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Autumn Statement 2023: Key statements from chancellor

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  • Budget and Debt
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The following are the key arguments presented by the chancellor Jeremy Hunt in support of his package containing 110 development measures, including business tax cuts, designed to stimulate the United Kingdom’s economy.

Inflation and Economic Growth Forecast

By the end of the following year, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts an average inflation rate of 2.8%, falling to 2% by 2025. The OBR anticipates “overall” UK growth of 0.6% in 2023, doubling to 1.4% by 2025.

The independent analyst predicts a rise in the proportion of debt to gross domestic product (GDP). Borrowing is expected to account for 91.6% of GDP the following year and 92.7% from 2024 to 2025.

Starting in April, the minimum wage, referred to as the national living wage, will increase to £11.44 per hour, a £1.02 raise from the current rate of £10.42. The age requirement is reduced from 23 to 21.

Wage Adjustments for Different Age Groups

Beginning in April, those between 18 and 20 will earn a minimum of £8.60 per hour, an increase of £1.11. Apprentices and individuals aged 16 to 17 will earn a minimum wage of £6.40, up by £1.12 from the previous year.

Benefits will be raised by 6.7%, or the rate of inflation in September, implemented in April. The chancellor declared an intention to raise the local housing allowance rate to the 30th percentile of local market rents, benefiting 1.6 million households.

Mr. Hunt reaffirmed the government’s intent to increase employment by eliminating benefits and enhancing monitoring of welfare recipients. Assistance will be withheld from job seekers not actively seeking employment under the Back to Work Plan.

Autumn Statement 2023: Key statements from chancellor

A two-percentage-point reduction in the headline rates of national insurance for employees will affect approximately 27 million workers. The reduction, from 12% to 10%, will be effective on January 6th.

Reforms to the payment structure of national insurance for the self-employed are aimed at saving an average of £350 per year for two million individuals. National insurance for the self-employed under Class 2 will be eliminated, saving them £192 annually. Class 4 national insurance on earnings between £12,570 and £50,270 will be reduced from 9% to 8%.

Pension and Innovation Investments

The weekly state pension payment will increase by 8.5% to £221.20, with efforts to establish a pension pool for life scheme. Over the next two years, £500 million will fund innovation centres, making the UK an AI powerhouse.

A “new, simplified” tax relief programme from the chancellor will integrate the R&D Expenditure Credit and SME initiatives. The expensing system will be irrevocable, and loss-making enterprises will pay 19%, down from 25%.

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Retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses up to £110,000 will receive a 75% discount on business rates for another year. Until August, all alcohol duty will be suspended.

University and institution anti-Semitism will be addressed with £7 million, including £3 million for Community Security Trust. Businesses gain “prompt service or your money back” while local governments recover planning application speed charges.

In ten years, residents near power substations and pylons will save up to £10,000. The government commits to allocating 2% of GDP for defence expenditures to fulfil its NATO obligation.

National insurance relief for employers of qualified veterans will be extended for an additional year, contributing £10 million to the Veterans’ Places, Pathways, and People initiative. Freeports and investment zones will receive “financial incentives” for ten years instead of the current five, with three additional investment zones established in the East Midlands, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and a second in Wales.

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