Well, well, well its budget day and Mr Osborne has been telling the nation the way it’s going to be. He’s going to ‘level with people’ – oooooohhh!
So not only is it budget day but……. it’s international happiness day (ermm interesting) so we thought as an aid to provide happiness and yet be topical we would come up with the Team Pugh budget.
First things first, we would introduce a supermarket tax, 1 pence for each pound spent in a supermarket, with the tax income to be split 75/25 between the treasury and UK farmers, food producers and independent retailers, either in the form of tax breaks or subsidies. This would translate to a 1.4 Billion pound windfall, or just over £1 Billion to the treasury and £400 million to UK farmers, producers and independent retailers. Not only would this have a significant impact it may just make people consider going supermarket free a little more!
Secondly we would use some of the revenue from the supermarket tax to allow local councils to provide 2 hours free parking on market days to allow townsfolk to visit and patronise both the market and their local retailers (we are very lucky in that our local council already gives 2 hours free parking every day of the week to help boost local trade)!
And finally we would introduce the much talked about tax break for married couples with young children, where one working spouse received some of the tax allowance of their stay-at-home parent spouse, thus freeing more parents to stay at home with their children, and spend the odd day a week visiting their local markets and independent shops!
To be fair to Mr Osborne according to the BBC’s budget calculator we will be £273 better off next year, which means a cool £5.25 per week more in our pockets, YAY!
And before people jump on our basic knowledge of economics and suggestions for the running of the country we will just point out that the above budget is at least partly tongue-in-cheek!
In other news, and on the subject of personal budgets, our budget for next week’s shop will be slashed in half to £25, don’t worry we have not broken any rules, and we will share the reasons why we are doing this soon!
This will also be good training for Live Below the Line, a great project to live for just £1 a day per person for 5 days in April, again watch this space!
And finally we came across another great project today, WWF’s World Earth Hour, when at 8.30 pm on Saturday the whole world (in theory) will turn off their lights and cut down on their energy use, and hopefully go a small way to saving the planet! This will also hopefully save us a few pennies on the ‘leccy’ bill, at least we will be able to see a bit in the firelight!