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What would you like to see in the budget?

Tuesday 25th September 2018

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The budget will take place later this year. Although the government hasn't said what date the budget will be on yet, there is now an opportunity for members of the public and charities, like Contact, to say how the chancellor should be spending public money in the budget.

What is the budget?

The budget, or financial statement, is a statement made to the House of Commons by the chancellor on the nation's finances and the government's proposals for changes to taxation. The budget also includes forecasts for the economy.

How can I take part?

You can make a written statement, or 'budget representation', to the treasury department in government. You can comment on existing government policy and suggest new policy ideas for inclusion in the next budget.

You should explain the reasons for your policy idea, how much it might cost, its benefits and how your idea could be delivered. It should also be evidence based, providing arguments on how it contributes to the nation's finances and economy.

For members of the public you can submit your Budget 2018 representation by filling in a short survey by 28 September 2018

If you are an external organisation or would prefer to submit your Budget 2018 representation as a file attachment, please email your representation to budget.representations@hmtreasury.gov.uk by 28 September 2018.

What do we think should be in the budget?

Families we support every day tell us that cuts to disabled children's services and benefits such as Universal Credit are taking a toll on their health and ability to get out and about. Our research shows that two-thirds of parents with disabled children worry daily about being able to meet their disabled child's needs. It's unacceptable that four in five families have issues accessing the services they need.

Due to a lack of funding coming from the chancellor, many local authorities and clinical commissioning groups are cutting health and social care services like short breaks (respite) services to the bone - or simply removing them altogether.

If the ever-widening funding gap in these services continues to be ignored, families will inevitably tip into crisis and need more expensive services, such as a residential or inpatient care, as a result.