Updated: Thursday, 20th February 2020 @ 12:56pm

Piccadilly Pulse: The Budget – 25/03/2011

Piccadilly Pulse: The Budget – 25/03/2011

By Ben Lugg

After George Osborne’s budget on Wednesday it’s clear from this week’s Piccadilly Pulse that most Mancunians are on the whole less than enthusiastic about it.

Rising prices, particularly on fuel, and continued cuts seem to be causing the most anger among city dwellers.

This week's question:

How do you think this week’s budget will affect you?

Thomas Graniczka, 28, forklift truck driver

“This budget is ridiculous. The current tax on fuel is making money for huge investors outside the UK; we are just making money for someone else”.

Josh Greenfield, 23, architecture graduate

“I’m a graduate of architecture and I can’t get a job in England. Arts projects have been slashed and there are fewer opportunities for people in my Field.”

Roy Astil, 32, education worker

“It’s not good for the economy, the Tories say it will be but I don’t think so. The penny cut in fuel will be lost in the tax rises next year.”

Chris Turner, 25, psychotherapist

“I have been on the calculator on the BBC website and it says I will be marginally better off but I don’t know what it will be like when taxes are taken into account.”

Jane Robinson, 32, cost lawyer

“I don’t think it will affect me. I don’t have a car or any Kids so I guess I am one of the lucky ones.”

Emily Kirkcoldy, 28, NHS worker

“It won’t adversely affect me. I was pleased with the cut in petrol prices but as an NHS worker I’m not pleased with the general NHS cuts.”

Chris Belfield, 22, security company worker

“Petrol prices will affect me but we’ve got to pay for the deficit somehow.”

Richard Poole, 34, market researcher

“If the basic goes up it will be a good thing because im on a fairly low income.”

Joanne Smith, 47, UK HR director

“I don’t think it will make any difference to me, but I can appreciate it will make things a lot harder for a lot of people.”

Anonymous, NHS addiction clinic worker

“Cuts have already affected my job quite badly. I work for a centre that treats heroin addicts and we have already had a reasonable number of redundancies. We have also had our hours cut and it is all because of cuts to the NHS.”

Julie Layborne, 50, office worker

“He gives with one hand and takes away with the other, but I wasn’t expecting much anyway.”

Piccadilly Poll:

How do you think this week’s budget will affect you? Will you be....

Option Results
Better off 4%
The same 22%
Worse off 45%
Don't know 29%


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