Voices from West Lothian: 'We are worse off as economy recovers'
10 March 2014 Last updated at 21:39 GMT
The British Chambers of Commerce has predicted the size of the economy will be bigger by this summer than it was at its peak in 2008, before the financial crisis.
It also said millions of workers should also see their wages grow faster than rising prices.
The BBC's George Alagiah reports from West Lothian, Scotland, where one family said their living standard was ''gradually dropping'' as the economy recovered.