BBC News Online watched the Budget with five members of the public.
Click below to find out more about their circumstances and their verdict on the Chancellor's Budget.
Fran Creffield, single parent
Fran Creffield is 34 and lives in York. As a single parent, she has to juggle part-time work with the job of bringing up three children. She hopes Budget 2002 will bring more help for working parents.
Len Barks, pensioner
Len Barks is hoping the chancellor can do more to look after pensioners. He's 68 and lives in a residential home at Great Crosby, on the outskirts of Liverpool.
Tristan Ashby, public sector worker
Tristan Ashby is 30, and is office manager for the Retained Firefighters' Union. He wants to see improvements in the health service, but no increase in direct taxation.
Dr Andrew Kitching, hospital consultant
Dr Andrew Kitching is a hospital consultant in Reading. He's hoping the government will allocate more money to the NHS and spend more on environmental friendly public transport.
Clare Marie White, student
Clare Marie White is a student living in London. She wants the chancellor to reform the student loan system and recognise the debt problems many students face.