Budget 2014 - watch with us!

(164 Posts)
SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 11:46:15

So... George Osborne will be standing up to deliver this year's Budget at 12.30pm, with announcements expected on property tax, stamp duty and the personal tax allowance. Here's what you were hoping (and dreading) would come up; time to find out whether George has been reading wink

We'll be watching the Budget over here and posting about the key announcements for those who are at work unable to view the live stream; come join us, and tell us how you think he's doing ...

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Marking place. I want to see how small business and childcare in particular are tackled...

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:19:37

... and while we're twiddling our thumbs, what do people think of the new pound coin? Snazzy or token-y?

FiloPasty Wed 19-Mar-14 12:28:48

Marking place too, I like the new coin. It is beyond a joke about all the fake £1 coins in circulation.

I quite like the new coin but its going to be a bugger while they replace the gadgets on supermarket trollies (and we won't be able to use euros instead in them)

I have an hour to watch the budget so I need them to get on with it!!!

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:31:46

I was astonished at that FiloPastry - I read this morning that there were 45m in circulation. Holy mackerel.

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:32:45

Agree OYBBK - time's a-passing. Come on George ...

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:33:49

oh, and I have a euro that I keep in my purse SPECIFICALLY for shopping trolley purposes. Hadn't considered the extent to which this is going to inconvenience me. Alas ...

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:34:09

OK, here we go - George Osborne is standing up.

One day I'm going to watch government proceedings of other countries to see if they behave any more grown up.

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:34:53

"Our country still borrows too much ... today we do more to put that right"

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:35:54

"If you're a maker, a doer or a saver, this budget is for you..." He's also looking at using this budget to reduce the deficit further, he says.

Bingo number one 'hard working people'.

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:37:10

after yesterday's announcements on childcare, "support for savers is at the centre of this budget"

As an aside, the Budget is the very first thing I can remember watching on the tv, squeezed under the coffee table!

Tortoise Wed 19-Mar-14 12:38:05

Can't look at David Cameron without thinking he looks like a nodding dog!

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:38:33

OBR growth forecast has been revised up to 2.7% for 2014, 2.3% for 2015, 2.6% for 2016/17.

Chinas market is reportedly a bit wobbly and slowing down.

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:39:32

OBR expects UK to reach point where economy is larger than before the crash some time this year.

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:40:16

... but he sounds a note of caution around the state of other economies, and how this will impact on ours.

Falls in claimants is due in part by many people being made ineligible surely?

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 12:41:18

Moving on to the importance of job creation/employment now ...

And so many jobs are zero hour contracts.

FiloPasty Wed 19-Mar-14 12:41:23

SarahMumsnet i used to bank lots of money in my previous job! the fakes are very obvious, they feel lighter but the banks accept them and they stay in circulation I think. Very odd.

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