Budget 2013: did you see it? What did you like/not like?

(246 Posts)
SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 12:00:22

Morning everyone,

George Osborne will be standing up to give his 2013 Budget at 12.30pm today. With the UK experiencing its longest period of economic stagnation for a century, and the public squeezed between rising fuel costs rise, falling welfare payments and flat-lining wages, the country will be giving him its full attention. In terms of family finances it's possible that the most significant announcement for most of us has been made already: the government outlined its plans for the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme yesterday (read all about it here). But inevitably there'll be plenty more to come - look out for announcements on fuel tax, first time buyers and alcohol (dear to your hearts, we know ... )

Here's a link to the BBC's live stream; for those of you at work who can't see it, we'll post the key announcements as they happen; do tell us what they mean for you.

And for those looking for an at-a-glance rundown of what's been said, we're delighted to welcome back Mark Dampier, head of research at independent financial advisers Hargreaves and Lansdowne, who'll be sending us his bullet-point version of the Budget as soon as possible after Osborne sits down. And Will Hadwen, rights adviser at charity Working Families, which offers advice on advice on employment rights, benefits and tax credits for working parents, will be giving us a breakdown of what the Budget means from their point of view.

Off we go ...

SilverSnake Wed 20-Mar-13 12:55:09

Where are these 60k jobs coming from and where do I apply?

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 12:55:22

Govt will "extend the restraint on public sector pay for another year" - pay rises limited to 1%

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 12:55:53

oooh - he's got a frog in his throat! Whole thing stopped while he choked and had some water. Drama ..

Moominsarehippos Wed 20-Mar-13 12:56:00

I had one of those once, sniff.

HolidayArmadillo Wed 20-Mar-13 12:56:27

He's got a face I'd never tire of punching.

Moominsarehippos Wed 20-Mar-13 12:56:37

He is choking isn't he? What a nightmare. Where's his whisky?

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 12:57:39

rofl moominsarehippos

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 12:58:20

Back to the matter in hand: military will be exempt from 1% cap on public sector pay

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 20-Mar-13 12:58:35

I've come to the conclusion that the only qualifications that a politician needs is the ability to talk bollocks. Can we get rid of this bunch of fools?

Moominsarehippos Wed 20-Mar-13 12:59:26

What happens if he does choke? Does someone take over? His voice is getting quite wobbly now. Poor love.

PainForLife Wed 20-Mar-13 12:59:31

omg someone kick him "spending more on railways" by increasing the tickets prices year on year....!?!

Moominsarehippos Wed 20-Mar-13 13:00:00

What? He doesn't have a degree in Economics? Well I never.

wannabeEostregoddess Wed 20-Mar-13 13:00:41

I think Channel 4 should make a programme where he has to go work in poundland for JSA for 8 weeks.

Seriously. I would give my right arm to see that.

shelley72 Wed 20-Mar-13 13:01:21

Not yet lady Mary.unless we start a mumsnet revolution.Would that work?

soverylucky Wed 20-Mar-13 13:01:22

1% whoop de doo.

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 13:01:26

Investment now: infrastructure investment will be boosted by £3bn in 2015/2016

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 20-Mar-13 13:01:35

We = You! hmm

I may have to throw something at the tv in a minute maybe not as I'd have to pay to replace it

shelley72 Wed 20-Mar-13 13:02:39

Ok, have tv on now. Is it me or do the cabinet look rather smug?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 20-Mar-13 13:03:16

Yeah, infrastructure investment is really going to help people feed their children. Where are they going to get the workers from? Get the builders to make more social housing, this will help.

mistletoeoak Wed 20-Mar-13 13:03:41

Is it April 1st? clueless ... aspire for the rest of this to be utterly dire

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 13:03:51

oooh - big reaction to announcement that some industries will be exempted from the climate change levy - what do you think?

HolidayArmadillo Wed 20-Mar-13 13:03:57

I can't watch any more. Overpaid, plastic, self important, smarmy scumbags.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 20-Mar-13 13:03:57

Dunno, shelley, my screen is pink (needs a new TV).

shelley72 Wed 20-Mar-13 13:04:04

I have taken the precaution of having dd asleep on my lap so I can't throw anything!

landofsoapandglory Wed 20-Mar-13 13:04:15

Military will be exempt from progression pay rises, not the 1% pay rises.

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