Welcome to the Birmingham Post Live Blog coverage of the 2009 Budget.

By clicking on the panel below at 12.15pm on Wednesday, you will be able to read what the Birmingham Post's business journalists have to say about Alistair Darling's proposals and you'll have a chance to take part in the debate.

Discuss issues with our writers or simply leave your own opinions on how you feel the Budget will affect the UK economy during this crucial period.

You can take part simply typing in your comments. 

Meanwhile, on Thursday, come back to birminghampost.net/budget for another live blog discussion involving four business editors from Trinity Mirror regional newspapers, including Alun Thorne, of the Birmingham Post.