George Osborne has delivered his final Budget speech ahead of the General Election.
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UK economic growth has benefited from the falling price of oil, an uplift in European growth thanks to cash injections from the European Central Bank and a decreasing borrowing costs - three areas Osborne has had little control over, though he may well take credit for the improvement in our fortunes.
Fortunes have improved: the UK economy grew by 2.6 per cent last year. The last time growth exceeded this was before the financial crisis in 2006, when growth was 3 per cent.Reuse content