Quick Guide: The Budget
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The Treasury's role

The Pre-Budget Report

The Budget statement

Budget deficits and the golden rule

The Spending Review

The Treasury's role

Setting the government's budget - its tax and spending plans - is a central part of the Treasury's role.

The Budget can affect the economy, either stimulating economic growth or holding it back.

And specific measures in the budget can hurt or help individuals or businesses.

Under Gordon Brown, an increasing number of tax and benefit changes have been introduced to help meet government objectives, such as reducing poverty or stimulating productivity in industry.