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from The Great Debate UK:

Roger Bootle analyses the potential impact of the budget


London-based Roger Bootle, director of Capital Economics and an advisor to business accountancy firm Deloitte, shares his thoughts on what Chancellor George Osborne's budget may hold and its long-term effects on the economy.

Bootle suggests the coalition government must narrow the deficit for this year and give confidence to the markets that something will be done longer term to restore the economy to health.

Watch the video clip here:

Picture Credit: Chancellor George Osborne (L), sits with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during a meeting at number 10 Downing Street in London June 21, 2010. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool

from The Great Debate UK:

Dear Prime Minister – leave tech spending alone


-Steve Ranger is the editor of The opinions expressed are his own. Join Reuters for a live discussion with guests as Chancellor George Osborne makesΒ  an emergency budget statement at 12:30 p.m. British time on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. -

There has never been a more important time for chief information officers to raise their profiles and make their worth clear - especially in the public sector, where over the next few years budgets will be under attack like never before.

Where would you cut public spending?


Vows by Labour and the Conservatives to protect the NHS from spending cuts will require tax hikes or cuts to other areas, a new report shows.

Promises to “ring-fence” health spending in the lead-up to the next election — to be held before June — might lead to cuts of about 8 percent in other departments over the next six years, say researchers at the King’s Fund and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.