Commenting ahead of the 2013 Budget, the Institute of Economic Affairs set out the following recommendations:
- This Budget should reduce spending sufficiently to create scope for significant tax reductions through the removal of ring-fencing of areas of government spending. The removal of ring-fencing should not just apply to health and education but also to those welfare benefits that were hugely expanded by Gordon Brown. The state pension age should also rise faster.
- Taxes that damage growth and raise little revenue should be prioritised for cuts or abolition.
- The annual Budget should be abolished. The government should set out its three-year spending plans in the autumn and the Budget should only be used to setrates and thresholds for existing taxes. All other changes to tax should be dealt with in separate legislation. The annual Budget has become a charade that is used by the government for political purposes.
Priorities for tax cuts and simplification should be those that build positive incentives and attract investment to the UK: