Alison Walls, a mother-of-two and special-needs learning assistant, welcomed this year's Budget provisions for young, hard-up families and the extra money for schools.
Mrs Walls, aged 38, is married to Steve, an ICT project manager at Cadburys, and they live with their two children, Daniel, aged four and Amy, aged six, in Pelsall, Walsall.
"As a parent you realise the need for extra books and equipment in schools have and I work in a school too, so that makes me even more aware of it," she said. "We get the minimum of child-tax credit, so I don't think the rise in that will make much difference, but it is a step in the right direction, as is the provision of extra nursery school places.
"We do have a computer at home, but the cheap-lease scheme for parents who can't afford IT equipment is good because hopefully it means fewer children getting left behind." The family have two cars, a Renault Clio and a Ford Escort, but their mileage is minimal as Mr Walls takes the train to work. She said they did not smoke and drank only the odd glass of wine, so the small rise in duty would make little difference to them.
But she welcomed the raise in threshold before inheritance tax was paid, saying with the spiralling of property prices it was an issue that no longer only affected the very well off. "As a daughter with ageing parents you do worry about them and I'm glad about the provisions made for elderly people," she said.
"We do have an ISA, so the rise in the tax threshold is good, although with two young children, we don't have much in it." She said in an ideal Budget, she looked for provision for young families and the elderly.
"But I don't think a budget has ever really made a significant difference for us as a working family - except with IR35 four years ago when self-employed computer consultants, like my husband, were hammered."