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What The Budget Means To You - A WAB GUIDE

Wednesday March 21 2012




The government has announced a raft of changes to the budget which will come in from April next year - we know budget stuff can be a bit 'bluergh' so we've done you a no-nonsense WAB Guide to explain it all.

Here's what's going to happen in a nutshell and how it will affect you.

* Personal income tax allowance has been raised to £9,205 - that means you can earn more before you have to pay tax. They are estimating it could make folk about £200-a-year-better off.

* There will be some extra funding to help construction firms building new homes (so we can but cross our fingers that some of those come to Barnsley)

* Serving soldiers will no longer have to pay council tax.

* A packet of cigs will cost you more from 6pm today - it is going to cost you about an extra 37p per pack of cigs as duty on all tobacco products rises five per cent above inflation.

* No change to duty on alcohol.

* There will be a review of state pensions with a new single-tier state pension for future pensioners to be set at roughly £140 (based on contributions)

* Transpennine Route between Manchester and Sheffield will be electrified to allow for faster journey times.

What do you think to the budget announcements? Have your say by commenting in the box below.

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Reply Posted by Yorkshireman on Wednesday March 21 2012 at 15:30
Am I wrong but doesn't everyone benefit from the higher personal tax allowance, exempting the very low paid from tax doesn't give them any more money in their pockets than someone earning 3 times as much. Looks like the pensioners are being targeted now too, work all their lives and pay their dues only to get hammered by the budget.

Reply Posted by :) x on Wednesday March 21 2012 at 15:38
if im not mistaken the pensioners are getting an extra £5.30 pw not sure if thats to all pensioners as i dont understand the different types of penisons they just said pensioners who worked and saved all their lifes will get an extra £5.30 pw

Reply Posted by :) x on Wednesday March 21 2012 at 15:38
if im not mistaken the pensioners are getting an extra £5.30 pw not sure if thats to all pensioners as i dont understand the different types of penisons they just said pensioners who worked and saved all their lifes will get an extra £5.30 pw

Reply Posted by Duke Guy on Wednesday March 21 2012 at 17:09
I no longer live in Barnsley, or England for that matter - but 37p on cigs?  What is the justification on this?  Tax from tobacco already generates more than £3 billion in tax a year.  The cost of treating smoking related illness is no more than £800 million a year, so I think that the smokers are already covering their own costs along with a £2.2 billion excess.

Further, increasing the price on tobacco just makes more and more people either go abroad to bring them back, or buys them from the dodgy guy in the pub.  Reducing tax would reduce the margins made on doing either and actually INCREASE tax revenue.

To me - the answer is simple - smoking is bad, smokers are bad - you can target and prejudice the smoking community as much as you want and no one will bat an eyelid.  I'm glad I've moved from England and Barnsley, though I miss them very much, I do not miss the fantastically ill-judged decisions that every government I've seen in my 31 years of life have made.

Oh, and you can also repeat the whole of the above but replace tobacco with petrol and smokers/smoking with drivers/driving.  I was in Barnsley on a visit in February this year and how I laughed at the prices of petrol and diesel. It wasn't long ago when there were blockades and riots about the price of petrol hitting £1 - now it's half as much again and you are all just sat doing nothing.  Embarrassing.

Reply Posted by Lindseygaylor on Wednesday March 21 2012 at 18:57
In the last 2 months we have seen the price of fuel go up by 10p a litre and now he puts another 3p a litre on so how is that helping anyone who have to use there cars for work or get to work if I could afford to get out of this country I would I live on benefits due to ill health we dont have a life.

Reply Posted by guest on Wednesday March 21 2012 at 21:17
No mention here of the freeze on the higher tax allowance that over 65's currently get, so in real terms a tax increase every year equivalent to inflation. Good to know that someone earning a £1million / year will pay £40,000 less tax while many pensioners will pay more tax.

Reply Posted by Gingersnap on Thursday March 22 2012 at 13:37
Its always easy to comment when you have moved away. However we all know that smokers are killing themselves and some of the non smokers. Its an addiction and lets face it who cares if they put 37p on cigs except smokers. Better cigs than 37p on fruit and veg or fuel or gas/electric. Put it on booze and chocolate whilst they are at it and we may all live longer .

Reply Posted by Gingersnap on Thursday March 22 2012 at 13:40
Only pensioners of the future will benefit from the rises in pension. Most families will be losing their tax credits and in the future probably their child benefit.
People who are loaded and lets face it there arent many in Barnsley, they will be better off due to cuts in tax.  Most working and middle class people will be worse off due to rises in fuel duty and tax on cigs and booze.

Reply Posted by Rach on Thursday April 5 2012 at 16:42
duke guys right, and gingersnap is selfish, it shouldnt be added anywhere and smokers pay enough tax as it is, and we may all live longer but whats life without free choice cos way things are going theres gonna be laws on how to bloody walk lol xXx