Scottish Budget 2021
9 December 2021 saw Kate Forbes, the Scottish Finance Secretary, set out the Scottish Government’s spending plans for 2022/23.
Whilst Rishi Sunak’s Budget on 27 October 2021 contained some measures that were of interest to Scottish residents, Kate announced today that the Scottish purse, which this year is smaller due to Brexit and the withdrawal of Covid funding, will maximise the funds available to them to deliver key priorities and will focus on giving resources to low income households.
Scottish residents have reason to be optimistic though, as forecasts suggest that the Scottish economy will return to pre pandemic levels by spring of 2022.
There were lots of funding announcements for projects focusing on climate change, health and social care, education, ending homelessness, providing affordable housing, tackling child poverty and helping families with the costs of school lunches, uniforms and travel costs.
The following announcements will however be welcomed by many:
- Business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses who will receive a 50% reduction in their business rates for the first three months of 2022, to support them in their return to more normal levels of trading
- Income Tax rates will remain frozen for the 2022/23 tax year, with the tax free personal allowance of £12,570 remaining frozen through to April 2026*
- The Income Tax starting and basic rate bands will see inflationary increases, thus helping those on lower incomes keep more of their money*
- A public sector pay policy with a floor of £10.50 per hour will be introduced, increasing wages for the lowest paid workers
- Increase in the Scottish Child payment, doubling it to £20 per week from April 2022 and expanding eligibility to children aged 6 – 15 from December 2022 onwards
- Over £50million to support the farming sector in tackling climate and nature emergencies and to produce food more sustainably, including £10million for the National Test Programme to transform agriculture and £35.8million for agri-environment schemes
If you have any queries regarding any of the above announcements please do not hesitate to contact us.
*Scottish Income Tax rates 2022/23
Band Income range Rate Starter rate Over £12,570 – £14,732 19% Basic rate Over £14,732 – £25,688 20% Intermediate rate Over £25,688 – £43,662 21% Higher rate Over £43,662 – £150,000 41% Top rate Over £150,000 46%
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Autumn Budget 2021 Summary
Rishi Sunak delivered the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 27 October with pledges of increased support for many. A complete overhaul of alcohol duties, support for working families, business rate reliefs and support for hospitals and the hospitality sector were on the agenda. These, along with the increase to the minimum wage, will be welcome news to most. However, whilst the numbers and forecasts are all positive and impressive, there remains little said about how this support is to be funded. In fact Mr Sunak’s closing statement pledging to cut taxes by the end of this parliament goes against what many might have been expecting him to say.
With the growth of the economy predicted to recover quicker than anticipated, and unemployment to peak at half the rate previously expected, things appear very positive. However, there were warnings of the coming months being challenging and inflation rates expected to rise.
The tone of the speech was certainly that economic recovery is underway and emergency support is winding down. A new Charter ensures that in ‘normal times’ the Government should only borrow to invest in future growth and prosperity. We have of course not been living in ‘normal times’, however listening to the Chancellor today one would be forgiven for thinking the pandemic is over and the purse is full for spending.
Our experts have been busy dissecting all the information from the Chancellor’s statement and have created useful, jargon free summaries so you can understand how the Budget affects you and your business.