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The Budget in detail
Chancellor Gordon Brown
BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday 24 March at 1204 GMT on Radio 4 and Online

Chancellor Gordon Brown delivered his eleventh and probably final budget to Parliament on Wednesday.

This week's edition of Money Box focused closely on the financial changes announced.

Who wins and who loses? We heard from worried tax payers and examined the detail with:

  • Anita Monteith, technical manager of the Tax Faculty
  • Katie Lane from Citizens Advice
  • John Whiting from PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Mike Brewer from the Institute for Fiscal Studies

    Pensions and charities

    One listener who will pay more tax is worried her pension and charity contributions will suffer.

    Paul Lewis put her concerns to John Whiting of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Stephen Yeo from actuaries Watson Wyatt.

    Financial Assistance Scheme

    The chancellor also announced an extension to the Financial Assistance Scheme, which helps people whose company pensions were wound up.

    We spoke to one man who will benefit - Trevor Ryan, a former worker with Allied Steel & Wire whose pension scheme was wound up in 2002.

    And we discussed the development with pensions expert Ros Altmann.

    Further information:

    Bank account warning

    A Royal Bank of Scotland card
    The bank said its policy is in line with other leading banks
    The Royal Bank of Scotland has warned UK staff they could face disciplinary action if their main account is not one operated by the firm.

    A letter to staff obtained by union Amicus revealed the bank's policy.

    Bob Howard has been investigating.

    Further information:

    BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast on Saturday, 24 March 2007 at 1204 GMT.

    The programme was repeated on Sunday, 25 March 2007 at 2102 GMT.

    External internet links
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