It’s That Box Again

tmp_17670-budget_2171060b-320x200-590999103It’s not that long ago we would wait for the bad news that taxes on alcohol, fuel and fags was on the up. It was a budget tradition to increase these three by more than the rate of inflation to help reduce consumption and increase the money the government had to spend. Since 2008 the emphasis has been on reducing the cost of the state in order to reduce the gap between the countries income and expenditure and thus the national debt.

The reduction in state spending has meant reducing the welfare bill and the money handed to local councils and government departments.  Some areas of expenditure used to be protected from the cuts, but no more. If people think the austerity measures we have experienced to date have been hard, I expect tomorrow we will find things are going to get a lot harder.

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