'Hotchpotch' Budget attacked

The Chancellor's Budget calculations have been questioned by the respected independent economic analysts, the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

It criticised the "hotchpotch" of reforms that it warned may fail to raise as much income as predicted.

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Osborne and Balls talk budget on Daybreak

Chancellor George Osborne says he's delivered a budget to support working families.

Ed Balls claims it looks like a Budget made to keep the Coalition together rather than one made for the good of the country.

Chancellor George Osborne MP delivered his budget on Wednesday. Credit: PA

Both men will have their say on Daybreak this morning.

Watch the Ed Balls interview on ITV1 at 6.40am, followed by George Osborne at 7.05am.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP Credit: Reuters


Regionalised public sector pay could lead to 'confrontation and conflict'

"It'll lead to confrontation and conflict, which is something we can do without in the public sector," Welsh TUC president Andy Richards told ITV Wales. "How can it be right for a nurse working in Newport to be paid less than a nurse working in London?"

And Margaret Davies, who works in a tax office in Merthyr Tydfil, said, "my family are already struggling on the wages we're getting now and we're finding it difficult to pay the bills with no wage rise year after year."

Welsh Finance Minister: Public sector workers 'penalised for where they live'

The Welsh Finance Minister Jane Hutt has attacked Government plans to introduce regional pay for public sector workers.

The Welsh Government does not support the Chancellor's plans to pay Welsh workers less than workers in other parts of the UK and we would encourage the UK Government to close the gap in income between different parts of the UK, not make it worse.

Public service workers across the UK work hard, often in difficult circumstances. Nurses, teachers and police officers should not be penalised because of where they live.

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