ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston reports.
George Osborne has been accused of just "moving the furniture around" in his Budget, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS), which has also warned that the UK is facing austerity measures into the next decade.
IFS Director Paul Johnson said the Chancellor has 'very little room for manoeuvre' because of the weakened growth forecast for the economy from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).
He added that this could lead to a period of falling wages and lower living standards as the Chancellor tries to reach his surplus target for 2019/2020.
Mr Johnson added that "given the uncertainty in all of the forecasts the Chancellor probably only has about a 50/50 shot" of making the surplus without having to raise taxes or carry out more drastic cuts to public spending.
The Chancellor was forced to admit that he would need tens of billions more borrowing after the OBR said growth would be lower than expected.
The head of the leading economic think-tank said the Chancellor actually "made life harder for himself" with yesterday's Budget because of his decision to delay more drastic action on taxes and spending in the time leading up to 2019/2020.