Chancellor calls for public to submit Budget ideas online

Chancellor calls for public to submit Budget ideas online

George Osborne awaits onslaught of messages

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The Chancellor has launched a website for the public to submit their ideas for the upcoming Budget.

George Osborne said he wanted to hear the "brightest and best ideas" from individuals and businesses. 

As he visited a manufacturing site in Cheltenham of high tech firm Ultra Electronics - which makes defence, transport and energy technology - he said the ideas submitted online we influence the government's Budget, being held on 23 March.

Osborne said it was "British businesses like the one I’m visiting today here in Cheltenham - a British high-tech and export success story - that will lead our recovery".

For the October 2010 Spending Review, which hit departmental budgets hard, over 100,000 people had gone online and submitted suggestions, the government said.

The portal is another example of the Government’s commitment to transparency in policy making. It will improve the way businesses, charities and the public sector can communicate with the Government.

It follows on from the October 2010 Spending Review, when over 100,000 members of the public went on line to submit suggestions on how the Government could save money – such as the idea to stop producing National Insurance cards, which will save £1 million a year.

Ideas for the upcoming Budget can be submitted at and it is advised that ideas are submitted this month.


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