Unsurprisingly, in the run up to ‘George’s big day’ the mid-week money sections saw a rally in tax and savings stories this week as the majority of the papers ran either budget-or Isa-related-articles. Tax saw a rise from 8 per cent last week to 22 per cent to clinch to top spot, whilst investment saw an increase from 4 per cent to 18 per cent of all coverage.
Starting with tax, Tricia Phillips (@Triciaaphillips) in the Mirror warned that today’s budget wasn’t going to look favourably towards struggling families and that even minor changes could push people into a financially devastating situation. Similarly, Holly Thomas (@holly_thomas_) in the Express wrote that George Osborne will be under pressure to simplify the tax system as more and more people struggle to understand their current arrangement.
Looking at savings, and still on the budget, Tony Hazell and James Coney (@MailOnline) in the Daily Mail explained how the Chancellor might be able to help out savers today by announcing the return of index-linked savings bonds from National Savings & Investments. Although just speculation, Hazell and Coney believe today’s budget would be the perfect time to bring them back after their eight month hiatus as they have traditionally been a salvation for pensioners looking at a safe place for their savings.
The rest of the scores on the board were as follows: