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When Alistair Darling stands up in the House of Commons on 22 April, he will be delivering his Budget speech against the backdrop of one of the worst post-war recessions, if not the worst.

The Chancellor, Alistair Darling will deliver his 2009 Budget statement to the House of Commons at 12.30pm on 22 April.

Business groups and unions have called on the government to implement a temporary short-time working scheme across the UK in the forthcoming Budget.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reminded employers that they need to file their Employer Annual Returns by 19 May.

The Chancellor should bring forward plans designed to help more small businesses win government contracts in the Budget, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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