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Thursday, 20th March 2014

UK: Budget 2014

Source: HM Treasury via GOV.UK

From Executive Summary:

The UK has been hit by the most damaging financial crisis in generations and the government inherited the largest deficit since the Second World War. The government’s long-term economic plan has protected the economy through a period of uncertainty, and provided the foundations for the UK’s economic recovery which is now well established. Since Budget 2013, economic growth has exceeded forecasts, inflation is below target, and the deficit has been reduced year on year. However, the job is not yet done and more work will be needed to tackle historic weaknesses, including low productivity, poor skills and inadequate infrastructure.

Budget 2014 sets out the next steps in the government’s long-term economic plan:

The UK economy and public finances: the deficit as a share of GDP is forecast to have fallen by a half by 2014-15 compared to 2009-10, and the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts a small surplus by 2018-19. Budget 2014 announces further detail on the difficult decisions needed to reduce the deficit and debt beyond this Parliament, including setting the level of the welfare cap and controlling the cost of public sector pay and pensions.

Growth: a record number of people are in work and business investment is forecast to increase this year. Budget 2014 sets out further action to help businesses invest and export, to reduce energy costs – especially for manufacturers – and to increase housing supply.

Fairness: Budget 2014 delivers an income tax cut for 25 million people, with 3.2 million low earners being lifted out of income tax altogether through increases in the personal allowance. Budget 2014 announces radical reforms to give people greater freedom over how they access their pension savings and to support savers at every stage of their lives.

+ Direct link to document (PDF; 3.1 MB)

+ Impact on households: distributional analysis (PDF; 335 KB)

+ Policy costings (PDF; 632 KB)

+ Data sources (PDF; 328 KB)


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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