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

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.

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

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:

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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