George Osborne must resist the temptation to use the Budget unilaterally to try and force multinationals to pay more tax in the UK in an ill-considered way and without consultation. The wheels are already in motion internationally to address contentious issues such as so-called 'profit shifting' and other measures that erode the tax base.
The Government seems to have a blind spot for the potential of the North East. This has come at the whole country's expense; the Tories, with their eye on the 2015 general election, appear to be prioritising spending in regions with large numbers of marginal seats, whilst slashing budgets in the North East and elsewhere.
Did you know that the gap between the tax that the UK government is meant to collect compared to the tax that it actually collects is £32 billion.
A recent Ipsos MORI poll for the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce) found that 61% of Britons are concerned about the effects of cuts on them and their family over the next year. However, the Ipsos MORI Economic Optimism Index (EOI) shows that the public are beginning to feel slightly more positive about the direction of the economy compared to earlier in the year.
The prospects for young people starting out in the world today are already bleak with nearly one million young people currently unemployed - and now life is about to get even harder for them. The reckless proposal to remove housing benefits from under-25s risks leaving some of this country's most vulnerable young people out in the cold. What makes this proposal particularly distasteful is that in reality only a mere eight per cent of total housing benefits are claimed by under-25s, making this a policy which risks causing long-term harm to the lives of young people for the sake of a few headlines.