LIVE: Discover what Budget 2011 holds for you

Chancellor George Osborne is due to deliver his first official Budget on Wednesday lunchtime (23 March).

With the help of a team of experts, Farmers Weekly will bring you the headline announcements as they happen and help you get a feel for how they might impact on the farming industry and rural businesses. Join in the debate using the box below.

Fuel duty is likely to top the list of concerns for many rural people – as a recent survey suggested – but there are plenty of other areas to watch out for, from tax allowances to broadband provision.

Bookmark this page now, or come back to on Wednesday to join in the live coverage.

The team of experts contributing to Wednesday’s coverage have a huge breadth of knowledge about the financial sector and tax issues. They include:

• Carlton Collister, Landtax LLP – Carlton brings a wealth of agricultural tax experience after over 20 years with Grant Thornton. He combines specialist industry knowledge with a practical approach

• Simon Dixon Smith, head of the rural practice department, Savills – Simon provides valuation and property advice in the rural sector. He specialises in tax and loan security valuations and the resolution of negotiations between parties

• Richard Liddiard, head of rural agency, Carter Jonas – Richard advises clients on rural matters including the buying and selling of farms and estates. He is also involved in providing funding advice and valuations, as well as advising on family farming structures

• Catherine Penman, head of research at Carter Jonas, can also provide wider economic comment

• Andrew Arnott, Saffery Champness chartered accountant – Andrew’s main focus is landed estates, trusts and individuals. He works with businesses from a variety of industries, including property development and investment, book publishing, hotel and resort design, farming, medical software and new technology

• Claire Harris, solicitor, Withers – Claire specialises in advising rural landowners on tax, trust and succession issues

• Andrew Shirley, head of rural property research, Knight Frank

• Catherine Vickery, rural tax specialist, Old Mill Accountants

• Tim Price, NFU Mutual – Tim’s focus is on the farming and rural media. He can comment on all aspects of farm business including rural crime, risk management, and financial planning matters such as pensions and inheritance tax


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