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Spring Budget – Wednesday 6th March 2024

By March 7, 2024THE BUDGET

Spring Budget – Wednesday 6th March

On Wednesday 6th March, The Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt announced his Spring Budget in The House Of Commons.

The Spring Budget could be the last major fiscal event before the General Election, which will happen either on or before the 28th of January 2025. The backdrop to this Budget is that on one hand, Labour continues to hold a strong lead in the opinion polls, war continues in the Ukraine and a technical recession was declared at the end of the last Quarter. On the other hand, the Exchequer, thanks a lot to inflation, has chalked up record tax receipts in the last year, Inflation appears in control and equity markets during the winter months have staged a noticeable up turn.

Jeremy Hunt, no doubt, at least is warming his hands before rolling the dice – in the game of re-election.  Perhaps for us, in the bigger picture, the question is ‘will this action help stimulate the full economic recovery that is being spoken about by 2025, irrespective of who by then holds power?’

This summary is intended to give you high level bullet points of the key points announced by the Chancellor from the dispatch box. 

More in depth details are available from the Government website here.

OBR economic forecasts

o    2024: 0.8% (0.6% in Autumn Statement)
o    2025: 1.9% (1.4%)
o    2026: 2.0% (2.0%)
o    2027: 1.8% (2.0%)
o    2028: 1.7% (1.7%)

CPI inflation
o    2024: 2.2% (3.6%)
o    2025: 1.5% (1.8%)
o    2026: 1.6% (1.4%)
o    2027: 1.9% (1.7%)
o    2028: 2.0% (2.0%)

Public sector net borrowing 
o    2023/2024: 4.2% (4.5%)
o    2024/2025: 3.1% (3.0%)
o    2025/2026: 2.7% (2.7%)
o    2026/2027: 2.3% (2.3%)
o    2027/2028: 1.6% (1.6%)
o    2028/2029: 1.2% (1.1%)

o    2024: 4.4% (4.6%)
o    2025: 4.4% (4.6%)
o    2026: 4.2% (4.4%)
o    2027: 4.2% (4.2%)
o    2028: 4.1% (4.1%)

Tax and benefits

  • Employee NI contributions to be reduced from 10% to 8% and self-employed NI contributions reduced from 9% to 6% from 6 April 2024.
  • Higher CGT rate for residential property to be reduced from 28% to 24% from 6 April 2024.
  • Non-UK domicile tax regime to be abolished and replaced with residency-based system from April 2025. Transitional arrangements will apply to individuals affected.
  • High Income Child Benefit Charge income threshold to be raised from £50,000 to £60,000 from April 2024, taper rate to be halved so that Child Benefit will not be repaid in full until income reaches £80,000 and Government to consult on moving to a charge based on household rather personal income.
  • Household Support Fund, which is used to support households most in need, to be extended for a further six months until September 2024.
  • Alcohol duty freeze extended until 1 February 2025.
  • ‘Temporary’ 5p fuel duty cut introduced in 2022 extended until April 2025.
  • Vaping duty to be introduced from 1 October 2026 together with a one-off tobacco duty increase at the same time.
  • Air passenger duty for non-economy flights to be increased to maintain their real terms value.

Savings and investments

  • Consultation on new UK ISA that invests in UK equities with a £5000 allowance in addition to the £20,000 that can be subscribed into an ISA.
  • British Savings Bonds to be launched through NS&I in April 2024 that will offer a guaranteed interest rate, fixed for three years.
  • Government intends to sell remaining shares in NatWest including some to retail investors during summer 2024 at the earliest.


  • VAT registration threshold to be increased for the first time since 2017 from £85,000 to £90,000 from 1 April 2025.
  • Government to consult on extending full expensing to assets for leasing.
  • Government agreed a deeper ‘trailblazer’ devolution deal with the North East Mayoral Combined Authority.
  • Level 2 Devolution Agreements finalised with Surrey County Council, Buckinghamshire Council and Warwickshire County Council.


  • Furnished Holiday Lettings Regime to be abolished from 6 April 2025 to eliminate the tax advantage for landlords who let short-term furnished holiday properties over those who let residential properties to longer-term tenants.
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax relief for multiple dwellings to be abolished from 1 June 2024.
  • Investments announced in housing developments in Barking Riverside (£124 million) and Canary Wharf (£118 million) with plans to support housing developments in Leeds, Euston, and Cambridge.

Should you have any queries about the Spring Budget – please contact your IFA or email us at [email protected].