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Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2023

As part of the Autumn Statement 2023, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt took a punt at changing the fiscal narrative with “110 growth measures”, with a 2% cut to the main rate of national insurance from 6 January alongside confirming incentives to encourage business investment such as permanently extending the full expensing initiative.

For self-employed, Hunt also abolished Class 2 national insurance and cut Class 4 national insurance from 9% to 8%., presumably to come into effect on 6th January also.

As for individuals, he also confirmed that the national living wage will increase for 23-year-olds and over to £11.44 per hour from April.

Other measures Hunt announced in response to having a more generous than expected fiscal headroom were:

  • A permanent extension of the full expensing capital allowance scheme
  • Freeze all alcohol duty until 1 August 2024
  • Increase state pension by 8.5%
  • Confirmation of the new merged R&D scheme
  • Freeports extended for another five years
  • 75% business rate discount for retail, hospitality and leisure extended until 2025
  • Tax relief for visual effects expenditure

Hunt did hold off from announcing any changes to inheritance tax despite much media speculation.


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