Extra £100 million of improvements to armed forces accommodation, funded by £2.4 billion savings from ending combat operations in Afghanistan.
by IndyModerator3/21/2012 12:49:47 PM
You get the feeling that if he were Chancellor for the next 15 years, Osborne would mention Gordon Brown's ill-judged sell-off of gold in each Budget he delivers. He just claimed that the £2bn Brown sold off in gold reserves would now be worth £13bn.
by Amol Rajan3/21/2012 12:50:00 PM
Forces serving overseas to receive 100% relief on average council tax bill, and families welfare grant will be doubled.
by IndyModerator3/21/2012 12:50:03 PM
Osborne could not resist a dig at Gordon Brown for selling gold 10 years ago. #Budget2012
Finance Partnership to be expanded by 20% and the Enterprise Finance Guarantee will also be expanded.
by IndyModerator3/21/2012 12:53:56 PM
The Chancellor has said that investment in transport in the North of England has been lacking for years - and "not by this government". In his main job, Osborne is the Tories' election strategist. He knows that northern votes will be needed to pull off a Tory majority in 2015. That is why he is, on this front, trotting out his inner-Keynesian.
by Amol Rajan3/21/2012 12:53:57 PM
Osborne has privately admitted it was mistake to rule out Heathrow expansion: 50 flights/day china to germany, only 30 to UK #budget2012