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March 16, 2016, by Pauline

Money, money, money – it’s Budget day!

Feeling flush? Will you tonight?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will be presenting the Budget statement to the House of Commons today. How much will your beer go up or down?

Last year there were two budgets (pre- and post- general election). You can revisit the March and Summer budgets online, or you can find the official budget reports in Hallward Library Documents Division. You can even watch old budgets on Box of Broadcasts (a cure for insomnia?), or for some more humorous political entertainment, maybe try Yes, Minister.

There is a ‘wealth’ of books and journals in the Library to stimulate your fiscal thoughts.  For example:

George Osborne on budget day

HM Treasury ( Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 Licence


Did you know?

“The word Budget derives from a French word ‘bougette’ meaning little bag. It became tradition to bring the financial statement in a leather bag to the House of Commons. The modern equivalent of the bag is the red despatch box or Budget box.”

This and more budgetary facts are available on the UK Parliament website.

Let’s hope today’s budget brings some good news for us all …

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