Alistair Darling is expected to announce a £1bn stimulus package to revive the housing market in tomorrow’s Budget.

Among the measures likely to be introduced are:

This year's Budget should avoid tax hikes in order to allow the fiscal stimulus package to take hold, according to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

The Chancellor must ease the tax burden for businesses in this Wednesday’s Budget, says the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has urged the Chancellor to ensure this really is a 'Budget for jobs' by keeping people in work through a cut in employers' national

In one of those odd twists of fate that nobody could predict, Mark Lee, AccountingWEB.co.uk's guest practice editor for March has really started something!


We have had an extension of the loss carry back rules before when the economy is under pressure, but I suspect none so well timed in the announcement than this.

The chancellor's sudden decision to change the standard rate of VAT from 17.5% to 15% from Monday 1 December has triggered a flurry of activity and anguish in the financial software industry.


I have been assuming everyone else had worked this out, but the press coverage I was expecting hasn't appeared, so here's my take: the PBR has support for the banking sector written all over it!

Breaking opinion and analysis on the Pre-Budget Report. Karen Thompson of the Institute of Payroll Professionals examines the effects on payroll.