Chancellor George Osborne has said next week's Budget will not contain pre-election 'gimmicks' even though British voters will go to the polls in less than two months.
Writing in the Sun on Sunday (£), the Chancellor admitted the "job is far from finished" and said he will use his last Budget statement of this Parliament to outline long-term measures that would "deliver a truly national recovery".
Mr Osborne said government plans include investment in tech start-ups, the chemical sector and ultrafast broadband and a promise to build 45,000 new homes on brownfield sites.
He wrote: "I said in 2010 we are all in it together - and I meant it. So this week my Budget will set out measures to make sure we keep delivering a truly national recovery. We mustn't go back to the bad old days of just relying on the City of London for growth.
"In this Budget we will take further steps to invest in and grow all parts and industries of the UK.
"So, my Budget will not be a Budget of pre-election gimmicks or giveaways. It will be a Budget for the long term."
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