Here comes the budget

20 March 2012
Happy budget eve readers! Tomorrow is the day when the spotlight shines on George rather than Dave as he reflects on how things have gone in the last 12 months and lays out plans for government spending over the next year. The majority of the leaks and speculation so far have concentrated more on the arguments of senior coalition members than policy expectations, but there have been a few choice nuggets. Even though pressure is growing (as it always seems to) for the chancellor to scrap the annual rise in fuel duty, it is still likely to happen. Also strongly rumoured is an eye-catching 10 per cent increase in air passenger duty, which will no doubt be about as welcome to travel buyers as a hosepipe ban to a gardener. The chancellor will also undoubtedly discuss progress in colleague Francis Maude’s campaign to “leave no stone unturned” in the hunt for eradicating government waste, with any luck outlining where this particular hunt will gallop to over the next year. I’ll be tuning into the speech tomorrow and trawling through the numerous commentators takes on what he has to say, but I’m also keen to hear what you think both before and after it takes place. What would you like to hear in the budget tomorrow? Serious proposals you think could make a real difference to procurement and supply chains are encouraged, but feel free to take a more humorous slant when posting your comments below. Also, why not drop me an email or send me a tweet once it is over to give me your assessment.
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