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Budget 2014 Analysis
Questions and answers from the 6th annual Budget Breakfast
Answers by The Sunday Times' Economics Editor David Smith
At the end of his presentation, David Smith fielded questions from the 160 in attendance at the 6th annual Budget Breakfast Briefing.
Answers can be viewed in the videos linked below:
Does the budget promise anything new for young job seekers?
Considering its absence from the budget, is stamp duty land tax reform on the treasury's agenda?
What's your view on Help to Buy being extended until 2020?
How sensitive is the economic recovery to the next general election?
What do you anticipate will be the general content of next year's budget, just before the election?
Is the base rate linked to inflation or the magic 7% unemployment figure? Are we at risk of deflation?
How vulnerable is the UK economy to external factors?
Is it still important that the deficit is reduced? If so, when can the Government realistically expect to meet its target?
What is your view on the performance of the OBR at predicting levels of growth and the chancellor's recent pleasure when they've got it wrong?
How have the past 5 budgets differed from their predecessors as a result of being written by a coalition government?
Will annuities become better value now that retirees are not forced to buy them?
The threshold for the values of houses owned by non-resident companies has been reduced. Is this to match the new rules for non-resident owners who have brought through trusts in their own names?