- The Guardian is claiming a first for digital democracy with the launch of a dedicated Budget site where Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, will appear to answer questions submitted by email.
Visitors to www.guardian.co.uk/budget98 can submit questions on the Chancellor's first full Budget, unveiled at 3.30pm today. Brown's answers to a selection of submitted questions will be posted on the site tomorrow afternoon (18 March).
Answering questions alongside the Chancellor will be Dawn Primarolo, financial secretary to the Treasury. In addition, visitors will be able to put queries to an expert panel of economists from Coopers & Lybrand and the Guardian on how the Budget will affect them.
As well as highlights of Brown's Budget statement, in-depth analysis and comment from the Guardian team will be available on the site from tonight.
If visitors fancy a chance at balancing the national finances themselves, they can try the Guardian's interactive budget game, Balance the Budget, where tax rates can be altered and spending levels upped.