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Scots 'could not name chancellor'
Gordon Brown
Mr Brown's role proved elusive to some
One in three Scots cannot name the Chancellor of the Exchequer, according to a study.

Up to 33% of Scots did not realise that Gordon Brown heads the Treasury, even though he is a fellow countryman.

Of that third, 18% thought Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott was chancellor, 4% named Tory leader Michael Howard and some named ex-BBC boss Greg Dyke.

However, Scotland came out better than the rest of the UK, where 39% could not name Mr Brown as the chancellor.

The survey of 2,005 adults aged 16 and over was released two days before the Budget.

It's interesting to see just how little people know about their own tax contributions
Sandy Knox
BDO Stoy Hayward
The study found 43% of the Welsh could not name Mr Brown, nor could 47% of people in the north of England.

The poll by accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward also showed that 60% of Scots did not know what percentage of basic tax they paid on earnings.

And while Wednesday's Budget will have an impact on everything from pensions and mortgages to the price of a pint, 62% of Scots did not believe it would have any real impact on their finances.

Sandy Knox, tax partner at BDO Stoy Hayward, said: "It's interesting to see just how little people know about their own tax contributions.

"The Budget is the single most important financial event in the British calendar, and I'd urge the public to pay close attention to the impact the chancellor's speech has on them, otherwise they may lose out."

The poll was conducted at the end of February this year.

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