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.
“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
“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