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Osborne Calls Emergency “Stability” Budget

Following the Conservative victory in the UK’s general election, George Osborne has announced a new budget to be delivered on the 8th of July this year. The unusual move of delivering an extra budget is, he said, part of the government’s efforts to “deliver on the commitments we have made to working people” as soon as possible.

Previously, Osborne delivered the annual budget on the 18th of March. Through an article in national newspaper The Sun, he acknowledged that inserting an extra budget mid-year was an “unusual” step to take. However, he said that it was down to a desire to make “promises made in the election into a reality” with the minimum of delay.

The “stability budget” to be held in July will, Osborne claimed, concentrate with “a laser like focus” on improving UK living standards through raising economic productivity.

The chancellor has given a rough outline of the plans he expects to deliver in this budget in a conference outside 11 Downing Street. However, he would not yet go into any details of pertinent issues such as plans to make £12 billion worth of cuts to welfare. During the election campaign, the party provided details of how £2 billion worth of cuts would be achieved, but the remaining £10 billion remains unaccounted for in the details so far released.

While Osborne would not go into specifics about how the government’s goals would be achieved, he was happy to outline what the main goals are. The budget will, he said, represent a continuation of a “balanced plan” from the government to reform welfare, reduce government debts, and invest in the National Health Service. The welfare reforms, he said, would focus on efforts “to make work pay.” However, he refused to give any indication of where or how they would make the planned £12 billion of cuts to welfare funding. He only said that the government wanted to create “a welfare system that’s fair to the people who pay for it” but would “always protect the most vulnerable.”

Osborne also said that the government will increase NHS funding each year, continue cracking down on tax avoidance, and help to create new jobs including an extra three million apprenticeships.

Labour’s Caroline Flint, shadow secretary for energy and climate change, said that the Tory election campaign has involved a number of “uncosted promises.”

“It will be interesting,” Flint continued, “to see who is going to pay for those uncosted policies when they bring in the budget in July.”

How the 2014 Budget Affects You and I

The Budget plans of the chancellor George Osborne affect us all.

The biggest change this year seems to be regarding pensions. Pensioners will no longer be required to buy an annuity, but will be able to access their cash lump sum and use it as they wish. Although this change has been criticised as it could mean that some pensioners may become liable. As they may fall into a higher tax threshold, which means they will need to pay tax at this rate. This also means that they may need to pay the income tax earlier, rather than in stages. Pensioners will be able to obtain free financial advice to help make these decisions.  However, this will not affect pensioners who have an existing annuity. On another note, pensioners who enjoy playing bingo will be pleased to hear that the duty on bingo has been reduced to 10%.

From January, the over 65’s age group will have the opportunity to save in a 1 year bond at a rate of approximately 2.8% or a 3 year bond at a rate of 4% if they wish to.

Many savers will be pleased to know that the tax-free limit on Individual Savings accounts has been increased to £15,000 and the 10p tax rate on savings will cease to exist.

To help families the Help to Buy scheme will extend to 2020. From next September the government will also provide 20% of childcare costs tax-free to parents who pay 80% of childcare costs to a registered provider. The chancellor will bring changes to fuel duty, which will benefit families by approximately £15 a year.

There will be an increase by 2% over inflation on tobacco and taxes on alcohol will increase above inflation, with the exception of ordinary cider and Scottish Whisky. However, beer duty will be cut by a penny which will reduce the price of beer.

The personal allowance will increase to £10,500 for everyone in 2015 to 2016. This will be a relief to many taxpayers.

So as the austerity plan continues and taking into account the economic situation, there does seem to be a few changes made, in an attempt to benefit the majority of people and balance out the economic situation in the UK.

Overview of George Osborne’s Budget 2013

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recently released his 2013 budget which detailed his plan for the coming year 2013-14.  The new budget sees benefits for some groups and drawbacks for others – an overview is provided here:

For public sector workers, excluding the armed forces, once again pay scales will be restricted and pay rises will fall beneath inflation by 1%.  For many workers in the sector, this has been going on for 5 years.

Groups interested in climate change may be disheartened to hear of the new plans to harvest gas from new sources recently found. This is part of an initiative to help the public by obtaining more fuel and increasing energy investment.

There will also be some amendments to housing benefit, as the building of social houses will take longer, therefore no improvements have been made to waiting times. Although with right-to-buy schemes, the length of time required to have occupied the home before being able to purchase the property has been reduced to 3 years. This will hopefully help tenants who want to buy their home.

In a measure to establish more income from tax evaders, steps will be taken to deter businesses from purchasing companies at a loss to reduce tax. This has the potential to generate approximately £4.8 billion over the course of 5 years.

On another note the budget does have some positive aspects for drivers with the expected fuel duty rise cancelled. This is a welcome decision for many drivers who found the rising fuel costs to become a burden.

Those seeking to purchase a home will benefit from the help-to-buy scheme which will enable them to receive 20% of the value of their property as long as they have 5% that they can put down as a deposit first. Homeowners will also benefit as property prices are set to rise.

Beer duty has seen a reduction by 1p in an attempt to boost British pubs. In contrast to this wine, spirits and cider have all seen a rise in duty tax with wine now costing 10 pence more, spirits 38 pence more and cider 2 pence more.