On the Pulse: Do people pay attention to the Budget?


The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered his fourth Budget earlier this week.


By Christine Dorisamy-Pillai

On Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered his fourth Budget. The policies he annnounced affect many aspects of our lives, from our personal incomes, our homes, the businesses we work for and even our leisure time.

But how much has the average Londoner taken notice of the Budget? SWL hit the streets to find out how keenly people are paying attention to the UK’s money matters.

Many people seemed to be very nonchalant about the whole thing.

“No, I haven’t taken much of an interest because what is the difference?” said Tania, 49, who was waiting for her partner at Wimbledon Station.

“I’ve not looked at it a great deal – I suppose because I am retired it doesn’t affect me that much,” said Mrs Russell, 80.

TFL worker, Jay, 26, hadn’t had a look at it all, whilst Caroline hadn’t really had the time yet.

Two people hadn’t even heard of the Budget. “I’m sorry I don’t know what that is,” said Mr Byrne.

Others were slightly more informed.

“I’ve only read a certain amount. We’re not getting a growth strategy. I don’t think the government knows what to do but I don’t think any government has known what to do,” said one commuter who wished to remain unnamed.

Wimbledon shopkeeper Somu, 24, said: “I have taken a little bit of interest – I know it affects everyone doesn’t it?”

“I’ve read a little bit, mainly because it’s in the papers. It’s something to read on the train,” said Roz Carter, also 24.

Kevin Hiscox, who is 32 and a librarian at Kingston University, had stronger views.

“I have taken an interest. I think everyone needs to,” he said.

“I think the financial crisis is being used as a cover up for the Tories to carry out their policies.

“I will never again vote for any for the main parties.”

Photo courtesy of by The Prime Minister’s Office, with thanks.

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