Autumn Budget 2021

The Autumn Budget 2021 will be announced on the 27 October by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, alongside the Spending Review.

With the pandemic still causing uncertainty and the end of the Furlough scheme, the Chancellor is facing a huge challenge to provide the country with another financial boost to sustain public spending, and protect the fragile growth we’ve seen so far of the UK economy.

Previously, the Summer Economic Update in July 2020 included measures to help rebuild the economy from the effects of the pandemic, including a new job-creation scheme to help deal with rising unemployment – the ‘Plan for Jobs’. The Spring Budget in March 2021 built on those measures, but also introduced new policies such as the Super Deduction, Freeports, a Stamp Duty holiday, and VAT cuts for the hospitality sector.

This years’ Autumn Budget will set out the next stage of the Government’s plan to “Build Back Better” and is rumoured to be a “technical budget”, which the Chancellor has said will aim to “continue to invest in public services and drive growth, whilst keeping public finances on a stable path”.

We already know that the Government will be implementing a new Health & Social Care Levy, which was announced in September.

What could this Autumn Budget and Spending Review bring?

The 6 key areas where we could see measures and policies introduced, or extended, include the following:

  • Tax changes – employment tax, self-employed / off-payroll workers, inheritance tax, and capital gains tax
  • Public Services – investing in the NHS, education, the criminal justice system and housing
  • “Levelling up” across the UK – support for businesses and jobs. Increase and spread opportunity, and strengthen the private sector
  • Sustainability and the transition to Net Zero – across the UK and globally
  • “Advancing Global Britain” – and delivering on Brexit plans
  • Furthering the “Plan for Growth” – investment into infrastructure and scientific innovation, working in close partnership with the private sector.

Read the latest Budget 2021 commentary

To keep you informed on all Budget related announcements before, during and after the big day, we will be providing resources, advice and practical guidance from our experts to help you prepare and manage the impact of the announcement on you and your business.

Pre-Budget Commentary

Autumn Budget 2021 – Sector Wishlist

In this exclusive article, our experts give their views on the UK’s economic outlook, some of the changes expected to be announced in key sectors, and their potential impact on rebuilding the economy in a post-Brexit, and post-pandemic environment.

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Pre-Budget Comment for the Construction & Real Estate Sector

Despite a challenging backdrop, there are several measures that the Chancellor could announce to support one of the UK’s largest sectors.

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Pre-Budget Comment for the Manufacturing & Engineering Sector

For the manufacturing and engineering sector challenging times lie ahead, but there are measures that could help.

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Pre-Budget Comment for the Hospitality and Tourism Sectors

The UK tourism and hospitality sector is screaming for help and the Chancellor needs to not only listen, but more importantly act to support businesses recover from the pandemic.

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Pre-Budget Comment for the Travel Sector

Ahead of the Autumn Budget on 27 October, much of the travel sector remains on life-support due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Chancellor needs to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the sector to deliver crucial tax cuts and training incentives.

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