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Government calls for views on summer Budget content

Government calls for views on summer Budget content

The government is seeking views on what people would like to see in this year’s Budget, which will take place on 8 July.

Chancellor George Osborne told the BBC at the weekend that the summer Budget would have “a laser-like focus” on raising productivity and living standards.

He noted that it was unusual to have a second Budget in one year - following that on 18 March - but added that the summer edition was in order to “deliver on the commitments we have made to working people”.

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The chancellor said he would continue with the balanced plan to deal with debt, invest in the health service and reform welfare to make work pay.

However, he would not be drawn on any further details, including the Conservatives’ planned £12bn worth of welfare cuts, leading the Labour Party to respond that Mr Osborne would have to set out who is going to pay for what it called “uncosted promises” in the election campaign.

Today, the government stated that it encourages “open and transparent policy-making, and welcomes original and innovative ideas”.

Views will be considered by the Treasury as part of the policy-making process. To allow for full consideration in advance of the Budget, any submission should be sent to the Treasury by 5 June 2015.

If people would prefer to submit representations as a file attachment, the email address is: budget.representations@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk

donia.o’loughlin@ft.com