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Emergency Budget 2010: mixed reaction to VAT increase

Business groups appear to have accepted the emergency Budget rise in VAT to 20 per cent with a certain resigned stoicism.

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Emergency Budget 2010: tough measures for tough times

Not for a political generation or two has a Budget generated such intense interest. Pre-announcements by the Coalition Government had prepared everyone for large-scale changes to the tax system and for deep public spending cuts.

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Emergency Budget 2010: support for businesses

The Chancellor addressed the problem that many smaller firms are experiencing when it comes to accessing credit.

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Emergency Budget 2010: employers offered national insurance boost

It has been a matter of policy for the government to reverse plans of the previous administration to push up national insurance contributions by 1 per cent as from next April.

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Emergency Budget 2010: VAT to rise

As had been expected, the Chancellor has chosen to raise the basic rate of VAT, from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent.

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Emergency Budget 2010: Speech headlines

The Chancellor has concluded his emergency Budget speech. We are now in the process of updating our Budget Report and putting together a series of news articles. However, the headline news from the Chancellor’s statement is:

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Emergency Budget 2010: Speech begins

The Chancellor, George Osborne has risen to his feet in the House of Commons at 12.30 pm and has embarked on what is regarded as one of the most important and far-reaching Budget speeches in a generation.

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