Budget 2013

Eric Pickles has argued that the barrier to housebuilding is availability of credit, not the planning system. Picture: Getty

Government caution makes Help to Buy warning all the more worrying

6 May 2013 13:53

The introduction of the Help to Buy scheme was the only very small bone of contention in this year’s successful Budget (successful politically, that is, in that no-one talks about… Continue reading

The Chancellor George Osborne Prepares To Give His Budget To Parliament

Budget 2013: The Spectator briefing

22 March 2013 17:33

On Wednesday evening, Andrew Neil, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth presented The Spectator’s Budget Briefing at the Savoy Hotel. Here is the handout that accompanied their presentation: Here’s the presentation… Continue reading

George Osborne's latest Budget seems to have gone down better than last year's. Picture: Getty Images

Budget 2013: The public’s verdict

22 March 2013 14:08

We’ve got the first post-Budget polling from YouGov, and it brings mixed news for George Osborne. Certainly, this Budget doesn’t seem (so far) to have dented the Chancellor’s reputation the… Continue reading

Peter Lilley and George Eustice. Both Conservatives but voted differently on press regulation.

The View from 22 — Peter Lilley vs. George Eustice on press regulation and the 2013 Budget

21 March 2013 22:19

The Spectator has categorically said ‘NO’ to signing up to the government’s new regulatory body, but why are MPs so divided? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Peter Lilley… Continue reading

Fuel duty

The never-ending fuel duty story

21 March 2013 18:17

One other point worth noting from today’s IFS post-Budget briefing was the way the government has dealt with fuel duty over the past few years. Here’s a table showing how… Continue reading


IFS: Osborne’s austerity means more pain, not jam, tomorrow

21 March 2013 17:33

George Osborne’s critics like to deride him as the ‘jam tomorrow’ Chancellor. But according to the post-Budget briefing the Institute for Fiscal Studies gave this afternoon, he’s the ‘pain tomorrow’… Continue reading

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Just cutting spending isn’t enough. Osborne needs to invest as well

21 March 2013 15:13

Economic growth for the next year is predicted to be lower than 1.0%. I can’t think, offhand, or a more obvious indication that the Chancellor is gripped by some sort… Continue reading

The budget has highlighted the strength of the coalition. Photo: Getty.

The durable coalition

21 March 2013 14:40

This time last week, Westminster was full of speculation about alternative coalitions. Politics-watchers, myself included, all started speculating about what the Clegg Miliband alternative coalition on press regulation meant. But… Continue reading

Mark Carney's arrival at the Bank of England will have far greater significance than yesterday's Budget. Picture: Getty

Forget beer and petrol: will MPs debate monetary policy today?

21 March 2013 10:40

MPs are debating the detail of the Budget today, and will doubtless pick over some of the lines from George Osborne’s round of interviews this morning, particularly the confusion over… Continue reading

George Osborne didn't tax any other hot food in today's Budget, and responded to a Sun campaign on beer duty. But that hasn't granted him a positive response from the paper. Picture: Getty

Osborne’s pitch to Sun-reading voters caught up in Leveson row

20 March 2013 23:00

If this was a Budget for Sun readers, then it hasn’t quite worked out as well as George Osborne might have hoped. The newspaper sounded pretty cheery this morning with… Continue reading

Ed Miliband and Ed Balls

Budget 2013: Ed Balls sticks to his favourite 50p attack

20 March 2013 17:49

Ed Balls has just given his post-Budget briefing in parliament. The striking thing about Balls, no matter how much you might disagree with him, is how much he relishes these… Continue reading

David Cameron likes to call Robert Halfon the 'most expensive MP in parliament'. Picture: PA

The Budget puts petrol in the Tories’ political tank

20 March 2013 16:25

For the opening half of George Osborne’s Budget speech, the Labour front bench was busy waving around copies of the Evening Standard’s front page. This was visibly putting Osborne off;… Continue reading

Eric Pickles has argued that the barrier to housebuilding is availability of credit, not the planning system. Picture: Getty

Budget 2013: New ‘Help to Buy’ plan is a boost for Eric Pickles

20 March 2013 16:10

One of the big measures in today’s Budget was the Help to Buy scheme. It answers two demands: the first for the Tories to continue to support home ownership as… Continue reading

George Osborne outside 11 Downing Street pre-Budget Image: Getty

Budget 2013: It’s all about the ‘aspiration nation’

20 March 2013 14:41

So did he do it? This was a budget with a strong narrative about the ‘aspiration nation’, and the Chancellor certainly did everything he could to nod to two of… Continue reading

George Osborne

Budget 2013: George Osborne’s statement in full

20 March 2013 13:59

Mr Deputy Speaker, this is a Budget for people who aspire to work hard and get on. It’s a Budget for people who realise there are no easy answers to… Continue reading

David Cameron leaves Downing Street this morning ahead of the Budget. Picture: Getty

Budget 2013: Live

20 March 2013 12:28

This liveblog is now closed, but you can continue to review all the analysis of Budget day here. Or read Fraser Nelson’s ‘Six Scary Graphs’ post on the worst recovery… Continue reading

The Chancellor George Osborne Prepares To Give His Budget To Parliament

Budget 2013: Five boxes George Osborne needs to tick

20 March 2013 11:56

We’ve got just over half an hour until the Chancellor stands up to give his Budget statement in the House of Commons. It’s the last Budget, many Tory MPs believe,… Continue reading

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Budget 2013: what the papers say

20 March 2013 8:19

The Treasury has largely managed to maintain discipline in the run-up to the Budget, with only controlled briefings in the past few days, rather than last year’s public row over… Continue reading

A fracking plant in America. Picture: Getty

The quiet global energy revolution

19 March 2013 19:55

In all the noise of tomorrow’s Budget, many may not spot a small tweak to the fiscal regime for UK oil and gas. Those of us with a close interest… Continue reading


How the Treasury could sell its tax cuts to voters

19 March 2013 16:25

One of the big challenges for the government in tomorrow’s Budget is how well the Number 10 machine is able to sell some of the positive measures that George Osborne… Continue reading

Vince Cable has been vocal about protecting his department's budget from further cuts. But he hasn't succeeded in doing so, unlike his Tory colleagues. Picture: Getty

Cabinet ministers told to find an extra £2.5 billion in cuts

19 March 2013 13:11

Cabinet this morning can’t have been a cheery occasion. The Prime Minister did congratulate all those who had been involved in the Leveson talks, with a little bit more congratulation… Continue reading

Adam Afriyie. Picture by Andrew Parsons

Adam Afriyie on Budget 2013: Prepare for ‘bitter disappointment’

15 March 2013 10:48

For many people, Budgets are when you find out if your pint of beer or bottle of wine is going up in price. It’s the day you fill up your… Continue reading

The 1988 Budget defined a decade of Tory radicalism

How do you get more tax from the rich? Cut their tax rates. Lessons from Lawson, 25 years on.

13 March 2013 0:12

I’ve just returned from a dinner given by the TaxPayers’ Alliance for Nigel Lawson to celebrate the silver anniversary his 1988 Budget, a great event with an all-star cast. Two… Continue reading

"I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China"

Liam Fox’s Plan A++

11 March 2013 20:31

It’s been a day of competing economic prescriptions from two doctors: Vince Cable  (‘debt’s so cheap it’d be rude not to borrow more!’) and today Liam Fox, who has delivered… Continue reading

What will be inside George Osborne's 2013 budget? Photo: Getty.

Budget 2013: whatever happened to the recovery?

4 March 2013 19:13

The 2013 budget promises to be a milestone for David Cameron’s government. George Osborne is under pressure to avoid the ‘omnishambles budget’ of last year. As well as satisfying his… Continue reading