The Budget: How will the new announcements affect you?

Melanie Richardson





The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced his budget and a three part plan, aimed at protecting jobs and tackling the £2.1 trillion national debt brought about by government spending over the last year.


A swifter and more sustained recovery is expected, with a return to pre Covid levels by the middle of next year, with the OBR expecting the economy to grow by 4% in 2021.


In this article, we outline the Chancellor’s plans - key points are summarised below and we will have a video presentation and PDF document sent to you in the next 24 hours with a more detailed explanation of the announcements.


The Chancellor split his budget into three parts; supporting the economy, fixing public finances and building the future economy.



Key announcements:



Business announcements


  • Tax rates – the rate of corporation tax to increase to 25% in April 2023 for larger businesses. Small businesses will stay at 19%
  • The furlough scheme is extended to September 2021 with employees continuing to receive 80% of their salary for hours not worked. No employer contributions beyond NICs and pensions for May and June.  From July employers will be asked to contribute 10% and August to September 20%.
  • A doubling of apprentice payments to £3,000 for all new hires of any age, with a new flexibility programme that will allow people to work for a number of different employers in the same sector.
  • Restart grants to help business reopen – non essential retail will open first and will receive grants of up to £6,000. Personal care and gyms, hospitality and leisure businesses under more restrictions will be able to claim grants up to £18,000.  There will also be further English local authority funding.
  • New recovery loans scheme - businesses of any size will be able to apply for loans from £25,000 to £10m, the government will continue to provide lenders with an 80% guarantee.
  • 100% business rates holiday to continue to the end of June for eligible businesses with up to 66% relief for the rest of the year
  • Extension of the temporary reduced rate of VAT for hospitality and tourism businesses
  • New super deduction incentive for business investment. The Chancellor says it will allow firms to reduce their tax bill by 130% of what they spend on investment.
  • New help to grow scheme to help businesses with management and digital skills. Business schools will be able to offer MBA style training of 50 hours tuition, with businesses paying a maximum of £750 or 10% of the total cost.  Small businesses will be eligible for free digital advice and a 50% contribution towards ‘productivity enhancing software.’
  • Visa changes to fast track talent and encourage highly skilled workers to work in UK businesses. The UK’s Global Entrepreneur Programme will be expanded.
  • The introduction of Free Ports - eight locations for free ports have been announced today. They are East Midlands airport, Liverpool, Felixstowe, Humber, Plymouth, Thames, Teesside, and Solent


Tax announcements


  • No income tax, National Insurance or VAT increases
  • Personal tax allowance to be frozen until 2026 although the personal allowance will continue to go up to £12,570 as planned. It will then stay at that level until 2026
  • The higher rate threshold will also go up to £50,270 but then will be frozen for the same period
  • The rate of corporation tax to increase to 25% for larger businesses with a taper calculation



Self employed announcement


  • SEISS extended to September 2021 with the 4th grant covering 80% of profits for February to April 2021 and the 5th will target support towards those most affected from July based on profits.  If your profit has decreased by over 30% or more you will be entitled to the full grant, any decrease of less than 30% will result in a smaller grant


Universal Credit


  • £20 weekly increase in Universal Credit payments will be extended for six months. Working Tax Credit claimants will also get the boost but in the form of a £500 one-off payment.


Housing sector announcements


  • Stamp duty cut extended by three months
  • £500,000 nil rate band until 30 June
  • £250 000 nil rate until end of September
  • Usual rate of £125,000 from 1 October
  • Government mortgage guarantee – the government will offer lenders a guarantee for borrowers needing 95% mortgages.


Duty freeze


  • Alcohol duty increases are cancelled
  • Fuel duty increase cancelled


Funding announcements


  • Additional £19 million funding increase to domestic violence programmes
  • A further £10 million funding for veterans’ mental health initiatives
  • Extending funding for those affected by Thalidomide by £40 million and a lifetime commitment guaranteeing funding forever
  • £300 million announcement to extend the Culture Recovery Fund
  • Additional £2.4 billion in funding for devolved administration in Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland.
  • A new £150 million fund to help communities take ownership of pubs, theatres or sports club


Taxpayer protection taskforce


  • A new £100 million team will be created to investigate and prosecute individuals and companies which have fraudulently claimed under government Covid schemes


We will have a video presentation and PDF download document sent to you in the next 24 hours with a more detailed explanation of the announcements.  If you have any questions please get in touch with your Swindells partner who will be able to advise you further.

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