budget 2013

I will leave the intricate takedowns of the coalition's housing, corporation tax and fuel duty escalator plans for the broadsheet newspapers - they do it better than most everyone else. I wish to focus on the macro side of things and, in particular, the role of the Bank of England in this year's and further budgets.
One of the chancellor's closest allies has said that George Osborne "should stick to the strategy" of deficit reduction, despite
One of the chancellor's closest allies has said that George Osborne "should stick to the strategy" of deficit reduction, despite
George Osborne delivered his Budget to the House of Commons on Wednesday - but close analysis of his speech reveals some
The Chancellor's call for an "aspiration nation" yesterday sat awkwardly with a budget that did nothing to raise hopes for families and ignored the inconvenient but basic truth that rising child poverty kills aspiration and opportunity.
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Squaring up across the Commons chamber is one thing and is a familiar part of Ed Balls and George Osborne's political lives
Measures in the Chancellor's budget - not just the cancellation of the 6p beer duty rise, but the further 1p cut, as well as the scrapping of the beer duty escalator- are a welcome step to help protect the livelihoods of our publicans. However, borough councils also need to step in with stricter planning policies that favour protecting pubs as community hubs.
The most welcome element of Osborne's budget is the introduction of the Liberal Democrat policy to raise the personal tax allowance to £10,000 next year, taking the poorest earners out of income tax altogether. The rest, I'm afraid, fails to be sufficiently progressive to satiate the social liberal majority within the Liberal Democrat party membership.
For me as an ex business owner and entrepreneur one of the most important aspects of any budget is how it helps our business sector grow. In my view the budget delivered yesterday by the Chancellor is one that is great for business.