Commenting on the Government's budget, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Steve Freer said:
'The Budget focuses on encouraging enterprise and economic growth to reduce the deficit. One of the big unknowns is whether the private sector can generate sufficient new jobs to counterbalance job cuts in the public sector. This is really a regional / local equation rather than a national calculation. In practice we are likely to see recovery proceeding at significantly different speeds in different parts of the country.'
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