The TUC has labelled yesterday's Budget as 'sensible' and ‘steady as she goes’.
Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary-elect, said the Budget included many useful changes that will boost skills, tackle poverty and help regions.
"The Chancellor has held his nerve," he said.
"He was right to face down those critics who said he should cut spending. Keeping up investment in our hard-pressed public services is exactly the right thing to do at this stage of the economic cycle.
"The world economy is going through a difficult patch. The UK is not immune, but it is a measure of the Government’s success that we are doing much better than most."