The Spring Budget: 2017 Reactions

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“Social care needs a big idea – long-term, carefully developed, cross-party – and today’s budget was never going to deliver on that. What it did deliver was £2 billion for the care sector – with half of this coming in 2017-18.”  


As the Chancellor gave his first spring budget on Wednesday 9th March he bought some respite to the struggling social care sector, but threw a curve ball in the direction of the self- employed. University of Birmingham experts give us their view. 

Social Care needs a big idea 

Catherine Needham, Reader in Public Policy and Public Management, Health Services Management Centre

What this Budget offers 

Professor Judith Smith, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Health Services Management Centre

The changes to NI rates and Business rates

Professor John R. Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness, City-Region Economic Development Institute, Birmingham Business School