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What Do You Think To The Budget? A WAB Debate!

Thursday March 21 2013

Are you happy with the Budget? Are you happy with the Budget?

WEDNESDAY March 20 was Budget Day. Millions watched as Chancellor George Osborne revealed its details, and the reaction has been mixed in its aftermath.

What do YOU think about it? What would you have done differently? Are you happy with its contents?

Here are a few of its headlining facts.

- Beer duty's been scrapped, so pints will be 1p cheaper. However, other alcohol will see rises in their prices.

- They're offering an interest-free loan of 20% of a home's value to anyone who's buying a new-build property.

- September's planned fuel duty increase has been scrapped.

- National Insurance changes mean that 450,000 small businesses - one third of all employers in the country - will pay no jobs tax at all.

- From next year, people can earn up to £10,000 without being taxed.

- Growth predicted to be 1.8% in 2014; 2.3% in 2015; 2.7% in 2016 and 2.8% in 2017.

- New tax-free childcare vouchers for working families: 20% off the first £6,000 of your childcare costs for each child. And increased childcare support for those low-income working families on universal credit.

- The government will name and shame companies who promote themselves as tax avoiders. Mr Osborne says agreements with the Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Jersey will bring in over a billion pounds of unpaid taxes.

- Expected to be 600,000 more jobs this year.

For a more in-depth look, visit here.

So WABers, what do you think? Are you pleased/disappointed/not bothered? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Grim on Thursday March 21 2013 at 15:28
60,000 more jobs in private sector down south on minimum wage maybe but not here in the north.
1p off a pint a joke.
Interest free loans for mortgages that will cause problems in the future. If you cant afford a house do not buy one.
Yet more benefits for non workers - I thought we were supposed to be discouraging benefit scroungers?

Reply Posted by les on Friday March 22 2013 at 08:41
I dont know what a budget is for other than getting money back for all the mis-
spending everyone has done the year before. i know of a man with a short moustache who strove for a united europe
and everyone despised him now it is a united europe..... and were in it and all its leaders want everybodys money....
They built wind farms wich should be almost free electric.after all look at thetrillions in vat that they robbed since the 70s for pollution tax then when they find something that runs on wind...they charge you more..... thats what a budget is
all wind. and then costs you a fortune look at the main two groups...government and police...they both rob you.nobody cares how many times you get robbed its hardly even a crime anymore why.....because you will buy the same things again with 20%vat aand all stuff that is recovered gets sold on......all a win win situation.
But not for the voting public.....so what is a budget....a thieves paradise

Reply Posted by observer on Friday March 22 2013 at 12:30
les i totally agree with you. if the way of producing electricity is cheap. we should be charged a cheaper rate for using. makes you wonder why we didnt buy shares in british gas etc. the energy companies defend themselves by telling us were investing for the future. who invested in our future? apparantly in the future supplies will dry up??...grim you make a valid point. but there will always be scroungers. they always have \ will be...but lets not forget. were not in a recession. we are in a WAR. there is a difference. if you rememeber ion thatchers reign. we were in a recession. we were at war with argentina. we were in a recession in world war 2. we are at war with the ragheads which is a recession. bombs bullets. planes boats. fuel soldiers, all have to be paid for. and the so called "RECESSION"...pays for it.

Reply Posted by tinker on Friday March 29 2013 at 21:08
Can the labour party in barnsley or any three of our MP'S explain why they are supporting the BEDROOM TAX? .How can any red rosette wearing socialist back one of the most cruelest tory policies ever to be used against the lower classes

Reply Posted by Brian on Friday March 29 2013 at 23:10
The proposals are generally fair and reasonable and I would hope that the 'Labour lot' would be inclined to lend their support to them. There is certainly no cruelty in the proposals and they do not discriminate against people of any different social group. I hope that my MP supports the proposals.