Was that a good Budget – and is austerity really over?

Nov 02, 2018, 05:50 PM

Is austerity really coming to an end? And are the rich getting richer thanks to the Government?

In the This is Money podcast this week, editor Simon Lambert, assistant editor Lee Boyce and host Georgie Frost analyse the 2018 Budget.

Money for the NHS, little extras for schools, cash for roads, help for the High Street and the baby rabbit in the hat - pulling the rise in the basic and higher rate tax thresholds to £12,500 and £50,000, respectively, a year earlier than promised.

We also talk about what a no Brexit deal means for interest rates? 

We heard from the Bank of England this week about the likely impact such a scenario could have on interest rates and how quickly they will go up – or not.

Despite sticking this week to 0.75%, the decision came with a few notes of warning – largely that it was based on a 'smooth transition' for Brexit.

We talk about the latest in the easy-access savings war in which a small building society trumped Marcus by Goldman Sachs – but only for a short stint.

And finally, we report on the latest in our 'stop the private parking sharks' campaign - how the good people of Essex town Basildon have taken to the streets to protest about one firm running a car park and dishing out charges.