Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak


Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has revealed his 2021 Budget today (Wednesday) which includes a number of significant changes for Islanders.

Taking to the floor of the House of Commons this lunchtime, Mr Sunak has outlined his ‘budget for recovery’ plan to bring Britain out of the pandemic, no matter what it takes.

As part of today’s Budget, the Solent area has been named as a Freeport region, which is hoped will help create more than 50,000 jobs and attract £2 billion in extra investment.

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Key points:

• ✔️ Furlough scheme extended until 30th September 2021 – 80% of salary for employees but businesses to contribute from July

• ✔️ Self-employment grants extended until 30th September 2021, with newly self-employed eligible with 2019/20 tax return

• ✔️ Universal Credit uplift of £20 a week extended by 6 months with one-off £500 payment for working tax credit claimants

• ✔️ National Living Wage to increase to £8.91 from April

• ✔️  Stamp Duty holiday extended until 30th June, with no stamp duty for properties up to £250,000 until 30th September

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• ✔️ Mortgage guarantee scheme to help home buyers purchase properties with a deposit of just 5% up to a value of £600,000

• ✔️ Contactless payment limit increased from £45 to £100

• ✔️ Extension to the VAT cut for certain industries to continue until 30th September, then 12.5% for 6 months

• ✔️ New restart grant in April – Up to £6,000 for non-essential retail and up to £18,000 for personal care, gyms etc

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• ✔️ Business rates holiday to continue until June then discounted by two-thirds for the rest of the year

• ✔️ VAT threshold to remain at £85,000

• ✔️ Super deduction – when companies invest they can reduce their tax bill by 130% of the cost

• ✔️ Alcohol duty frozen

• ✔️ Fuel duty frozen

• ❌ Personal Tax Allowance frozen at £12,500 and £50,000 – will increase to £12,570 / £50,270 next year but frozen until April 2026

• ❌ Corporation Tax to rise from 19% to 25% from April 2023 – companies with profits under £50,000 will remain at 19%, then a taper up to 25%

It has also been announced that an extra £19million has been put towards domestic violence programmes and an additional £10million has been announced to help Armed Forces veterans with their mental health needs. A new programme called Help to Grow will give small businesses digital skills, free expert training and a 50% discount on software worth up to £5,000.

Mr Sunak will hold a briefing from Downing Street at 17:00 this evening, touching on the announcements relating to the coronavirus pandemic such as the extended furlough and further grants for the self-employed.

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Just Sayin’
Just Sayin’
3 months ago

Very fair budget under the circumstances however the frightening national debt requires new tax raising initiatives. For instance, some countries have a traveller departure tax. In our case all non UK citizens leaving the UK would have to pay, for instance £5, this tax which would be collected at airports or ports. The payment of this tax would be receipted by a stamp in their passport. Bearing in mind that Covid was bought into this country from abroad a tax like this would be quite apt.

The Equaliser
The Equaliser
3 months ago

Very good budget.. Using the economy to boost growth in the business sector and not leaving the COVID debt at the door of the everyday people.. Freeze on alcohol and fuel duties is a good call.. However at some point we will all need to make some sort of monitory contribution towards our debt I’m okay with that.

3 months ago

Very good
Its a shame our so called council don’t have the same compassion as our government

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