The CBI, FSB, Liberal Democrats and accountancy firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and BDO Stoy Hayward respond with disappointment to the Budget.
The backlash on Darling’s Budget has begun. David Rose, chief exeucitve of Growthwire, says it shows "ignorance" and will damage UK wealth creation.
As Chancellor Alistair Darling prepares to make his Budget statement to the House of Commons this afternoon, The Independent columnist Hamish McRae calls on the government to admit its mistakes.
Chancellor Alistair Darling has handed down his second Budget, concluding with the words: "You can grow your way out of a recession, you can’t cut your way out of it."
The number of people looking for work soared from 177,000 to a staggering 2.1 million in the three months to February – the biggest quarterly rise since 1991 and the worst overall figure since February 1997, a few months before Labour won the general election.
There are few measures for entrepreneurs in the Budget Chancellor Alistair Darling said will “take Britain through the most serious global economic turmoil for over 60 years”.
The Budget lacks “practical help” for entrepreneurs and small businesses, argue two UK entrepreneurs disappointed by Chancellor Alistair Darling’s recession-time offering.
The Budget will lead entrepreneurs to feel like they’re left to pick up the pieces of the country’s economic mess, says RJP tax partner Paul Webb.
Measures in the Budget to get the unemployed into work are useless when they’re not accompanied by a reduction in employment bureaucracy, says Coverzones founder Simon Ball.
The duty on alcohol and tobacco is going up 2 per cent virtually immediately, Chancellor Alistair Darling has announced during the Budget, with fuel duty increasing in September.
Under my new master plan for the year, I know clearly that first step to next progression of this business is the line managers.
Chancellor Alistair Darling faces probably the toughest Budget ever today. Find out what it means for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs here at Real Business.