Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

All the Budget measures at a glance

Chancellor George Osborne delivers his Budget in the House of Commons

Chancellor George Osborne announced the following measures in his 2011 Budget statement.

Annual growth forecast revised down from 2.1% to 1.7% in 2012. Inflation expected to remain at 4-5% this year, 2.5% next year and 2% the following year.

Borrowing forecast to fall from £146 billion this year to £29 billion in 2015/16.Direct tax to be indexed by CPI from April 2012. Consultation on merging National Insurance and income tax.

From April, corporation tax will be reduced by 2%, and by 1% in each of the following three years, to bring it to 23%. Bank levy rate to be adjusted to offset the cut in corporation tax. £350 million worth of regulation on businesses to be removed. Relief for entrepreneur tax doubled to £10 million.

A £50,000 charge for non-doms who have lived in the UK for 12 years. The 50p tax rate should be a temporary measure - tax receipts to be reviewed. Taxation of high value property needs reform. Rate relief holiday for small businesses extended to October 2012.

£250 million shared equity scheme for first-time home buyers. £100 million to help repair potholes on the roads. 21 new enterprise zones to be created.£100 million extra to be invested in new science centres.

Green deal to reduce energy bills from next year. The UK to become the first country in the world to introduce a carbon price floor for the power sector. New "green investment bank" to have access to £3 billion of funds. 24 university technical colleges to be founded. Extra 40,000 apprenticeships for jobless young people in England.

Hutton recommendations on public sector pensions accepted. Single-tier £140-a-week flat-rate state pension to be created. Gift aid administration to be simplified, especially for small donations. Inheritance tax discount for charitable donations.

Tax avoidance loopholes to be closed, raising £1 billion. Personal tax allowance to rise from £7,475 to more than £8,105 in April 2012. Air passenger duty rise to be delayed.

Rates of alcohol duty unchanged. Tobacco duty changes from 6pm on Wednesday. Business mileage allowance increased from 40p to 45p. Petrol price escalator cancelled when oil price is high. Fuel duty cut by 1p per litre from 6pm on Wednesday.

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