Today's Budget was a boost for motorists, and for those who will be taken out of tax altogether next year.
But nurses, teachers, firefighters and millions of other public sector workers will see their pay freeze now last until 2015.
Consumer editor Chris Choi spoke to three people in Stockport whose lives have been touched by today's announcements.
- Engineering apprentice Richard Balfe will save £360 per year thanks to changes in personal tax allowance
- Lecturer David Balfe says he's already lost £3,500 because of the below-inflation cap on public sector pay rises
- Mother Nina Stones is likely to save around £60 per year thanks to the scrapping of a planned rise in fuel duty
Nina added: "The tax threshold has increased which is brilliant from a business point of view. It means I can earn more before being taxed - which is good for families on a low income as well."