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It is thought that the Chancellor may use the Budget to announce that last year’s temporary cut in stamp duty will be extended for a further three months.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has argued that the Budget needs to focus on giving private sector businesses the freedom and flexibility needed to pull the economy out of recession.

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.

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