Spending cuts expected in this years budget

The spring budget will be delivered by George Osborne this wednesday, he will set out the Government’s plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) plus tax change proposals for the following financial year.

According to the BBC the the Treasury said it would not comment on speculation about the Budget, however it is widely expected that the Chancellor will change the rules on pensions tax relief in some way, banks and insurers are expected to be hit for billions of pounds in extra taxes and additional austerity by way of  new spending cuts.

This is the final budget before the “Brexit” referendum in June, the chancellor has to deal with a  slowdown in the economy and stagnant inflation, this could put at risk him missing his target of running a budget surplus by the end of the parliament in 2020.

Chancellor George Osborne reportedly told the BBC: “We’ve just had new figures that show the economy is smaller than we thought in Britain, and we also know that global risks are growing and Britain is not immune to those things.

“We may need to undertake further reductions in spending because this country can only afford what it can afford and we will address that in the Budget. I’m absolutely clear we’ve got to root our country in the principle that we must live within our means and have economic security.

“We’ll set it out if we need to, how we’ll reduce spending, but the first place I look to is further efficiencies in government. There are always ways to make government better, always ways to make sure that the taxes of people are better spent.”

 

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

You May Also Enjoy

Who are Rentd
Letting Agent Talk

Renters (Reform) Bill Dropped – Thoughts from the Industry

The Renters (Reform) Bill has been dropped as a result of the general election being called. Here are some thoughts from within the property industry. Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association: “It is hugely disappointing that this Bill will not now make it into law. The news comes despite the fact that…
Read More
Estate Agent Talk

July 4 General Election – Thoughts from the Industry

Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has called a general election for July 4, 2024, citing now being the time for the people of Britain to choose the next government. Here are some thoughts from within the property industry. Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s property expert: “A look back at recent elections shows that house prices and activity usually…
Read More
Rightmove logo
Breaking News

Rightmove’s weekly mortgage tracker

Matt Smith, Rightmove’s mortgage expert said: “Today’s inflation drop feels like an important milestone on the road to the first Base Rate cut. There’s been some to-ing and fro-ing over whether we’ll see a summer Base Rate cut, but today’s news will likely reinforce some of the positive words coming from the Bank of England…
Read More
Estate Agent Talk

Rayner right to be ambitious on housebuilding

At UKREiiF, Angela Rayner, Shadow Housing Secretary made several commitments to help solve the UK’s housing crisis including new towns, greater numbers of affordable housing, a return of housing targets and a clear design code criteria. Richard Beresford, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), said: “Although election season is the time for…
Read More
Breaking News

Comment on Land Registry’s House Price Index showing an annual rise of 1.8%

Commenting on Land Registry’s UK House Price Index showing an annual rise of 1.8%, Daniel Austin, CEO and co-founder at ASK Partners, said: “The property sector is recovering. Rent values have seen sustained growth, positioning real estate as reasonably valued in comparison to gilts and presenting growth potential. In the realm of commercial real estate,…
Read More
Breaking News

Breaking Property News – 22/05/24

Daily bite-sized proptech and property news in partnership with Proptech-X.   Sunak calls General election for 4th July 2024 – American Independece Day Many pundits feel that post the General election Rishi Sunak will fly off to Silicon Valley, so maybe holding the General election on American Independence Day is no coincidence! The real carnage…
Read More