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Budget at a Glance

BBC News UK Politics Related Topics Budget 2017

Philip Hammond has delivered his second Budget as chancellor. Here are the key points of his speech.


  • Stamp duty to be abolished immediately for first-time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £300,000

  • In London and other expensive areas, the first £300,000 of the cost of a £500,000 purchase by first-time buyers will be exempt from stamp duty

  • 80% of all first-time buyers will not pay stamp duty

  • Long-term goal to build 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s

  • £44bn in government support, including loan guarantees, to boost construction skills

  • 100% council tax premium on empty properties

  • Compulsory purchase of land banked by developers for financial reasons

  • Review into delays in permitted developments going forward

  • £28m for Kensington and Chelsea council to provide counselling services and mental health support for victims of the Grenfell fire and for regeneration of surrounding area

  • New homelessness task force

Alcohol, tobacco, gambling and fuel

  • Tobacco will rise by 2% above Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation while the minimum excise duty on cigarettes introduced in March will also rise, as will duty on hand-rolled tobacco

  • Duty on beer, wine, spirits and most ciders will be frozen

  • But duty on high-strength "white ciders" to be increased via new legislation

  • Vehicle excise duty for diesel cars that do not meet latest standards to rise by one band in April 2018

  • Tax hike will not apply to van owners

  • Existing diesel supplement in company car tax to rise by 1%

  • Proceeds to fund a new £220m clean air fund

  • Fuel duty rise for petrol and diesel cars scheduled for April 2018 scrapped

Personal taxation

  • Tax-free personal allowance to rise to £11,850 in April 2018

  • Higher-rate tax threshold to increase to £46,350

  • Short-haul air passenger duty rates and long-haul economy rates to be frozen, paid for by an increase on premium-class tickets and on private jets

The state of the economy

  • Growth forecast for 2017 downgraded from 2% to 1.5%

  • GDP downgraded to 1.4%, 1.3% and 1.5% in subsequent years before rising to 1.6% in 2021-22

  • Productivity growth and business investment also revised down

  • Annual rate of CPI inflation forecast to fall from peak of 3% to 2% later this year

  • Another 600,000 people forecast to be in work by 2022


  • £3bn to be set aside over next two years to prepare UK for every possible outcome as it leaves EU

Public borrowing/deficit/spending

  • Annual borrowing £49.9bn this year, £8.4bn lower than forecast in March

  • Borrowing forecast to fall in every subsequent year from £39.5bn in 2018-19 to £25.6bn in 2022-23

  • Public sector net borrowing forecast to fall from 3.8% of GDP last year to 2.4% this year, then 1.9%, 1.6%, 1.5% and 1.3% in subsequent years, reaching 1.1% in 2022-23.

  • Debt will peak at 86.5% of GDP this year, then fall to 86.4% next year; then 86.1%, 83.1% and 79.3% in subsequent years, reaching 79.1% in 2022-23.

Pensions, savings and welfare

  • £1.5bn package to "address concerns" about the delivery of universal credit

  • Seven-day initial waiting period for processing of claims to be scrapped

  • Claimants to get one month's payment within five days of applying

  • Repayment period for advances to increase from six to 12 months.

  • New universal credit claimants in receipt of housing benefit to continue to receive it for two weeks


  • VAT threshold for small business to remain at £85,000 for two years

  • £500m for 5G mobile networks, fibre broadband and artificial intelligence

  • £540m to support the growth of electric cars, including more charging points

  • A further £2.3bn allocated for investment in research and development

  • Rises in business rates to be pegged to CPI measure of inflation, not RPI

  • Income tax to be applied from April 2019 on digital economy royalties relating to UK sales which are paid to a low-tax jurisdiction, raising about £200m a year

Education (England only)

  • £40m teacher training fund for underperforming schools in England. Worth £1,000 per teacher

  • 8,000 new computer science teachers to be recruited at cost of £84m

  • Secondary schools and sixth-form colleges to get £600 for each new pupil taking maths or further maths at A-level at an expected cost of £177m


  • £320m to be invested in former Redcar steelworks site

  • Second devolution deal for the West Midlands

  • £1.7bn transport fund for city regions

  • £2bn for Scottish government, £1.2bn for Welsh government and £650m for Northern Ireland executive

  • Scottish police and fire services to get refunds on VAT from April 2018.

Health and social care

  • £2.8bn in extra funding for the NHS in England

  • £350m immediately to address pressures this winter, £1.6bn for 2018-19 and the remainder in 2019-20

  • £10bn capital investment fund for hospitals

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