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So many budget bloggers, so little reading time

Here are some of the budget-related blogs I have read this week. None are intended to reflect my viewpoint, but all are relevant to my area of work in some way. I have always enjoyed the run up and reaction to budget day: miles of newsprint and days of airtime are devoted to the subject, with very different results. Sometimes the same expert can convey different messages between one media outlet and another. Blogging, Twitter and round-the-clock instant reaction can crate the sense of a country transfixed by the budget, although I am not sure that the noise it creates is necessarily a measure of interest.

It’s certainly a good time to be hungry for information though. Here’s a few that may be of interest to you.

  • David Skelton in Total Politics wrote before the budget about investment in infrastructure and called for two things: “It needs to be a Budget that helps ordinary working people and it needs to be a Budget for growth and jobs.”
  • Neil O’Brien covered the proposed changes to the planning system in The Telegraph, backing the sentiment and pointing out some of the barriers ahead.
  • Jon Snow asked whether the incessant leaking of details to the media pre-budget is a sign of ‘openness’ in Government. 
  • Economist columnist Bagehot wondered what the speaker thought about the leaking.
  • The reaction of the National Housing Federation, which represents social housing providers, was picked up in some of the national media reaction pieces.
  • The Local Government Information Unit was one of the few organisations I could find who wrote about city deals, alongside some of the other measures of relevance to its sector.
  • Jon Worth blogs about the ‘nugget of the budget’: the hard-working family.

Please share any you come across.

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