By Max Clarke

During a visit to a high-tech manufacturing firm in Cheltenham, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, launched the Government’s new online Budget portal. The portal allows anyone to send their ideas for the Budget direct to the desks of the Treasury officials working on the Budget, which will be held on 23 March 2011.

While visiting Ultra Electronics, the Chancellor said:

“I want to hear about your brightest and best ideas. Because next month’s Budget will be all about growth. In particular I want to know what businesses, large and small, want from me. Because it’s British businesses like the one I’m visiting today here in Cheltenham — a British high-tech and export success story - that will lead our recovery. So go on-line and tell me what you think.”

The portal is another example of the Government’s commitment to transparency in policy making. It will improve the way businesses, charities and the public sector can communicate with the Government.

It follows on from the October 2010 Spending Review, when over 100,000 members of the public went on line to submit suggestions on how the Government could save money — such as the idea to stop producing National Insurance cards, which will save £1 million a year.