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Union Fury At Osborne’s ‘No-Budge Budget’


Unions have condemned the Budget, accusing George Osborne of “rearranging the furniture” but doing nothing to help struggling families.

Unions have condemned the Budget, accusing George Osborne of “rearranging the furniture” but doing nothing to help struggling families.

The Chancellor refused to give way on his deficit reduction plan in the Commons and instead unveiled a package to boost the economy.

Mr Osborne insisted he could not afford a “giveaway” but did cut fuel duty and pledged to lift the personal tax allowance to £8,105 from 2012.

Measures to encourage growth included slashing corporation tax, setting up enterprise zones and offering 40,000 more apprenticeships.

The plans were largely welcomed by businesses but union chiefs were furious there was no change to tough tax and spend plans.

They claimed the package will force unemployment even higher and that Mr Osborne was in denial about an economy going in reverse.

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