By Daniel Hunter

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, welcomed the Chancellor's bid to improve housing announced in today's (Wednesday) Budget.

“The CBI was clear this Budget needed to deliver a good dose of business and consumer confidence, while being necessarily fiscally neutral," he said.

“We’re particularly pleased our call for a focus on the short-term boost of housing has been heeded, alongside an increase in longer-term big ticket infrastructure spending.

“This was recognition it was a mistake to cut capital spending so sharply and that other growth-boosting measures were taking too long. But by shifting £6bn to housing and infrastructure, the Government has sowed the seeds for growth and jobs.

“An extra one penny cut in corporation tax will also make the UK one of the most internationally competitive locations in which to do business.

“The new obligation on the Pensions Regulator acknowledged that the huge commitment employers are making to sustain pensions for employees cannot be separated from the drive for growth.

“Small and medium-sized businesses will be particularly encouraged that there was money available for the Chancellor to cut the jobs tax through a new employment allowance. We also need to remember the impact of business rates on the hard-pressed high street.”

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