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Citizens Advice response to the budget

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his last Budget before the general election yesterday, and the consensus in the news today is that this was a Budget for savers. But as the first line of our response to the Chancellor’s speech said: ‘People on the lowest income and those without savings benefit least from this Budget.’

In our response Citizens Advice commented on the different areas of the Budget which we know have an impact on the lives of our clients, including housing, where Gillian Guy said “The housing challenge extends beyond those who struggle to get on the property ladder. This Budget was a missed opportunity to help the nine million people living in England’s private rented sector – many punished by poor standards and ripped off by exploitative fees and rents” and welfare where Gillian said: “The working age welfare budget has already been dramatically reduced – it would be reckless to hack further away at this without waiting to see the full impact of on-going reforms.