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A budget for the ‘makers, doers and savers’

Despite an air of optimism, question marks remain over the extent to which people are feeling the benefits of growth

By Matthew Whittaker  
Budget 2014

The Labour Party’s poster in response to George Osborne’s budget  ©Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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The theme of economic optimism that built during 2013 spilled over into today’s Budget—but only just. GDP is projected to rise more quickly over the next four years than was the case back in the autumn, and employment continues to out-perform expectations. But there are question marks over the extent to which people are feeling the benefits of growth, and the sustainability of…

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