It's good to see cities at the heart of the Budget, but questions remain about whether the policies announced today - many of them with impacts that will be felt only in the medium to longer term - will make a substantial difference to economic growth and job creation.
For those of us involved in housing, the growth agenda is what matters. We understand how important growth is for the economy and how essential it is that we create new jobs, not least because so many housing associations are exploring ways of assisting their residents to get into work.
We should have an ambition for a Silicon Valley in Britain based around and extending out of Tech City. The support of the government for this has helped to persuade companies like Google to invest in creative and digital infrastructure in the UK, rather than in other European countries.
The simple message for the Chancellor coming out of this Budget from the travel industry is this: we support your efforts to make the UK the most competitive place to do business in the world, but to do this we need you to apply that logic to every tax, not just the ones voters have heard about.
Today's Budget will prompt much debate in the weeks ahead about misplaced priorities, missed opportunities and the larger question of whose interests this Budget really serves. But from my perspective, the Chancellor has failed to put the green economy where it should be - firmly at the centre of a plan for growth.
A simple stat for you to start: there are four mentions of 'rural' in the Budget document released by the Treasury today (available here) and 13 for 'cities'.
Coalition budget discussions have not been carried out behind closed doors. They have been testing the waters during these conversations by 'briefing' the press. This is obviously nothing like leaking, which has a completely different name.
Ed Miliband is likely to have his face all over the newspapers tomorrow morning - unfortunately for him - sitting next to an image of Wallace as well as Gromit.
Chancellor George Osborne announced his intention to ensure Britain becomes Europe's technology centre in his Budget speech. In order to make this a reality he announced support in two areas: Digital Content; and Infrastructure.
The Chancellor has taken so much away from family pockets. Now it's time for him to give something back. The Budget 2012 must be one which strengthens family life. It can't be a 'Break-Up Budget.'
There's absolutely no doubt that history will remember today's Budget as something of a crossroads for the country in an economic sense.
Ed Miliband, Ed Balls and I have set two tests for George Osborne's budget today. First, will it get our economy moving - delivering the jobs and growth we need to get the deficit down? And second, will it be fair to families on low and middle incomes now bearing the heaviest burden of Osborne's spending cuts and tax rises?
With rising prices and historically low wage growth the Chancellor is right to highlight support for working families. Reversing planned cuts to WTC is clearly the most efficient way to help low and to income households. But will the Chancellor deliver?
Successive governments have relentlessly battered the alcohol industry with increase after increase in what they hideously call a sin tax. This is starting to have an impact and in the wine industry, our normally good mannered blood is starting to rise.