not sympathy vote for the opposition, we may find that we are in a three party election, not two.

  • Comment number 83.

    once agian a nothing budget with the usual howling and baying of the chosen few who misrepresent the voters and milk the system at every available turn why cant we have a plain speaking easily understood budget on the here and now not the never never please let us remove the double speak and talk in terms we all understand lets face it with the additional duty increases on alcohol we soon wont have a pub left in which to discuss it or if we do it will be whilst supping coffee or tea because thats all we will be albe to buy in it roll on the next government

  • Comment number 84.

    £250000 threshold for 1st time buyers who are not on the land register, wonderful. Which 1st time buyer has saved 25% of that figure (£62500) for a deposit and more importantly which bank will actually lend that money in this climate. I certainly wouldnt too much of a risk, one could be out of a job next week, like Labour.

  • Comment number 85.

    oh well here we go again.................more debt..........blimey i think mr bankrupt brown should put the country into safer hands and leave.......................thanks mrbrown for making our lives a misery and god help us all if you get in again in may as i hate to imagine whats gonna happen next for our economy..............wish we had moved out of this country with my brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 86.

    as per every other Budget, absolutely nothing will happen to me except get poorer. I earn £11,000 so I will not pay the 1p extra in the NI stamp but it is immediately taken away in ANOTHER rise in petrol.

  • Comment number 87.

    They give with one hand and take with the other.

    It's all just a sleight of hand re-arranging exercise that doesn't really sort anything out, but they hope it will make them look good in front of their target voters in the mean time.

  • Comment number 88.

    A dishonest budget. The chancellor is not being truthful about the full cost of their mismanagment.

    The government have pupped a huge amount of money into the economy to stabilize it prior to the General Election. This will cause long term damage and will deepen and prolong our economic decline.

    The greatest hypocrisy though are their claims regarding industry. Over 13 years there has been a complete absence of an industrial policy. So many medium & large size companies have either been bought out by foreign competitors and closed down, production capacity been closed down and shipped offshore. History will show that the last 13 years has seen a closing down of British industry on a scale equal to the early 1980s.

  • Comment number 89.

    As a low paid worker who drives and has the ocassional pint of cider, I am yet again worse off after this Budget.
    Why aren't Labour helping the lower paid? Why are they allowing the rich-poor' gap to get bigger year on year? I don't beleive the Tories will change this either if they win the Election in May, so why bother to vote anymore!

  • Comment number 90.

    Quite apart from this non budget I would like to know why the tank order was given to America instead of the North East which is the same as allowing Corus to close. If they wanted to show other countries that we were still producers/engineers/fabricators this would have been a great opportunity!

  • Comment number 91.

    So the Chancellor has decided to invest in the computer games industry! While I appreciate that this is a growing market sector, surely a successful economy depends on people making things and building things. A more worthwhile proposition would have been for him to release funds to councils to build more social housing as this is in desperatly short supply and would have got thousands of unemployed construction workers back to work and contributing to the economy with the taxes they would pay. Some investment in private sector building companies would have helped too.
    A return to the old system of regional development grants to manufacturing companies would also have been a good idea.
    I wish I had trained to be a banker instead of a construction worker

  • Comment number 92.

    I don't care about the budget.
    I don't care about the government.
    I don't care about politics, politicians or liars.

    I just care about putting food on the table and giving my family a good life.

  • Comment number 93.

    There is a lot for small/medium business and help with expansion in UK - especially help on the horrendous fixed-cost of high business rates.

    Great news for first time-buyers too. Good news for savers on ISAs.

    Fabulous news on clawing back the tax from 'tax havens' Gets our vote all day long!

    Sadly, no closure on loopholes for baby bonds, child tax credits and child benefit on children NOT living or resident in UK!

    PS. There appears to be a subdued disappointment from Robert Peston and other economic journalists? That is always good news - as they are freelance and the next job is on the 'blue' horizon?

  • Comment number 94.

    A complete waste of time it could have been better spent by the PM informing Parliament of his request to the Queen for a dissolution. This was the governments opportunity to spell out the cuts in public expenditure from 2011 and beyond. They will have to do so in the coming weeks or do they think they can get through an election campaign without tackling the issue? Anyway what makes them think that public expenditure cuts are a vote loser?? A positive vote winner i think.

  • Comment number 95.

    why can't Mr Darling give the disabled something towards the winter fuel not only the pensioners. more teenager mums to benefit. nothing about new houses to be built for people who don't want to buy a house. what a waste of time him standing up and opening his mouth.

  • Comment number 96.

    Do Members of Parliament have to pass a test of speaking for three hours but not saying anything?

  • Comment number 97.

    Having just watched 3 experts on the BBC budget program struggling to find anything really nasty in the small print of the budget proposals it cant be such a bad package ,much to the dismay of the BBC experts!!.
    What does it mean to me not a lot .No rise in state pension ,still have to pay tax on my private pension , Still have to pay over the top for Gas ,Electric, and my water costs more per bottle than cider,My Council tax has risen and they are talking about switching off street lights at night ( I was born in a blackout so not much has changed in 68years).
    Its pouring with rain at present and you ask if the budget will make any affected me No.
    BUT AM I DOWNHEARTED NO , So could the BBC experts look again at the budget proposals to see if they can find something a bit more upbeat.

  • Comment number 98.


    If your statements are factually correct then you must have earned over 100,000 after tax. To expect the government to match that earning power via your *state* pension is just crazy.

  • Comment number 99.

    A cut in stamp duty is going to be little help to first time buyers really. If you want to help first time buyers, then you need to address the number one problem, which is that the ratio of house prices to income is currently ridiculous.

    Start by giving the Bank of England a mandate to tackle house price inflation, not just the consumer price index. Secondly, you need to seriously put the brakes on buy-to-let and second holiday homes. Landlords are a necessary part of the housing market, but the current system where you can keep cashing in equity on speculative wealth, and keep hoovering up houses, is massively damaging to first time buyers, as well as the economy.

    Like shared ownership schemes, a cut in the stamp duty threshold is only going to create artificial demand and continue to prop up the insanity of the current housing market. This sort of policy is basically greed in disguise - you look like you're helping first time buyers, but you're actually just trying to keep house prices high and avoid upsetting home owners.

    I can guarantee that no one will ever attempt to solve the number one issue - high house prices - because it won't be popular. I say all of this as a home owner with a mortgage, by the way. I'll be in negative equity if house prices go down any further, but at some point you have to stop thinking about yourself, and look at the bigger picture. We're all a part of the system, after all.

  • Comment number 100.

    Awful budget for poorer people. I myself am disabled cannot work. My wife looks after me and also our 1 year old son. This budget does not help us in the slightest, we have no chance to buy our own home yet it now seems that we should not be doing the things we enjoy. I do not drink beer I like cider, so now I get a 10% above inflation rise, thanks for that, many think this will stop teenage binge drinking. I am not a teenager thanks. Although I don't smoke that is going up too. And as for fuel which I relay on to go out and about, a 3p duty rise. Oh hang on it is staggerd. Gee what a relief that is.

    This govenment have lost their way, am so annoyed by the whole thing.


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