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Comment on the Budget from The Work Foundation

22 June 2010

Ian Brinkley, associate director at The Work Foundation said in response to today’s Budget:

“The forecast increase in economic growth and fall in unemployment look encouraging. The big question is whether they are credible? The assumption that big falls in public sector employment can be plausibly absorbed by the private sector still has to be tested.

“The regional announcements on capital projects and the Regional Growth Fund are very welcome, though we have reservations about the regional National Insurance cuts. Such schemes often have high deadweight and displacement costs. It would have been far more effective and less wasteful to spend the money targeting high growth firms in the regions.”


Notes to editors
Ian Brinkley is available for interviews and briefings.
An extended briefing will be issued at a Post-Budget Breakfast Briefing with Will Hutton and Ian Brinkley on Wednesday 23 June 2010, 08:30 for 09:00 – 10:30, at The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD
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