Your reactions to the budget

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Philip Hammond delivered the budget on Wednesday with a number of key changes that will affect Islington residents.

Important changes include the sugar tax being set at 24p per litre for sweet drinks, a rise to £7.50 for the living wage in April and the tax-free income bracket raised to £11,500.

Local residents told us how these changes will affect them.

“Although I find the sugar tax quite shocking, I think it’s a good idea in some ways. Kids are having a lot of sugar and are becoming obese. I remember not buying my kids sugary drinks, it’s the right thing as a parent really.” Helen Stamford, 49, Archway
“Although I find the sugar tax quite shocking, I think it’s a good idea in some ways. Kids are having a lot of sugar and are becoming obese. I remember not buying my kids sugary drinks, it’s the right thing as a parent really.”
Helen Stamford, 49, Archway
“The increasing living wage doesn’t really affect us here as everyone’s on a salary. I think it’s a great idea though, life is so expensive and everything is going up. I think it’s going to help with that.” Biebeata Jonice, 28, Manager of Beyond Bread
“The increasing living wage doesn’t really affect us here as everyone’s on a salary. I think it’s a great idea though, life is so expensive and everything is going up. I think it’s going to help with that.”
Biebeata Jonice, 28, Manager of Beyond Bread
“I don’t really drink sugary drinks or buy them. I don’t know if it’s really doing anything, I don’t think it’ll change anything either really. If people are going to buy a sugary drink they’re going to buy a real brand, especially around here. It doesn’t really seem like much of a change.” Hanna Rab, 25, Finsbury Park
“I don’t really drink sugary drinks or buy them. I don’t know if it’s really doing anything, I don’t think it’ll change anything either really. If people are going to buy a sugary drink they’re going to buy a real brand, especially around here. It doesn’t really seem like much of a change.”
Hanna Rab, 25, Finsbury Park

“I can’t see how raising the lower tax bracket would be a bad thing. I’m currently in retail and studying for an MA so changes like the living wage really can’t be a negative thing. Maybe it should’ve taken less time to come in though.” Russel Torkamani, 22


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“I think it’s really good about the sugar tax, I don’t mind it as I think it’s going to work. At the moment someone could go into Asda and buy own brand for 49p which is gross. There has to be some balance. I don’t think it’s enough about the tax changes however, it should come back down to 17.5%. It’s almost pointless someone like me getting promoted, there’s no incentive anymore. They really should do something.” Bill Boyd, 42