Jardines Autumn 2017 Budget Report

Chancellor Philip Hammond said he’d take a “balanced approach” to his second Budget of 2017.
Once again the speech was light on headline-grabbing inance changes and there were no ‘giveaways’ or
major surprises.

Instead, the chancellor focussed on measures to prepare the economy for post-Brexit life. Raising productivity is key to boosting economic growth and wages, but growth has “remained stubbornly lat” and continues to be an issue.

In light of this, the Ofice for Budget Responsibility revised down its forecasts for growth. It expects GDP to grow by 1.5% in 2017 (down from 2% predicted at the Spring Budget in March) and 1.4% in 2018 (down from 1.6%).

To help address the problem, the National Productivity Investment Fund, which supports innovation and infrastructure, will be extended by a year and expanded to more than £31bn. The chancellor also announced a range of investments, including:
• £3bn over 2 years to prepare for Brexit
• £30m to develop digital skills distance learning courses
• funding to support building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.

Signiicant announcements for businesses include the VAT thresholds remaining unchanged for 2
years, while business rates will increase using the CPI measure of inlation from April 2018. For individuals, stamp duty has been abolished for most irst-time buyers while increases to the
personal allowance and the national living and minimum wage will be welcomed by many.

This report summarises the announcements made by Hammond during Autumn Budget 2017 on
22 November 2017. However, these are subject to change following the Finance Bill and the Spring Statement.

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